adventures in dysthymia

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Come, Come, Come

Come, come, come!
Come to your people, Messiah!*
Come, come, come!
Redeem your people, Messiah!

Hear the words of worship
That we, your people, pray.
Hear the hymns of praise
That we sing on this day.

Come, come, come!
We wait for you, Messiah!
Come, come, come!
Come to your people, Messiah!

Lift our weary hearts;
Bring hope to we who yearn.
Free our burdened souls;
To you in faith we turn.

Come, come, come!
Come to your people, Messiah!
Come, come, come!
Redeem your people, Messiah!

We, your chosen people,
Have watched and waited long.
We remain your people,
For you have kept us strong.

Come, come, come!
We wait for you, Messiah!
Come, come, come!
Come to your people, Messiah!

Stephen Brooke ©2011

* if preferred, use 'O, Lord' rather than 'Messiah'

Yes, a hymn or 'worship' song. I've written a very few overtly religious songs in the past but this is the first of its particular kind. Not at all surprisingly, it is pretty much in the vein of a typical Catholic song for services.

The music for the chorus sections (Come etc.) was finished before I wrote much of the verse lyric. Still working on the music for that part but it shouldn't take long. Unless I get distracted -- it's easy to get distracted around here.

So, what does one do with a work such as this? I'm inclined to think of it as essentially an exercise. I'm not planning to enter the Contemporary Christian field. Nor the Contemporary Catholic sub-genre, which would more friendly toward a piece of this sort. Though, strictly speaking, CC is a radio format, not a genre. Like Americana!

However, as it IS an Advent song, it might show up if I ever record some Christmas music.

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