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George Fox - by Sidney Carter

1. There's a light that is shining in the heart of a man,
It's the light that was shining when the world began.
There's a light that is shining in the Turk and the Jew
And a light that is shining, friend, in me and in you.

Old leather breeches, shaggy, shaggy locks
(Old leather breeches, shaggy, shaggy locks)
Wth your old leather breeches and your shaggy, shaggy locks
You are pulling down the pillars the of the world, George Fox

2. With a book and a steeple, a bell and a key
They would bind it forever but they can't (said he).
Oh, the book it will perish and the steeple will fall
But the light will be shining at the end of it all.


(not sung by SeaGreen Singers)
3. "If we give you a pistol, will you fight for the Lord?"
"But you can't kill the Devil with a gun or a sword!"
"Will you swear on the Bible?" "I will not!" said he,
"For the truth is more holy than the book to me."


4. There's an ocean of darkness and I drown in the night
Till I come through the darkness to the ocean of light,
For the light is forever and the light it is free
"And I walk in the glory of the light," said he.


A song about George Fox, founder of the Religious Society of Friends (commonly known as Quakers). He was born in England in 1624.
He lived until 1691. He and his Friends were also called Quakers by people who did not like them because they sometimes "quaked" when
they were preaching. Quakers don't mind the name now. In fact they think it is pretty cool. The tune to this song is a traditional English folk song. Sydney Carter wrote these lyrics in 1964.

He was trained to be a leather worker. Even though he gave up that job to be a preacher, he wore clothes that he made. They were practical and lasted a long time. Fox also did not spend a lot of money to get his hair cut and so he had shaggy, shaggy locks. People thought he looked a little weird and that his ideas were dangerous. But Fox thought he was "walking in the Light" of God.

Some people sing the last lines like this:
In your old leather breaches and your shaggy, shaggy, locks
You are pulling down the pillars of the world George Fox!:

Chorus used by Society of Friends: (http://www.friendsmedia.org/kidsquake/printables/WalkInTheLight.pdf)

Walk in the Light, wherever you may be!
Walk in the Light, wherever you may be!
In my old leather breeches and my shaggy, shaggy locks,
I am walking in the glory of the Light, said Fox.