Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Shall We Dance?

Today I've had the following song running through my head over and over and over. It is my pleasure to share it with you so that you too can suffer from the "Earworm of the Day." Click here for the music to go with the lyrics.

Lord of the Dance
Words by Sydney Carter

I danced in the morning when the world was begun
I danced in the Moon & the Stars & the Sun
I came down from Heaven & I danced on Earth
At Bethlehem I had my birth:

Dance then, wherever you may be
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!
And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be
And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said He!
(...lead you all in the Dance, said He!)

I danced for the scribe & the pharisee
But they would not dance & they wouldn't follow me
I danced for fishermen, for James & John
They came with me & the Dance went on:

Dance then, wherever you may be
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!
And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be
And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said He!
(...lead you all in the Dance, said He!)

I danced on the Sabbath & I cured the lame
The holy people said it was a shame!
They whipped & they stripped & they hung me high
And they left me there on a cross to die!

Dance then, wherever you may be
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!
And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be
And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said He!
(...lead you all in the Dance, said He!)

I danced on a Friday when the sky turned black
It's hard to dance with the devil on your back
They buried my body & they thought I'd gone
But I am the Dance & I still go on!

Dance then, wherever you may be
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!
And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be
And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said He!
(...lead you all in the Dance, said He!)

They cut me down and I leapt up high
I am the Life that'll never, never die!
I'll live in you if you'll live in Me -
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!

Dance then, wherever you may be
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!
And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be
And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said He!

3 comments:

Val said...

Oh you will NEVER get the tune out of your head once you hear the schoolchildren sing it! (We have warbled this tune off-key in our Friday school Mass on occasion ;-)

FATSO said...

It's a great song....and a very sweet tune (the Shaker melody)

Have you ever heard Aaron Copland's version? (Simple Gifts) It's from Apalachian Spring- a classic of American art music...THAT was stuck in my head (the Lord of the dance tune...) for about 3 years!

trueself said...

We used to sing this a lot at youth group in high school. I think that's why every now and then it pops into my head for a day or two and won't leave me alone.

No, Fatso, I haven't heard Aaron Copland's version. I'll have to check it out.