Oh Grief, Oh Joy

The Bird Sings Oral Tradition Song Library

Oh Grief, Oh Joy

Oh Debbie Nargi-Brown has done it again. Sharing this song in community holds transformative powers… I find again and again Debbie’s songwriting has a particular knack for validating and embracing our shadows while still luring us back into the light. This was a joy to record with Debbie and my Wholehearted Chorus in January, 2020. Enjoy!

Composer & Copyright

Original song copyright Debbie Nargi-Brown.


Recorded with Debbie Nargi-Brown singing and conducting members of Wholehearted Chorus. Rayner Marx on guitar and Chris Gourlay on cajon.


Oh Grief, Oh Joy!
Held in the very rhythm of my beating heart
Oh Grief, Oh Joy!
May you come together so I don’t fall apart

Breathe in, breathe out
Gather your strength
Breathe in, breathe out
Remove all doubt

You are held (x3)
Surrounded, grounded (by Love)* By Love is added at the end of the song

Dig down into your roots
That’s where is all begins
Reach up into the stars
Embrace all that you are

(All these parts can also be layered on top of each other)

Teaching Notes

Coming soon!


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

  • Elan Loeb

    What are the guitar chords for this? Thank you!

    • Lisa G.

      I’m sorry I don’t have them Elan – try reaching out to Debbie!

    • Sounds like these 2 sections:

      |: G | C | G | D 😐

      G | C | G | C | G | C | G | D |

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