Lyrics & Information
LyricsAbout the song…
The Lord is my Shepherd, no want shall I know
He leadeth my soul where the still waters flow
And safe in green pastures He maketh me rest
Restores me when wand’ring, redeems when oppressed
Through the valley and shadow of death though I stray
Thy rod shall defend me, thy staff be my stay
Since thou art my guardian, no evil I fear
No harm can befall with my comforter near
Thy mercy will follow me all of my days
And in thine own house thou preparest my place
With blessings unmeasured my cup runneth o’er
Oh what shall I ask of thy providence more?
”I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep…”
John 10:14 KJV
Words by James Montgomery (Based on Psalm 23), alt.; music and additional text by Sally DeFord
There are a few hymns that I can’t remember ever not loving. This is one of them, though I’ve begun to realize it’s the words I love and not necessarily the traditional tune. This original melody begged to be written–though it does echo one line of the familiar hymn.
The accompaniments are nearly identical, but there are a few modifications in the choral version to accommodate the harmonies. The violin obbligato can be used with either arrangement. The solo score is provided both with and without the obbligato included. The choral score includes the violin, and a “vocal parts only” score which is just that—and only two pages long.
One note–I know someone will ask, so here’s the answer in advance: The key signatures in the sheet music are not the same as those used in the recording, because the vocalist chose to sing it up a step, beginning in Eb major. That puts the end section after the key change in six sharps–a key that some pianists don’t really care for much. If you’re happy to play in six sharps, feel free to use the Personal Composer files to transpose it. If you hand it to an unsuspecting accompanist in that key, be sure to tell them it’s not my fault.
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Vocals by Heather Prusse, Accompaniment Track
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Reaching for the Light
Vocals by Heather Prusse
Reaching for the Light
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