Fr Frank Andersen wrote this very popular song. I hated it originally and had to be told that a lot of people who came to the church late in life found this song described their spiritual journey and so meant a lot to them. So it’s OK now with me. It’s not on the NLMB Yes list but that’s not likely to stop anyone singing it now.
This version is a fun update by James Maher’s band at last year’s AOV conference. It isn’t 100% faithful to the original but everyone sang along, which was great.
Frank describes himself as the Slim Dusty of Australian liturgical music so I’ve done a slower country version as a backing.
Deep within my heart, I feel voices whispering to me.
Words that I can’t understand; meanings I must clearly hear!
Calling me to follow close, lest I leave myself behind!
Calling me to walk into evening shadows one more time!
So I leave my boats behind!
Leave them on familiar shores!
Set my heart upon the deep!
Follow you again, my Lord! (rpt)
In my memories, I know how you send familiar rains
Falling gently on my days, dancing patterns on my pain!
And I need to learn once more in the fortress of my mind,
To believe in falling rain as I travel deserts dry!
As I gaze into the night down the future of my years,
I’m not sure I want to walk past horizons that I know!
And I need to learn once more like a stirring deep within,
Restless, ’til I live again beyond the fears that close me in!
© Frank Andersen and Chevalier Music 1993.