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Episode #7 – The Gospel Truth

Scattershot Symphony -The Music of Peter Link
A Podcast


Episode #7
The Gospel Truth – Volume 1

Basically Gospel music emerged from the Spirituals of slaves into what it is today — a genre of music that influences nearly all other genres. 

Peter Link opens up his world of Gospel primarily through the magnificent talents of Jenny Burton and a host of other NYC studio singers that he had the vast opportunity to work with for decades. 

If you’re a musician or a music lover this is a “can’t miss” episode guaranteed to get y’a dancin’ shoutin. and celebrating life

Episode #7, offers an insight into Peter’s work in and with Gospel Music and a most interesting look at the history of Gospel as well.  Get ready!

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The Gospel Truth – Volume 1
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  • Title: Ain't Got Time To Die
  • Artist: Osceola Davis
  • Sample:
  • Lyrics:

    Ain't Got Time to Die
    Music and Lyrics by Hall Johnson

    Lord, I keep so busy praisin' my Jesus
    Keep so busy praisin' my Jesus
    Keep so busy praisin' my Jesus
    Ain't got time to die
    Cause when I'm healin' the sick I'm praisin' my Jesus
    When I'm healin'
    When I'm healin' the sick
    Ain't got time to die

    Cause it takes all o' my time to praise my Jesus
    All o' my time to praise my Lord
    If I don't praise him de rocks gonna cry out:
    "Glory an' honor, glory an' honor"
    Ain't got time...

    Lord, I keep so busy workin' fer de kingdom,
    Keep so busy workin' fer de kingdom,
    Keep so busy workin' fer de kingdom,
    Ain't got time to...

    Cause whin I'm feedin' de po'
    I'm workin' fer de kingdom
    Yes, I'm workin', when I'm feedin de po'
    Lord I ain't got time;

    Cause it takes all o' ma time to praise my Jesus,
    All o' my time to praise my Lord.
    If I don't praise him de rocks gonna cry out:
    "Glory and honor, glory and honor!"
    Ain't got time to die

    Lord, I keep so busy servin' my master
    Keep so busy servin' my master
    Keep so busy servin' my master
    Ain't got time...

    Cause when I'm givin' my all, I'm serving my master,
    When I'm givin' my all, Lord I ain't got time

    Cause it takes all o' my time to praise my Jesus
    All o' my time to praise my Lord
    If I don't praise him, the rocks gonna cry out,
    "Glory an' honor, glory an' honor"
    Ain't got time

    Now won't you git out o' my way, lemme praise my Jesus,
    Git out of my way
    If I don't praise him the rocks gonna cry out:
    Glory an' honor, glory an' honor!"
    No, I ain't got time to die

  • Title: On Broken Pieces
  • Artist: Jenny Burton
  • Lyricist: Peter Link
  • Sample:
  • Lyrics:

    On Broken Pieces
    Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

    Once life was a holiday
    Once the world was mine
    Once everything went my way
    Once upon a time

    Then nothing was good enough
    When I had it all
    Stuffed full of this empty stuff
    I began the fall

    When all of it shattered
    I searched through the ruins of my life
    Though broken and battered
    At last I found a way (I found myself a way)

    Now I can make it
    I can make it through this long night of fire
    Only with you in my life

    If there's a mountain to climb
    If there's a river to cross
    I'll make it
    On broken pieces

    If danger is near
    If there are trials ahead
    I'll make it
    On broken pieces

    I'll do as you will
    Lord I'll follow your lead
    I pray that these hard times are over
    Risin' up through the ashes Lord
    I'll be holdin' on to you

    I'm gonna make it
    If I have to make it
    On broken pieces

    I'm gonna make it
    If I have to make it
    On broken...
    Broken...
    Broken pieces

    When all of it shattered
    I knelt before God with my life
    For all that it mattered
    I threw the past away
    I threw it all away

    Now I can make it
    I can make it through this long night of fire
    Only with you in my life

    If there's a mountain to climb
    If there's a river to cross
    I'll make it
    On broken pieces

    With you in my life
    I got a friend at my side
    I'll make it
    On broken pieces

    I'll rest in your arms
    Lord I'll gather my strength
    The power of healing rolls over me
    Risin' up through the ashes Lord
    I'll be holding on to you

    I'm gonna make it
    If I have to make it
    On broken pieces

    I can make it
    I can make it
    I can make it on broken pieces
    Lord right now...

