Songs of Hope
There are songs of hope scattered throughout our songbooks but here are some ways to find many of them.
"Hope" chapter in Rise Up Singing - there is a list of other songs in RUS at the end of this chapter on p.120. Other good chapters with songs of hope in RUS include Faith, Gospel, Sacred Rounds & Chants, and Spirituals.
"Hope & Strength" chapter in Rise Again - and there is a similar list of songs in RA at the end of this chapter on p.140. Other good chapters with songs of hope in RA include Faith, Gospel & Spirituals, and Healing & Letting Go.
Here are some of our favorite songs of hope:
- Bird by Bird by Joe Crookston
- I Am Willing by Holly Near
- Somewhere to Begin by T.R.Ritchie
- Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down by Eric Bibb
- The Rainbow Connection
- Over the Rainbow
- What a Wonderful World - especially recordings by Louis Armstrong and ones by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
- We Will Build This House & Love Will Guide Us by Sally Rogers
- My Roots Go Down by Sarah Pirtle
- Step by Step, Sailing Down This Golden River & O Had I a Golden Thread by Pete Seeger
- Love's Gonna Carry Us by Fred Small
- The Great Storm Is Over & Thanksgiving Eve by Bob Franke
- Hymn for the Russian Earth (round)
- I Am an Acorn (round - by Carol Johnson)