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"I Need You To Survive" by Hezekiah Walker


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This is a black Gospel song that I was requested to transcribe and prepare for an in-house women's retreat at a multicultural church, and I've also seen it led by Albert Tate at the end of a message in a megachurch. It's not a "vertical" worship song (similar to "The Church's One Foundation"). "I Need You To Survive" by Hezekiah Walker is a loving message from one Christian to another. It would work well to emphasize godly community and service. The chord progression and melody is very straight-forward and the song is ripe with opportunities for vocal harmonies and leader direction/improvisation. Lyrics below:

I need you, you need me.

We're all a part of God's body.

Stand with me, agree with me.

We're all a part of God's body.


It is His will that every need be supplied.

You are important to me, I need you to survive.

You are important to me, I need you to survive.


I pray for you, You pray for me.

I love you, I need you to survive.

I won't harm you with words from my mouth.

I love you, I need you to survive.


(Note: Once, when teaching it to a worship team, I estimated that the first line of the chorus, "It is His will that every need be supplied," would provoke thoughts of prosperity gospel teaching, even though it's not the intent of the composer. So, I changed it to "It's His desire that every need be supplied.")