Come, Come

The Bird Sings Oral Tradition Song Library

Come, Come

A beautiful welcome song, to all the lost souls and lost parts of ourselves. These compassionate words from Rumi always seem to hit home… the invitation to come back, again and again, no matter how many times we lose our way. I have heard many variations of this song and this version arranged by Glen Phillips is now my favorite. This vocal arrangement is in three voices, a low and high women’s part and the men’s part holds the melody.

Composer & Copyright

Words by Rumi, Original music by Sudhananda, arranged & adapted by Glen Phillips, arranged for Wholehearted Chorus by Lisa G. Littlebird.

Recording

Recording by Glen Phillips & Lisa G. Littlebird.

Lyrics

Come, come whoever you are
Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving
Come, come whoever you are
This isn’t a caravan of despair
(x2)

It doesn’t matter if you’ve broken your vows
A thousand times before
And yet again,
Come again come, yet again come

Come again come… (x3 or 4)

Teaching Notes

This song has many tricky nuances to the vocal lines and arrangement, but Wholehearted Chorus learned it quite quickly. Be sure to really swing the 3/4 meter. One of the trickiest (and best) details in learning is the shift from a minor to major ending at the end of the first song section on the second repeat.

Key: This recording is in D#, it could be capo’d up or down.

7

Level of teaching speed/ difficulty (1 = very easy, 10 = very challenging)

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