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22.10.1991 EMI CDS-7-54371-2
Nahráno: 28.-29.6. 1991, Liverpool cathedral, Liverpool
Producent: John Fraser, Paul McCartney
Zvuk. inženýr: John Timperley, Eddie Klein, Peter Mew, Martin Astle, Tom Leader
Obal: Dewynters plc, Londýn
43:17 + 54:16

War (9:41)
School (12:13)
Crypt (10:05)
Father (11:16)

Wedding (8:37)
Work (15:02)
Crises (21:08)
Peace (9:27)

War
(McCartney-Davis)

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa - (Mary Dee) soprán
Sally Burgess - (Miss Inkley, truchlící, ošetřovatelka) mezzo-soprán
Jerry Hadley - (Shanty) tenor
Willard White - (ředitel, kazatel, Mr. Dingle) bas
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir & Choristers of Liverpool Cathedral
Ian Tracy - vedoucí sboru

1942
A world at war. Sirens sound as bombs fall over Liverpool and despairing couples shelter underground. Amid the blaze and the chaos of an air raid, a child is born. And there is hope.

Boy solo:
Non nobis solum
Sed toti mundo nati,
toti mundo nati.

Boys' choir:
Non nobis solum
Sed toti mundo nati.

Chorus:
ah.

Shanty:
The air raid siren slices through
a night in 1942.
A couple sheltering in the gloom
know all too well this waiting room
for often they have in the past
been huddled close against the blast
of doodle bugs and bombs galore
they can't put up with any more
so it was that I was born
into this world one summer morning
and breaking through this brand new day
I hear the sound of warning.

Chorus:
War ah

Shanty:
Oh, will it all end here?
Or is their future round the corner
you'll be forgiven if you're down on your knees
what will it be, what will it
what will we be, what will we
what will we see, what will we see?
They stay in darkness underground
until they hear the all clear sound
and weary eyes will search the sky
for any sign of sunlight
for any sign of sunlight.

Chorus:
Mother and father holding their child
not knowing what future magic lies inside
we open our hearts
you open the door
to peace and happiness for evermore
for us for evermore.

School
(McCartney-Davis)

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa - (Mary Dee) soprán
Sally Burgess - (Miss Inkley, truchlící, ošetřovatelka) mezzo-soprán
Jerry Hadley - (Shanty) tenor
Willard White - (ředitel, kazatel, Mr. Dingle) bas
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir & Choristers of Liverpool Cathedral
Ian Tracy - vedoucí sboru

1953
The war baby, Shanty, now 11 years old and at school, celebrates his Liverpool upbringing. With classmates, he skips lessons to sag off and sunbathe in the graveyard of Liverpool cathedral. Sleeping on a Gravestone, he dreams of ghosts of the past and the future. One of the ghosts, Mary Dee, is his bride-to-be. Waking and back in school, Shanty and his classmates are taught Spanish in the form of a folk song by their new mistress, miss Inkley.

Boys:
We're here in school today
to get a perfect education
yes, we're going up
we're keen to learn the rules and laws that civilisation taught us
yes, we're growing up
not for ourselves
but for the whole world were we born
and we were born in Liverpool
our teachers say that ignorance will always drag us down
it's like a nagging cough.

Shanty:
But I can say that looking back
the most important thing I found was sagging off
not for the whole world
but for yourself were you born
and you were...

Shanty and boys:
Born in Liverpool.

Boys:
Not Birmingham, not Edinburgh
not Manchester or Sunderland.

Shanty:
Being born where you were born
Carries with it certain responsibilities.

Boys:
This school is good for us.

Shanty:
This school is only good for those
who want to learn from books
you'll lose your sense of purpose.

Boys:
But we dare not answer back
we're scared of teacher's looks
not for ourselves
but for the whole world were we born
and we were born in Liverpool.

Shanty:
Not Coventry.

Headmaster:
Or Solihull.

Boys:
Not Scarborough.

Shanty:
Not Inverness
being born where you were born
carries with it certain responsibilities.

Headmaster:
Walk in single file out of the classroom
down the stairs and into the playground.

Boys:
Through the school gates
cross the road, and over the cemetery fence
down the hill to where the grave-stones
lie inviting in the sun
settle down, settle down
let the afternoon slip by
settle down, settle down
it's the perfect place for a kip.

