Pave the Way with Branches

Pave the Way With Branches
Bret Hesla. © 1999. Admin Augsburg Fortress Publishers.
Spanish lyrics Jose Antonio Machado

1. Jesus is coming.
Pave the way with branches.
Jesus is coming. Hosannah.

Ch: Hosannah. Jesus is coming.
Hosannah to the Prince of Peace.

2. Hope for the downtrod …

3. Land for the landless …

4. Debts are forgiven …

5. Release for the captives …

Spanish:
Cristo ya viene con mantos y palmas.
Cristo ya viene hossana.

Ref: Hossana cristo ya viene.
Hossana yo lo quiero ver.
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Uses: Palm Sunday, great processional, easy to sing with no printed paper.

Some groups have adapted this as, “Justice is coming.” Great idea. I think the rest of the adaptation would replace Pave the way with branches to “Pave the way with action.” Replace Hosannah with “Be strong now” and replace To the Prince of Peace with “In the way of peace”. Also, of course, there’s lots of other room here to make up new lyrics. In case you need a nudge, here’s your official nudge. C’mon. Sing what makes sense to you in your deepest heart. This is our one go-around on this earth.

———-Attention Good Friday: Because He Stood:  a song to help remove atonement from Good Friday—-

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Note: The Sheet Music pdf download is melody line and guitar chords. For full keyboard accompaniment, see the songbook, “Global Songs III: Pave the Way.”

 

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