Songs of Love, Peace and the Spirit

Here are nine of a number of songs I have written, and two classical piano pieces I have composed. You are welcome to download, play and sing these songs and pieces, but they are copyright, and permission should be obtained from the author for performances or recordings of them. Permission will be given free of charge for free performances or benefits to raise money for worthy causes. To obtain permission or make a comment:
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Strange Lands of Poetry
Here is a YouTube video of me singing Strange Lands of Poetry on my sailboat, while anchored out on a river:



Words of Strange Lands of Poetry by Mark Mason:
Oh where are you taking me, lady of mine?
Where are you leading me?
To strange lands of poetry you entice me,
Of Hafiz and Dickinson,
Where strangers give you great kingdoms,
And press them right into your hand,
And young women follow rats to the desert,
And die there of thirst in the sand,
In the sand, in the sand.

Oh where are you taking me, lady of mine?
Where are you leading me?
To strange lands of poetry you entice me,
Of Wordsworth and Coleridge,
Where ice, mast high, comes floating by,
As green as emerald,
And children come down from heaven,
Trailing clouds of glory,
Of glory, of glory.

Bridge:
I donít know if youíve been to these kingdoms,
But you can come with me if you will,
Just open a book of poetry,
And take of it all of your fill.
Iíll build you a castle of magic,
Up on the rise of the hill.

Oh where are you taking me, lady of mine?
Where are you leading me?
To strange lands of poetry you entice me,
Of Yeats and Kahlil Gibran,
Where a man loves the pilgrim soul in you,
And your sorrow unmasked is your joy,
Itís your joy, your great joy.

Instrumental of verse and bridge

Verse 1

Copyright © Mark Mason, 2009

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In the Morning

G                            C        D7                     G
No matter what we do, no matter where we go,
                               C          A       D Dsus2 D Dsus4
No matter what our troubles on the way,
      G                      C                D                        G
No matter what we say, to each other through the day,
        C                D7             G
I will be with you there in the morning,

No matter if you fail sometimes to be the queen of hearts,
And if the romance doesnít even start,
I will love you just the same, as if you were on flame,
And Iíll be with you there in the morning,
Always with you there in the morning.

A             D              A               D
It is just a fact of life; it is just the way,
C                        G                        Asus2         A   D
That we come to know each other just the way we are.
      Bm        D7          C           D                         G
Itís how we learn and grow, so better seeds weíll sow,
         C              D               G
In the rest of our liveís many mornings.
               C                      D7               G                           C
But when things are going well, and we rise to heaven from hell,
      D        Dsus2 D7sus2  D7          G
Itís such a joy to have you here with me.

And when the sparks fly high from the fires of met desires,
And I wake up with you warm in my arms,
Thatís the better not the worse of what Iíve had since birth,
And thatís what keeps me ever with you in the morning,
Thatís what keeps me ever with you in the morning,
I always will be there in the morning!

Copyright © Mark Mason, 2009

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Garden in the Sun

Got to go now to my cabin by the stream,
Got to get there tonight.
Got to get back to the people who I love,
Who are living in community, there.
This is my bliss, it is where I belong,
And you can come along.

Got to get away from the workaholic city,
Got to get away from the TV.
Got to get back to the farm and the forest,
Where I can live mindfully,
Where we are planting changeís seed,
And letting it grow for others to see!

Bridge:
This is where we grow our food
In a permaculture garden.
And this is where we raise our children
To love themselves and others.
This is where we learn to live
In harmony with nature,
The way we all must learn to live,
If we want to have a future.

Got to let go of yesterdayís ideas,
That have just about ruined our planet.
Thinking we are separate from nature and each other,
And thereíll always be more to exploit.
We need to know that we all are one,
In our garden in the sun.

Got to abandon the crazy idea,
That buying things will make us happy.
And start doing less and being more,
In love and understanding.
That way weíre planting changeís seed,
And letting it grow for others to see!

Got to go now to my cabin by the stream,
Got to get there tonight.
Got to get back to the farm and the forest,
Where I can live mindfully,
Where we are planting changeís seed,
And letting it grow for others to see!

Copyright © Mark Mason 2009

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Live by the Words We Say - Lyrics by Mark Mason
- with editorial suggestions by Val Rogers and members of the Eugene Peace Choir
- to be sung to the music of the traditional song "Down to the River to Pray"

"Peace between countries must rest on the solid foundation of love between individuals"
"Be the change you wish to see in the world"
- Mahatma Ghandi

Let's all live, live by the words we say.
Let's all live by the words we say.
Let's all live by the words we say.

