An Old “New” Club Song

Drew Hill February 4, 2020

It feels more complicated than ever to find new songs that are “usable” for club. What if, instead of trying to lyrically edit the hottest new song on the radio, we kicked it old school and reached back into the YL song archives?



We’ve recently started doing this old song, a cappella with motions, and it’s actually gone really well and been super fun! I think it works for both middle and high school if you sell it well. You could even use elderly run-on characters and talk about how you used to sing this song back in the 1940’s. 



– Start by teaching them the motions, as outlined below, singing it super slow. (About the same speed as Etta James sings the first part here.) 



– Then sing it through at normal speed.



– Then speed it up a little more (trying to keep up with doing the motions)



– Then do it hyper-speed, still doing motions super-fast.



– 4 or 5 times through total.


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Swing Low Sweet Chariot (with motions)

Swing
Low
(arms swinging left and right, lowering down to the ground)

Sweet (kissing motion to bunched
fingers then flinging them away from

face)

Chariot
(shaking fists held vertically in front of chest as if

struggling with reins- think Ben Hur).

Coming (hands motioning forward)

For (hold
up four fingers)

To (hold
up two fingers)

Carry (arms
as if holding baby)

Me
(gesture towards self)

Home (hands tented over head).

I Looked Over (hand shading eyes as if looking afar)

Jordan (dunking like Michael Jordan)

and What did (hands out like asking a question)

I see (point
to eye)

Coming (hands
motioning forward)

For (hold
up four fingers)

To (hold
up two fingers)

Carry (arms
as if holding baby)

Me
(gesture towards self)

Home (hands tented over head).

A Band (pretending to play a
trombone)

of
Angels
(tuck hands in armpits and make wing-flapping motions with
elbows)

Coming (hands
motioning forward)

after
Me
(gesture towards self).

Coming (hands
motioning forward)

For (hold
up four fingers)

To (hold
up two fingers)

Carry (arms
as if holding baby)

Me
(gesture towards self)

Home (hands tented over head).



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Written by Drew Hill.


Drew started the Young Life Leader Blog in 2010 and has written an award-winning book for Young Life leaders called “Alongside: Loving Teenagers with the Gospel.


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