I Don’t Feel in No Ways Tired

The Bird Sings Oral Tradition Song Library

I Don’t Feel in No Ways Tired

A simple gospel song that’s hard to beat! This is wonderfully effective with the melody (middle) part alone for easy teaching, or with just the high harmony added. This arrangement in three voices was created for Wholehearted Chorus. This song covers a lot of vocal range and encourages singers to find comfort in the lower and upper reaches of their voice.

Composer & Copyright

Original song by Curtis Burrell, arrangement inspired by James Cleveland as shared by Aimee Ringle.

Recording

Recording by Lisa G. Littlebird.

 

Lyrics

I don’t feel in no ways tired
I’ve come so far from where I started from
And nobody told me that the road would be easy
But I don’t believe you* brought me this far to leave me
(x2)
I don’t believe you brought me this far (x3)
I don’t believe you brought me this far to leave me
(x2)
*Originally “He”

Teaching Notes

What a joy this song is to share. Often opening and emotional for singers, I enjoy really drawing out the teaching and singing to give everyone a chance to deeply feel and enjoy it. I often teach the melody alone and offer the high harmony myself or with more experienced singers in the group. Without the low harmony I typically teach this a step or two lower than this recording.  There are lots of little “extra” notes for gospel-style ornamentation in this melody, and in my experience if I teach it in small pieces singers tend to pick it up quite easily. One simplification I often make is to keep all of the first three phrases of the second section (“I don’t believe you brought me this far”) exactly identical. I have found many people don’t understand the word “tired” if I try teaching this without saying the words first.

This recording is in the key of A flat (ish).

5

Level of teaching speed/ difficulty (1 = very easy, 10 = very challenging)

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