I've Got the Joy Joy Joy Joy

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"Joy In My Heart," sometimes titled "I've Got the Joy, Joy, 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 William Cooke... George William Cooke was born in Yorkshire, England in 1884 and died in Jamestown, New York in 1951. He was the author of "Joy in My Heart" which was copyrighted in 1925 (but not renewed). At that time he was living in Wilmington, Delaware. He was a minister and associated with a group called Gospel Crusaders which was associated with the Methodist Church. He ran the Delmarva Camp, a Methodist camp that held gospel meetings and revivals. He was later minister of Methodist churches in Buffalo and Rochester New York. As a young man, he twice circled the globe in evangelistic tours with Commissioner Samuel L. Brengle of the Salvation Army.

= Lyrics ==

There are many possible lyrics. The original lyrics and chorus are as follows:

I have the joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart
Down in my heart
Down in my heart
I have the joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart
Down in my heart to stay
I have the peace that passeth understanding
Down in my heart
Down in my heart
Down in my heart
I have the peace that passeth understanding
Down in my heart
Down in my heart to stay
I have the love of Jesus, love of Jesus
Down in my heart
Down in my heart
Down in my heart
I have the love of Jesus, love of Jesus
Down in my heart
Down in my heart to stay
For there is there-fore now no condemnation
Down in my heart
Down in my heart
Down in my heart
For there is there-fore now no condemnation
Down in my heart
Down in my heart to stay

Subsequent lyrics include:

And I'm so happy
So very happy
I have the love of Jesus in my heart (down in my heart)
And I'm so happy
So very happy
I have the love of Jesus in my heart
I've got the far out faith that freaks out the 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...
I've got the beautiful blessing that baffles the Buddhists down in the depths of my heart...
I've got the Christian confession that confuses the Communists down in the depths of my heart...
I've got the far out feeling that freaks out the Pharisees down in the depths of my heart...
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...
And if the devil doesn't like it he can sit on a tack, ouch, sit on a tack, ouch, sit on a tack. And if the devil doesn't like it he can sit on a tack. Sit on a tack to stay.
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...
I've got that opposition to conscription down in my heart...[1]

In popular culture[edit]

Origin of the title of William Stafford's prose memoir of his WWII pacifist service, Down In My Heart.[2]

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 1960s TV sitcom, "The Beverly Hillbillies"

Sung by The Simpsons characters Rod and Todd in episode 410 (Lisa's First Word) originally aired 3 December 1993.

Included by The Housemartins as one of the tracks on the London 0 Hull 4 Deluxe Edition album, from when lead singer Paul Heaton's lyrics reflected his Christian views at the time.

The song is sung by Jeremy Sumpter and Matt O'Leary at the beginning of the 2001 thriller Frailty.

Used in Coca-Cola ad April, 2015.

In the 2014 Game LISA, the song is repeatedly sung by the character Buzzo when offering the in-game drug, Joy.

In 2015, S7E7 of Tosh.0 featured Daniel Tosh referencing and singing it.

In 2016, VolksWagen used the song in a TV commercial aired during the UEFA Euro 2016.

In 2017, it is sung in the first episode of Sun Records.

References[edit]

  1. ^ p. 47, Kim Stafford, Early Morning: Remembering My Father, William Stafford, Publisher Trinity University Press, 2014 ISBN 1595341862, 9781595341860
  2. ^ Kim Stafford, Early Morning: Remembering My Father, William Stafford, Publisher Trinity University Press, 2014 ISBN 9781595341860

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