1000 Grandmothers

Text: 

Words and Music by Holly Near

Commissioned by: 

MUSE, Cincinnati's Women's Choir

Published by: 

Yelton Rhodes Music
Item Voicing Perusal scores/Recordings Price Publisher's Link
YR4314 SSAA
MUSE, Cincinnati's Women's Choir; Dr. Catherine Roma, director
$1.60

Text:

Send in a thousand grandmothers
They will surely volunteer
With their ancient wisdom flowing
They will lend a loving ear x2

First they'll form a loving circle
Around the wounded wing
Then contain the brutal beasts of war
Sweet freedom songs they'll sing x2

A lullaby much stronger
Than bombs and threats to kill
A force unlike we've ever seen
Will break the murderer's will x2

To the prisons we'll invite them
The most violent men will weep
When a thousand women hold them strong
And pray their souls to keep x2

Let them rock the few who steal the most
And rule with youthful charms
So they'll see the damage that they do
And will fall into grandma's arms
Two thousand loving arms

If you think these women are too soft
To face the world at hand
Then you've never known the power of love
And you fail to understand

An old woman holds a powerful force
When she no longer needs to please
She can cut your shallow life to bits
And bring you to your knees
We best get down on our knees

And pray for a thousand grandmothers
Will you please come volunteer
No longer tucked deep out of sight
Will you bring your power here
Will you bring your power here