The Bird Sings Oral Tradition Song Library


This beautiful piece from Laurence Cole features amazing lyrics by poet John O’Donohue about presence and living life in the flow. It’s distinctive in that the song has two different sections with very different energies.

Composer & Copyright

Original song by Laurence Cole with some lyrics by John O’Donohue.


This recording is by Lisa G. Littlebird.



Part 1:
I would love to live like a river flows,
Carried by the surprise of its own unfolding

Part 2:
From a tiny trickle on the highest mountain
To the mighty river that flows to the sea

Part 3:
With no regrets for where we’ve been,
No worry where we’re going

Teaching Notes

I teach and recorded this song slightly differently than Laurence’s original sheet music (with permission), for an ease and flow that works well for Wholehearted Chorus. It is a very versatile song, in that it can be made simpler or more complex for different groups and environments. I’ve taught the first part before without ever adding the second, or taught the whole song without harmonies or without part 3.

This recording is in B flat. The original sheet music is available from Laurence and is in Cm.


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

1 Comment
  • Michael Lojkovic
    Posted at 16:57h, 04 November Reply

    My two-year-old grand-nephew Dominic came to visit. He’s learning to pee, so he loves when i sing the 2nd section! Isn’t it wonderful how songs apply themselves into our daily routines, yet deepen our understanding with a lifelong effect?
    Dom indeed loves to live, knows nothing of regret or worry, but he loves that tiny trickle of accomplishment!

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