Class Songs – Autumn Term 2017

XMAS Set List Dec 2017JulieLamentable/TenebrousClear the RoadSenzenina/Mother SongYou Are All Things - LallaAfrican ChantsPeaceful DreamLift Thine Eyes

Set list Xmas 2017

1.MANA MOH LELA – start with Sarah doing the call … Repeat in unison – go into harmony … bass and cajon joins

  1. AMAWOLE- men call,women answer in harmony bass and cajon
  1. JULIE – alternate – BASS, GUITAR, CAHON, CLARINET

1All. 2. Women 3. All 4. Women. 5 All 6. Weds only 7. All women …

  1. WHEN DARKNESS FALLS – WEDS – Saskia, Flo, Janette to start.
  1. LAMENTABLE/TENEBROUS… PIANO? weds verse X 3 All chorus – ending repeat final lines ‘we walk on tenebrous soul, and sing a song of midnight’

JO + band Find My Love

Peaceful Dream;  GUITAR, BASS, BASS CLARINET, PERCUSSION

  1. all. 2. Weds. 3. All+ alternative ending INSTRUMENTAL bass clarinet- FINALE 3 lines+chorus X 2

IMPRO with audience. BODY SONG …

MARCIA + band

BORN INTO BEING – ( Lalla 2 )  riff to build – CLARINET SOLO

LIFT THINE EYES.  Weds first – all who know it join 2nd time round.

CLEAR THE ROAD – BASS, GUITAR, CLARINET,PERCUSSION

MEN all verses women join on chorus and backing vocals

Julie

Julie – Rhiannon Giddens

Julie, oh Julie
Won’t you run?
‘Cos I see down yonder the soldiers have come
Julie, oh Julie
Can’t you see?
Them devils have come to take you far from me

Mistress, oh mistress
I won’t run
‘Cos I see down yonder the soldiers have come
Mistress, oh mistress
I do see
And I’ll stay right here ’til they come for me

Julie, oh Julie
You won’t go
Leave this house and all you know
Julie, oh Julie
Don’t leave here
Leave us, who love you, and all you hold dear

Mistress, oh mistress
I will go
Leave this house and all I know
Mistress, oh mistress
I will leave here
With what family I’ve got left, they’re all I hold dear

Julie, oh Julie
Won’t you lie
If they find that trunk of gold by my side
Julie, oh Julie
You tell them men
That that trunk of gold is yours, my friend

Mistress, oh mistress
I won’t lie
If they find that trunk of gold by your side
Mistress, oh mistress
That trunk of gold
Is what you got when my children you sold

Mistress, oh mistress
Don’t you cry
The price of stayin’ here is too high
Mistress, oh mistress
I wish you well
But in leavin’ here, I’m leavin’ hell

Download Lyrics: Julie

Parts – Recorded By Sarah with accompanying guitar from Mark

Here’s bass/2nds and Tune as Rhiannon sings it!

Tops and High Guys

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A very early recording of Whole Song

 

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Julie Bass, 2nds and Tunes

Julie Top

Lamentable

There was a meaning in the silence
and a dignity in grief;

there was a rumour in the city
that spoke of blind belief.

There was a morning filled with sorrow
and an evening with relief;

there was a mourning and a wailing
from the souls who lay beneath

the weary feet of daytime wanderers
who strode upon the heath,

midst blasted ancient forests
of tree and branch and leaf,

and stood to sing their stories –
lamentable and brief

Tenebrous

I walked and saw the street names etched in slate
I walked and found the names of foundling children
Left in corners in mewling bundles of sack
….. Aaahhs

(all) This journey is a long day
Is a walk into twilight
We march on tenebrous soil
And sing a song of midnight,
A song of midnight

Download Lyrics: Lamentable/Tenebrous

Parts – Recorded at New Unity 26th October 2017

LAMENTABLE

Intro – Bass (Piano – Sarah)

Intro – 2nds (Piano Sarah)

