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Sing about Heaven - Bible Reading Tip

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Songs and hymns that describe the glorious splendors of heaven abound.

One spiritual, "I Got Shoes," focuses on the basics -- shoes, a robe, wings, and a harp. And it promises freedom from hypocrisy: "Everybody talkin' 'bout heaven ain't goin' there."

The song depicts a simple, joyful freedom:

I got shoes, you got shoes, all God's children got shoes
When I get to heaven gonna put on my shoes
I'm gonna walk all over God's heaven, heaven, heaven
Everybody talkin' bout heaven ain't goin' there heaven, heaven
I'm gonna walk all over God's heaven

I got a robe, you got a robe, all God's children got a robe
When I get to heaven gonna put on my robe
I'm gonna wear it all over God's heaven, heaven, heaven
Everybody talkin' bout heaven ain't goin' there heaven, heaven
I'm gonna wear it all over God's heaven

I got wings, you got wings, all God's children got wings,
when I get to heaven gonna put on my wings I'm gonna fly all over God's heaven, heaven, heaven
Everybody talkin' bout heaven ain't going there heaven, heaven
I'm gonna fly all over God's heaven

I got a harp, you got a harp, all God's children got a harp,
When I get to heaven gonna pick up my harp
I'm gonna play all over God's heaven, heaven, heaven
Everybody talkin' bout heaven ain't goin' there heaven, heaven
I'm gonna play all over God's heaven

"I Got Shoes" courtesy of the National Lutheran Choir. Posted with permission. This version is available via iTunes (Track 36) or Amazon.

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