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Jake Paris

in Maine, in 2024

O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing

I took the old familiar melody, but switched out the awkward 3/2 time for a swing feel. That change went a good distance in making the song feel not so antiquated. And as a bonus, the melody feels close enough to the original that an average congregant doesn’t need to “learn” anything, they just pick it up immediately.

Sheet Music


Quick demo of a couple verses

For comparison, here’s a recording of the original tune.