Down to the River to Pray

Today things came to an abrupt stop at the Green’s. School was out a few hours early and though music practice was not scheduled Mike, Steve, Evelyn, and Sue came to Mrs. Green.

There were very few words exchanged. Mrs. Green was not one for long speeches in sad times on sad days. Sometimes words pierced a wounded heart until it felt like it would burst into a million pieces. She looked at each of the teenagers in the eye and said one thing and one thing only,

“Find your voice, and speak up.”

They sang that afternoon in four part harmony in a way they had never sung before. The windows were open wide and people all over Howard County heard the heart of four teenagers trying to “find their voice, and speak up.”

Down to the River to Pray

“As I went down in the river to pray
Studying about that good old way
And who shall wear the starry crown
Good Lord, show me the way

O sisters let’s go down
Let’s go down, come on down
O sisters let’s go down
Down in the river to pray

As I went down in the river to pray
Studying about that good old way
And who shall wear the robe and crown
Good Lord, show me the way

O brothers let’s go down
Let’s go down, come on down
Come on brothers let’s go down
Down in the river to pray

As I went down in the river to pray
Studying about that good old way
And who shall wear the starry crown
Good Lord, show me the way

O fathers let’s go down
Let’s go down, come on down
O fathers let’s go down
Down in the river to pray

As I went down in the river to pray
Studying about that good old way
And who shall wear the robe and crown
Good Lord, show me the way

O mothers let’s go down, come on down
Don’t you want to go down
Come on mothers let’s go down
Down in the river to pray

As I went down in the river to pray
Studying about that good old way
And who shall wear the starry crown
Good Lord, show me the way

O sinners let’s go down
Let’s go down, come on down
O sinners let’s go down
Down in the river to pray

As I went down in the river to pray
Studying about that good old way
And who shall wear the robe and crown
Good Lord, show me the way”

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