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Monday, May 09, 2005

Filk: Chant in Latin

Chant in Latin
Words: Maureen S. O'Brien, 5/9/05
Music: to the tune of "Black Widows in the Privy", Heather Rose Jones

Everyone knows some hymn
we'd be better off without;
We'd best not say what's lame.
OCP might be about.
But why commit your budget,
and risk your range's strain,
When a little chant in Latin
is all public domain?

There's chant CDs, and chant bands,
and ads chant on TV.
A Cath'lic church 'sthe only place
where chant you seldom see.
But since the zeitgeist's dumped those
old folk and Broadway songs,
Why not try chant in Latin,
that's lasted for so long?

Yeah, Huron's good, and Spanish;
Hawaiian is the best.
It's only Greek and Latin
that diversity won't test.
But when your parish speaks tongues
as many as attend,
You all could chant in Latin,
and no group you'll offend.

So if you want to praise our God
in songs like liquid light,
Go learn the style of worship that's
your heritage and right.
The repertoire is meaty
and deeper than a well;
And a little chant in Latin
says more than I can tell.


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