Greenery
SG1022

Sea buckthorn

Music: Michael Buck. Words: Helen Cruickshank (1886-1975)
SATB divisi
performance time approx 1m 45s
Range S: d' – e'' / A: a – a' / T: d – c' / B: A – g
Price code: B
Complexity: **

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This piece is the last in the set Three Helen Cruickshank songs
The first piece is There was a sang
If you don't want to buy the whole set, then you can buy Sea buckthorn individually using the link on this page.
Sea buckthorn is a coastal shrub with bright orange berries - and also, in this song, a metaphor for something that flourishes even in adversity

This piece uses two groups of singers. Choir 1 sings the words, in a shifting meter that echoes the irregular rhythm of the waves. Choir 2 provides a wind-like drone and the ‘woosh’ of rain and salt spray battering the coast. It's good to see a song inspired by Scottish weather!

Glossary and pronunciation guide included.

Words

Saut an' cruel winds tae shear it, [salt]
Nichts o' haar an' rain - [nights of cold mist]
Ye micht think the sallow buckthorn [might]
Ne'er a hairst could hain; [never a harvest could harbour]
But amang the sea-bleached branches [among]
Ashen-grey as pain,
Thornset orange berries cluster
Flamin', beauty-fain.

Daith an' dule will stab ye surely, [death and dolour / grief]
Be ye man or wife,
Mony trauchles an' mischances [many struggles / troubles]
In ilk weird are rife; [in everyone's fate]
Bide the storm ye canna hinder,[cannot]
Mindin' through the strife, [remembering]
Hoo the luntin' lowe o' beauty [how the blazing fire of beauty]
Lichts the grey o' life. [lights]

Helen Cruickshank

Copyright is held by A C Hunter, Ashgrove House, Loanhead, Midlothian, Scotland EH20 9NG

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