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Song of the Five Thousand

The canonic "table grace" refrain from Only a Couple Fishes
Elizabeth Alexander
Commissioned by American Composers Forum's Faith Partners Program

The "table grace" refrain from the choral piece Only a Couple Fishes, with abundance, gratitude and generosity at its core.  It may be sung with the choir or as a stand-alone song, as an a cappella round or as a unison song with piano.

Song of the Five Thousand may be licensed for congregational use for a nominal fee.  For more information about such a license, contact Seafarer Press

Item Instrumentation/Voicing Duration Level Audio Peruse Delivery Method (Print vs. Digital) Price Quantity
SEA-116-01 1-4 part chorus, a cappella or with piano - Choral Score
2' E Sheet Music $1.50
SEA-116-01DEL 1-4 part chorus, a cappella or with piano - Choral Score
2' E Licensed PDF $1.50
SEA-116-02D 1-4 part chorus or congregation - Audience/Congregation Part
2' E Licensed PDF $0.00

Song of the Five Thousand

Lyrics by Elizabeth Alexander

As we share what we have with each other,
Let us sing out joyfully.
May abundance lead to gratitude,
Then to generosity.


Only a Couple Fishes
Premiere: Children's Choirs of Trinity Lutheran, Watertown Evangelical Free Church and Immaculate Conception / Joyce Harding (Watertown, MN)
ACDA Illinois Children's Honor Choir / Emily Ellsworth (Glen Ellyn, IL)
ANIMA Young Singers of Greater Chicago / Brandon Pemberton (Elmhurst, IL)
Children's Choir of Unity Church-Unitarian / Kathleen Radspinner (St. Paul, MN)
Choir of First Parish in Concord / Beth Norton (Concord, MA)
Choir of Starr King Unitarian Universalist Church / Sarah Dan Jones (Plymouth, NH)
Choir of Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island / Mavis Cauffman (Freeland, WA)
Choir of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook / Dan Weymouth. Interfaith Thanksgiving (Stony Brook, NY)
Choir of Valley Unitarian Universalist Church / Kellie Walker (Chandler, AZ)
Choral Conducting Workshop / Rodney Eichenberger (Cannon Beach, OR; Alexandria, VA)
Rainier Youth Choirs / Leora Schwitters (Kent, WA)
Williamsburg Methodist Summer Music Camp / Lou-Anne Smith (Williamsburg, VA)

Song of the Five Thousand (canon)
Bread & Roses / Peggy Safford (DeKalb, IL)
Choir and Congregation of Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence / Susan Harper (Lawrence, KS)
Choir of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester / Joe Mish (Rochester, MN)
Choir of First Universalist Society of Hartland Four Corners / Patty Talbot (Hartland Four Corners, VT)
Choir of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills / Catherine Cattabiani (Kingston, NY)
Choir of Unity Church-Unitarian / Ruth Palmer (St. Paul, MN)
Florence Church of the Brethren (Constantine, MI)

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