There are a lot of great Easter songs, both old and new. However, I think my all time favorite is Robert Lowry’s “Christ Arose.” “Up from the grave he arose” never fails to get my spiritual heart to pumping! This old song, to me, captures the resurrection with powerful words and a simple melody that the congregation can sing with joyful abandon.
But many churches don’t know how to sing it!
The song is supposed to contrast between “low in the grave he lay” and “up from the grave he arose.” The verse is “in the grave.” It’s a funeral song. The chorus is Easter resurrection: victory over the grave. It’s exciting and joyful – maybe even a little giddy.
The verse and chorus aren’t supposed to be sung at the same speed. Stated simply, sing the chorus at twice the speed of the verse. Don’t over think it – sing the chorus like you are four years old at a birthday party and having the time of your life.
Then, Lowry ingeniously puts the brakes on with the final lines of the chorus, preparing the singers to slow down again for the next verse.
Please share this with every worship leader you know who, having never heard this song sung right before, are destroying (yes, it’s an over-statement) an awesome Easter hymn!