There is a World

This protest song was the first composition of English Roman Catholic musician, teacher and at-that-time religious sister Estelle White (1925-2011).  It was created when she was asked to sing at a youth club.

It was first published in Faith, Folk and Festivity by Galliard Ltd in 1969. It is now included in the Celebration Hymnal for Everyone (1994 onwards) and these are the best sources of sheet music for it.

Faith Folk and Festivity has the phrase "From Harvey and Co" with the song, however as explained here this refers to the people and life experiences which contributed to the writing, not to alternate authors.

No on-line examples have been found- please leave a message in the Comments box at the bottom of the page if you know of any.. But the song is also included in Volume 2 of McCrimmon's Project and Play series (this may just be a backing track, not a vocals) - which suggests that it is still used regularly.

The tune is unnamed, and has a 4/4 time signature. In the key of C, the first few notes are E EDE EEDEF E2,


1  There is a world where people come and go
about their ways and never care to know
that every step they take is placed on roads
Made out of men who had to carry loads too hard to bear.

Chorus: That world’s not ours! That’s what we always say.
We’ll build a new one but some other day!
When will we wake from comfort and from ease,
and strive together to create a world of love and peace.

2. There is a world where people walk alone,
And have around them men with hearts of stone,
Who would not spare one second of their day,
Or spend their breath in order just to say:
“Your pain is mine.”

3. There is a world where brothers cannot meet
With one another, where the tramp of feet
Bring men of ice, men who would force apart
Friends of all races having but one heart,
A heart of love.

1 comment:

  1. Almost Woody Guthrie-esque / Springsteen-esque ....


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