Shanty falls asleep on a grave-stone and dreams

Shanty:
Kept in confusion, trapped by illusion
thinking of speaking my mind
dreams of the future, ghosts of the past left behind
constantly drifting, endlessly lifting
more weight than one man can bear
into the future, ghosts of the past ev'rywhere.

Men's chorus (ghosts):
You're sleeping amongst us
we're in your dream
who are you, why call us
what does this mean
disturbing our slumber
you move so fast.

Shanty:
Ghosts of the past
tossing and turning, somehow I'm learning
secrets I'd rather not know
can't it be simple, why does it have to be so?

Mary Dee (as ghost):
I'll always be here, I'll never leave you
I'll always be in your mind
dreams of the future, ghosts that the past left behind.

Women s chorus (ghosts):
You re sleeping amongst us
we're in your dream
who are you, why call us
what does this mean?

Full chorus (ghosts):
Disturbing our slumber
you move so fast.

Shanty and Mary Dee (as ghost):
Ghosts of the past.

Later, back in school

Headmaster:
Boys, this is your teacher
her name is miss inkley
she will teach you Spanish
she was in the war fighting with the troops
you may call her sir!

Boys:
Sir?

Miss Inkley:
First of all today you will learn a song
in a foreign tongue
you will follow me as I say the words
we will now begin
tres conejos

Boys:
Tres conejos

Miss Inkley:
En un arbol

Boys:
En un arbol

Miss Inkley:
Tocando

Boys:
Tocando

Miss Inkley:
El tambor

Boys:
El tambor.

Miss Inkley:
Que si

Boys:
Que si

Miss Inkley:
Que no

Boys:
Que no

Miss Inkley:
Que si. Lo he visto yo.

Headmaster:
Ahem!

Miss Inkley:
Tres conejos en un arbol
tocando el tambor
que si, que no
que si
lo he visto yo.

Shanty and boys:
Tres conejos en un arbol
tocando el tambor
que si, que no
que si
lo he visto yo.

Boys:
Tres conejos

Miss Inkley:
Three rabbits

Boys:
En un arbol

Miss Inkley:
In a tree

Boys:
Tocando

Miss Inkley:
Playing

Boys:
El tambor

Miss Inkley:
The drum.

Boys:
Que si

Miss Inkley:
Why yes

Boys:
Que no

Miss Inkley:
Why no

Boys:
Que si
Lo he visto yo.

Miss Inkley:
Why yes
I have seen it.

Headmaster:
Ahem
tres conejos en un arbol
tocando

Shanty and headmaster :
El tambor.

Headmaster:
Que si

Shanty:
Que si

Miss Inkley:
Que.

All:
No
que si
lo he visto yo.

Boys and chorus:
Not for ourselves
but for the whole world were we born
and we were born in Liverpool.

Headmaster:
Not Birmingham.

Miss Inkley:
Nor Edinburgh.

Boys:
Not Manchester.

Shanty:
Or Solihull.

Boys and chorus:
Being born where you were born

Boys and women's chorus:
Carries with it certain responsi..

Men:
Carries with it certain responsi..

Miss Inkley and headmaster:
Carries with it certain responsibilities.

Crypt
(McCartney-Davis)

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa - (Mary Dee) soprán
Sally Burgess - (Miss Inkley, truchlící, ošetřovatelka) mezzo-soprán
Jerry Hadley - (Shanty) tenor
Willard White - (ředitel, kazatel, Mr. Dingle) bas
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir & Choristers of Liverpool Cathedral
Ian Tracy - vedoucí sboru

1959
Shanty, now a confused teenager, goes to a church dance in the crypt; he doubts his and god's existence. Here, mary dee materialises - still dreamlike - to him again. Still he cannot see her. As he sings of his vision of the future, mary dee breaks the news that his father has died. Shanty is left sad and alone.

Shanty:
And so it was that I had grown
into a youth uncertain, thrown
amongst the lions and the lambs
to pass the time we watched the children dance
I used to come here when this place was a crypt
now the music plays
oh, don't you sometimes wish they'd stick to the script
as the local preacher says
rain from heaven will blessings bring
behold the harvest grown
rain from heaven falls down on you
but me, I feel alone.

Preacher (sympathetically):
Alone.

Shanty:
Alone.

Preacher:
If they won't come to worship god in a church
something must be done
we have to instigate a nation-wide search
for a way to make it fun
rain from heaven will blessings bring
behold the harvest grown.

Shanty and preacher:
Rain from heaven falls down on you

Shanty:
But me, I feel alone
alone
here now, what am I doing here now
hear me, why do you never hear me
why do you never hear me?

