The Bird Sings Oral Tradition Song Library


A three-part acapella song with rich, lush harmonies. Beautiful with three voices and has a striking, gospel feel with a large chorus.

Composer & Copyright

Written and originally recorded by the now disbanded women’s acapella group Copper Wimmin.


Inspiration Track – Copper Wimmin:


I’ve decided to be happy
I’ve decided to be glad
I’ve decided to be grateful
For all I ever had

I’ve decided to let go
Of all this pain tonight
I’ve decided to let go
Of all these demons inside

I know… I am blessed
I know… all I ever wanted was this
I know… I don’t need more
I’ve got… what I came for

I’ve decided to be open
To that little voice inside
Telling me I’m beautiful
It’s okay to be alive

I’ve decided to be kinder
To myself when I feel bad*
I’ve decided to be grateful
For all I ever had


*sad, in the original Copper Wimmin version


  • Just wanted to let you all know: I have direct contact with a member of of Copper Wimmin and also have full sheet music for this song. Drop me a line if you need that

    • Lisa G.

      Amazing Daniel! I would be so appreciative if you’d privately share contact information for them via email – I was unable to track them down for permission here and I’d like to. If you and they are comfortable with sharing sheet music that would be most appreciated as well!

  • Tracy Parsons

    Hi Lisa:
    Our women’s chorus in London ON would love to perform this at our 65th birthday party and would love to get your arrangement if available. Please advise at your earliest convenience.
    Thank you!

    • Lisa G.

      Hello Tracy, I welcome you to use the arrangement here as it is in the recordings. I don’t have scores of any of my compositions or arrangements at this time. Best to you and your group! Warmly, Lisa

  • Joyce M Reid

    Hi Lisa
    Thanks for your help. I have been trying ‘every which way’ to track down a publisher or any contact person, but haven’t had any luck either….yet.
    I don’t give up easily so shall keep trying. Again, thanks for all you do and this most amazing website. Our group, Sophia, just loves singing with The Bird Sings. Keep up the great work.

    • Lisa G.

      You’re welcome and thank you Joyce! I love hearing it useful for you 🙂

  • Joyce Reid

    Love this song. I am in an acapella group who would like to record this on a CD they are making to use as a fundraiser for their church.
    Who would we contact about royalty payments and permission?

    • Lisa G.

      Hello Joyce – I replied to your comment with royalty information about Spirit Found Us but I don’t have information about Kinder as the group has disbanded and I’ve been unsuccessful in tracking anyone down from the group. Good luck

  • Maggie Sisson

    I was hoping to perform this piece with my women’s group. Do I need to purchase sheet music of any kind? Do I give writing/composing credit to Copper Wimmin? Thanks in advance for your help!

    • Lisa G.

      Hello Maggie! I was unable to find a contact for Copper Wimmin, which is now disbanded to request permission for performance, so we took the risk and sang it. I got this arrangement from their recording by ear and don’t know of any sheet music for the song. Good luck and have fun-

      • Hi Lisa,
        Our choir, Womansong of Asheville, also tried contacting Copper Wimmin last year without luck. I just saw that you have an arrangement. Do you have a written arrangement that you could share with us?
        Althea (Artistic Director)

        • Lisa G.

          I’m sorry I don’t have any written arrangements for my songs or arrangements at this time, we arrange and learn by oral tradition. Good luck!

  • Jolene Starr

    Such a beautiful song! I do like that you changed the word from “sad” to “bad.” I have so many feelings that don’t feel good, and sometimes it’s impossible to label them except, “I feel bad.”

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