Red is the colour SATB & piano (from Freedom! The Power of Song)

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Red is the colour SATB & piano (from Freedom! The Power of Song)

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 Red is the colour is a heartfelt song for Remembrance, written in 2018 as part of the large-scale choral work Freedom! The Power of Song, to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. The lyrics (below) describe the significance of the colour red in our Remembrance, most poignantly of the poppies we wear in November each year, in contrast with the white of the snowy trenches on the extraordinary Christmas night when soldiers decided to stop fighting and sing

Ideal both for church services and for non-religious celebrations and concerts.

For SATB + piano (band parts are also available)

Lyrics

Red is the colour of a war
Of blood shed by the soldiers gone before
Of bravery as in the face of fear
Red is the colour of a war.

Red is the colour of the heart
Of families and lovers torn apart
Of longing for a safe returning home
Red is the colour of the heart. 

Red are the fire flames that burn
Until from war the soldiers will return
To warm the homes of those who wait in hope
Red are the fires flames that burn. 

But the colour for a miracle is white
When the soldiers called a truce one Christmas night
And from their snowy trenches rose to sing:
"Oh holy night and God save the King"
What a beautiful, unprecedented sight
To see the soldiers on both sides give up the fight 
And for a moment let their voices ring
And find a common reason to sing. 

Red are the poppies that we wear
To show that we remember, that we care
Lest we forget the sacrifice they made
Red are the poppies that we wear. 

© Joanna Forbes L’Estrange 2018


Published by: andagio. Available as a digital download 

 

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