Come to the Water (you who are thirsty) - Andersen

This hymn is a setting of the section of Isaiah 55 which is used as one of the readings from the Catholic Easter Vigil service.

It was written by Australia Roman Catholic priest and liturgist, Frank Andersen MSC and originally published in "Eagles Wings".  It is included in the Scripture in Song - The Music of Frank Andersen MSC collection, which is still available.   Both of these collections include lead-sheet style sheet music.

The tune was written by Fr Andersen:  it is in a major key (C in the original printing), with a 3:4  time signature. 
 





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Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright. The song has three verses and a chorus - it starts with the chorus and this is repeated after every verse.  A rough outline over the verses is below - and the full version is currently found here.
Chorus
Come to the water, you who are thirsty,
Though you have nothing, I bid you come,
And be filled with the goodness I have to offer
Come! Listen! Live!

1 Why spend your money on what cannot fill ...

2 Just as the heavens are high above earth ...

3 Just as the rain falls to water the earth  ...

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Chorus:
Come to the water! You who are thirsty!
Though you have nothing, I bid you come!
And be filled with the goodness I have to offer!
Come! Listen! Live.

Verse 1 Why spend your money on what cannot fill
The emptiness deep in your heart?
Listen to My word and you will enjoy
Goodness and peace in your heart!

Verse 2 Just as the heavens are high above earth;
My ways and thoughts beyond you!
Call me your Father and know I am near!
I will be Father to you!

Verse 3 Just as the rain falls to water the earth;
Just as a seed becomes bread
My word upon you can never return
Until My longing is filled!

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