Work to Be Done

The Bird Sings Oral Tradition Song Library

Work to Be Done

This song is such an uplifting delight! It’s an easy one to get going with any group and can be simplified by teaching just 2 or 3 of the parts. NOTE: This recording has been updated as of mid-June 2018 with personally corrected parts by Sarah and a new arrangement for Wholehearted Chorus.

Composer & Copyright

Original song by Sarah Nutting of MaMuse. Work to Be Done is included in this song library with permission for the purposes of oral tradition singing and teaching. If singing this song for performance or recording for profit, you must get permission from and pay royalties to the composer.

Recording

Recording by Lisa G. Littlebird.

Lyrics

Part 1 (Tenor – These Hands are Strong):
These hands are strong, this heart is wide,
This mind, this mind is wise
These hands are strong, this heart is wide,
I am on, on your side

Part 2 (Alto – Work to Be Done):
There is work to be done, there is work to be done
With these hands, this heart, this mind
There is work to be done, there is work to be done
I am on, on your side

Part 3 (Bass – Steady On):
Steady on, steady on, steady on, steady on, steady on, steady on
Steady on, on your side

Part 4 (Soprano):
Joyfully, joyfullly, joyfully, joyfully, joyfully, joyfully
Joy Iā€™m on your side

Teaching Notes

The song parts can be taught in any order but I prefer this one because the first part tends to take the longest to teach, then getting easier from there. I often teach the whole group parts 1 and 2, then get both of those going together for awhile before bringing in parts 3 and/or 4. I often skip teaching the 3rd part to simplify the arrangement.

This recording is in G but the song is versatile and can be moved up or down.

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

 

2 Comments
  • Elizabeth Murray
    Posted at 19:21h, 01 October Reply

    I LOVE this song! It is uplifting and motivating weather we are refering to the garden, building a barn or a polictical movement across the country and globe.

  • Michael Lojkovic
    Posted at 16:47h, 04 November Reply

    Liz, you are so correct! A gathering of voices!

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