Undignified: Some Songs Just Don’t Work A Capella

Has singing a song of praise ever had the negative effect on you? It had been a while since that happened to me, but it happened at Winterfest this year. The song is called Undignified. Its lyrics are pretty simple, they are based on 2 Samuel 6:

Verse 1
I will dance I will sing
To be mad for my King
Nothing Lord is hindering
The passion in my soul

Chorus 1
And I’ll become even more
Undignified than this
Some would say it’s foolishness but
I’ll become even more
Undignified than this
Leave my pride by side
And I’ll become even more
Undignified than this
Some would say it’s foolishness but
I’ll become even more
Undignified than this

Misc 1
Na na na na na hey
Na na na na na hey

Ending
It’s all for you my Lord

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Matt Redman
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It’s sort of meant to be a fun, energetic song, but at Winterfest, it neither seemed much fun or energetic. First off, Church of Christ folks aren’t really known for getting undignified in their worship. Undignified calls for us to loose our decency and propriety in worship. Having previously experienced this song in an instrumental worship setting where it was uplifting, it was actually kind of a downer in an A Capella worship setting. I don’t blame Watershed for it though. Chris is a friend of mine back from my high school days. This song is just though to make it work A Capella. If you firmly believe that all things the Church does has to come from either direct command, apostolic/first century example, or expedience… Instruments are definitely an expedient on that song.

I’ll have to see what the teens thought. Maybe its just because I’m getting old, but I usually have a good feel for what the teens like, so I don’t think that is it. Here’s a mashup of Undignified and Napoleon Dynamite I found.