Verse 1 (Soprano 1)
If we can live by the words we say,
following a true and honest way,
then who can tell what peace may come,
if we can live that way?

Chorus 1
O brother, let's all live,
let's all live, truly live.
O brother, let's all live, live in that honest way.

Verse 2 (Men)
If we can live in that honest way,
showing others kindness day by day,
then we can shine the light of love,
and peace will come to stay.

Chorus 2
O sister, let's all love,
let's all love, truly love.
O sister, let's all love, love in that peaceful way.

Verse 3 (All)
If we can love in that peaceful way,
showing others kindness, day by day,
then we can shine the light of hope,
and joy will come to stay.

Chorus 3
O children, let's all grow,
let's all grow, truly grow.
O children, let's all grow, grow in that joyful way.

Verse 4 (Soprano 1)
If we can live by the words we say,
following a true and honest way,
then who can tell what peace may come,
if we can live that way?

Chorus 4 (◊2)
O people, let's all live,
let's all live, truly live.
O people, letís all live, live by the words we say.

(Oh brothers) live by the words we say.
(Oh sisters) live by the words we say.

Copyright © Mark Mason, 2003

To download an MP3 of this song, performed by the Eugene Peace Choir,
right click here: LiveByTheWords.mp3
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Sunshine and Rain - Words and music by Mark Mason

The words of this song follow. After the words is a link to click to play the song as a piano-cello duo.

Got your letter just the other day, babe,
And it's on my mind every hour of the day.
You'll be on that plane and coming back to me, now.
Just another week and you'll be on your way!

Give me sunshine give me rain, all the weather's just the same,
While waiting here for you to come to me, babe.
I'll be lying in the sun or running in the rain,
Thinking of you coming home again.

I'll meet you at the airport at the touchdown,
And crane my neck for my first view of you!
And I'm sure I'll never ever be so happy
As the moment when again I'm hugging you!

Give me sunshine give me rain, all the weather's just the same,
While waiting here for you to come to me, babe.
I'll be lying in the sun or running in the rain,
Thinking of you coming home again.

Oh, how could you do it, how could you leave me lonely?
That's how I felt a year ago when first you went away.
Now you're returning early and I don't know what to say!

Going to and from the place I work at,
I remember how it was a year ago.
And now you're coming home again to stay, dear.
I'm so happy I could reach and touch the sky!

Give me sunshine give me rain, all the weather's just the same,
While waiting here for you to come to me, babe.
I'll be lying in the sun or running in the rain,
Thinking of you coming home again.

Thinking of you coming home again!

Left click this link to play the song: Sunshine and Rain by Mark Mason. Then press Alt + Tab or close the browser tab to get back to this page.

To download an MP3 of this song written by Mark Mason and played by the Finale music composition program, right click the above link.

For printable sheet music of this song, click here: Sunshine and Rain sheet music


New Age Coming In - Words and music by Mark Mason

The words of this song follow. After the words is a link to click to play the song with the words "sung" by the cello.

Who are you? Who am I?
Am I just my body?
Or do I have a soul within,
More real and there to guide me?
More and more I know that I am
Guided on the way,
Along the clouded road ahead,
And through lifeís complex maze.
Donít say itís just coincidence,
And not Godís grace that guides us,
That all weíve seen is just by chance,
And life is just self-interest!
But sit down silently and still,
And let your thoughts wind down,
Within you then you soon will find
Godís kingdom all around.
Oh wonít you share it with me?
Itís there for us to know.
Youíll lose all fear and only want to
Love and give and grow.

Thereís a new age coming in,
Of harmony and loving,
Of peace and happiness for those who
Know that Godís within them.
More and more youíll come to see that
Youíve been made divine,
A child of God,
A sister to the whole of humankind.
So look at your ambitions now,
And look within your self now!
Find the peace of God within
Thatís past all understanding.
And sit down silently and still,
And let your thoughts wind down,
Within you then you soon will find
You can hear the cosmic sound.
Oh wonít you share it with me?
Itís there for us to know.
Youíll lose all fear and only want to
Love and give and grow.

Left click this link to play the song: New Age Coming In by Mark Mason. Then press Alt + Tab or close the browser tab to get back to this page.

To download an MP3 of this song written by Mark Mason and played by the Finale music composition program, right click the above link.

For printable sheet music of this song, click here: New Age Coming In sheet music


Avatar - Words and music by Mark Mason

Chorus:
Krishna, divine avatar, show me divine mother,
ever loving mother, she's who I'm longing for.
Jesus, light of my world, take me to our father,
ever blissful father, open the door now.

Verse 1:
I was lost in the world,
now I am finding, peace that's abiding.
Thank you dear Lord.

