We Shall Be Known

The Bird Sings Oral Tradition Song Library

We Shall Be Known

A potent song for our time, now circling the world widely, written by the beautiful singing duo MaMuse.

UPDATE! This recording has been updated here as of June 22, 2018 to slightly adjust a few notes and rhythms for complete accuracy after direct consultation with Karisha. This matches their new studio recording on the album Prayers for Freedom. It also adds a tricky but heart-meltingly gorgeous tenor line.

Composer & Copyright

Original song by Karisha Longaker of MaMuse, 2016. We Shall Be Known 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.


Buy the original recording by MaMuse here.

Teaching recording by Lisa G. Littlebird.



We shall be known by the company we keep
by the ones who circle round to tend these fires

We shall be known by the ones who sow and reap
the seeds of change alive from deep within the earth

It is time now
It is time now that we thrive
It is time we lead ourselves into the well
It is time now, and what a time to be alive
In this great turning we shall learn to lead in love
In this great turning we shall learn to lead in love

Teaching Notes

As a longer song this is a more intensive teach, but I have seen large groups and even beginners learn this in one session. And the rewards are big! For simplicity you could teach the alto line only, which is the melody. The soprano line adds nice dimension and is pretty teachable but the tenor line is more advanced and recommended for choirs or more experienced singers.

This recording is in G.


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

  • jean farmer
    Posted at 16:03h, 20 February Reply

    I love this song!!

  • Sunny Crowley
    Posted at 15:28h, 23 October Reply

    Can someone give me the guitar or uke cords? I am not experienced enough to figure it out. Thank you!

    • Lisa G.
      Lisa G.
      Posted at 14:21h, 24 October Reply

      Hi Sunny, I’m sorry I don’t know or have them, and have never heard this song done with instrumentation.

    • Sierra Boatwright
      Posted at 16:54h, 06 February Reply

      Sunny, I was searching for sheet music for this song and saw several links for guitar chords. Try searching MaMuse We Shall Be Known chords…

  • Patti Powell
    Posted at 03:25h, 13 December Reply

    Looks like there’s a problem with the link to the recording – would love to hear your rendition. I’d like to learn it to arrange it for my choirs.

    • Lisa G.
      Lisa G.
      Posted at 09:12h, 17 January Reply

      All fixed Patti! WordPress and Soundcloud changed their code but I got it working again. Thanks for your patience and thanks for listening!

  • Tambrey Vutech
    Posted at 20:35h, 04 January Reply

    Is there sheet music available for voice parts?

    • Lisa G.
      Lisa G.
      Posted at 09:12h, 17 January Reply

      Hi Tambrey, I’m sorry right now I don’t have any sheet music for the songs.

  • Sierra Boatwright
    Posted at 16:52h, 06 February Reply

    Hi Lisa,
    Might you have a copy of the sheet music in parts for acapella singing? Thank you!

    • Lisa G.
      Lisa G.
      Posted at 19:24h, 06 February Reply

      I’m sorry I don’t have sheet music for this Sierra. Try reaching out to MaMuse or the Thrive Street Choir… they may have it.

  • Kathleen Mavity
    Posted at 16:31h, 10 September Reply

    I found it helpful to type up the words, then just take a “shape-note singing” approach to indicating the relative intervals and when to go up and down. It’s working very well so far.

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