Mary Dee (as half-ghost) and women's chorus:
I'll always be here
I'll never leave you
I'll always be in your mind
dreams of the future
ghosts of the past left behind.

Shanty:
Thought I had a vision, lying in a graveyard
thought I heard a melody inside
could it be the future
speaking with the voice of those who died
thought I saw a kingdom, happiness and laughter
somewhere for an innocent to play
is there any justice
do these things still happen in this way?

Mary Dee:
Don't tell him no, it isn't fair
for he was told by those who know
there was love ev'rywhere.

Shanty:
Love ev'rywhere.

Mary Dee:
Now's the time to tell him
while his mother's crying
break it to him gently as she weeps
let him know his father
will be well looked after, where he sleeps.

Shanty and chorus (ghosts):
(He's sleeping amongst us.)
Don't say it's so
(he's in our dreams)
it isn't fair
(don't worry)
for I was told by those who know
(he's with us now)
there was love ev'rywhere
alone.

Father
(McCartney-Davis)

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa - (Mary Dee) soprán
Sally Burgess - (Miss Inkley, truchlící, ošetřovatelka) mezzo-soprán
Jerry Hadley - (Shanty) tenor
Willard White - (ředitel, kazatel, Mr. Dingle) bas
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir & Choristers of Liverpool Cathedral
Ian Tracy - vedoucí sboru

1959
As mourners arrive for the funeral, Shanty thinks on his confusion, fears and upset at the death of his father. He reflects and worries about the relationship they had, distressed at his father's mortality. Finally he realises fathers are only human and asks his forgiveness.

Chorus (mourners):
Father, father
father, father.

Chief mourner and women's chorus (mourners):
O father, you have given time to your children
you (we beg of you)
will look after (look after us)
those in (father) your care (father)
father
(into the future, in ever-growing circles)

Chief mourner:
You will be there
and your spirit will keep us moving
in the right direction.

Full chorus (mourners):
O father, you have given time to your children
you will look after those in your care
into the future, in ever-growing circles
you will be there.

Chief mourner:
And your spirit will keep us moving
in the right direction.

Shanty:
Hey, wait a minute, you didn't tell me
I fell into a place I didn't wanna go
it doesn't matter
I swear I'll never go through another of those things in my life
you should have warned me of all the danger
but maybe there were some things
you just didn't know
but you're my father
and surely fathers ought to know about most
things in this life
don't tell me, I thought you were the best
you were only human and a lot like all the rest
like me you were fragile, not secure
with the fast tide of life
that would speed past your door.

Chorus (mourners):
Father father father.

Boys and chorus:
Toti mundo nati.

Shanty and chorus:
(father, ah)
I forgive you, will you forgive me?

Chief mourner and chorus:
You will be there
and your spirit will keep us moving
in the right direction.

Wedding
(McCartney-Davis)

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa - (Mary Dee) soprán
Sally Burgess - (Miss Inkley, truchlící, ošetřovatelka) mezzo-soprán
Jerry Hadley - (Shanty) tenor
Willard White - (ředitel, kazatel, Mr. Dingle) bas
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir & Choristers of Liverpool Cathedral
Ian Tracy - vedoucí sboru

A few years later.
As Shanty muses on the top of a bus, Mary Dee is drawn to him. She soothes his self-doubts and calms his impatient ambitions and they pledge their love and marry.

Shanty:
I know I should be glad of this
for to be thankful is to know
I hope that you will still be here
the time is drawing near for us to know.

Mary Dee (no longer as a ghost):
I'll always be here
as long as you've got time for me
whether it's joy or sadness
it doesn't matter
as long as you have time for me
we will be together.

Shanty:
I know that to be thankful is
not what I need
but just for right now it's all I've got
I know that patience is a virtue
but at this time in my life I need something more
something in the air is slowly drawing us together.

Mary Dee:
Sit tight, be brave, and believe in something more.

Shanty:
If I could sit still, if I could be courageous
I have a feeling that there's something
drawing us inevitably towards it.

Mary Dee:
If you have patience, you needn't wait forever
this is the story that they tell the children
who are always asking the question.

Shanty:
I know someone is making sense.

Mary Dee:
We have a common sense.

Shanty and chorus:
(ah)

Boys:
Father, hear our humble voices
we will praise thee all our days
cleanse our sins, release our minds
we will be together.

Preacher and women's chorus:
Lord, deliver thy salvation
unto those that bless thy name.

