June 3, 2012

The Devil's Questions



This makes a lovely little lullaby - it can be shortened easily. And there's a mystery at the end: What is the ninth question? I can only imagine what a young child would say! Why not try this at preschool storytime? Ask children and parents to help you turn this into a proper call and response song by teaching them the repeating lines. Just sing to them. Not enough of us get read to, get sung to, especially the older we get. But we all need it so much. You know?

If you can't answer my questions nine
All: Sing ninety-nine and ninety
Oh, you're not God's, you're one of mine
All: And the crow flies over the white oak tree

Oh, what is higher than the tree... Sing...
And what is deeper than the sea?... And the crow...

Oh, Heaven's higher than the tree...
And love is deeper than the sea...

Oh, what is darker than the night...
And what is faster than a bird in flight...

Oh, raven's darker than the night...
And lightning's faster than a bird in flight...

Oh what is louder than the horn...
And what is sharper than the thorn...

Oh thunder's louder than the horn...
And hunger's sharper than the thorn...

Oh what is heavier than the lead...
And what is sweeter than the bread...

Oh grief is heavier than the lead...
God's blessings sweeter than the bread...

Oh you have answered my questions nine...
Oh you are God's, you're none of mine...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Beautifully sung! I just came across this tune yesterday and have quickly become obsessed with it.

Have a wonderful day!

Brett
Chicago, IL

Baroque Clouds said...

Hey Brett from Chicago!

Thank you for the kind comment. I love this song too, but for what reason...hmm...I'm not yet able to put into words. It comes out real easy like, I suppose. Keep singing :)