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Songs for the People

for mezzo-soprano and piano

ByAmy Scurria

Songs for the People for mezzo-soprano and piano Music by Amy Scurria Text by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Dedicated to all who are living through this pandemic, And especially to those who have lost their lives. - 2,655,428 and counting. Songs for the People by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Let me make the songs for the people, Songs for the old and young; Songs to stir like a battle-cry Wherever they are sung. Not for clashing of sabres, For carnage nor for strife; But songs to thrill the hearts of (men) all* With more abundant life. Let me make the songs for the weary, Amid life's fever and fret Till hearts shall relax their tension, And careworn brows forget. Let me sing for the little children, Before their footsteps stray, Sweet anthems of love and duty, To float o'er life's highway. I would sing for the poor and aged, When shadows dim their sight; Of the bright and restful mansions, Where there shall be no night. Our world, so worn and weary, Needs music, pure and strong, To hush the jangle and discords Of sorrow, pain, and wrong. Music to soothe all its sorrow, Till war and crime shall cease; And the hearts of men grown tender Girdle the world with peace. * The composer changed "men" to "all." For more information:


Publication Date
Jun 8, 2023
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
By (artist): Amy Scurria



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