Full chorus:
Let them live in harmony.

Solo quartet:
With thy holy spirit.

Chorus:
Hosanna hosanna
gloria in excelsis deo.

Mary Dee and Shanty:
God in heaven, save thy thunder
for the enemies of love
bathe us in thy holy light
we will live together.

Chorus:
Amen.

Work
(McCartney-Davis)

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa - (Mary Dee) soprán
Sally Burgess - (Miss Inkley, truchlící, ošetřovatelka) mezzo-soprán
Jerry Hadley - (Shanty) tenor
Willard White - (ředitel, kazatel, Mr. Dingle) bas
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir & Choristers of Liverpool Cathedral
Ian Tracy - vedoucí sboru

Mary Dee's office.
She runs a hectic business staffed entirely by women. Mary Dee busies among the computers and fax machines, issuing orders as her girls lapse their concentration to fantasise of love.
Meanwhile, at Shanty's office - where his rank does not match Mary Dee's success - he is cajoled by colleagues to work less and play more. As one colleague, mr Dingle, tempts Shanty to slip off to the pub, at home Mary Dee indicates that she is pregnant.

Mary Dee's office

Women's chorus (office staff):
Working women at the top, will it ever stop
papers piling up and up
days go by like monday, tuesday: work until we drop
all the time looking great
running late
in a state, losing weight
running late again and again.

Mary Dee:
Let me have the letter that you typed up yesterday
did mr. Fisher send the fax to LA
make sure the flowers don't arrive too late
and cancel my appointment at the squash club.

Women's chorus:
What club?

Mary Dee:
Squash club.

Women's chorus:
Working women on the go, will they ever know
what it takes to run the show
days go by like lightning
will it ever slow
half the time feeling dead
over-fed
aching head
miss my bed
over-fed again and again.

Mary Dee:
Did they ever pick up the accountant's resume
make sure the car arrives in time for the plane
get me the details of the take-over bid
and write another letter to the minister.

Women's chorus:
Minister?

Mary Dee:
The minister of love.

Women's chorus:
Love. (la)

Mary Dee:
Where's the time for standing still?

Women's chorus:
Holding hands and walking free.

Mary Dee:
Where's the time for you.

Mary Dee and women's chorus:
And me?

Violin solo

Mary Dee:
Did I sign the letter that you typed up yesterday
is mr. Fisher on the flight to L.A.
he's got the details of the take-over bid
and I'll be in a meeting with the minister.

Women's chorus:
Minister, minister of love, - love -.

Mary Dee:
Feeling confusion, fear of intrusion
frightened of losing my mind
dreams of the future
thoughts of myself left behind.

Women's chorus:
Working women at the top.

Mary Dee:
Will i ever stop
Orders piling up and up.

Women's chorus:
Days go by like thursday, friday.

Mary Dee:
Always on the go
part of myself lives inside
part of myself lives inside.

Tempo 1 (orchestra)
Shanty's office

Men's chorus:
When you ask a working man, 'does he ever stop?'
will he make it to the top
should he take a break on sunday
work until he drop.

Shanty:
My early days in school required
a lot of concentration
I was finding out
but now in later years I find
my colleagues here are more inclined to mess about
my wife at home would surely never understand
if I so much as look at someone else.

Men's chorus:
If men had been the faithful sort
it surely would have changed the course of history
don't ask me who the first man was
that dared to take a mistress, it's a mystery
your wife at home would surely have to understand
if you were ever seen with someone else.

Mr. Dingle:
Oh, no, she won't!

Men's chorus:
You wouldn't dare!

Shanty:
Oh yes, I would!

Mr. Dingle:
Oh no, you don't!

Men's chorus:
All things matrimonial
carry with them certain responsibilities.

Shanty and mr. Dingle:
(ah)
carry with them certain responsibilities.

Mr. Dingle:
Let's find ourselves a little hostelry
where you can sit and have a drink on me
we'll get a chance
to talk about anyone who bothers us
there's so much more to life than meets the eye
it's quite enough to make a throat feel dry
so let's repair
to where no-one else would dare to bother us
let's have a drink while we think what to do
and while we think
I'll accept a little drink from you
if everybody took a serious view of life
we all would feel the same as you
but, as it is
we don't, so it isn't gonna bother us
let's have a drink while we think what to do
and while we think
I'll accept a little drink from you
ha ha ha ha ha.

Mary Dee:
Part of myself grows inside.

