I’ve Been in the Storm So Long


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In the days after the very public murder of George Floyd, “I’ve Been in the Storm So Long” was arranged and dedicated to the observance of Juneteenth 2020. The piece sets the text of the traditional spiritual with the addition of original text written by the arranger:

Give me time to pray, time to pray, Lord.
Give me little time to pray.

I’ve been in the storm so long, children.
Oh, give me little time to pray.

Yes, Lord!

I’m so tired, so tired, Lord,
My feet are weary and my soul is too.
I need your strength, Lord, to carry through,
Won’t let my soul become another victim too!