This is a bit different. A couple of years ago a lyricist from the USA, Pam Bowen, sent me a couple of texts to see if I could set them to music. Now Pam likes to keep working on things until they are perfect and the original text she sent me had further work done on it, but I really liked the initial draft myself. I did write some music for the bridge she added but I went a little operatic so the simplicity of the original idea probably got lost.
I can’t put up the sheet music for this one because it isn’t in the commons, but I made a backing and Pam got a friend to record a vocal track over it.
I wrote this song to use for the Presentation of the Gifts in the original version of the Pocket Mass an awful long time ago. I’ve recently rewritten the verses to be more suitable from a liturgical perspective but I’m not sure it makes it more usable. It really goes a bit high but perhaps a soloist could give it a go.
1. Are we the poor in spirit?
Are we with those who grieve?
Are we the gentle? Are we the meek?
Can we be people who hunger and thirst for justice,
the pure in heart, the peacemakers.
We give bread, we give wine, we give what we’re able.
But we are the gifts we bring to this table.
2. Within the reign of heaven, can we bring God’s peace?
Are we a fam’ly for times to come?
Sat at table spread for all of God’s righteousness,
I have some songs I have written scattered over my blog that I use to learn new songs called Church Music. This new blog is somewhere I can collate songs and put up some music that has been lying around for years and also that I have written lately.