EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
Refrain: (<) RAIN"step by step" DRIZZLE-DOWN, (>) RAIN"step by step" DRIZZLE-DOWN,
(|) RAIN"step by step" DRIZZLE-DOWN YOUR-ctr L-O-V-E ON YOUR-ctr PEOPLE.
(<) RAIN"step by step" DRIZZLE-DOWN, (>) RAIN"step by step" DRIZZLE-DOWN,
(|) RAIN"step by step" DRIZZLE-DOWN LOVE, GOD, OFFER LIFE.
1. GOD HIS-ctr WORD TRUE, WE TRUST HIM-ctr CAN.
ALL THAT HE-ctr DOES, WORTH HAVE FAITH.
GOD HAVE-MERCY PEOPLE LIVE RIGHT.
EARTH OVERFLOW HIS-ctr L-O-V-E.
2. WE RESPECT AND HAVE HOPE WITH OUR GOD.
HE-ctr IDEA~LIKE MOTHER BIRD, HIS WINGS FOLD-OVER-young.
DARK LIFE AND DEATH, GOD WILLING PREVENT.
GOD REFUSE LEAVE-us US ALONE STARVE.
3. YOU-ctr CREATE WORLD, WE REALLY-WANT YOUR-ctr TRUTH.
IDEA~LIKE WATER FRESH, WE THIRST FOR HIM-ctr.
PRAY YOUR-ctr L-O-V-E AND YOUR-ctr PEACE "TOUCH" OUR HEART.
ALL OUR HOPE DEPEND YOU-ctr.
Notes: RAIN"step by step" - RAIN descends with sligh interruptions at each lowering.
DRIZZLE-DOWN - (2h), PO down, FO away, hands descend with wg.
ALL - (2h)[B^], POs up, FOs ><, DH circles around NDH and lands on its palm. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Whole.
HE - Underlined words are honorific indices ("indexes"), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.
HAVE-MERCY - (2h)[open 8], POs > people who are receiving mercy, hands move in vertical circles normal (perpendicular) to the chest.
OVERFLOW - , PO down, FO away, covers top of [S], PO > DS, FO away, and FT wiggle as the hand moves away, like a cup overflowing. For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - overflow.
IDEA~LIKE - A blending where IDEA has a [Y] instead of an [I] in anticipation of LIKE which is signed smoothly right afterwards.
WINGS - (2h)[B] cross hands at wrist and move like flapping wings.
FOLD-OVER-young - (2h)[B] folve hands over each other as if protecting her young.
CREATE - C-MAKE.
REALLY-WANT - WANT but shaken back and forth to show intensity.
"TOUCH" - Middle finger of [open 8] strikes heart.
Refrain: Rain down, rain down,
rain down your love on your people.
Rain down, rain down,
rain down your love, God of life.
1. Faithful and true is the word of our God;
all of God's works are so worthy of trust.
God's mercy falls on the just and the right;
full of God's love is the earth.
2. We who revere and find hope in our God
live in the kindness and joy of God's wing.
God will protect us from darkness and death;
God will not leave us to starve.
3. God of creation, we long for your truth;
you are the water of life that we thirst.
Grant that your love and your peace touch our hearts,
all of our hope lies in you.
To hear a musical setting of these lyrics (without words), go to Bob's MIDI Sequences, Hymn-type MIDI Sequences and click on "Rain Down".