I Will Choose Christ

“I Will Choose Christ” by Tom Booth is No 76 in As One Voice: the Next Generation.  A lovely song with applications for RCIA and confirmation, but again is more a solo gospel vehicle than a song for the assembly.  It has lots of odd timings and gaps and two (count ‘em) key changes.  The stated speed of ~94 is a little fast – 84 matches the recording and the feel better.  If you go looking on youtube there is a performance at the crystal cathedral, a black gospel version and a version with children doing actions.

Probable errors

p237 third line second bar – the bass E in the Gm chord is probably on  3rd beat, not the second.

p239 second line, first bar – I don’t think the F is an accidental F# sounds right.

 

If you haven’t bought AOV NG yet, you can buy the sheet music at spiritandsong.

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Refrain

I will choose Christ,

I will choose love,

I choose to serve.
I give my heart,

I give my life,

I give my all to you.

Verse 1

How many times must He call my name,

And show to me that He is God.
And as a servant He calls to me:

“You must serve too.”

Refrain

Verse 2

Christ my teacher and healer,

Teach my heart and heal my soul.

And as I walk this road with you,

Teach me to love.

Refrain (key change)

Verse 3

And as I look upon your cross,

So must I die with you.
And with the death of my own desires,

I shall rise with you.

Refrain x2 (another key change!)

© Tom Booth 1991, 2009.

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