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“seen completely”, lyrics + a tiny peek of the score

April 28, 2016 , , , , , ,

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I have been commissioned to write a choral piece for Hillcrest Christian College in Queensland.

This choir is directed by the wonderful Jenny Moon, whom I’ve had the pleasure to know and work with through Gondwana Voices + the Pemulwuy Choral Festival.

There were a number of possibilities on how I could approach this commission, but the idea I decided on was a modern take on Psalm 139.

Here are the lyrics, the draft, and the final versions.

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Psalm 139: Modern Version Draft Lyrics

Written for Hillcrest Choir April 2016

You see me completely for all that I am

You walk beside me in repose

You hold one hand of my heart, and I the other

You know my travels, my will, my peace, my fire

My thoughts flowing in faith

And you carry me still

You love me still

There are days I walk alone

Recklessly, defiantly

I think that I am free, but I am less free than I know

In the pocket of your love

I can go anywhere

And you walk with me once again, without questioning me

No matter the turn of light,

The colour of my heart

The direction of my journey

The momentum of my words

You are the same

You are the same

There is nowhere I can hide, even though I stand alone

Not even in my darkness

Not even in my light

You see me for all that I am

And it is beautiful.

But there is a more beautiful freedom, I am learning

To be free

Is the wonder of being seen, completely.

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And the final version: 

Title: Seen Completely

You see me more than I can see myself

You know me more than I can know myself

I stand in my own simple truth

And You, love me

You walk with me when I don’t ask You to

You hold my hand and I don’t know it

I stand here, only knowing part of myself

And You, love me

You hear the pulse of my willing heart

The fire that glows

And I cannot hide from You

And I never want to hide

I walk alone longing to be seen by You

I walk alone, You are here

Not the turn of light

Not my turn of face

Not the step I take

Not the whispered words

Will ever stop You from knowing me

You will know

You see me more than I can see myself

You know me more than I can know myself

I stand in my own simple truth

And You, love me.

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