Someone's Singing Lord - Hymns and Songs for Children

This is a hymn book for children aged 5-11 years, published by A&C Black Publishers, London England.

It focuses on musical education and participation, and many of the songs / arrangements are simple, reflecting this.   It includes 59 songs, all in the English language, and has sections (with hymn numbers as show) for:
  • Welcoming the day 1-3
  • Shout for joy 4-7
  • This is a lovely world 8-13
  • Giving thanks 14 - 16
  • No litter or junk 17
  • Eyes, ears, hands and feet 18-21
  • Our friend and Father 22-27
  • Following our leader 28-39
  • Being a friend 35-40
  • Caring for animals  41-44
  • Stars and space 45-47
  • The year round (ie the seasons) 48-57
  • Going home  58-59
 
The book was first published in 1970 with reprints / revisions in 1973, 74,76,76, 79,82,84, 87,92 and 96.

There are two editions (words only and music - the latter has piano scores and guitar chords, and many  songs have parts for recorder, chimes, glockenspiel or percussion. At some point a CD of backing tracks was added to the music edition.  

A table of guitar chords was added in the 1982 edition, along with advice about how to substitute more common chords if necessary.

Illustrations were added in the 1984 edition, and the design (font, layout, binding) is remarkably similar the design of Songs of God's Love - A Hymnal for Primary Children published in the USA in 1984 by Concordia Publishing House with substantial input from the Missouri Synod of the Lutheran Church.

The original editing was done by Beatrice Harrop, with assistance from Pat Lloyd (Deputy Head of Great Staunton Primary School, Huntington) and Peggy Blakely, with advice from Mary Collins, Sarah Evans and Ian Wragg.

The cover artwork has varied between editions:  in the 1996 reprint, the cover artwork is credited to C R Evans in the acknowledgements page, and to Maggie Silver on the back page.

The ISBN of the 1996 music edition is 0-7136-1730-6.  This edition only has one index, according to first-lines.

The music edition is presented in a landscape, ringbound format.

The book is now out-of-print, but second-hand copies are sometimes available from Amazon (link below) - and it appears that special-print copies can be obtained from Starland.   An on-line copy can be viewed here.




