How many of you are doing Like a Lion (God's not Dead). Written by Daniel Bashta, recorded by David Crowder and The News Boys. I personally love the News Boys version but I am not so sure that it is good congregationally. We have done it twice now including on Easter Sunday. The chorus is easy and fun but I don't think that the verses are lyrically strong. And it doesn't feel right asking the whole church to sing "my faith is dead". Thoughts? Thanks.
Paul, I'm glad someone else takes issue with "my faith is dead..." I absolutely detest that line. Daniel Bashta starts with that verse, but Newsboys did right to use the second verse as the first. When I can think of a better line than "my faith is dead," I'll consider using the song.
I don't think there is a problem congregationally, as long as you drop the key below recorded pitch. Most people can't hit Tait's notes an a good day. I found a lot of success dropping songs even a major third. I think the important thing is to keep the flow of the song as clean as possible. If it looks like any part of the song surprised you, then it will throw of a congregation too.
I agree that verse 2 is not one that I would like to lead, but it is a great song.
I went to a News Boys concert last month and we had a great time of worship.
Thanks Tim and Tony.
I've been doing this song for a while now, and people seem to respond well to it! I agree about the "my faith is dead" part. Kristian Stanfill, on his Mountains Move album, sings "my faith is cold." Personally, I don't mind moments of bizarre truthfulness in songs. For example, I LOVE the songs Rediscover You and Something to Say by Starfield. There's something really refreshing about this bizarre, non cliche, honesty in these songs. As far as, not feeling right with the whole church singing something like that part, I would say it's weird, but there just may be a few, or even quite a few, who will relate to that. I don't think every part of every song will relate to everyone, but I'm sure some parts will relate to everyone. If in your estimation that isn't true, than you are definitely right not to do it.
Thanks Andy. That's good advice.