This song is an exquisite piece for Lent by Chris deSilva.
It is a fascinating piece of writing with the same tune for each verse but a different chord progression. The text goes from years to days to hours in a manner reminiscent of the recent Dunkirk movie. The effect here is also stark and cinematic.
The sheet music is here and you can listen to his piano+vocal track in which you should pay special attention to the piano line changing as the song progresses.
My backing is less sophisticated, but I have all the chord varieties he wrote.
Forty years through barren desert
Israel sought the Promised Land.
Forty days of prayer and penance,
Our desert journey is at hand.
Forty days of lonely fasting:
Satan then did Jesus dare.
Forty days of self-denial:
We, too, must face the tempter’s snare.
Forty hours from Crucifixion
Till the stone was rolled away.
Forty days of Lenten sorrow
End with the joy of Easter Day.
Copyright © 2012 Christopher J. S. deSilva. All rights reserved.