The Lord is my Shepherd - Boniwell

This setting of the 23rd Psalm was written by Australian teacher and singer-songwriter Brian Boniwell (contact details here).

It was first published in 1978, in a collection called "The Lord Delights" by Australian Carmelite Paul Gurr, released by Spectrum Publications. Later it was included in "People of the Resurrection", a CD and songbook collection which was self-published by Boniwell in 1998.  The range of recordings on YouTube show it has been used well beyond Australia.

The song is set to an unnamed tune, also by Boniwell. This has a 3/4 time signature. In the key of D, the first few notes of the verse are A, F G A AE E_ A, D E F FC C_ with accompanying chords D / A / Bm / F#m






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Examples

Church choir with electronic keyboard:



Instrumental - guitar, with on-screen chords:



Official recording from the composer - duet with keys / backing:



Choir in a cathedral, organ accompaniment:



Singer, self-accompanied on guitar:



Professional singer with classical guitar accompaniment:



Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website.  A rough outline is:
1    The Lord is my shepherd, and I want to follow ....

Chorus:
I want to go to meet him there, to lay myself down in his love.
The Lord is my shepherd, and I want to follow,
wherever he leads me, wherever he goes.

2  And while on the journey to where we are going ...



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KEEP IN CASE ORIGINAL IS REMOVED, BUT DO NOT DISPLAY 1   The Lord is my shepherd, 
and I want to follow,
wherever he leads me, 
wherever he goes.
Over the mountains, 
the waters and by-ways,
valleys and highways 
he’s waiting for me.

Chorus:
I want to go to meet him there, 
to lay myself down in his love.
The Lord is my shepherd, 
and I want to follow,
wherever he leads me, 
wherever he goes.

2   And while on the journey 
to where we are going,
he promised to be there 
to help us along.
And over the mountains 
we’ll walk on together,
to know all the wonders he’s given to me.


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