Wedding song

Take my hand

Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Peter Hill
performance time approx 2m 55s
Price code: B
Complexity: **

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This is a wedding song with a difference. The bells have stopped ringing and there's a pause for a slightly more realistic reflection on what lies ahead. Peter's words are about facing the whole path of a relationship from passion and optimism, through disenchantment and struggle, to, hopefully, new ways of acknowledging each other and living together.
I haven't marked any dynamics but my own sense of the piece is that it grows in volume and feeling from a quiet and warm start, via a quite strident verse 3 to a really strong verse 4 and then a gentler verse 5. Give the fermata plenty of time.
A recording by Rudsambee company of singers is available under the title 'Take my hand' on the album citrus and honey (RUBEECD002)


Take my hand and we'll walk on together
to a young upland meadow where skylarks sing
and green shoots of fescue and friendship grow strong

Take my hand and we'll walk on together
where a warm southern breeze whispers citrus and honey
and the ripe fruit of passion tastes heady and sweet

Take my hand and we'll walk on together
through a black and white city of clockwork routine
where time in a tunnel kaleidoscopes by

Take my hand and we'll walk on together
on a hard rocky shoreline where the east wind bites
and cold grey pain tries to snatch away feeling

Take my hand and we'll walk on together
till flames spring again from a smouldering core
melting the snows of the land that we share

Take my hand...

Peter Hill

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