Holy Earth, Ancient Home
About the Song
This song is finale of "A Passion for the Planet", an hour-long oratorio by Geoffrey Hudson.
The oratorio was first performed & recorded live by Illuminati Vocal Arts Ensemble at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, in June 2019. A film that accompanies the oratorio was shown at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History on Earth Day in 2021. The second video above displays this full film.
Holy earth, ancient home
Mother of us all
Source of life & all we need
[or "You who grant us all we need"]
All we need for eternity
Holy earth, so vast & small
(up 4 to E) C G CF G / C - G - / Am AmG F C / G C F G / C AmF CG C
Hear our prayer, hear our cry
Hear our song of praise
Help us mend what has gone awry
Gone awry with the web of life
Help us learn your wiser ways
Let us sing, all as one
In the great human choir
Blue-green world in a sea of stars
A sea of stars that forever turns
Holy earth in this holy gyre
Holy earth, our one precious home
C G CF G / C - G - / Am AmG F C / G C F G / C AmF CG C / / F - C -
- words by Sarah Metcalf & Geoffrey Hudson, music by Geoffrey Hudson
(c) 2019 Geoffrey Hudson. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
The composer has generously authorized us to post a leadsheet with the melody & lyrics below for non-commercial use.