228. Were You There

1 Were you there when they crucified my Lord? (Were you there?)
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
O! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord? (Were you there?)

2 Were you there when they nailed him to the tree? (Were you there?)
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
O! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree? (Were you there?)

3 Were you there when they pierced him in the side? (Were you there?)
Were you there when they pierced him in the side?
O! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they pierced him in the side? (Were you there?)

4 Were you there when the sun refused to shine? (Were you there?)
Were you there when the sun refused to shine?
O! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when the sun refused to shine? (Were you there?)

5 Were you there when they laid him in the tomb? (Were you there?)
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
O! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb? (Were you there?)

Opt. 6 Were you there when he rose up from the dead?

Text Information
First Line: Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Title: Were You There
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: Irregular
Scripture: Isaiah 53:3; Matthew 27:35-60; Mark 15:24-25; Mark 15:46; Luke 23:33; Luke 23:50-53; John 19:16-18; John 19:34; John 19:41-42; Philippians 2:8
Topic: Christian Year: Palm Sunday; Christian Year: Maundy Thursday; Christian Year: Good Friday (1 more...)
Source: African American spiritual
Language: English
Refrain First Line: O! Sometimes it causes me to tremble
Tune Information
Name: WERE YOU THERE
Arranger: Melva Wilson Costen (1987)
Meter: Irregular
Key: E♭ Major
Source: African American spiritual
Copyright: Arr. © 1990 Melva Wilson Costen


Text Information:

Few hymns from any culture have captured the pathos of Jesus’ crucifixion as movingly as this African American spiritual. Its emotional climax (and highest pitch) comes in the great “O!” at the center of each stanza, a moment that moves beyond anything words can convey.


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