DEM BONES

arr. Larry Nickel

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featuring the MEI (high school) Concert Choir
Nickel says, “I remember hearing this piece in the movie ‘Rain Man’ and thinking – wow, I’d like to have a crack at that one. It just so happened that my concert choir was learning about the chromatic scale so this piece turned out to be educational and great fun.”

LYRICS

Oh, the hand of the Lord was upon me
and He brought me to the middle of a valley
Well, I couldn’t believe what I saw there;
the total devastation of an army!

Dem bones, dem bones, dem – dry bones (3x)
Now hear the word of the Lord

Then He told me to talk to the graveyard
“If you prophesy, a miracle will happen”
So, I spoke every word the Lord commanded
and suddenly I heard the bones a’rattlin’

Ezekiel connected them – dry bones (3x)
Now hear the word of the Lord

The foot bone connected to the – ankle bone
The ankle bone connected to the – shin bone
The shin bone connected to the – leg bone
The leg bone connected to the – knee bone
The knee bone connected to the – thigh bone
The thigh bone connected to the – hip bone
The hip bone connected to the – back bone
The back bone connected to the – shoulder bone
The shoulder bone connected to the – neck bone
The neck bone connected to the – head bone

Dem’a bones, dem’a bones gonna – walk around (3x)
Now hear the word of the Lord

The head bone connected to the – neck bone
The head bone connected to the – shoulder bone
The shoulder bone connected to the – back bone
The back bone connected to the – hip bone
The hip bone connected to the – thigh bone
The thigh bone connected to the – knee bone
The knee bone connected to the – shin bone
The shin bone connected to the – ankle bone
The ankle bone connected to the – foot bone
Now hear the word of the Lord

Dem bones, dem bones, dem – dry bones (3x)
Now hear the word of the Lord

Breathe on me – breath of God
Fill me with life anew

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