River

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
SATB, soloist, piano

As the threat of climate change has accelerates, we all— young people in particular, face an uncertain future together on Earth. The opening theme on the words, "There is a river now flowing fast, flowing very fast" is developed with ever growing urgency while accompanied by an unrelenting piano groove. The tension breaks with a single hopeful voice— a call to action. The full chorus joins in and the "River" ends in a celebration of community empowered.

Perusal Score: 
Order Sheet Music
Catalog Number: 
VMP059-MX
Duration: 
5:15
Commissioned By: 
Cincinnati Children's Choir (original SSAA)
Text
Text Author or Source: 
Text adapted by the composer from "Hopi Prophesy" and quote by Edward E. Hale (1822-1909)
Language: 
English
Text: 

There is a river now flowing very fast.
It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid.
They will try to hold on to the shore.
They will feel that they are being torn apart.
There is a river now flowing very fast.
I am only one, but I am one.
I cannot do everything, but I can do something.
And because I can't do everything,
I will not refuse to do the something I can do.
What I can do, I should do.
And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do. (Edward E. Hale)
Let go! Let go of the shore! Push off into the middle of the river.
See who is there with you and celebrate!
We are the ones we have been waiting for.