Crises
(McCartney-Davis)

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa - (Mary Dee) soprán
Sally Burgess - (Miss Inkley, truchlící, ošetřovatelka) mezzo-soprán
Jerry Hadley - (Shanty) tenor
Willard White - (ředitel, kazatel, Mr. Dingle) bas
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir & Choristers of Liverpool Cathedral
Ian Tracy - vedoucí sboru

Mary Dee sings to the child inside her, fretting for its future. Shanty arrives home slightly drunk, short-tempered and demanding dinner. They row over money and Shanty's feelings of inadequacy. Shanty wounds her by doubting her love and Mary Dee storms out - telling him, as she goes, that she is pregnant. In her blind anger and hurt, she runs in front of a car and is knocked down.
In hospital, a nurse wills her to live as - in delirium - Mary Dee sees the ghosts again. She fights to cling on to the life of her baby as the ghosts try to steal it from her. At her bed, Shanty prays, promising to reform if only Mary Dee and the baby are saved.

Allegro molto (orchestra)

Mary Dee and Shanty's home

Mary Dee (alone in bedroom):
The world you're coming into
is no easy place to enter
ev'ry day is haunted by the echoes of the past
funny thoughts and wild, wild dreams
will find their way into your mind
the clouds that hang above us
may be full of rain and thunder
but in time they slide away
to find the sun still there
lazy days and wild, wild flowers
will bring some joy into your heart
and I will always love you
I'll welcome you into this world.

Mary Dee and boy solo:
You're mine and I will love you.

Tempo 1 (orchestra)

Shanty:
Where's my dinner
I've been working hard all day
and a man can work up quite an appetite that way
what's for dinner
something nourishing and hot
I could tackle quite a lot of 'you know what'
and all I've got to say to you is 'why no dinner?'
I've got nothing on my plate
it's expected of a mate
why'd 'ya have to make me wait
where's my...

Mary Dee:
This is the way we put out the candle
farewell to childhood
deep in the wild wood a fire goes out
and what are we left with now we are grown up?

Shanty:
This is the way we pull up the anchor
goodbye to romance
out on the ocean a good ship is lost
and what are we left with now we are grown up?

Mary Dee:
Time to be thinking of real life feelings
I must get on.

Shanty:
Time to be buying those little trinkets I can't afford
lord knows I want to give her the best
but where will I find the rest of the cash?

Mary Dee:
It's one mad dash to fame and fortune
the cymbals clash and then you're gone.

Shanty:
So what are my chances of getting promotion
the way things are going, it doesn't look good.

Mary Dee:
What good is complaining, it's getting you nowhere
and I'm in the middle of your whirlwind
in the eye of your storm.

Shanty:
Let's not argue.

Mary Dee:
Spare me your excuses.

Shanty:
No excuses.

Mary Dee:
Pardon my anger.

Shanty:
Why are you driving me so hard?

Mary Dee:
I can't believe what I'm hearing.

Shanty:
You didn't cook any dinner.

Mary Dee:
I'm not a slave, I work for a living
I can command the respect of my peers
where did you go
you were out with the boys.

Shanty:
So what if I went for a drink
you'd think to listen to you
it was some sort of crime.

Mary Dee:
I needed someone to talk to
but all I could find was myself
if you were the same man I married
you'd know that your woman needs love.

Shanty:
And what about me
I suppose I don't matter
I'm not even sure
if you ever loved me.

Mary Dee:
Right
that's it
I'm off
oh and by the way...you're about to become a father.

She rushes out into the street

Chorus:
Stop
wait
hold on
hold on to life
stay.

Hospital

Nurse:
Do you know who you are
as you lie there sleeping
take the time to rest your troubled head
I will watch over you till the moment you awake
can you hear what I say
as you lie there sleeping
when misfortunes crowd into your day
and the dark side of life
has become too much to bear
I will stay by your side
though we don't yet know
if there's something wrong
you were brought in from the street
and a witness said you gave a shout
as you fell down at his feet
we are running tests
and soon the results will be known
but I feel I have to warn you
there may be complications
but we don't yet know if your child is in danger
we shall have to wait and see
in the meantime there is nothing more for you to do
but sleep.

Boys:
Ghosts of the past left behind.

Men's chorus (ghosts):
You're sleeping amongst us, we're in your dream.

Nurse:
You're dreaming. Try to rest, my child.

Men's chorus (ghosts):
You called us, we heard you and we are here.

Nurse:
To save your child you must be still.

