Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Rev. Clay Evans & The AARC Mass Choir -" I've Got A Testimony!" (video & lyrics)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases the song "I Got A Testimony" by Rev. Clay Evans & The AARC Mass Choir.

As background to that song, this post provides information and comments about the religious meaning of "testify" ("give a testimony") in African American churches and in other churches.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, religious, and aesthetic purposes.

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Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post. Thanks to Rev. Clay Evans for his religious, civil rights, and musical legacy. Thanks also to all those who are featured on this video, and thanks to the publisher of this YouTube video.

From "I Got A Testimony!
"Who remember those "Testimony Sunday Service" where you get the chance to share with your fellow brother and sisters the things God has been doing in your life or the life of someone you loved? Have the saints of God stop giving "Personal Testimonies" on Sunday morning, if so why? Each day we wake up that's a testimony in itself.

I am from the (First Missionary Baptist) traditional baptist church and I don't recall many testimonies during my early years. But I do remember visiting the COGIC on many of Sundays and you're sure to here from some sister or brother who had a testimony. I believe testimonies are very important because they offers others hope when it may seems hopeless. Testimonies help others who might be on the verge of giving up. With the crisis we are facing now we need to start encouraging each other more."
This quote was reformatted to enhance its readability.

"Saints" = in the context of this quote means "members of the church; believers in Jesus Christ"

"COGIC" = Church of God In Christ, a predominately African American Pentecostal denomination.

for more definitions and comments about testifying (giving a testimony) in church.

SHOWCASE SONG: Rev. Clay Evans & The AARC Mass Choir!" I've Got A Testimony!" 1996!"

MsQueenPattiTv, Published on Oct 18, 2012

The Best Of The Stellar Awards!"

Rev. Clay Evans & The AARC Mass Choir!" 1996!"

Ricky Dillard & The New Generation!" 2005!"
"The Stellar Awards is the first Gospel Music Awards show in the U.S., honoring Gospel Music Artists, writers, and industry professionals for their contributions to the Gospel Music Industry."

"[Rev. Clay Evan's] 1995 recording I’ve Got a Testimony earned him the Stellar Gospel Music Award for Album of the Year in 1996".

Click that link for biographical information about Rev. Clay Evans.

I don't know what the initials AARC stands for.

(as sung by Rev. Clay Evans & The AARC Mass Choir)

As I look back over my life
And I think things over I can truly say that I've been blessed
I've got a testimony

When I look back over my life
And I think things over I can truly say that I've been blessed
I've got a testimony

Sometimes I couldn't see my way through
But the Lord He brought me out
Right now I'm free
I've got the victory
I've got a testimony

When I look back over my life
And I think things over I can truly say that I've been blessed
I've got a testimony

I have a testimony (2x)
I have a testimony (2x) [up]
(repeat this section as desired)


Source: have a testimony

Lead: Wait ah minute
I want to tell you what the Lord did for me.
Do you know what He did?
He picked me up
turned me around.
Placed my feet on higher ground
If you don’t believe I’ve been redeemed
Just follow me down to Jordan’s stream.
I jumped in the water
The water was cold.
It chilled my body
But not my soul.
I wish you’d been there
when I came through
The church Is on fire
With the Holy Ghost too
Oh I got a testimony
Choir: I got a testimony etc.
Transcription by Azizi Powell; Italics means that I'm not certain of these words. Additions and corrections are welcome.

Meaning of Musical Vamp = (verb) "To improvise (an accompaniment, for example) for a solo;
To improvise simple accompaniment or variation of a tune.

Vamp (noun) = the portion of a song which is improvised. In a vamp there are no fixed words for the lead (soloist), and fixed words for the response (choir). In Gospel songs that have a vamp, that vamping) occurs toward the end of the rendition of that song. Notice that in the partial transcription below, the vamp consist of a series of floating two lined verses from other Gospel songs.

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