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Thread #78356   Message #1407406
Posted By: wysiwyg
12-Feb-05 - 02:51 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Shaker Songs & Hymns
The form is AABB, AABB, although it could certainly be done as ABABAB.



Originated in 1858. It was so popular that Sister Marguerite Frost,
a member of the Canterbury, NH Shaker community until her death in 1971, remembered it. Learned from the singing of Debra Spencer on Gourd Music CD VERDANT GROVES. This version adapted, edited, and arranged (C) 2005 for The Good News-Goodtime Band by Susan O. Hinton.

A Part:
The heavens are with us, I know.
Rich treasures like rivers do flow.
I feel all that's earthly is passing away
And I'm tasting of glories immortal.

B Part:
Bright angels around us do hover.
With healing our wounds they would cover.
And they would waft, waft, waft our spirits from toil and vexation
To live in their union forever.

A Part:
(From the first chord CHANGE in each line)
D, G, D
A7, D, G
D, A, D

B Part:
G, D
A, D
A, D, G, D, A7
G, A7, D

With thanks to Shelley Phillips, Community Music School, for a start on the arrangement.