"I Belong To You" & "I Give Myself Away"



One pair of black Gospel ballads to which I was introduced and I've heard sung a few places is "I Belong To You" and "I Give Myself Away." These songs are related because they share a composer (William McDowell) and a bridge, even though the chords can differ. Both these songs are ripe with vocal improvisation and harmony opportunities, and the chords are very straight-forward. However, when I've played one of these songs, I've suffered the temptation to rush the tempo. Lyrics are below:


I Give Myself Away

I give myself away

I give myself away, so You can use me


Here I am, here I stand

Lord my life is in Your hands

Lord I'm longing to see

Your desires revealed in me


Take my heart, take my life

As a living sacrifice

All my dreams, all my plans

Lord I place them in Your hands


My life is not my own, to You I belong

I give myself, I give myself to You


I Belong To You

I've been captured by a love I can't explain

Now You have me and I'm forever changed

I've abandoned everything I've ever known

Now I surrender my life is not my own


I belong to You


My life is not my own, to You I belong

I give myself, I give myself to You

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