NW3013

Wedding song

Take my hand

Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Peter Hill
SATB
performance time approx 2m 55s
Price code: B
Complexity: **

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Hear a performance or a MIDI rendering of Wedding song
This is a wedding song with a difference. The bells have stopped ringing and there's a pause for a slightly more realistic reflection on what lies ahead. Peter's words are about facing the whole path of a relationship from passion and optimism, through disenchantment and struggle, to, hopefully, new ways of acknowledging each other and living together.
I haven't marked any dynamics but my own sense of the piece is that it grows in volume and feeling from a quiet and warm start, via a quite strident verse 3 to a really strong verse 4 and then a gentler verse 5. Give the fermata plenty of time.
A recording by Rudsambee company of singers is available under the title 'Take my hand' on the album citrus and honey (RUBEECD002)

Words

Take my hand and we'll walk on together
to a young upland meadow where skylarks sing
and green shoots of fescue and friendship grow strong

Take my hand and we'll walk on together
where a warm southern breeze whispers citrus and honey
and the ripe fruit of passion tastes heady and sweet

Take my hand and we'll walk on together
through a black and white city of clockwork routine
where time in a tunnel kaleidoscopes by

Take my hand and we'll walk on together
on a hard rocky shoreline where the east wind bites
and cold grey pain tries to snatch away feeling

Take my hand and we'll walk on together
till flames spring again from a smouldering core
melting the snows of the land that we share

Take my hand...

Peter Hill

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