480. Take Me to the Water

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1 Take me to the water.
Take me to the water.
Take me to the water
to be baptized.

2 I love Jesus.
I love Jesus.
I love Jesus,
yes, I do.

3 He’s my Savior.
He’s my Savior.
He’s my Savior,
yes, he is.

4 Glory hallelujah.
Glory hallelujah.
Glory hallelujah
to be baptized.

Text Information
First Line: Take me to the water
Title: Take Me to the Water
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: Irregular
Scripture: Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-13; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:31-34; Acts 8:36-39; Acts 10:47-48; Hebrews 12:1-2
Topic: Baptism; Commitment
Source: African American spiritual
Language: English
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Name: TAKE ME TO THE WATER
Meter: Irregular
Key: E♭ Major
Source: African American spiritual


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This African American spiritual sums up the commitment of a candidate for baptism: the request for the rite, an expression of motivation, and a succinct affirmation of faith. The widening melodic lines build anticipation and give weight to the final phrase of each stanza.


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