    I can make it
    I can make it
    I can make it on broken pieces
    Lord right now...

    I can make it
    I can make it
    If there's a mountain to climb
    A river to cross
    I'll follow your lead
    Whatever the cost
    I'll make it
    I can make it on broken pieces
    Lord right now...

    I can make it
    I can make it
    If there's a battle to fight
    A war to be won
    A glory to gain
    A race to be run
    I'll make it
    I can make it on broken pieces
    Lord right now...

    I'm gonna make it
    If I have to make it
    On broken pieces
    Oh oh yeah

  • Title: Chariot - Gospel Cantata (11:30)
  • Artist: Peter Link
  • Lyricist: Peter Link
  • Sample:
  • Lyrics:

    Chariot
    Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

    [We open on a man in light, a slave, leaning on his shovel, in the heat of the day standing under the sun. He dreams of his freedom. Light flashes across the sky as the chariot roars across the heavens. The music builds and then drops out to drumming under the following call and response.]

    Are you ready my brother?
    Oh yes
    Are you ready for the journey?
    Oh yes
    Do you want to see your savior?
    Oh yes
    I'm waitin' for the chariot
    Cause I'm ready to go

    Are you ready my sister?
    Oh yes
    Are you ready for the journey?
    Oh yes
    Do you want to see your savior?
    Oh yes
    I'm waitin' for the chariot
    Cause I'm ready to go

    Swing low
    Sweet chariot
    Comin' for to carry me home
    Swing low
    Sweet chariot
    Comin' for to carry me home

    Why don't you swing down chariot
    Stop
    And let me ride
    Swing down chariot
    Stop
    And let me ride

    Rock me Lord oh' rock me Lord
    Rock me Lord oh' rock me Lord
    Rock me Lord oh' rock me Lord
    Calm an' easy
    I got a home on the other side

    I'm sometimes up an' sometimes down
    Comin' for to carry me home
    But still my soul feels heavenly bound
    Comin' for to carry me home

    I don't know but I been told
    The streets of heaven are paved with gold
    I got a mother in the promised land
    I won't stop till I take her hand
    An' I got a brother on the other side
    So I ain't gonna stop 'til I take that ride

    Swing low
    Sweet chariot
    Comin' for to carry me home
    Swing low
    Sweet chariot
    Comin' for to carry me home

    Master Elijah
    Disciple Elisha
    Master Elijah
    Disciple Elisha
    Master Elijah
    Disciple Elisha
    Waitin' for the chariot
    To carry me home

    And Elijah said watch me now
    I'm goin' to see my maker

    Who coverest thyself with light
    Who stretchest out the heavens
    Like a curtain
    Who maketh the clouds His chariot
    Who walketh upon the wings of the wind

    Who laid the foundations of the earth
    Who watereth the hills from His chambers
    Who maketh the clouds His chariot
    Who walketh upon the wings of the wind

    Behold He shall come up as clouds
    And His chariots shall be as a whirlwind
    His horses are swifter than eagles
    As He cometh down to carry me away

    Who sendest forth His spirit
    Who maketh my face to shine
    Who maketh the clouds His chariot
    Who walketh upon the wings of the wind

    Master Elijah
    Disciple Elisha
    Master Elijah
    Disciple Elisha
    Master Elijah
    Disciple Elisha
    Waitin' for the chariot
    To carry me home

    And Elisha the disciple
    Said unto his master
    I shall ask a hard thing
    A hard thing

    Nevertheless I pray thee
    Let twice the power of thy spirit
    Be manifested in me

    And Elijah the master
    Said to his disciple
    Thou hast asked a hard thing
    A hard thing

    Nevertheless if thou see me
    When I am taken from thee
    It shall be unto thee

    Yes thou hast asked a hard thing
    A hard thing
    Nevertheless if thou see me
    When I am taken from thee
    It shall be unto thee

    But if thou see me not
    It shall not be so
    And it came to pass
    As they walked on
    And talked on
    That behold

    Master Elijah
    Disciple Elisha
    Master Elijah
    Disciple Elisha

    Yes behold...

