DRY BONES

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DRY BONES
“Dem Bones”, “Dry Bones” or “Dem Dry Bones” is a well-known traditional spiritual,
often used to teach basic anatomy to children (although its description is far from
anatomically correct). The melody was written by James Weldon Johnson. Two versions
of this traditional song are widely used, the second an abridgement of the first. The lyrics
are based on Ezekiel 37:1-14 from the Bible where the prophet visits the Valley of Dry
Bones and brings them to life by mentioning God’s name. Over the years, the song has
been covered by The Delta Rhythm Boys, the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Shirley
Caesar, Rosemary Clooney, and many other artists. The chorus of the song is often used
to teach children about skeletons:
Ezekiel connected them dry bones
Ezekiel connected them dry bones
Ezekiel connected them dry bones
Now hear the word of the Lord.
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones
Gonna hear the word of the Lord.
Your toe bone connected to your foot bone
Your foot bone connected to your ankle bone
Your ankle bone connected to your leg bone
Your leg bone connected to your knee bone
Your knee bone connected to your thigh bone
Your thigh bone connected to your hip bone
Your hip bone connected to your back bone
Your back bone connected to your shoulder bone
Your shoulder bone connected to your neck bone
Your neck bone connected to your head bone
I hear the word of the Lord.
Them bones, them bones gonna walk around
Them bones, them bones gonna walk around
Them bones, them bones gonna walk around
I hear the word of the Lord.
Disconnect them bones, them dry bones
Disconnect them bones, them dry bones
Disconnect them bones, them dry bones
Now hear the word of the Lord