Chorus

Verse 2:
I have shut out the world,
now I am finding, inwardly hieing,
bliss, my dear Lord.

Chorus

Verse 3:
Your will is my will!
Tell me I'll do it -- your will, I'll do it.
My life is yours.

Bridge:
Oh but what can I do to be worthy of you?
And what can I do that you want me to do for you?
'Cause all I know that I know is that

Verse 4:
Your dream is for all your children to
live together peacefully
and love each other.

Verse 5:
'Cause I know that I know that
You love us through time never ending,
And never give up, never ever give up, on us.

Coda:
Oh Krishna, divine avatar, show me divine mother,
ever loving mother, she's who I'm longing for.
('n) Jesus, light of my world, take me to our father,
ever blissful father, thank you dear Lord.

Copyright © Mark Mason, 2003, 2005, 2006

For an MP3 of this song generated by the Finale music composition program, with the voice part being "sung" by the cello, right click here to download it: AvatarCello.mp3

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For printable sheet music of this song, click here: Avatar sheet music


Your Sweet Love - Words and music by Mark Mason

This song has been arranged for SATB a capella choir, and this arangement won third prize in an international song writing competition conducted by the Eugene Peace Choir. A part of the prize was that the Peace Choir would perform the work, however they did not perform it, and it has never been performed. An MP3 made by the Finale music program, with the voices assigned to instruments, including cello and sax, has a link to it at the end of the words, and it gives a little bit of an idea what a choir performace of it might sound like. Any choir or other artist wishing to perform it is welcome to with permission (see email address at the bottom of this page).

Lying looking up at the sky,
Sun shining in the corner of my eye.
The blue sky swims, itís a part of my mind,
Part of my mind.

Peace on Earth is what I can feel,
Somehow today it feels so real,
Everywhere so much love is around,
Love is around.

Iíve seen it, Iíve seen it,
I can see that it is real:
Itís not just a state of my mind,
Itís the realest thing to me.

Why do I feel this way?
What has made me want to say?
Your sweet love has made me feel real,
Made me feel real.

Iíll never need more than that,
To see that joy is where itís at;
If you have taught me that,
What more do I need?
What more could I want?
What could it ever be?

Clouds flying low in the buffeting breeze,
They like me are so free and at peace.
Drifting along enjoying the day,
Enjoying the day.

Up to now Iíve never quite seen,
What joy in life could be taken to mean.
Iíve never really expected so much,
As now I have seen.

For an MP3 of this song generated by the Finale music composition program, with the voices being "sung" by the alto sax, right click here to download it: YourSweetLove Sax.mp3
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Everyday Love - Words and music by Mark Mason

Verse 1
All who care around the world,
We need to live a way thatís right.
To end all the hate, weíll show a love thatís burning bright,
(And) living that everyday love, the goal of peace will soon be in sight.

Chorus
Itís a new state of mind, a complete change of heart,
Thatís what we need to make a fresh start.
A brightness of mind, and a full loving heart,
To bring peace to the world, we must each play our part.

We can all live simply and get out of debt,
And live for each other and not for more things.
Weíll have time for each other and our kith and kin,
We donít need the trouble that the rat race brings!

Verse 2
Itís time for the meek to inherit the Earth,
And end the reign of of hate and greed.
The eliteís had its day, thereís no need to grovel and plead.
We can own our own power, cooperate and take the lead.

Chorus

Verse 3
We can make a new economy,
And shut out all that corporate greed.
Trade with each other, barter and share, for what we really need.
Grow food on the land, to give and to share, together weíll plant the seed.

Chorus

Verse 1

Copyright © Mark Mason, 2004 - 2019


Kalimba Cadenza by Mark Mason

The right hand part of this piano piece can be played on a G major kalimba (thumb piano), and it was originally composed for the kalimba.

Left click this link to play this piece: Kalimba Cadenza by Mark Mason. Then press Alt + Tab or close the browser tab to get back to this page.

To download an MP3 of this classical piano piece composed by Mark Mason and played by the Finale music composition program, right click the above link. Click here for sheet music you can download, print out and play: Kalimba Cadenza - sheet music


Prelude in C by Mark Mason

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Waltz in G for Classical Guitar by Mark Mason

Left click this link to play this piece: Waltz in G for Classical Guitar by Mark Mason. Then press Alt + Tab or close the browser tab to get back to this page.

To download an MP3 of this classical guitar piece composed by Mark Mason and played by the Finale music composition program, right click the above link. Click here for sheet music you can download, print out and play: Waltz in G for Classical Guitar - sheet music


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