What A Gift

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What A Gift

A gorgeous song of gratitude from Elisa Rose.  While this song is in a different format with more words than most community singing songs, it has an instantly sing-alongable and potent final chorus.  I arranged it here with Elisa’s permission for singing with Wholehearted Chorus in 2024.

Composer & Copyright

Original song ©Elisa Rose. Contact the artist for permission to record or perform this song for income.

Recording

Lyrics

Part A
What a gift,  What a gift it is to love like this
What a gift it is to wake each day
Warm and safe from sleep

What a gift,   What a gift it is to breathe the air
What a gift it is to deeply care
For all of our world

Part B
What is given in the form disappears
And in its place the new shall appear     
My heart is stretching beyond what I knew
And all this grievin’ is makin’ way for the new
Oh oh oh oh— (x3)
Oh oh

Chorus 1
Give it back to the earth, Give it all to the sea  
Set my soul free, offer every part of me
Give it back to the one, oh the one who birthed me      
The great unknown, this holy mystery

Chorus 2
Give it all back, give it all back, give it back
Give it all back, give it all back, give it back
Give it all back, give it all back, give it back
(x2)

Chorus 2 repeat
Chorus 1
Oh oh oh oh— (x3)
Oh oh

What a gift
What a gift it is to love like this

Guitar Chord lead sheet

Teaching Notes

Key: A

I arranged this song in simple two-part harmony for most of the song, so the focus is on the words and message until the repetitive and catchy final chorus repetition where the altos split from the tenor/baritone’s for a delicious three part harmony.

7

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

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