Ancient Words

This song about Scripture was written by American evangelical worship leader, songwriter and teacher, Lynn DeShazo.

The song ahs been recorded by a number of artists, including Michael W Smith - and is sometimes, incorrectly, attributed to him.   Some have presented it as a Celtic tune.

It is set to an unnamed tune, also by DeShazo. This has a 3/4 time signature. In the key of F, the first few notes are CD F F_ GA A_ with accompanying chords C - F - C/F - F.


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Examples

Professional recording, Celtic-style:



Lead singer and contemporary band:



Soloist with piano:



Choir with chamber orchestra / band:



Michael W Smith recording:



Instrumental, piano and violin:


Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
1  Holy words long preserved for our walk in this world,

2  Words of life, words of hope, give us strength, help us cope

Chorus:
Ancient words, ever true,
Changing me, and changing you.
We have come with open hearts
Oh let the ancient words impart.

3  Holy words of our faith handed down to this age.

Repeat verse 1, then chorus 

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