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Sunday, May 10, 2015

"He's got the whole world in his hands" song lyrics



He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands
This song first became widely known through the singing of the famous contralto Marian Anderson. A deeply religious woman, Miss Anderson always included spirituals in her concerts. For her the greatest of the spirituals is HE’S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HANDS.

“The whole world” includes the elements: the wind and the rain” are sung about in one of the many verses to this song. It also includes all of the people in the world from “little tiny babies” to sinners: “the lying man” and “ the gambling man” are the subjects of two more verses. And, of course, “you and me, brother and sister, all of us here,” are part of the world.
The unknown composer of this spiritual rejoiced in God’s power over the world – a world in which a slave had no power. The composer also reassured his or her fellow slaves that, in God’s sight, they were equal to everyone else in the world. The simple words carry a profound message to those who accept them as true.

*Words and expressions you may not recognize.*
He, His – Both of these pronouns refer to God
He’s got = contracted form of “He has got”; alternate form to He has/He does have.
an’ = “and”
brother = any male
  1. “He’s got the whole world in His hands.” What specific things in the world does God have in His hands? Can you think of pairs of things that begin with the same letter? Can you go through the alphabet?
  2. A Treasure Hunt. Here’s a game to play with six or more people. Each one of you will make a list of five things that you think someone else in the class probably has with him or her. Go around the room asking other people, “Have you got a/an ________?” If someone has the item, he/she must show it to you, saying “Yes, I do. Here it is.” When you have found everything on your list, call out “I’ve got it!”

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