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“Flow” … a song from these times

We’ve all been some combination of troubled, perplexed, heartbroken, angry, confused, sorrowful and more these past days, in the aftermath of the Christchurch tragedy.  Like perhaps all of us, I’ve struggled to make sense of such evil and such loss.  I also hold in my heart two longtime friends who are now, in their broken relationship, at a point of great loss.

With these things and probably more in mind, I’ve written this song called Flow.  To be frank, I’m not sure when, where, how or by whom it will be shared.  Maybe this is as far as it goes.  I needed to put some words together for my own dealing with it all.  So I share it with you.  The “come flow …” refrain is one example for me of a refrain being gentler and more laidback than the verses.  See what you think.  Being a long song, verse 3 (a paraphrase of four of Jesus’ Beatitudes) is optional.

If it’s in any way helpful to you and those whom you love and do life, by all means use it.
Blessings, David


leadsheet  lyrics mp3 backing (w. melody)

My heart is strained with sadness
There’s sorrow beyond words
I’m such a loss to make real sense
of all I’ve seen and heard
Why are we so divided?
Why can’t we be as one?
O, why O God?
O, why so God?
Yes, what have we become?

Come flow … compassion
Come flow … your peace
Come flow … deep understanding
Come flow …
Come flow … your love

When innocents meet violence
While practising their faith
While lives are torn asunder
By evil’s human face
May we find in each other
You and your love for all
Each beautiful, made in your love
Flow Spirit. Change us all
Come flow …

(optional 3rdverse)

So blessings be to you who mourn
for comfort will be yours
And blessings – all who work for peace
for such a holy cause
And blessings to the kind ones
God’s mercy come your way
And blessings to the pure in heart
Flow in us, God, this dayCome flow …

David MacGregor
© 2019 Willow Publishing

no way! no go! no bullying!

Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 10.46.01 amWell, I’m always up for a musical challenge! I’ve finally got around, at the request of the local primary school chaplain (and a key children’s ministry leader at our church) to write a kids song for Friday week’s National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. The theme from their website: Bullying. No Way!  

Seems a long while since I’ve written a “non-God” kids song. Last one from memory was about 30 years back in my Lowood teaching days.  Linked in with a school “get fit” campaign, I somewhat sheepishly wrote Feelin’ Fine All Round.  Song holds up well.

Anyhow, this one came quickly.  Hopefully it connects well with the theme, kids can sing it with lots of actions (chaplain’s request) and most importantly – it encourages positive action in relation to bullying and violence against (in this case) children.   The request was to have it fairly ‘rock’n’roll’, so here it is.  My vocal prowess is well-and-truly not there, but hopefully, the vocal demo (very demo) gives the idea.  Feel free to use wherever, with simple attribution.  Oh – I need to go back to my kids club prep for this afternoon … exploring how Jesus was dealt with by the crowds.  Mmmm … some sort of link there!  Cheers- David

vocal demo:
backing track:


Won’t take it
Won’t make it
Won’t take that bullying
Don’t get it
Won’t let it
No way!
No go!no bullying!

1. Don’t let them mess
with you no more
Speak out
Speak loud
Speak strong
Let’s stand together – tell the truth
that bullying’s not on!

Won’t take it …

2. And when it seems
It just won’t stop
Tell those who care,
you trust
Tell those who’ll help you out for sure
Be kind, be friends
We must!

Won’t take it …

La, la, la …

 David MacGregor
© 2015 Willow Publishing


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