Hello Song Leaders!
“Amen” is a classic from the African-American gospel tradition.
We use it as a post-cleanup regathering song, to celebrate the end of cleanup and take collections for Saint Lydia’s and the Trinity Lower East Side soup kitchen.
The song has one word — amen — which is sung over and over and over. But you can swap in other words, including freedom or whatever the spirit leads you to add.
Here’s a version by Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions. We perform it a little more uptempo and will leave out the Christmasy lines about the baby Jesus lying in a manger. In lieu of those, you can sing hallelujah!
And handclaps (on two and four, please) always help.