A Song of Singing

A Song of Singing

SATB, Piano, Cahon or Beatbox vocals
Text: James Whitcomb Riley
1:50 min.
©2006, 2013
Publisher: Reese & Hassing Music


A Song of Singing was a winner of the University of Wisconsin Choral Union composition contest in 2006. Singers love to sing and they love this song! The upbeat 7/8 time flies along.


A Song of Singing
James Whitcomb Riley 1849-1916

Sing! Gangling lad, along the brink
Of wild brook-ways of shoal and deep,
Where killdees dip, and cattle drink,
And glinting little minnows leap!
Sing! Slimpsy lass who trips above
And sets the foot-log quivering!
Sing! Bittern, bumblebee, and dove—
Sing! Sing! Sing!

Sing as you will, O singers all
Who sing because you want to sing!
Sing! Peacock on the orchard wall,
Or tree-toad by the trickling spring!
Sing! Every bird on every bough—
Sing! Every living, loving thing—
Sing any song, and anyhow,
But Sing! Sing! Sing!