What is ParaPraise
A good twist on pop music

Our pastor has a hobby of re-writing lyrics to pop songs, which he calls ParaPraise music. So far he has re-written over 4100 songs. Each week on this page, we’ll feature a song of the week – you’ll see the new lyrics plus be able to listen to the tune so you can sing right along. Also, a pdf of all that artist’s songs which have been redone will also be available, and we’ll add to that archive each week.

This week our new featured artist is Dolly Parton. The last two weeks we added Sophie B. Hawkins and George Michael. In the near future we'll be adding Eddie Rabbitt and Santana. 

Song of the Week
Waterfall by TLC— new words © 1998 David J. Landegent

Lonely mother gazing out of the window
Staring at a son that she just can’t touch
If there’s any time he’s in a jam, she’ll be by his side
But he doesn’t realize he hurts her so much
But all the worry just ain’t helping at all
Cuz he can’t seem to keep hisself out of trouble
So he goes on and he makes his money
The best way he knows how
Another body laying cold in the gutter
Listen to me

Don’t go chasing waterfalls
Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you used to
I know that you’re gonna have it your way or nothin’ at all
But I think you’re movin’ too fast

Little precious has a natural obsession
For temptation, but he just can’t see
Illicit lovin’ got his body in trouble
But all he can say is sinnin’ is good to me
One day he goes & takes a glimpse in the mirror
But he doesn’t recognize his own face
His health is fading and he doesn’t know why
Three letters took him to his final restin’ place
You hear me

chorus a, interlude

Call on Jesus, one and all
Please stick to the Savior and the Lord that you used to
I know that He’s gonna make you holy, forgivin’ it all
Gives to you a lovin’ that lasts

repeat chorus b…

ParaPraise Archive
Lyrics you can download

Here are the lyrics of 3592 songs that have been transformed (in alphabetical order by the artist's last name or group name). The number behind the artist's name indicates how many songs by that artist are in the pdf. 

New this week: TLC. 

Recent additions to the archive were lyrics by Gerry Rafferty and Leo Sayer.

Upcoming additions will be Average White Band and the Beatles (Let It Be).