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GUEST,ClaireBear Lyr/Chords Req: Going Home (Dvorak) (36) Lyr Add: LAKE WOBEGON SCHOOL HYMN(Garrison Keillor 03 Feb 06


As long as we're on the subject...this is pretty much a nonsequitur to the last posting, but I've always been fond of Garrison Keillor's "Lake Wobegon School Hymn," which despite its reference to cow manure seems better suited to Dvorak's wonderful tune than the "Going home" lyric. I just don't get the tune as a dirge; to me it seems more pastoral/bucolic, as are these lyrics. I think Keillor's on the right track here:

LAKE WOBEGON SCHOOL HYMN

Lyrics by Garrison Keillor

Morning light, soft and bright, Wobegon revealed,
Early frost all across farm and woods and fields
Coffee done, I'll have some, step outside alone
Look around, set me down on a slab of stone
By the barn, cattle turn, murmur in the pen
Soft and pure, cow manure, I know where I am.
I know where I am.
I am home again.

Precious Lord, by your word simple gifts are blessed
Creatures all great and small heav'nly love express
Love and faithfulness
Let the promise of salvation
Come by daily observation
In this farmyard, Lord, be with us.

My old dog takes his walk, sniffing every tree
Every smell seems to tell his biography
Chickens dash 'cross the grass, cats patrol the yard
Seven geese marching east form an honor guard
Then the small trumpet call ringing to the skies
Three loud barks -- arrf! arrf! arrf! -- wake up and arise.
Be in paradise, be in paradise.


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