    "Yes behold"
    There appeared a chariot of fire
    And horses of fire
    Holy horses of fire
    Yes down from the heavens
    Came a chariot of fire
    And parted them both asunder

    Master Elijah
    Disciple Elisha
    Master Elijah
    Disciple Elisha

    And Elijah went up
    In a chariot of fire
    By a whirlwind into heaven
    In a chariot of fire

    Yes Elijah went up
    In a chariot of fire
    By a whirlwind into heaven
    And Elisha saw the whirlwind
    And the chariot of fire
    Yes Elisha saw the whirlwind
    And the chariot of fire
    And he cried
    Yes he cried

    I looked over Jordan and what did I see
    Comin' for to carry me home
    A band of angels comin' after me
    Comin' for to carry me home

    Why don't you swing down chariot
    Stop
    And let me ride
    Swing down chariot
    Stop
    And let me ride
    Rock me Lord oh' rock me Lord
    Calm an' easy
    I got a home on the other side

    If you get there before I do
    Comin' for to carry me home
    Tell all my friends that I'm comin' too
    Comin' for to carry me
    Comin' for to carry me home

    I'm gonna
    Ride the chariot in the mornin' Lord
    I'm gonna
    Ride the chariot in the mornin' Lord
    I'm gettin' ready for the judgment day
    My Lord, my Lord

    I'm gonna
    Ride the chariot in the mornin' Lord
    I'm gonna
    Ride the chariot in the mornin' Lord
    I'm gettin' ready for the judgment day
    My Lord, my Lord

    I'm gonna
    Ride the chariot in the mornin' Lord
    I'm gonna
    Ride the chariot in the mornin' Lord
    I'm gettin' ready for the judgment day
    My Lord, my Lord

    Why don't you swing down chariot
    Stop
    And let me ride
    Swing down chariot
    Stop
    And let me ride!

  • Title: God's Got 'Cha In Mind
  • Artist: Jenny Burton
  • Lyricist: Jenny Burton, Peter Link
  • Sample:
  • Lyrics:

    God's Got 'Cha in Mind
    Lyrics by Peter Link and Jenny Burton
    Music by Peter Link

    No matter what you think of Him
    No matter how you've lost your way
    God is there
    No matter that you've given up
    And turned your back and ceased to pray
    God is there

    Lose your way in space and time
    For ten thousand years
    Turn back to Him
    And He'll be there
    Where He has always been

    He holds you in the infinite
    In His everlasting arms
    God is there in your breath
    In the beating of your heart
    He holds your hand in His
    Your fingers intertwined
    In each and every thought He has
    God's got 'cha in mind
    God's got 'cha in mind

    They say this world will end in time
    And all things change and pass away
    God is there
    And when it all comes crashing down
    And when we face our judgment day
    God is there

    Standing at the watch fires
    Minding His own
    The shepherd of a billion souls
    No you are not alone

    He holds you in the infinite
    In His everlasting arms
    God is there in your breath
    In the beating of your heart
    He holds your hand in His
    Your fingers intertwined
    In each and every thought He has
    God's got 'cha in mind
    God's got 'cha in mind

    Workin' your way through a minefield
    God's got 'cha in mind
    Lost your job an' nowhere to turn
    God's got 'cha in mind
    Lookin' at life about to turn 80
    God's got 'cha in mind
    In over your head an' lookin' for answers
    God's got 'cha in mind

    Facin' the news of surgery
    God's got 'cha in mind
    It's ten PM do you know where your child is
    God's got 'cha both in mind
    Messed up drugged out tryin' to survive
    God's got 'cha in mind
    Sleepin' on the street no food to eat
    God's got 'cha in mind

    Gettin' outta college ain't got no direction
    God's got 'cha in mind
    Sittin' in the path of a hurricane
    God's got 'cha all in mind
    Scared to death he's cheatin' on you
    God's got 'cha both in mind
    Layin' in the hospital wonderin' what happened
    God's got 'cha in mind

