Here we Are

Group of people singing together - Here we are all together as we sing a song our song joyfully; Here we are joined together, as we pray we’ll always be. 1 Join we now as friends And celebrate the unity we share, all as one Keep the fire burning, kindle it with care And we’ll all join in and sing ... 2 Let us make this world an alleluia, Let us make this world a better place Keep a smile handy, lend a helping hand And we’ll all join in and sing ... 3 Glorify our God with all our voices Show him we are sincere by all our deeds Shout the joys of freedom everywhere Let us all join in and sing ....
This song was written by American social justice advocate and at-the-time Roman Catholic seminarian, Ray Repp (b ).

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 original words included a lot of gender-exclusive language. An updated version has been used in some places - it is unclear whether this was created by Repp or with his permission, or by someone else.

The unnamed tune by Repp has a Cut time-signature.  In the the key of C, the first few notes are C G E z F EDCBF C G E.

It was not included on either The Best of Ray Repp Vol.1 or Volume 2. However both the number of YouTube videos and the volume of requests on this website show that it is known and used in many countries.   No current sources of MP3 tracks or sheet music (other than 2nd hand copies of the books listed above) have been found.



Downloads


Examples


American high-school choir, circa 1970 - guitar accompaniment:



Church choir with praise band:



Solo singer, unaccomanied:



Instrumental - keyboard - with chords in the video track:


Lyrics:


Original lyrics

Chorus
Here we are, altogether as we sing our song joyfully.
Here we are, altogether as we pray we always be.


Join we now as friends, and celebrate the
Brotherhood we share, all as one.
Keep the fire burning, kindle it with care,
And we'll all join in and sing.

Freedom do we shout, for everybody,
And unless there is, we should pray,
That soon there will be one true brotherhood.
Let us all join in and sing.

Glorify the Lord, with all our voices,
Show him we're sincere by all our deeds.
Shout the joys of freedom everywhere,
And we'll all join in and sing.

Happy is the man who does his best to
Free the troubled world, from all it's pain.
Join we now with that man and free the world,
As we all join in and sing.

Let us make the world an alleluia.
Let us make the world a better place.
Keep a smile handy, have a helping hand,
Let us all join in and sing.


Updated lyrics

Chorus
Here we are, all together as we sing our song joyfully.
Here we are, all together as we pray we always be.

Join we now as friends, and celebrate the
Fellowship we share, all as one.
Keep the fire burning, kindle it with care,
And we'll all join in and sing.

Freedom do we shout, for everybody,
And unless there is, we should pray,
That soon there will be one true fellowship.
Let us all join in and sing.

Glorify the Lord, with all our voices,
Show we're sincere by all our deeds.
Shout the joys of freedom everywhere,
And we'll all join in and sing.

Happy is the one who does their best to
Free the troubled world, from all it's pain.
Join we now with our friends and free the world,
As we all join in and sing.

Let us make the world an alleluia.
Let us make the world a better place.
Keep a smile handy, have a helping hand,
Let us all join in and sing.

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1 comment:

  1. Glorious and melodious song. All Glory, praise and adoration to God

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