you love us well … revision

This past week, with help from Dale, I’ve done a major revision of a song I wrote in the second half of 2009 – You love us well. I wrote it last year amid that time in the lectionary when Sunday after Sunday, the gospel readings would pick up on the John 6 “bread of life” teaching of Jesus.  Powerful stuff!

I always thought something needed improvement in the song.   It dawned on me that the song fits well with the theme of the Uniting Church Synod meetings happening in May this year – the theme being something like “One Bread, One Body”.

So — I’ve changed the lyrics here and there to reflect this.  Other changes include:

  • adding a short gap between verse and chorus – helps launch the chorus better
  • lowering the key from E to C.
  • putting a backing track together, to which Dale has added a demo vocal.

Have a listen (see links below) and see what you think.  Imagine the full praise band treatment (though single piano or guitar also works). “Doo wop” singers in the “you love us, love us well” lines also work well, says me who’s totally biased, but have felt for some time that this song is not only different in its upbeat feel, but worthy of a second innings.  It is cricket season, mind you.

music
lyrics
mp3 vocal

David

1. Heart of loving

heart of living
you love us, love us well
Source of life and
source of living
you love us, love us well

2. In you, no hunger
no more thirsting
you love us, love us well
You fill my cup
awash to bursting
you love us, love us well

Bread of life
grace on grace
heaven’s food for my soul
Christ we feast
on your grace
your life alone
can make us whole

3. You alone can satisfy us
you love us, love us well
You suffered for our sin,
died for us
you love us, love us well

4. You form us in one faith, one body
you love us, love us well
We worship, grateful
you are holy
you love us, love us well

Bread of life
grace on grace …

5. Jesus Christ,
come feed us deep now
you love us, love us well

One bread, one body:
your great gift now
you love us, love us well
you love us, love us well
you love us, love us well
you love us, love us well

David MacGregor

© 2009 Willow Publishing
based on John 6


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