We’re Starting A (Bowel) Movement

Zach Nielsen has resurrected a long neglected classic by Isaac Watts that deserves a wider audience. If you doubt how much the meaning of words can change in the last 300 years why not try this bad boy out on your congregation this Sunday?

Blest is the man whose bowels move,
And melt with pity to the poor;

Whose soul, by sympathizing love,

Feels what his fellow saints endure.

His heart contrives for their relief
More good than his own hands can do;

He, in the time of gen’ral grief,
Shall find the Lord has bowels too.

check out the whole thing here

I did hear a rumour that both Devon Kauflin & Reformed Praise have reset it to music and are locked in a furious race to see who can record it and release it first.

But that could just be a rumour.

Of course we could just do what Jerry suggest on Z’s blog and substitute ‘heart’ for ‘bowels’, but hey! let’s be creative! Why not substitute ‘bowels’ for ‘heart’ and make some of our modern songs more stately?

After all aren’t these an improvement…?

Achy Breaky Bowels (Billy Ray Cyrus)
Love Is Like An Itching In My Bowels (The Supremes)
Little Boy Bowels (Andrew Peterson)
Expressway To Your Bowels (Blues Brothers)
Bowelbreak Hotel (Elvis Presley)
Bowels Burst Into Fire (Bullet For My Valentine)
There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Bowels) (Eurythmics)
Sweet Bowel Ache (Fats Waller)
Give Me A Clean Bowel (Fred Hammond)
Open The Eyes Of My Bowels (Paul Baloche)
Soften My Bowels (Phatfish)

Any classics I’ve missed that need a change of ‘heart’? Leave me a comment!


Perfectly Good Bowels – Taylor Swift
Bowelbreaker – Will I Am
The Bowel’s Filthy Lesson – David Bowie
Groove Is In The Bowels – Dee-lite
Listen To Her Bowels – Tom Petty & the Bowelbreakers
You Stole The Sun From My Bowels – Manic Street Preachers

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Songwriter/Singer from Nottingham, UK. My 2nd EP, Everything In The World Is Fighting Everything In The Sky, is out now. I'm blogging (& podcasting) through the entire Beatles catalogue at Beatles Songwriting Academy. In my spare time I wish I had some spare time.
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4 Responses to We’re Starting A (Bowel) Movement

  1. Anonymous says:

    "bowelbreaker" by will i am
    "the bowels filthy lesson" by David Bowie
    "Groove is in the bowels" by Dee-lite
    the list is endless!
    some more…
    "Listen to Her Bowel" Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
    "You Stole The Sun From My Bowel – Manic Street Preachers, i nice twist on the old saying…stick it where the sun dont shine
    ok il stop now
    phil j

  2. Groucho says:

    Not exactly a classic but:

    Perfectly Good Bowels by Taylor Swift

  3. Groucho says:

    Bowelless by Kanye West

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