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706: What Can I Say To Cheer A World Of Sorrow

Meter:   11.10.11.10.
Book:   1987 Song Book
Chapter:   The Salvation Soldier

1.
What can I say to cheer a world of sorrow?
How bring back hope where men have sorely failed?
Just where I am I'll speak the word of comfort,
Tell how for me Christ's sacrifice availed.

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Just where he needs me, my Lord has placed me,
Just where he needs me, there would I be!
And since he found me, by love he's bound me
To serve him joyfully.

2.
What can I do to ease life's heavy burdens?
What can I do to help mankind in need?
Just where I am I'll share my neighbor's hardship,
Lighten his load, and prove a friend indeed.

3.
What can I do to justify my living?
What can I be to make this life worthwhile?
I'll be a voice to call men to the Saviour,
Just where I am, and win my Father's smile.
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What can I say to cheer a world of sorrow

The author said that this song was written at a time when she was required to work in a very difficult situation. In 1986,describing the circumstances, she wrote:I was Returning by train to an appointment not altogether congenial. Family and friends were left behind and adjustment had to be made to what lay before. I had spoken of my unhappiness to the friend who had seen me off at the station and some words she had said lingered in the mind. I began to rough out the lines'Just where he needs me' and I seemed to be given the answer to my questioning, and the larger outlook of the verses followed. this song which marked the rededication of my life has been blessed around the world-more than any other I have written.Entitled 'Just where I am', it was published in The Musical Salvationist, November 1938, on 'The Soloist's Page'.

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546 - 1987 Tune Book

546: Just Where He Needs Me

Book: 1987 Tune Book
Composer: Edgar Grinsted (1897 -1979)
Lyricist: Edgar Grinsted (1897 -1979)
Key: F
Alt. Key: --
Tempo: 104
Capo: --
Metronome:     ♩ = 104
Meter:11.10.11.10.

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