219. They Crucified My Lord (He Never Said a Mumbalin’ Word)

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1 They crucified my Lord,
and he never said a mumbalin’ word;
they crucified my Lord,
and he never said a mumbalin’ word.
Not a word, not a word, not a word.

2 They nailed him to a tree,
and he never said a mumbalin’ word;
they nailed him to a tree,
and he never said a mumbalin’ word.
Not a word, not a word, not a word.

3 They pierced him in the side,
and he never said a mumbalin’ word;
they pierced him in the side,
and he never said a mumbalin’ word.
Not a word, not a word, not a word.

4 The blood came trickalin’ down,
and he never said a mumbalin’ word;
the blood came trickalin’ down,
and he never said a mumbalin’ word.
Not a word, not a word, not a word.

5 He bowed his head and died,
and he never said a mumbalin’ word;
he bowed his head and died,
and he never said a mumbalin’ word.
Not a word, not a word, not a word.

Text Information
First Line: They crucified my Lord
Title: They Crucified My Lord (He Never Said a Mumbalin’ Word)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: Irregular
Scripture: Isaiah 53:7; John 19:17-18; John 19:30; John 19:34; Acts 2:23
Topic: Christian Year: Palm Sunday; Christian Year: Maundy Thursday; Christian Year: Good Friday1 more...
Source: African American spiritual
Language: English
Refrain First Line: and he never said a mumbalin' word
Tune Information
Name: CRUCIFIXION
Meter: Irregular
Key: c minor or modal
Source: African American spiritual


Text Information:

The African American spirituals recalling Christ’s Passion provide poignant evidence of the eloquence and empathy born of shared suffering. The call-and-response singing style also provides a means of affirming the communal wisdom expressed in recurring phrases and refrains.


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