This song is extremely popular (& justly so) at our church and sung a lot with great gusto. It is by Trish Watts and Monica O’Brien. We use it for everything but it works especially well as a gathering song and a recessional. Listen to a snippet here.
It is available to purchase for download at As One Voice.
When I was making a new backing of this I noticed the last note of the chorus in my old guitar AOV is a G and we have always sung an E. I’m not sure if we’ve always sung it wrong or whether the G is the harmony note but I’ve used what we always sing in this case. I’ve also upped the tempo to 132 bpm.
Create a new heart, holy Lord,
Beckon our lives through your word,
Open our eyes to your call,
United as one for your world.
Heighten our minds to your thoughts,
Heal us of pride and of hurt,
May we go forth in your name,
We pray our hearts change.
The heart of the cross lowly and poor, calls us on.
Lord, it is you promising hope, promising truth.
Restless the hearts who yearn for your peace in this land.
Deepen the dream, justice brings life, justice redeems.
© Willow Connection
My late mother was a huge fan of Englebert Humperdink, so when I first heard this song at mass when I become a catholic I thought, this sounds like “Les Bicyclettes De Belsize”. I have even seen this song printed with acknowledgement that the tune is adapted from that song and noting the Albert and Sons hold the copywrite. (Incidentally, I wonder if Willow could do a deal to get Kearney’s “Beatitudes” off Alberts.)
To be fair I went back and looked at that song. This backing is the same key, tempo and style as the hymn.
Turning and turning
The world goes on.
We can’t change it, my friend.
Let us go riding all through the days,
Together to the end, to the end.
Les bicyclettes de Belsize
Carry us side by side
And hand in hand we will ride,
Turn your magical eyes.
Round and around,
Looking at all we found.
Carry us through the skies,
Les bicyclettes de Belsize.
It really is a very different song isn’t it. The verse is in a minor key and obviously different. The chorus is only similar for the first three lines really and there isn’t a complete note by note correspondence even there. I doubt it matters to the people who love this song, to whom the hymn evokes a need for openness to God and living in that restless yearning of uncertainty. Englebert’s song is OK too.