in your song lyrics so that you can enunciate well at the tempo.
But sometimes you need to smush syllables together.
As the singer slowly shares the message of the last line,
the listener has time to "fill in the blanks" with some phrase like
I'd be self- ish with the LORD (rhymes with line 1).
Obviously that concept does not match what's in the Bible.
Easy quick fix: Sing the words "selfish" and "without"
as 1/8th notes instead of steady quarter notes:
That also gives an energy to the slow song... and
a dramatic pause that emphasizes each key word.