The optimists' song

Dum spiro spero

Music: Sheena Phillips, Words: Peter Hill

Voicing: SATB

Performance time approx: 2m 00s

Price code: B


It may not be fashionable to be optimistic these days, but in case you get taken that way, try this song. The Latin words ‘dum spiro spero’ (literally ‘as long as I breathe, I hope’ – or ‘while there’s life, there’s hope’) run throughout the piece and the ‘sp’ sound adds a syncopated percussive effect. In the verses the upper voices should sound utterly joyful, the ‘dum spiro spero’ underneath becoming more of an accompaniment.
A recording by Rudsambee company of singers is available on their album bottled at source (RUBEECD003).

The optimists' song
(Dum spiro spero)
dum spiro spero ... [while I breathe, I hope]
While I live I'll hold on to
Dreams that I know can come true
Never waver, hold on tight
And everything will turn out right
This world can see peace and plenty,
The glass is half full not half empty
Truth and justice cannot fail,
Honesty and freedom will prevail
Peter Hill

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The optimists' song

Sheena Phillips


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