Love Come Twinkling Down (Seek And You Shall Find)
DESCRIPTION: "Oh, brother, you oughtta been there (x3), When the love come (twinking/trickling) down." "Seek, seek, seek and you shall find, Knock... and the door shall be opened, Ask, and it shall be given, When the love...." Repeat with father, mother, etc.
EARLIEST DATE: 1983 (Rosenbaum)
KEYWORDS: religious nonballad
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Rosenbaum, pp. 46-47, "Brother, You Oughtta Been There" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: The "seek and you shall find" refrain of this song derives from the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 7:7: Ask, and it will be given you; seek [so the King James translation; modern editions often read "search"] and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. There is a close parallel in Luke 11:9.
The mention of love "twinkling" down is not Biblical; the word "twinkle" is used only once in the King James Bible, in 1 Corinthians 15:52, where it refers to the blink or sudden movement of an eye. The alternative verb "trickle" occurs in the KJV only in Lamentations 3:49, of tears trickling down. My feeling (and it's only that) is that "trickle" is the original verb, and the reference is to the blood of Jesus that came out when his side was pierced in John 19;34. - RBW
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