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The Overheard Prayer
Out Of The Woodwork V
June 29, 2002 by Gary E. Andrews
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Chords:
D XXO232
G 32OOO3
A7 XO2O2O
(1) OO2OOO

She knelt on her knees,
Right there in the pew.
I heard her say, "Please,"
To some private muse.
I heard her say, "He..."
I heard her ask, "Who..."
I heard her say,
"Lord, if it's the last thing I do..."

I looked at her clothes.
She was country folk.
I saw braids of brown hair,
'neath bonnet and bow.
I heard her say, "Help me!
I'm searchin' for truth."
I heard her say,
Lord, do this for me.
I'll do this for you."

Na na nuh na na nuh na an nuh nahhh na.
Na na nuh na na nuh na na nuh na na nuh nahhh na.

She got to her feet,
Her hand on my knee.
I offered my hand.
She took it from me.
I heard her say, "Thank you,"
As she smiled up at me,
And I heard myself say,
"Lord, give me somethin' to keep."

Na na nuh na na nuh na an nuh nahhh na.
Na na nuh na na nuh na na nuh na na nuh nahhh na.
Na na nuh na na nuh na an nuh nahhh na.
Na na nuh na na nuh na na nuh na na nuh nahhh na.

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The Overheard Praye r June 29, 2002 by Gary E. Andrews
All Rights Reserved For The Globe

Fun to sing, this old-timey feel, the story of the single, unfamilied man seeking the comfort and company of a church house, and becoming privy to the pleading prayer of the woman "...to some private muse," as if he isn't fully familiar with such supplications, she, a simple country girl, not unlike himself; and then praying himself, sincerely perhaps for the first time, for "...something to keep." The change of dynamics supplied by the 'na-na' movement has a slightly Spanish feel, to me, and just gives the droning, now twice-repeated melody a break. Then the musical movement of the verses can repeat a third time and the ear doesn't mind hearing it.