Overlaps – (Piano – Sarah)

Intro- Overlaps Tops

Intro- Overlaps Tune

Intro- Overlaps Bass

Intro – ALL

All – VERSE and Intro

TENEBROUS

Tops

Tune

Bass

All – Recorded 29/11/17 at Harecourt (Wednesdays)

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Lamentable Riffs Dec 11th Bass
Lamentable Riffs Dec 11th 2nds
Lamentable Riffs Dec 11th Overlaps

 

Lamentable – Verse – All

Tenebrous

Tenebrous – Tops
Tenebrous – Tune
Tenebrous bass
ALL
Tenebrous – All
Tenebrous Final Chorus All

Clear The Road

Clear the road, all you clear the road
Clear the road let the people pass
We are go for our we freedom x 2

Some of us are of the sea
Some dwell upon dry land
Some born dark and some are fair
We belong to every land

It is said by day we dream
In the form of song
Come the darkness we make light
Of suffering and wrong

Clear the road …  (x 2)

We don’t want no bloodshed
Not a drop of bloodshed
We never mean to cause you harm
We only come for freedom

Freedom is the path you see
Freedom is the reason
Why we march and sing our songs
To every turning season

Clear the road ….. (x 2)

Who can say who freedoms’ for
It belongs to all mankind
There’s not a soul that doesn’t long
To live in peace of mind

Taste of joy upon your tongue
That long, slow smile your giving
Safety in the arms of love
A life that’s meant for living!

Clear the road …..

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CLEAR THE ROAD

Chorus – Tops

Chorus – Bass

Chorus – Tune
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Verse Backing – Bass

Verse Backing – Tops

Verse Backing – Tune

Verse Backing – ALL
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And here’s a balls-out recording of our first run thru of the whole song with some clapping, overlaps and the Men’s growling of the verses.

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Chorus – Tops
Chrous – Bass
Chrous – Tune


Verse backing – Bass
Verse backing – Tune
Verse backing – Tops

Senzenina

Senzenina, senzenina
Senzenina, senzenina
Senzenina,senzenina
Senzenina, sensenina

Sono setu, ubumnyama x 4

Sono setu, yinyaniso. X 4

Maeyibuye y Africa x 4

Translation; what have we done to deserve this suffering?
Our sin is the colour of our skin
Our sin is speaking the truth
They are killing us
Let Africa return …

MOTHER SONG – adapted from a Grace Nichols poem

You were water to me,
deep, bold and fathoming

You were moons eye to me
Pull grained and mantling

You were sunrise to me
Rise warm and streaming

Go to your wide futures she said x 3

Download Lyrics: Senzenina & Mother Song

Senzenina

Tune

Bass

Tops

Overlaps
Chorus (Opening and All Lines)

 

Our first complete run-thru.

Mother Song

Chorus – Tune

Chorus – Bass

Chorus – Tops (missing..oops)
Verse

The First run-thru version. Recorded Tuesday 10th October at New Unity.

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Senzenina

Senzenina – Tops
Senzenina – Bass
Senzenna – Tune Sarah
Senzenina – ALL

Mother Song

Mother Song – Chorus Bass
Mother Song – Tune Chorus
Mother Song – Verse
Mother Song – ALL

You Are All Things – Lalla

Riff pattern and instrumental introduction

The soul, like the moon is new
And always new again
And I have seen the ocean continuously creating
since I scoured my mind and my body

I too Lalla am new,
I too Lalla am new,
I too Lalla am new.
Each moment new
 

Riff pattern / instrumental

My teacher told me
‘Live in the soul’
When that was so
I began to go naked and dance

I too Lalla am new,
I too Lalla am new,
I too Lalla am new.
Each moment new

Instrumental  into CsMinor drone

You are the sky and the ground
You alone, the day, the night air.
You are all things born into being
You are all things born into being

Riff pattern

I too Lalla am new
Instrumental

I too Lalla am new
Instrumental

I too Lalla am new
Each moment new
Download Lyrics: You are all things – Lalla – Lyrics

