Give Me Birds at the Dawning

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a cappella SATB - by Betsy Binstock - arr. by Peter & Mary Alice Amidon

In Amidons' book/CD "Twenty-five Anthems for Interfaith & Community Choirs". Emily Miller sings the opening solo. The Amidons met poet/songwriter Betsy Binstock at a Country Dance and Song Society summer camp where they first discovered this song. You get two versions, one pitched for sop/alto/tenor, the other pitched for alto/tenor/bass.  If you move the pitch around further you can do it as a women's SAA piece or a men's TBB piece.

This piece has been tagged also for "Children's Choir" because an elementary school music teacher wrote me and told me that her students "absolutely LOVE this piece". 

LYRICS

Give Me Birds at the Dawning
by Betsy Binstock

Give me birds at the dawning, birds at the dawning,
Birds at the dawning to sing my soul awake.

Give me roses at sunrise, roses at sunrise,
Roses at sunrise to sing my soul awake.

Give me breezes at Midday…

Give me rainbows at Teatime…

Give me flames in the sunset…

Give me candles at twilight…

Give me love in the evening…

Give me moon in the nighttime…

Give me birds at the dawning, birds at the dawning,
Birds at the dawning to sing my soul awake.

 

Tags: children's choir, secular, a cappella