Lament for Manus Island:
A Choral Arrangement

Lament for Manus Island In Parts

I was asked for an arrangement of this song for a mixed voice ensemble, so here it is. The score is written with melody, (plus a descant in the chorus), to be sung by sopranos and/or tenors, an alto line and a bass line, with guitar chords indicated.

For the solo version,  click here!

Sheet Music

Lament for Manus Island 4.7 Bm

Lament for Manus Island 4.7 Am
Guitarists may prefer this; capo on 2nd fret for Bm.

The next files are identical to the ones above, except they don’t contain the descant notes in the melody.
Lament for Manus Island 4.7: Bm

Lament for Manus Island 4.7: Am

If you have a previous version of this music the next document lists the main changes which have been made: “Lament for Manus Island” versions.

Practice Tracks

In the all parts track, the melody is the flute sound, the alto the oboe sound, and the bass, a baritone sax.

Soprano/Melody

 

Melody/Descant

 

Alto

 

Bass

 

All Parts Together

 

Here is the original, solo, version of the song. I recorded this in my kitchen.

Here is the sheet music in .jpg format.

A Minor

B Minor

 

And finally, a YouTube video I created to go with the song:

Lament for Manus Island

Image Source: https://thenewdaily.com.au

Click here, for the arrangement in parts:

This is a song I felt compelled to write in October 2017, aghast at Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers. The second verse of our national anthem has the lines,
“For those who’ve come across the seas,
We’ve boundless plains to share;”.

We should be more compassionate.

Here is a recording of the song. It’s far from a professional recording, but just something I put together in my kitchen.

Sheet Music

Lament for Manus Island 2ii

And finally, here is the song with a slideshow, uploaded to Youtube.

It’s Getting Really Hard to Sing Advance Australia Fair -Simpler Version

An older more complex arrangement of this can be found by clicking here.

The version below, 1.3, has the alto voices doubling the bass part, except for the ends of lines 4 and 5.  There is no tenor line, but there are descant notes in the melody line for the cadences, again at the ends of lines 4 and 5. These could be sung by a tenor and/or a soprano.

This   song is Keith Binns’ 2014 rewrite of the lyrics to Advance Australia Fair; a commentary on the xenophobia inherent in our current policy on asylum seekers arriving by boat.

Sheet Music

Key of Bb

SATB (Scanned “Original” Music)

Score

Melody

Key of G: For Guitarist. Capo 3rd Fret for Bb

Score

Melody

Practice Tracks

All Parts

 

Melody, (With Descant Cadences)

 

We Shall Not Give Up The Fight

A song from South Africa, in this incarnation,  inviting a unified and humanitarian response to the refugee crisis.

Original Sheet Music

Practice Tracks
On PC Right Click Title to Download
On Android Devices, Press and Hold to Download

All Parts

Soprano/Melody

Alto

Tenor

Bass

In Performance

 

It’s Getting Really Hard to Sing Advance Australia Fair

A newer, simpler arrangement of this song can be found here:

Here is Keith Binns’ 2014 rewrite of the lyrics to Advance Australia Fair; a commentary on the xenophobia inherent in our current policy on asylum seekers arriving by boat.  In the arrangement presented here, for a small group of singers, I have largely dispensed with the tenor line.  I have added chords to most parts.

Sheet Music

Key of Bb

SATB (Scanned “Original” Music)
Soprano, Bass and Alto

Soprano
Alto
Tenor
Bass

Key of A: (useful for guitarists, capo on 1st fret to go to Bb.)

Soprano, Bass and Alto
Soprano
Alto
Tenor
Bass

Practice Tracks (All in Bb)
On PC Right Click Title to Download
On Android Devices, Press and Hold to Download

SATB

Soprano

Alto

Tenor

Bass

 

In My Shoes: A Song

a_syrian_refugee_and_her_newborn_baby_at_a_clinic_in_ramtha_jordan_9613483141Image by By Russell Watkins/Department for International Development, CC BY 2.0.

A song about the plight of refugees, asylum seekers, wanting to find sanctuary in Australia, by Marianne Tozer and Lyndon Piddington, with further arrangement by Doug McPherson.  The song is offered in two keys, Em and Fm. Fm is probably the best key for singing this song. The Em version might usefully be used by guitarists, using a capo on the 1st fret. Versions 1.7 and 1.8 are virtually identical; the main difference is that the tenor part is written in bass clef in 1.7, and tenor clef in 1.8. This song is part of the Illawarra Union Singers’ repertoire.

Sheet Music: All .pdf Format

In My Shoes 1.8 Melody & Tenor Harmony: Em

In My Shoes 1.8 Melody & Tenor Harmony: Fm

In My Shoes 1.7; Melody & Tenor: Em

In My Shoes 1.7; Melody & Tenor: Fm

In My Shoes 1.7; Melody: Em

In My Shoes 1.7; Melody: Fm

In My Shoes 1.7 Tenor Em

In My Shoes 1.7 Tenor Fm

Lyrics, Without Music

“Original” Sheet Music: SATB, Fm (Page Missing)

Practice Tracks (All in Fm)

Melody & Tenor Harmony 1.7 With Short Introduction:
Melody Piano, Harmony Cello

Melody: Choir Ah Sound

Tenor Harmony: Choir Ah Sound

 

And finally, a performance, led by Sarah Lambert at the Thirroul Railway Institute hall in 2014.

Share Our Country: Jacobs Ladder

Gerri Wood’s lyrics to an old hymn tune, pleading for compassion and understanding towards asylum seekers and refugees.

Download Sheet Music and Lyrics

All Parts

Soprano

Alto

Tenor

Bass


Download or Stream Practice Tracks:
From a PC, Right Click Title to Download
On Android Devices, Press and Hold to Download

Practice your individual part, and then practice your part against the all parts track.

All Parts

Soprano 

Alto

Tenor

Bass


Share Our Country: Lyrics by Gerri Wood

Share our country, share our city
Share our country, share our city.
Share our country, share our city.
Come in peace today.

Join our hands and stand together, (3 times)
Come in peace today.

Compassion is the only way, (3 times)
Come in peace today.

We must speak for those who can’t, (3 times)
Come in peace today.

Let’s share our country, share our city
Share our country, share our city.
Share our country, share our city.
Come in peace today.


Download Lyrics Here (Word Document)

Download or View Lyrics (PDF)

Midi File of the Arrangement

Below is an earlier incarnation and performance of the song, this time with lyrics by Sarah Lambert: