This song was originally conceived by a friend of mine, Bob Burkhardt, in New England back in the late 1980s. Bob and I worked out the chords and rhythm to match the melody he had going.  Here, years later, I tried to resurrect the song but could not exactly chords and melody-wise, so I adapted it to something that worked for me. It also went from a peppy tune to a ballad. The lyrics are adapted from Isaiah 61, the text that Jesus first read when he started his amazing works.

Spirit of the Lord

"Traditional"
 (adapted by Bob Burkhardt and mckavanaugh)

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me
For the Lord has anointed me

To bring good news to the afflicted
To bind up the broken hearted
Proclaim liberty to the captives
And freedom to the prisoners

To comfort those who mourn in Zion
Giving them a garland instead of ashes

The oil of joy instead of mourning
The mantle of praise instead of fainting
They will be called oaks of righteousness
The planting of the Lord that He may be glorified

And the Spirit of the Lord is upon you
For the Lord has anointed you

To bring good news to the afflicted
To bind up the broken hearted
Proclaim liberty to the captives
And freedom to the prisoners

So, bring good news to the afflicted
To bind up the broken hearted
Proclaim liberty to the captives
And freedom to the prisoners

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