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Goodness and Love, a Song by ELEG for SBWE

Posted on: November 26, 2016

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Goodness and Love
Words and Arrangement by Emily Gleichenhaus
Sing to the Tune of GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN
To view or print this page, click here:
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Sing along with Emily’s scratch vocal, here:

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Note for the ending choruses:
You can keep singing the final chorus, by changing the things that can plant the seeds of goodness and love.  For example:

  • My hands plant seeds of goodness and love…
  • My heart plant seeds of goodness and love…
  • My mind plant seeds of goodness and love…
  • We all plant seeds of goodness and love…
  • Good will plant seeds of goodness and love…
  • Our hearts plant seeds of goodness and love…

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I love to daydream while doing mundane things like washing dishes.  That’s what I was doing when the idea for this song floated into my mind.  I was thinking about Pete Seeger’s banjo, inscribed with the words, “This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.”  I imagined he was inspired by Woody Guthrie, who wrote on his guitar, “This machine kills fascists.”

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Pete Seeger’s banjo as photographed by Annie Leibovitz in 2001.

I thought about writing on my guitar, too.  Then I thought that I’d like my voice to surround hate and force it to surrender.  The words for this little song started forming themselves in my head, choosing to set itself to the tune of GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN.

The song is now stuck in my head and is quickly becoming a friend.  I hope it will become a friend of yours, too, and that many of us can use our voices (and this song) to surround hate and force it to surrender to love.

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GOODNESS AND LOVE
Words Emily Gleichenhaus
Tune of GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN
Chords and Arrangement by ELEG for SBWE

[Chorus]
This song plants seeds of
Goodness and love
Goodness and love
This songs plants seeds of
Goodness and love

Cast the seeds to the wind
Give them a voice
Planted in our hearts
Their blossoms we rejoice

[Chorus]

The flowers make the seeds
Songs for us to sing
We’re thankful for the love
And good in everything

[Chorus] X2

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Sing along with Emily’s scratch vocal, here:

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Related Posts

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Go Tell It on the Mountain, an Illustrated Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/go-tell-it-on-the-mountain-an-illustrated-song/

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TOLERANCE, KINDNESS AND COMPASSION
Singable Picture Books Celebrating Tolerance and Compassion (another list inspired by Nikki)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/singable-picture-books-celebrating-tolerance-and-compassion-another-list-inspired-by-nikki/

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SONGS BY EMILY
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/songs-by-emily/

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Project PUT Song List
https://projectput.wordpress.com/2014/05/31/project-put-song-list/

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