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"Down In My Heart," sometimes titled "I've Got the Joy" is a popular Christian song often sung around the campfire and during scouting events. It is often included in Gospel music and A cappella concerts and songbooks. The song was written by George Willis Cooke (23 April 1848 - 30 April 1923). The date of authorship is as yet unknown.[original research?] Cooke was born in Comstock, Michigan. He was a Unitarian minister, writer, and editor and is well known for his landmark history of the Unitarian movement in the 19th century. Though largely self-taught, he studied at Meadeville Theological School in 1872. He was ordained in June of that year, not having obtained a degree from the school. He served the parish ministry for 28 years, while writing and editing. He left the ministry in 1900 to pursue scholarship and lecturing. He authored more than 20 books on a wide range of subjects.

Lyrics[edit]

There are many possible lyrics. The most common opening lyric and chorus is as follows:

I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart
Down in my heart - Where
Down in my heart
I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart
Down in my heart to stay
And I'm so happy
So very happy
I've got the love of Jesus in my heart
And I'm so happy
So very happy
I've got the love of Jesus in my heart

Subsequent lyrics include:

I've got the peace that passes understanding down in my heart...
I've got the far out faith that freaks out farmers down in my heart...
I've got the glorious hope of my blessed redeemer way down in the depths of my heart...
I've got the mighty Messiah that manifests miracles down in the depths of my heart...
Well, if the devil doesn't like it he can sit on a tack...
I've got the love of Jesus Christ my savior down in my heart...
I've got the wonderful love of my blessed redeemer way down in the depths of my heart...
I've got the brightest light in the depths of my heart...
I've got the infinite love of the living lord down in the depths of my heart...
I've got the love of Jesus, love of Jesus down in my heart...

In popular culture[edit]

NRBQ's version of the song is played in the final moments of FX's American television series "Wilfred". Though the context it's played in is not conducive to the songs original theme of Christianity, instead referring to the main characters coming to peace with his state of mind, it is possibly for this reason that only the chorus of the song is played.

This is the gospel song Granny (actress Irene Ryan) sings in an episode of the 1960's TV sitcom, "The Beverly Hillbillies."

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