Edited by Azizi Powell
This post showcases seven videos and one sound file of the congregational song "What Do You Want The Lord To Say?"
"What Do You Want The Lord To Say?" appears to be an old African American Apostolic song which may still be commonly sung by those congregations (and others). Notice that Example #8 of this post is of a predominately White Apostolic congregation singing "What Do You Want The Lord To Say" during their worship service.
I've included a basic transcription of the lyrics of this song from these featured examples as those lyrics don't appear to be otherwise online. Additions and corrections and information about this song are welcome as this old song is new to me.
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Thanks to the composer of this song. Thanks also to all those who are featured in these videos and thanks to the publishers of these videos on YouTube and those who are quoted in this post.
LYRICS: WHAT DO YOU WANT THE LORD TO SAY
What do you want the Lord to say?
Oh-o-o, What do you want the Lord to say?
“Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Enter in the joy of the Lord.
[Repeat 1st verse]
That’s what I want the Lord to say?
Oh-o-o, that’s what I want the Lord to say?
“Well done, good and faithful servant/”
Enter in the joy of the Lord.*
[Repeat 2nd verse]
[Return to 1st verse, and repeat verse]
[Return to 2nd verse]
[Repeat 2nd verse with Vamp *the lead singer improves and choir singing "Well done, good and faithful servant.” as a response to those vamped lines.]
[End with the last line “Enter in the joy of the Lord.”]
*This last line is also given as "That's what I want the Lord to say".
These examples are presented in chronological order based on their posting date on YouTube with the oldest dated example given first.
Example #1: What do You want the Lord To Say
Bruce Butler, Uploaded on Aug 29, 2011
Example #2: Throwback Music Medley. Pastor Marvin Winans
Drew Camp Uploaded on Dec 18, 2011
Pastor Marvin Winans and Perfecting Praise Choir, Live in Toronto. Dec. 17,2011 [Canada]
"What Do You want the Lord to Say" is the first song that was sung in this medley. That medley also ended with this song (prior to the praise break.)
Example #3: Bebe Winans What Do You want the Lord to Say
Musicdone4real's channel, Uploaded on Feb 13, 2012
Example #4: 2012 PAW Summer Convention - What do you want the Lord to say?
apostolic660, Published on Aug 28, 2012
Bishop Richard Young & PAW Praise Team leading us singing "What do you want the Lord to say?" at 2012 PAW Summer Convention 8/7/12 Evening Service in New Orleans, LA
Note this comment about the tempo:
BrotherTy Page, 2014
"That's the right speed...its an apostolic church lol"
Example #5: What Do You Want The Lord to Say
rodneyzgal, Published on Mar 31, 2013
Apostolic Faith Choir
"Just A Little While" is another song. In 2012 Aaron Johnson, a commenter in the viewer comment thread of the video given in this post as Example #2, gave those lyrics for that song:
"Just a little while to stay here, just a little while to wait! Just a little while to labor in the path that's always straight! Just a little more of trouble in this low and sinful state! Then we'll enter Heaven's portal, where we'll go SWEEPIN' through the pearly gates!!"
Example #6: "What Do You Want The Lord to Say?" Performed by the CCU CIA - Gospel Sing Out
Sterling Silver, Published on Mar 2, 2014
via YouTube Capture
Example #7: Deacon Samuel Mayo "What Do Want The Lord To Say"
TTOJC Wilson, NC Published on Apr 16, 2014
I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (http://www.youtube.com/editor)
Example #8: What Do You Want the Lord to Say
Michelle Twiner-Perry, Published on Oct 27, 2014
HC14 friday night Mass Choir singing led by Sis Pamela White, Trish Mcdonald, Darla Denmon, and Rev. Matthew Cannata
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