    Wishin' you could lose all them pounds
    God's got 'cha in mind
    Wishin' you looked like anybody else
    God's got 'cha in mind
    Tryin' to break the spell of that weed
    God's got 'cha in mind
    Lookin' to find a new direction
    God's got 'cha in mind

    Tryin' to get on top of your life
    God's got 'cha in mind
    Pushin' to get on top of your life
    God's got 'cha in mind
    Scratchin' to get on top of your life
    God's got 'cha in mind
    Fightin' to get on top of your life
    God's got 'cha in mind

  • Title: Uphold Me
  • Artist: Jenny Burton
  • Lyricist: Fred Manns, Marvin Winans, Ronald Winans
  • Sample:
  • Description: A wonderful and searching interpretation of this beautiful gospel song from recording artist and inspirational singer, Jenny Burton.
  • Lyrics:

    Uphold Me
    Music and Lyrics by Fred Manns, Marvin Winans, and Ronald Winans

    Uphold me with thy sweet spirit
    Whatever you do
    Lord, don't take your joy from me
    [Repeat x4]

    Cast me not away from thy presence
    Don't take your holy spirit away from me
    Make me to hear joy and gladness
    I wanna be able to rejoice with thee

    Uphold me with thy sweet spirit
    Whatever you do
    Lord, don't take your joy from me
    [Repeat x2]

    Create in me a clean heart
    Renew the right spirit within me
    Open my lips
    That I might sing forth thy praise
    Open up my eyes that I might see

    Uphold me with thy sweet spirit
    Whatever you do
    Lord, don't take your joy from me
    [Repeat x3]

    Uphold me, mold me
    Shape me, make me
    Whatever you do,
    Lord, don't take your joy from me.

    Appoint me, anoint me
    Choose me, use me
    Whatever you do
    Lord, don't take your joy from me

    Rebuke me, reprove me
    Chastise me, lord, revive me
    Whatever you do
    Lord, don't take your joy from me

    Whatever you do
    Lord, don't take your joy from me

  • Title: In The Garden
  • Artist: Jenny Burton
  • Lyricist: C. Austin Miles
  • Sample:
  • Lyrics:

    In the Garden
    Music and Lyrics by C. Austin Miles

    I come to the garden alone
    While the dew is still on the roses
    And the voice I hear
    Falling on my ear
    The son of God discloses

    And He walks with me
    And He talks with me
    And He tells me I am His own
    And the joy we share as we tarry there
    No other has ever known

    He speaks and the sound of His voice
    Is so sweet the birds hush their singing
    And the melody
    That He gave to me
    Within my heart is ringing

    And He walks with me
    And He talks with me
    And He tells me I am His own
    And the joy we share as we tarry there
    No other has ever known

    I'd stay in the garden with Him
    As the night around me is falling
    Though He bids me stay
    I must go my way
    Cause the world is always calling

    But He walks with me
    And He talks with me
    And He tells me I am His own
    And the joy we share as we tarry there
    No other has ever known

  • Title: In Dat Great Gittin' Up Mornin'
  • Artist: Peter Link
  • Lyricist: J. Rosamond Johnson, James W. Johnson
  • Sample:
  • Lyrics:

    In Dat Great Gittin' Up Morning
    Music and Lyrics by James W. Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson

    I'm-a goin' to tell you
    'Bout de comin' of de judgement
    Fare you well, fare you well
    I'm-a goin' to tell you
    'Bout de comin' of de judgement
    Fare you well, fare you well

    Better get ready
    For the great hereafter
    Fare you well, fare you well
    Got to get ready
    For a brand new chapter
    Fare you well, fare you well

    Dere's a better day a-comin'
    Fare you well, fare you well
    Yeah de judgment day's a-comin'
    Fare you well, fare you well

    So de Lord He speaks to Gabriel
    Fare you well, fare you well
    He say blow yo' trumpet Gabriel
    Fare you well, fare you well

    In dat great gittin' up mornin'
    Fare you well, fare you well
    In dat great gittin' up mornin'
    Fare you well, fare you well
    [Repeat x2]

    Now take down de silvah trumpet
    Fare you well, fare you well
    Blow that trumpet, Gabriel
    Fare you well, fare you well

