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Sing You Children

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Words & Music: Gerald Nelson/ Fred Burch
Oh Jonah he was desperate in the belly of the whale
Well Jonah had a plan, he knew he couldn't fail

He raised his head on high
And looking for the sky
And he sang his song so pretty
The whale told him goodbye

You got to sing you children sing
Sing you children sing
I only know one thing, hey! hey! hey!
Sing you children sing, everybody
Sing you children sing
Sing your troubles away

Well Moses said good Lord
Open up these waters for me
So I can get your chidren
Across the salty sea

Well the Lord parted the waters
And singing hand in hand
Moses and the children
Walked over to the promised land

You got to sing you children sing
Sing you children sing
I only know one thing, hey! hey! hey!
Sing you children sing, everybody
Sing you children sing
Sing your troubles away

Oh Joshua had a plan
At the walls of Jericho
He'd march around those walls
And on his horn he'd blow

That horn would play a tune
And sing a happy song
When Joshua got through
Those walls came tumbling down

You got to sing you children sing
Sing you children sing
I only know one thing, hey! hey! hey!
Sing you children sing, everybody
Sing you children sing
Sing your troubles away
You got to sing your troubles away
Sing your troubles away
Sing your troubles away
Sing your troubles away
Sing your troubles away
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Recorded: 1966/09/28, first released on EP

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Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 7, 2013report abuse
I am in the camp which likes a few songs from this film. You Gotta Stop, and I'll Take Love were particularly good tracks out of the film environment, both being on my film playlists. Sing You Children is a bouncy effervescent number and as a film track is delightful, but does not measure up to the offerings on the 3 main gospel albums. - 3 stars from me.
cookingfat (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 7, 2013report abuse
A piss poor film and EP release, though very rare now.This song wasn't too bad at all.The production let it it down.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on May 5, 2013report abuse
A great track with a good drive and lyrics. Would you believe that Elvis' bassplayer Jerry Scheff is" playing " saxophone on this. Jerry himself said that he needed work, pretended he could play the sax but that he only did the movements, because amidst all the other horns, no one "heard" him not play.
KingKreole (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 14, 2013report abuse
Other than the horrible "Yoga Is...." and the pretty bad "Love Machine", Easy Come Easy Go had some decent songs, including this quasi religious track. This song and "Let Us Pray" from Change of Habit are two really upbeat, fun gospel tracks! Add the version of "Swing Down Sweet Chariot" from Trouble With Girls and that makes three good gospels songs, each with video! (just disregard the rest of the movie in all three cases).
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 14, 2013report abuse
To say this song or another songs is the best from this movie is faint praise. They were all pretty bad. This one and YGS at least showed some life compared to the prior 2 years of soundtracks.
Bill (BW) (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 4, 2013report abuse
For me, the best song in the movie "Easy Come, Easy Go." Contemporary gospel and not on the same level as the songs in his gospel LPs.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 3, 2013report abuse
The 3rd maybe 4th best song from the movie "Easy Come, Easy Go". I feel "You Gotta Stop" was worthy of single release and "I'll Take Love" is the 2nd best song from the movie. From there the title song and this one would be in a virtual tie. I have to say that I wish "She's A Machine" had been included (very gritty vocals). Unlike much of the previous two years (PHS, HS, etc), Elvis sounded into recording most of the material for "Spinout" and then ECEG. SYC would definitely be a one of the worst sacred songs of Elvis' career (most of it is truly outstanding) but for a movie song, it is good.
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 3, 2013report abuse
It should have been on a gospel album only. In those days I always had to skip this one, which is hard on an LP. Luckily on CD that's easier. The other songs of the movie are worthwhile.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 11, 2012report abuse
You Gotta Stop, and I'll Take Love are far superior to this song but like many film tracks it is pleasant enough and worth the occasional spin.t
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 11, 2012report abuse
This is such a beautiful song and it's so much fun to sing along to. It's the best song from "Easy Come, Easy Go" by far.
RobIreland (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 24, 2012report abuse
A pleasant enough song with Elvis in good voice. I cannot agree that its the best song from "Easy Come Easy Go " tho .... "You Gotta Stop" takes that title I think then the title song of the movie and maybe third in the running would be " Sing You Children"
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 23, 2012report abuse
Always liked the song ! Fun to sing along to. I like the slower outakes of this song, even better !
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 23, 2012report abuse
Yes, probably the best song from Easy Come, Easy and good enough to be on a gospel album, but oh my the production is so bad. Why were some songs ,especially this movie, recorded so poorly?
Bill (BW) (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 23, 2012report abuse
In my opinion, the best song from "Easy Come, Easy Go," but certainly not a classic.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 25, 2010report abuse
A pleasant track from the movie and soundtrack EP "Easy Come, Easy Go". One of Elvis' worst films, I go back and forth between this one and "Harum Scarum", but it actually contained some decent songs.

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