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Hear O Lord (the sound of my call)

This song was written by American social justice advocate and at-the-time Roman Catholic seminarian, Ray Repp (b ), based on Psalm 51.

It was included in the Mass for Young Americans which was first recorded in 1965 by Friends of English in the Liturgy (FEL), and copyright was registered in 1966 by Otter Creek Music.

Books where it was published include:

The unnamed tune was published with a 4/4 time-signature - although some American writers have stated that it is often sung as though it is in 3/4 time.   Reviewing the versions on YouTube shows that there are regional variations in the tune.  It also shows that the song that it has travelled well beyond the American Roman Catholic 1970s folk groups movement - with various reggae and steel band arrangements, and enthusiastic singing by children in the Caribbean.

When the tune is written down in the key of C, the first few notes are G E C CA AGG G. Guitar chords are available here.

There are also some major variations in the lyrics of the verses.   As can be see below, while the chorus has remained the same, there have been different versions of the verses published.   The copyright status of the non-original verses is unclear.
No current published sources of the sheet music have been located.  Second-hand copies of the two books mentioned above are sometimes available on Amazon ( UK/Ireland - rest of the world) - and these are perhaps the only sources of sheet music today.

This song It should not be confused with the song by Doris and Tom Howard, which has the same title but is a setting of Psalm 86 ("Hear O Lord and answer, I am poor and needy").



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