    Lord, how loud shall I blow it
    Fare you well, fare you well
    Loud as seven peals of thunder
    Fare you well, fare you well

    Now blow it right, calm an' easy
    Fare you well, fare you well
    Then wake de livin' nations
    Fare you well, fare you well

    In dat great gittin' up mornin'
    Fare you well, fare you well
    In dat great gittin' up mornin'
    Fare you well, fare you well
    [Repeat x2]

    Den you'll see de coffin bustin'
    Fare you well, fare you well
    See de dry bones come a-creepin'
    Fare you well, fare you well

    Den you'll see de worl' in fiah
    Fare you well, fare you well
    See de moon a-bleedin'
    Fare you well, fare you well

    Can't you see de stars a-fallin'
    Fare you well, fare you well
    See de elements a-meltin'
    Fare you well, fare you well

    In dat great gittin' up mornin'
    Fare you well, fare you well
    In dat great gittin' up mornin'
    Fare you well, fare you well
    [Repeat x2]

    Hear de rumblin' of de thunder
    Fare you well, fare you well
    And de earth shall reel an' totter
    Fare you well, fare you well

    Den you'll see de people risin'
    Fare you well, fare you well
    Den you'll see de righteous marchin'
    Fare you well, fare you well

    An' de saints goin' on before dem
    Fare you well, fare you well
    See dem marchin' home to heab'n
    Fare you well, fare you well

    In dat great gittin' up mornin'
    Fare you well, fare you well
    In dat great gittin' up mornin'
    Fare you well, fare you well
    [Repeat x5]

  • Title: Take Me Up
  • Artist: Peter Link
  • Lyricist: Peter Link
  • Sample:
  • Lyrics:

    Take Me Up
    Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

    I have walked this unhallowed ground
    And now
    I stand before you
    In God's own light
    As God's own child
    I rise to be with thee

    So take me up
    Don't turn me down
    I know
    The time is comin'
    So hold on Lord
    Don't let me go
    I know you'll see me through

    The closer still
    I walk with you
    The more
    I hear the heaven's hummin'
    So take me up
    The tide of time
    Has turned me back to you

    Before you go
    There's one more mountain to climb
    Fire on the water
    Fire on the water
    One more river to run
    Fire on the water
    And I can't get through

    One more valley to cross
    Fire on the water
    Fire on the water
    One more cross to bear
    Fire on the water
    And I can't get there

    So take me up
    Don't pass me over
    I'm ready
    To see the holy kingdom
    Cause this old world
    Has got me down
    An' I'm bound to movin' on

    So you can up and...

    Take me up (Take me up)
    Take me up (Take me up)
    Take me up (Take me up)
    Take me up
    [Repeat x4]

    So promise me Lord
    That when I'm through (Oh Lord don't let me down)
    I'll still be able
    To walk with you (Oh Lord don't let me down)

    The sun will shine
    The heaven's flame (Oh Lord don't let me down)
    The stars will shout
    Your holy name (Don't leave me)
    Don't leave me

    And you almighty God will...

    Take me up (Take me up)
    Take me up (Take me up)
    Take me up (Take me up)
    Take me up
    [Repeat x4]

    Take me take me up a little higher
    Take me take me up a little higher

    It doesn't matter if the fire burns
    Cause no flame is gonna make me turn away

    Take me take me up a little higher
    Take me take me up a little higher

    It don't matter 'bout the old world now
    Cause I'm steppin' up an' I'll be there somehow

    Take me take me up a little higher
    Take me take me up a little higher

    So ya better get ready cause I'm comin' in
    Cause I just ain't likely
    Gonna come this way again

    So take me up (Take me up)
    Take me up (Take me up)
    Take me up (Take me up)
    Into the bosom of Abraham

    Take me up (Take me up)
    Take me up (Take me up)
    Take me up (Take me up)
    Into the glory of the promised land

    Take me up (Take me up)
    Take me up (Take me up)
    Take me up (Take me up)
    To where the glory of God began

    Take me up (Take me up)
    Take me up (Take me up)
    Take me up (Take me up)

    Into the spiritual kingdom of God and man
    Where all I am
    Is light light light
    Take me up!

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