You Are All Things – Lalla – recorded by Sarah November 2017

Intro

Tune

Lalla2 – Bass line (revised)

(Tune) Seconds and Tops

Song

Tune (Piano)

Tops (Piano)

Born into Being

Tune

Bass (Amended)

Tops

 

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Lalla Intro Bass (High Boys & Women)
Lalla Intro – Tune

Lalla-2-Bass-Lune-Revised.
Lalla Intro – (Tune) Tops and 2nds

Lalla-2-Tune-Piano.
Lalla-2-Tops

Born_Into_Being_Tune
Being-Bass-amended
Born_into_Being_Tops

Chant in Lingala from The Congo

Amawole! Amawole!
Amawole x 2

Amawole! Amawole
Amawole x 2

Kintela! ( call)
Kintela nga nalela soso
Kintela nga nalela kokooioko x 8

Parts

Opening Line with Overlaps – Men

Opening Line – Bass (Seconds)

Opening Line – High Bass

2nd Line – Men

2nd Line – Bass

2nd Line – Women

Kintela – Tune (Sarah)

Kintela – Bass

An early Run-Thru (recorded at New Unity – Tuesday 14th November 2017)

 

Manmoleyla

Tops, Tune & Bass

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Manmoleyla

 

Lullaby from Mali in Bambara

Makun makun Bebe o makun
Makun makun Bebe o makun sa
Mun de kεra Bebe la makun
Fosi ma kε Bebe la makun sa
Mun de kεra Bebe la makun
Kɔngɔ de bε Bebe la i makun sa.

Makun makun Bebe o makun
Makun makun Bebe o makun sa
Mun de kεra Bebe la makun
Fosi ma kε Bebe la makun sa
Mun de kεra Bebe la makun
Kɔngɔ de bε Bebe la i makun sa

Download Lyrics: Chants

Peaceful Dream – Jeff Tweedy/Mavis Staples

I had a simple dream
My heart filled with hope
A little more and again than the past
I may never know
What broke those chains
If I don’t pass it on, it won’t last

Peaceful dream x3
Come and share my peaceful dream

Oh I know I did complain
Even on a sunny day
I know I moaned about some little things
But I kept my spirits up
Set aside enough
Love to keep us dry when it rains

Peaceful dream x3
Come and share my peaceful dream

Oh I had a heavy mind
Now I feel OK
I have more than I need to survive
I’ll keep it here for you
So we can make it through
On the darkest days of our lives

Peaceful dream x3
CHANGE
Come and share my peaceful dream-
my peaceful dream
Peaceful dream…

Instrumental

Oh I’ll keep it here for you
So we can make it through
On the darkest days of our lives

Peaceful dream x3
Come and share my peaceful dream

Download Lyrics: Peaceful Dream – Lyrics

Parts

Tune

Seconds

Tops

Alternative (Last) Ending

Tune

Seconds

Tops

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Peaceful Dream – Tune
Peaceful Dream – Tops 2
Peaceful Dream – Seconds

PD Endings – Tune
PD Endings – 2nds
PD Endings – Tops

Here is an early Run-thru of the 1st Verse and the Chorus

Lift Thine Eyes

Soprano 1

Soprano 2

Alto

Men ( Updated by Sarah 8/12/17)

Here is a recording of the full piece with the Wednesdays at Harecourt on Wednesday 25th May (No men – of course)

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Lift Thine Eyes – Alto
Lift Thine Eyes – Soprano 1
Lift Thine Eyes – Soprano 2
Mens-Lift-Thine-Eyes – Updated Version

Lift Thine Eyes. – Full

Lyrics – Psalm 121

Psalm 121: 1-3   /   Music: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy from his oratorio Elijah

Lift thine eyes to the mountains, whence cometh help.
Thy help cometh from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He hath said, thy foot shall not be moved,
thy Keeper will never slumber.