We closed our celebration of the Feast of Pentecost with a song from the slave church tradition, taught to us by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove during his 2009 visit to Winnipeg. In this version we blended a typical saint ben’s ensemble of piano, bass, guitar, and vocals with the sounds of Andrew Colman’s trumpet and the All Saints’ pipe organ (courtesy of Murray Krushel).
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When Jonathan introduced us to this song, he told us that “you need to sway a little bit when you sing this one…” and then he reminded us, “Trust is the faith statement of the Black church.”I will trust in the Lord I will trust in the Lord I will trust in the Lord ‘til I die.
Jonathan then told us, “we’re in a struggle after all; a battle for the hearts and souls of people,”I’m going to stay on the battlefield I’m going to stay on the battlefield I’m going to stay on the battlefield ‘til I die.
When he introduced us to the third verse he added, “But we don’t fight like other people fight… I love this part…”I’m going to treat everybody right I’m going to treat everybody right I’m going to treat everybody right ‘til I die.