Men's chorus (ghosts):
We're ready to listen to what you ask.

Nurse:
Go to sleep.

Women's chorus (ghosts):
You're crossing the water, the tide is strong.

Mary Dee:
No!

Women's chorus (ghosts):
Your child is drawn to us, into our throng.

Shanty:
No!

Full chorus (ghosts):
This child is most welcome, soon one of us.

Mary Dee:
No, I tell you
you'll never get through, I'll never let you
no-one is stealing this child
I'm not afraid of ghosts that the past left behind.

Shanty:
Let her recover, then let me love her
until we run out of time
and in the future
I will promise to be the man she had in mind.

Nurse:
Be still, be calm, your child is safe.

Mary Dee:
Do we live in a world with an uncertain future
where a man is unsure of his fate
will we come to our senses, be fair to each other
can we turn it around before it's too late
do I know that we have the answer
yes, I know now we are together
so we must bear in mind that the pages are turning
and the sand will run out of the glass
in the heat of the battle
we will drive out the demons
and we'll carry the day, for we must save the child.

Mary Dee and Nurse:
(ah)

Mary Dee and Shanty:
We have come to our senses
we are part of each other
and we'll carry the day, for we must save the child.

Chorus:
Do you know that you have the answer?

Mary Dee and Shanty:
Yes, we know now.

Chorus:
We know now.

Mary Dee and Shanty:
We know now
we are together.

Peace
(McCartney-Davis)

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa - (Mary Dee) soprán
Sally Burgess - (Miss Inkley, truchlící, ošetřovatelka) mezzo-soprán
Jerry Hadley - (Shanty) tenor
Willard White - (ředitel, kazatel, Mr. Dingle) bas
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir & Choristers of Liverpool Cathedral
Ian Tracy - vedoucí sboru

Shanty sings to his new-born child, celebrating the wonder of being. In a sermon, the preacher sings of the frail magic of family life as Mary Dee and Shanty pledge a future with their child, together forever, celebrating a love that will now survive.

Shanty:
And so it was that you were born
into this world one winter morning
with a childish innocence you smiled at me
and I was born again.

Boy solo:
Non nobis solum sed toti mundo

Boys' choir:
Nati, mundo nati.

Boy solo:
Toti mundo nati.

Men's chorus:
God is good and he will be our saviour
all we need is in his power to give us
let the light that lies within his heart
illuminate our being.

Full chorus:
God is good and with this thought to guide us
we will live in joyful contemplation
let the love that lives within your heart
illuminate your being.

Preacher:
What people want is a family life
the strength of a home and a moat round the castle
pull up the drawbridge
staying at home with the family
all people want is a family life
sometimes they find that it isn't so easy
people can argue
life can be hard on a family.

Basses:
Mum's in the kitchen, she won't speak to dad.

Altos:
Uncle's ashamed of the good time he had.

Tenors:
Brothers and sisters are lifting the roof
with the music they play all night.

Preacher:
But people still want a family life
nothing replaces the love and affection
pull up the drawbridge
tempers are frayed, but it's like that.

Altos:
Don't be dismayed if it's like that.

Basses:
Like that.

Preacher:
You're not obeyed but you like that -family life.

Boys and altos:
God is good, in him we'll live for ever
satisfied inside his grace and glory.

Full chorus:
Safe and sound in his eternal love
we have found salvation.

Nurse:
Dad's in the garden, he won't speak to mum.

Mary Dee:
Mother.

Nurse:
Uncle's in bed with a pain in his...

Shanty:
The devil is evil

Preacher:
And god is good.

Mary Dee:
The devil is evil

Shanty:
With a d.

Mary Dee:
And god is good

Shanty:
Without an o.

Mary Dee and Nurse:
God is good without an o.

Shanty and preacher:
O...

Mary Dee and Nurse:
And so we are grateful for harmony
for we will be faithful

Shanty and preacher:
Eternally.

Mary Dee, Nurse, Shanty and preacher:
(ah)

Full chorus:
(ah)
God is good, the universal saviour
trust in him to lead us through the darkness
live in love and when the battle's won.

Mary Dee and Nurse:
Live in peace.

Shanty and preacher:
Live in peace.

Full chorus:
Live in peace for ever.

Solo quartet:
Live in peace.

All:
Live in peace together.

Shanty:
So on and on the story goes
from day to day throughout our lives.

Mary Dee:
What can we do, that's how it grows
I am with you.

Mary Dee and Shanty:
Our love survives.