Thank you, He’s setting me free

Edit: And thanks to the popular demand of “1”, we now include an audio track for those who really have to know.

I have not purposely left out the echo, it’s more like the end of the line for the recording studio (time to make lunch for the people.) And figuring out how to get this uploaded.

C                                    G
Thank-you, thank-you Lord for saving me

(Oh thank-you Lord)
G                                        C
Thank-you, thank-you Lord for setting me free
    F         C
(Oh thank-you Lord)
C                             C7
Once I was lost, but now I’m found
F
Now my home is heavenly bound
C                    G               C
Thank-you, thank-you Lord for saving me
    F         C
(Oh thank-you Lord)

C
He’s setting me free (He’s setting me free)
                    G
With his Holy Ghost power (with His Holy Ghost power)
G
He’s setting me free (He’s setting me free)
          C
This very hour (This very hour)

He’s cleansing my soul (He’s cleansing my soul)
       C7       F
and he makes me whole(and he makes me whole)
                C                       G
He’s setting me free, free, free, free, free
                    C               F          C
With his Holy Ghost power (with His Holy Ghost power)

Woke up this morning with this song going through my head, and thought it would be a great addition to some things we’re doing this Sunday.

When I looked it up on the Internet, the words we used “back in the day”™ didn’t match up with anything I could find. I found half of the song (He’s setting me free) as a Praise and Worship from years back but the lyrics didn’t quite match up, and definitely the palangi versions didn’t have the echo/response which makes the song go.

Recalling back,I first heard the song from listening to one of the Fijian youth groups when attending one of the the Uniting Church NCYC in Canberra. There was a camp-group Bible Study or something (in a very large room) and towards the end, for some reason different groups did songs for the fellowship. A Fijian group got up and did this song, with actions and it was quite a powerful message.

Man, I was impressed and clueless. I can only think it was either ‘Unga Takai or his mum Tekemapa that got all the words down and taught Ashfield youth (it could have been someone else, but they’ll have to tell me.)

Sharing and sharing alike, we took that song with us to an NCYC in Adelaide a couple of years later and performed it at the foyer to lunch, the Railway Station, on the road, on the busses.

Thank you, He’s setting me free

C                                    G
Thank-you, thank-you Lord for saving me

(Oh thank-you Lord)
G                                        C
Thank-you, thank-you Lord for setting me free
    F         C
(Oh thank-you Lord)
C                             C7
Once I was lost, but now I’m found
F
Now my home is heavenly bound
C                    G               C
Thank-you, thank-you Lord for saving me
    F         C
(Oh thank-you Lord)

C
He’s setting me free (He’s setting me free)
                    G
With his Holy Ghost power (with His Holy Ghost power)
G
He’s setting me free (He’s setting me free)
          C
This very hour (This very hour)

He’s cleansing my soul (He’s cleansing my soul)
       C7       F
and he makes me whole(and he makes me whole)
                C                       G
He’s setting me free, free, free, free, free
                    C               F          C
With his Holy Ghost power (with His Holy Ghost power)

Woke up this morning with this song going through my head, and thought it would be a great addition to some things we’re doing this Sunday.

When I looked it up on the Internet, the words we used “back in the day”™ didn’t match up with anything I could find. I found half of the song (He’s setting me free) as a Praise and Worship from years back but the lyrics didn’t quite match up, and definitely the palangi versions didn’t have the echo/response which makes the song go.

Recalling back,I first heard the song from listening to one of the Fijian youth groups when attending one of the the Uniting Church NCYC in Canberra. There was a camp-group Bible Study or something (in a very large room) and towards the end, for some reason different groups did songs for the fellowship. A Fijian group got up and did this song, with actions and it was quite a powerful message.

Man, I was impressed and clueless. I can only think it was either ‘Unga Takai or his mum Tekemapa that got all the words down and taught Ashfield youth (it could have been someone else, but they’ll have to tell me.)

Sharing and sharing alike, we took that song with us to an NCYC in Adelaide a couple of years later and performed it at the foyer to lunch, the Railway Station, on the road, on the busses.

May each moment

Well here’s a strange thing. Met up with Heleni with her daughter at the local shops (she’s doing that FOB thing of checking out all the FOBs while trying not to be noticed as a FOB?)

She asked for the lyrics of one of those songs we did back in the day, and here we are. She wanted it SMSd on the phone, which is all nice and dandy but I ain’t gonna re-type the thing if it’s already typed up.

And, I ain’t reformatting it on the phone to get the Guitar chords lined up (it’s hard enough getting it done on the web. Anyhoo, she never got back with an email or other online presence, so if anyone sees a strange Tongan lady tell her the words are here.

Andrae Crouche (?)

C
May each moment, of each hour
                    C7
of each day of your life,
     F                          C
be a picture of love to all the world

And in Jesus, may grow, May you trust him,
                    Am
May you know of his Love,
                      G
And his love may know you.

Chorus

         C
And when soon he shall come
       F
may we all join as one
       C           Am
In the joy that we share
       G                 C
In his glory this is our prayer.

May your father, become real
In your life may you feel
The beauty of love to all the world
And where ever you may go
Tell the people, let them know
that his coming, is so very near.

For many years I thought the song was written by Andrae Crouche, but now with the Internet the only reference I can find for it is through the Heritage Singers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCYK6zG3mKs 

Our youth first came across the song as a translation by one of the mum’s of another youth group (kainga and all that.)

‘Ofa ke Hoko

(w) Ngangatu Fifita

C
‘Ofa ke hoko, ‘a e taimi
                C7
Kotoa ‘e tau mo’ui,
     F                     C
Ko e ‘ata, ‘oe ‘ofa ki mamani.

Ke ‘ia Sisu, Falala ki ai
                Am
‘I he tui kia teia
              G
Tene toe foki mai.

Tau:
C
‘Oka ne ka fotu mai
       F
Ke tau fakataha ai
      C        Am
‘I he fiefia ‘anga
     G                      C
Hono naunau, ko ‘emau lotu ia.

Humm 1st verse, while one voice reads
Sione 3:16

Her kids had a band where this became one of the favoured items they would play and pass along to the youth that followed them.

There’s a few other songs that we caught the Tongan version of before we knew there was a palangi version.

Follow the ‘sound’ on Youtube and see if you can capture the Tongan version along the way.

Efiafi kata mohe a ‘eni

Author: Unknown

1. Efiafi kata mohe a ‘eni
kata langa ‘eva kei hengihengi
tolia he nukonuka keke tu’u sei
motufihivalu hao mapalei

2. Nusi faifio hono ‘oketi
lipine ‘i tu’a-ki-fa-lelei
kata hifo ki he fanga ‘ufilei
fanifo ‘anga e fine taukei

3. ‘Isa hoto pule’oto oloveti
ne lufilufi’i mo fakalekesi
laukau he ko e fine pele’i
‘ikai ha taha tene toe ‘eke’i

Tau.
Laka keta o(2x)
ki he heke ‘o ‘eva keta sealue(2x)
mo ‘ai’ai lea
he ko e fefine ‘o e vai ko lelea
kukuvalu tangi he mapu-‘a-vaea.