Take and Eat

This lovely Eucharist song was written by Phil Bates.

The sheet music is in Gather Australia No. 201. I have an old copy that says he was “SM” which I gather means a Marist father, although by the time Gather Australia is printed he is just Phil Bates. Otherwise I can find nothing about him on the net. This is a gorgeous, reflective song for Eucharist.

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Have fun with the G C E F ascent on “be”, the groaners like me drop an octave on the C.

I found an old C&W style MIDI file that I quickly played with on ProTools (not my usual thing) to make this version. As always, these backings are for those of you who, like me, look at the music blankly and think, “I wonder how that one goes?”

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  1. Take and eat, come have your fill now.

Take this bread, come as you will.

For the life of the world, be, be not afraid.

2. Take this cup, take and be filled now.

Take and drink, come as you are.

For the life of the world, be, be not afraid.

3. Take my song, come be refreshed now.

Take and live, take and be free,

For the life of the world, be, be not afraid.

© Phil Bates 1985.

 

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7 Responses to Take and Eat

  1. Rex Urbano says:

    Hi Geoff,
    How are you, how can I save or copy this song music/instrumental.
    can I have one please we just need to sing for the first communicant in OUR LADY OF FATIMA CHURCH ACACIA RIDGE, this weekend. thanks a lot,
    Rex Urbano
    Our Lady of Fatima Choir Acaccia Ridge

  2. Florence Qiatabua says:

    Hello,

    Would love my son to play this on a guitar. It’s a beautiful hymn we used to sing back in St John College, Cawaci, Fiji when I was younger.
    Was wondering if you could direct me as to how I could obtain the guitar chords for this.

    Vinaka

    • admin says:

      G’day Vinaka

      In such cases the best things it contact the songwriter directly. However I can only find Kevin Bates, but since he recorded this song by Phil Bates on one of his albums I suspect he might know where to get it from. Otherwise if your local church has a copy of Gather Australia it might be worth asking there.

      Kevin Bates’ contact details are here:
      http://www.kevinbates.com.au/contact.html

      cheers

      Geoff

      • Florence Qiatabua says:

        Bula vinaka Geoff,

        Thank you for your reply.
        Will email Kevin Bates and ask.

        Thank you for your help

        God bless

  3. Winston says:

    I have a copy of it in Gather Australia. Let me know.

  4. Winston says:

    Hi Florence,

    I will send it to your email shortly.

    God bless
    Winston.

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