I got time! A gospel call and response


I got time
A gospel call and response


[A lead singer leads the song
and the chorus responds
with echo or exclamation.
After the third verse,
different singers improvise
the lead vocal, and when
everybody has had a turn
and the assembly is satisfied,
the first two verses are repeated
with a long ritardando at the end.
Chords are major I-IV-V-ii
in familiar gospel style,
played by everybody
who has an instrument.
Dancing is encouraged.]


Oh, I got time.  (I got the time.)
Yes, I got time. (I got the time.)
Now, I got time (I got the time.)
To do what I love, (Do what you love!)
Do what I want, (What you want!)
Do what I need. (What you need!)
Yes, I got time. (I got the time.)
I got time. (Hallelu!)

There was a time (Once was a time)
I didn’t see (Lord have mercy!)
That I had time (Yes, yes!)
Thought time had me. (Mm-mm!)
But gradually (Praise the Lord!)
I found I’m free, (Hallelujah!)
And I got time. (I got the time)
Yes, I got time. (I got the time!)

To read to my daughter
To drink a little water
To see a river otter
To read Harry Potter
To spend a quarter
To drink some porter
I got time. (I got the time!)
Yes, I got time. (I got the time!)

To do my study.
To see my buddy.
To get real muddy.
Even get bloody,
Go down in the floody
Play with Silly Putty.
I got time. (I got the time!)
Yes, I got time. (I got the time!)

To answer my mail
To wag my tail
Fix the hole in the pail
Eat dino-kale
Get hit by hail
Get old and frial
I got time. (I got the time!)
Yes, I got time. (I got the time!)

[This goes on for some time
with different singers all taking turns
at these listing verses where six lines all rhyme
ending with the refrain “I got time…”
The lines should come rapidly,
spontaneously, sloppily and joyously
in the surrendering spirit of improvisation.
More potential verses follow:]


To laugh a little
To cry a puddle
To get into a muddle
To put on the kettle
Feel fit as a fiddle
To wiggle my middle
I got time. (I got the time!)
Yes, I got time. (I got the time!)

To play a game.
To go out in the rain.
To wrack my brain.
To go insane.
To feel real pain.
To heal again.
I got time. (I got the time!)
Yes, I got time. (I got the time!)

To feed the sick.
To light a wick.
To do my trick.
With a dowsing stick.
To throw a brick.
To flick my Bic.
I got time. (I got the time!)
Yes, I got time. (I got the time!)

To praise the all.
To answer the call.
To go to the mall.
To rise and fall.
For the big and small.
For the short and tall.
I got time. (I got the time!)
Yes, I got time. (I got the time!)

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