You Raise Me Up

The Bird Sings Oral Tradition Song Library

You Raise Me Up

The sweeping melody and dense 3-part harmonies of this contemporary song by the Irish-Norweigan songwriting duo Secret Garden are rich and moving to sing. This harmony arrangement of the song’s chorus is for advanced learning.

Composer & Copyright

By Rolf Løvland and the lyrics by Brendan Graham.



When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary
When troubles come and my heart burdened be
Then I am still and wait here in the silence
Until you come and sit awhile with me


You raise me up so I can stand on mountains
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas
I am strong when I am on your shoulders
You raise me up to more than I can be

There is no life – no life without its hunger
Each restless heart beats so imperfectly
But when you come and I am filled with wonder
Sometimes, I think I glimpse eternity

Chorus x2

Teaching Notes

This is a challenging song to learn with rich, dense and crossing harmonies.

The recording is in B flat.


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


  • gg tate

    love this song SO BAUTFUL

  • gg tate

    love this song

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