Dunk Down

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Dunk Down

Another fabulous singalong water song from MaMuse. This song is a verse-chorus song, best to teach the chorus only for quick learning in song circles.

Composer & Copyright

Original song by Karisha Longaker of MaMuse. Dunk Down is included in this song library with permission for the purposes of oral tradition singing and teaching. If singing this song for performance or recording for profit, you must get permission from and pay royalties to the composer.


Recording by Lisa G. Littlebird. In addition to the choral parts in this recording, Sarah and Karisha’s parts are also included with the verses in the full recording. The choral parts all enter on the second chorus. There are a couple places in the soprano part where it splits into two lines.

Optional Advanced Chorus backup parts:


(I’m gonna) dunk down, down into the river, gonna
Dunk down, all the way down
Dunk down, down into the river
Gonna let it go all the way down

Oh Lord, here I go letting go,
Oh Lord, here I go letting go,
Oh Lord, here I go letting go,
Letting go all the way down
Letting go all the way down

Verse 1:
River, river free and wild
All these knots are coming untied
River, river you humble me
Here I come, come wash me clean

Verse 2:
River, river wild and free
In thy service help me be
River, river drink me in
I am ready to begin

Teaching Notes

I teach the chorus of this song in the high and low parts only¬† (singing the verses myself) in most song circles. For choirs and more experienced groups I add the much more complex (and fabulous) 3 gospel backup lines (tenor, alto & soprano.) These are based upon the tenor line that Karisha composed and prefers. She sent her original composed tenor line to me because there are some variations/ deviations in the choral version on their Prayers for Freedom album. This song could easily be performed with the tenor, alto and soprano parts only if you have soloists to sing Sarah & Karisha’s lines.

This recording is in B flat.


This song is quite easy to teach in its simplified form, and much more complex to teach with the tenor, alto and soprano lines added.

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


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