Daniel and the Sacred Harp
by J.R.Robertson. Album: Stage Fright
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Chorus: G D Daniel, Daniel and the sacred harp, C G Dancing through the clover. C Bm Daniel, Daniel would you mind, D7 G If I look it over. Verse: G C D7 G I heard of this famous harp years ago back in my home town C D Em But I sure never thought old Daniel be the one to come and bring it around G D C G Tell me Daniel how the harp came into your posession. D C G Are you one of the chosen few who will march in the procession? C Em and Daniel said: G D G D The sacred harp was handed down, from father unto son, C Bm Am D7 And me not being related, I could never be the one. G D G D So I saved up all my silver, and took it to a man, C Bm Am G Who said he could deliver the harp, straight into my hand. Em A Three years I waited patiently, D C 'Till he returned with the harp from the sea of Galilee. Em A He said there is one more thing I must ask, D C But not of personal greed. Bm Am But I wouldn't listen I just grabbed the harp, D7 G And said take what you may need. G C D G Now Daniel looked quite satisfied, and the harp it seemed to glow. C D Em But the price that Daniel had really paid, he did not even know. G D7 Back to his brother he took his troubled mind. C G And he said dear brother I'm in a bind. D7 But the brother would not hear his tale, C G he said Old Daniel's gonna land in jail. G D So to his father Daniel did run, G D And he said oh father what have I done. C Bm Am His father said son you've given in, you know you won your harp, G But you lost in sin. Em A Then Daniel took the harp and went high on the hill, D C And he blew across the meadow like a whippoorwhill. Em A He played out his heart just the time to pass, D C G But as he looked to the ground, he noticed no shadow did he cast. Repeat Chorus