“Jesus met the woman at the well” – old song/new song

Hi.
Must be the year to connect with traditional or classic American folk music … not a big musical stretch for me.

In preparing for our church’s UC Frontier Services focus this Sunday, I came upon an American trad. song based on Jesus’ (John 4) encounter with “the woman at the well”.   I tracked down the original words and an ancient Peter, Paul and Mary clip:

Problem was, I didn’t at all want to focus on a woman who “had five husbands” and was told to “go, sin no more”. Withwater 10 the Frontier Services theme of Living water: wellspring of hope before me, my preference was to focus in on the “living water” that Jesus was offering, for evermore.

So I did.  Needs to be sung and played with a clear folk-blues feel, and definitely not too quickly. See what you think. As always, I look forward to how it goes.

Cheers,
David

lyrics download

Jesus met the woman at the well, (x3)
And He told her everything she’d ever done.

He said,
“Please give, please give, give me some water” (x3)
“I know everything you’ve ever done.”

She said,
“Please give, Please give, living water” (x3)
You know me far better than anyone.

He said,
“I give, I give,  living water” (x3)
God’s gift of life for you, evermore

Jesus meets us all there at the well, (x3)
And He tells us everything we’ve ever done.

David MacGregor
© 2015 Willow Publishing
* lyrics adapted from American trad. of some title
* tune: public domain

 

 

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