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The People Build a Home

Commissioned by Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists / Jamie Bartlett
Poet/Lyricist: 
Eileen Karpeles, adapted
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The People Build a Home

Adapted by the composer from “A Place of Meeting” by Eileen Karpeles
Voices of the Future lyrics by the composer

Out of wood and stone,
Out of dreams and sacrifice,
Out of the works of their hands and hearts and minds,
The People build a home:
A symbol...a reality...a place of meeting...a place of trust.

CHORUS (choir)
May all who enter trust this place so surely
That they dare to share the fires deep that swell into anger,
As well as the waters sweet that swell into laughter.
And may the rafters hear the voices of the children
As surely as the voices of the orators grand.
The hum of computers and the sweep of the broom
Can form a chorus just as holy as the song of a million stars.

Out of wood and stone, the People build a home.
Out of dreams and sacrifice, the People build a home.
Out of the works of their hands and hearts and minds, the People build a home:

CHORUS (choir)

Voices of the Future: Out of wood and stone and dreams and bone we built our home,
A place of trust where justice must be worked for before we call it our own.
Gotta be looking for grace in every face, looking for love in all the right places,
Lookin’ for ways that we can grow beyond the status quo.
If we’re not gonna live in this house all alone,
Gotta listen first, gotta listen last, gotten listen past our comfort zone.
Listen!  We’ve gotta be open to change and open to be changed,
Open to strangers walking through our door.

A symbol...a reality...a place of meeting...a place of trust.

Voices of the Future:  And before they broke the ground,
They took a moment, and they took a breath,
And they gathered 'round and they knelt down,
And they broke bread, and the People said:

CHORUS (choir and congregation)

Voices of the Future: This song was written by those who came before us,
But every chorus that sings this song has got to claim it, got to name it,
Got to make it new again and true again,
So our song is alive, awake, a covenant we make
For the sake of everybody’s children, not just our own.

CHORUS (choir and congregation)

May the rain fall lightly,
May the wind blow softly,
May the sun shine warmly on this house, our home.

(Listen....listen....listen....listen....)

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