There's a River of Life / I've got a River of Life (Spring Up, O Well)

This praise song about the action of the Holy Spirit is sometimes attributed to L(Louis?) Casebolt, but no further information about them has been located.
Hymn-books which it has been published in include:
These both state that the author is unknown, and that the arrangement (not the underlying tune / words) is copyright Scripture in Song USA, 1972.

The song, credited to Betty Pulkingham and L Casebolt was recorded on the Songs of Praise, Album 3 released under the Word of God label in 1977 (ref).    It was also included in the 1978 album Rejoice with the Fisherfolk - and the sleeve material of this recording credits verse 1 to L Casebolt, and verses 2-6 to Betty Pulkingham (ref).

It is not clear when, or by who, the chorus and actions were added.  There are at least two variations of these which have been recorded.

The song has been translated to various languages, including Tongan (ref), and one recording on YouTube shows an adapted version being sung at at 21st century vacation bible school.

The original publications have a 4/4 time signature. In the key of G, the first few notes are G G GGA B_  B A G_ E_ D_ with accompanying chords G / C / G.   In this key, there is a high E in the last line, and more recent publications have the song in F.


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Examples

Verse 1 and chorus, spontaneous group with guitar and bongos:



Children's group with band - professional recording:



Recording by the Fisherfolk - remastered:



21st century vacation bible school recording



Small group with piano and tambourine - alternative lyrics and chorus:



Instrumental - classical guitar:


Lyrics

1  There's a river of life flowing out of me,
Makes the lame to walk and the blind to see.
Open prison door sets the captive free,
There's a river of life flowing out of me.

Chorus:
Spring up oh well... (gush, gush, gush, gush) Within my soul!
Spring up oh well...Splish, Splash! And make me whole.
Spring up oh well....ahhh-whoosh! And give to me.
That life abundantly.

2   There's a fountain flowing from the Saviour's side,
All my sin's forgiven in the precious tide;
Jesus paid the price when for me He died,
There's a fountain flowing from the Saviour's side.

3   There's a risen Saviour at the Father's throne,
Ever interceding for His very own;
Pouring down the blessings that are His alone,
There's a risen Saviour at the Father's throne.

4    There’s a Holy Comforter who’s sent from Heaven,
All the glorious gifts are His, and have been given,
He’ll show us more of Jesus ‘til the veil is riven.
There’s a Holy Comforter who’s sent from Heaven.

5    There’s a land of rest that we may enter now,
Freed from all our works and freed from Satan’s power,
Just resting in the Lord each moment and each hour.
There’s a land of rest that we may enter now.

6   There’s full salvation wrought for you and me,
From faith to faith and glory to glory eternally,
O Lord, just take this life and let me live for Thee.
There’s a full salvation wrought for you and me.


Alternative verses 2 -4  and chorus - author unknown:

Chorus:
Spring up o well, within my spirit.
Rise up and tell, so all can hear it!
Spring up o well so I experience
That life, abundantly.

2. I’ve got a river of life flowing within me; 
It started gushing up when God set me free. 
That I keep the flow is my only plea. 
I’ve got a river of life springing within me. 

3. Once I call His name there’s a flow within; 
It turns me from my day, makes Him Lord again. 
As my spirit burns, Satan cannot win. 
Calling, “Oh Lord Jesus,” keeps the flow within.

4 Abundantly, abundantly, abundantly.
Abundantly, abundantly, abundantly.
Abundantly, abundantly, abundantly.
Abundantly, abundantly, abundantly.


ABC Notation

About ABC notation
X:1
T:There's a River of Life
C:L Casebolt
M:4/4
L:1/4
K:Fmaj
"F"F F F/2>F/2 G | A2 A G | "Bb"F2 D2 | "F"C4 |
w:There's a ri-ver of life flow-ing out through me,
F F F G | A2 A A | "G7"G3 A | "C7"G4 |
w:Makes the lame to walk and the blind to see.
"F"F F F G | A2 A G | "Bb"F2 D2 | "F"C4 |
w:O-pens pri-son doors sets the cap-tive free,
"F"c c c/2>c/2 "Bb"d | "F"c A "Dm"F "G"G | "F"A2 "C7"G2 | "F"F4 |]
w:There's a ri-ver of li-fe flow-ing out through me.

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1 There's a river of life flowing out of me,
Makes the lame to walk and the blind to see.
Open prison door sets the captive free,
There's a river of life flowing out of me.

Chorus:
Spring up oh well... (gush, gush, gush, gush) Within my soul!
Spring up oh well...Splish, Splash! And make me whole.
Spring up oh well....ahhh-whoosh! And give to me.
That life abundantly.

2 There's a fountain flowing from the Saviour's side,
All my sin's forgiven in the precious tide;
Jesus paid the price when for me He died,
There's a fountain flowing from the Saviour's side.

3 There's a risen Saviour at the Father's throne,
Ever interceding for His very own;
Pouring down the blessings that are His alone,
There's a risen Saviour at the Father's throne.

4 There’s a Holy Comforter who’s sent from Heaven,
All the glorious gifts are His, and have been given,
He’ll show us more of Jesus ‘til the veil is riven.
There’s a Holy Comforter who’s sent from Heaven.

5 There’s a land of rest that we may enter now,
Freed from all our works and freed from Satan’s power,
Just resting in the Lord each moment and each hour.
There’s a land of rest that we may enter now.

6 There’s full salvation wrought for you and me,
From faith to faith and glory to glory eternally,
O Lord, just take this life and let me live for Thee.
There’s a full salvation wrought for you and me.
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