Song 16: One with the Darkness

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© 2016 by Meg Yardley

The chorus of this song is from a poem by Wendell Berry.

Song is recorded in C. Capoing 3 frets and playing in key of A makes some parts easier (we recorded guitar in both keys and did mix-and-match editing). Here are both versions.

Chorus

C (A)                                                        F (D) C (A)

At night make me one with the darkness

C (A)                                            G (E)                C (A)

In the morning make me one with the light

C (A)                                                         Am (F#m) – C (A)

At night make me one with the dark     –     ness

C (A)                                           G (E)                 C (A)

In the morning make me one with the light

 

Night Verse 1

Cm (Am)                           G (E)

The night is time for dreaming

C (A)                                   Am (F#m)

of what may come to be

Cm (Am)                           G (E)

The night is time for drifting

Cm (Am)                       D7 (B7) – G7 (E7)

through possibili – ty

– CHORUS –

Morning Verse 1

F (D)                                         C (A)

The morning is time for opening

F (D)                                              C (A)

our minds, our hearts, our eyes

F (D)                                         C (A)

The morning is time for shining

Dm7 (Bm7)                 G7 (E7)

as like the sun we rise

– CHORUS –

Night Verse 2

The night is time for letting go

of burdens that we bear

The night is time for trusting

for comfort and repair

– CHORUS –

Morning Verse 2

The morning is time for stepping out

onto the path that’s true

The morning is time for changing

for building the world anew

– CHORUS –

History & Lore

Meg:

I wrote this song around the time of the Winter Solstice. My daughter was a toddler and I wanted a lullaby to sing to her about the blessings of darkness as well as the blessings of light.

The words of the chorus, from a poem by Wendell Berry, were in an illustrated child’s book of blessings I used to read with her.

One day as I was running around doing errands to get ready for our winter holiday travels, I started putting the words to music.

I wanted to use both minor and major keys to represent the balance between darkness and light, the sweet and the bitter. I started to write a verse about nightmares and fears that can arise in the night – I wanted to be real about the fact that night isn’t always easy and restful.

But I thought that we humans already give these aspects of night plenty of attention. I wanted to bring more awareness to the blessings and benefits.

(And of course I didn’t want to write a lullaby that would scare my kids into staying awake!)

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