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Table of Contents

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Title (first-line) Number
5 4 3 2 1 and Zero 45
Lyrics: Peggy Blakeley
Tune: Don Harper
Tune-name: A JOURNEY TO THE MOON
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: C
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 4
A Little Tiny Bird 24
A little tiny bird, with sweet and cheerful song
Lyrics: H King Lewis
Tune: Hermann von Muller
Tune-name: FROBEL
Score: Piano score and guitar chords, descant for glockenspiel or recorder
Key: G
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 3
All the Flowers Are Waking 48
Lyrics: Winifred E Barnard (adapted)
Tune: Eric G Barnard © Chansitor Publications
Score: Piano score and guitar chords, recorder descant
Key: G
Time signature: 6/8
Number of verses: 3
All Things Which Live Below the Sky 41
Lyrics: E J Brailsford
Tune: Melody collected by Ralph Vaughan-Williams (1872-1958) © Oxford University Press, 1906
Setting: Accompaniment by Beatrice Harrop
Tune-name: RODMELL
Score: Piano score and guitar chords, descant for glockenspiel or recorder
Key: G
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 4
At Half Past Three We Go Home to Tea 58
Lyrics: Margaret Rose © HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Tune: M R Cook © HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: C
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 2
Can You Count the Stars? 25
Can you count the stars that twinkle brightly in the midnight sky
Lyrics: H W Dunchan
Tune: J Lloyd Williams (1855-1928) © Oxford University Press, 1931
Setting: Harmonised by M F Shaw (1875-1958)
Tune-name: TREFAENAN
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: D
Time signature: 4/8
Number of verses: 2
Translated from a work by Johann W Hey
Come Let Us Remember the Joys Of the Town 7
Lyrics: Doris M Gill © Miss D M Gill
Tune: First tune: Welch hymn melody Second tune: Thuringian folk tune
Tune-name: First tune - ST DENIO. Second tune - Thuringian folk tune
Score: Piano score
Key: First tune - G Second tune - D
Time signature: First tune - 3/4 Second tune - 2/4
Number of verses: 3
Father We Thank You for the Night 1
Lyrics: Rebecca J Weston
Tune: G C Westcott
Tune-name: MARGARET L
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: D
Time signature: 2/2
Number of verses: 2
For All the Strength we Have 16
Lyrics: Maria M Pentstone
Tune: First tune: English form of French melody Second tune: English traditional carol
Tune-name: First tune: ZACHARY Second tune: SANDY'S
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: First tune: F Second tune:
Time signature: First tune: 4/4 Second tune: 4/4
Number of verses: 2
Give to Us Eyes 18
Give to us eyes that we may truly see
Lyrics: Peggy Blakeley
Tune: Don Harper
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: Eb
Time signature: 2/2
Number of verses: 3
God Bless the Grass 27
God bless the grass that grows through the crack
Lyrics & tune: Malvina Reynolds © TRO Essex Music Ltd, 1964
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: Em
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 2
God Who Put the Stars in Space 47
Lyrics: L S Reed © The Seabury Press, 1961
Tune: G C Westcott
Tune-name: HARPERS
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: C
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 2
Hands to Work and Feet to Run 21
Lyrics: Hilda M Dodd © National Christian Education Council
Tune: G C Westcott
Tune-name: CINO TATNEP
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: C
Time signature: 6/8
Number of verses: 3
He Gave Me Eyes So I Could See 19
He gave me eyes so I could see / He made me
Lyrics & tune: Alan Pinnock © High-Fye Music Ltd, 1970
Tune-name: HE MADE ME
Score: Piano score and guitar chords, and part for chime bars and two descant recorders
Key: C
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 3
Hurray for Jesus 50
Hurray for Jesus, riding to Jerusalem / Wave palms in the air
Lyrics: Sister Oswin © Sister Oswin and Geoffrey Chapman Publications
Tune: Sister Margaret of Sion © Sister Oswin and Geoffrey Chapman Publications
Tune-name: A WELCOME SONG
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: C
Time signature: 2/4
Number of verses: 2
I Danced in the Morning 29
I danced in the morning when the world was begun / Dance the, wherever you may be
Lyrics & tune: Sydney Carter © Stainer & Belll Ltd, 1969
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: G
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 2
I Have Seen the Golden Sunshine 6
I have seen the golden sunshine / I've seen the light
Lyrics & tune: Charlie Chester and Benny Litchfield © High-Fye Music Ltd, 1970
Tune-name: FRIEND OF JESUS FRIEND OF MINE
Score: Piano score and guitar chords with recorder descant
Key: C
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 2
I Love God’s Tiny Creatures 42
I love God's tiny creatures that wander wild and free
Lyrics: G W Briggs (1875-1959) © Oxford University Press, 1931
Tune: Roger H Pope
Tune-name: SOUTHREPPS
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: F
Time signature: 2/4
Number of verses: 2
I Love the Sun 12
I love the sun, it shines on me
Lyrics & tune: Gwen F Smith
Score: Piano score and guitar chords, descant for glockenspiel or recorder, and chime bars
Key: G
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 5
I’m Very Glad Of God 22
I'm very glad of God, he takes care of me
Lyrics & tune: Alice M Pullen © Miss A M Pullen
Score: Piano score and guitar chords, descant for glockenspiel or recorder
Key: D
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 2
If I Had a Hammer 37
If I had a hammer, I'd hammer in the morning / All over this land
Lyrics: Lee Hayes and Pete Seeger © TRO Essex Music Ltd, 1958, 1959
Tune: Lee Hayes and Pete Seeger © TRO Essex Music Ltd, 1958, 1959
Setting: Accompaniment - G C Westcott
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: D
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 3
In the Early Morning 49
In the early morning listen to the lark
Lyrics: J M C Crumm (1872 - 1958) © Oxford University Press, 1929
Tune: M F Shaw (1875-1958) © Oxford University Press, 1931
Tune-name: GAMBLE
Score: Piano score and guitar chords, descant for glockenspiel or recorder
Key: G
Time signature: 6/8
Number of verses: 3
It Fell Upon a Summer Day 31
It fell upon a summer day, when Jesus walked in Galilee
Lyrics: Stopford A Brooke
Tune: H Walfold Davies (1869-1941) © Oxford University Press
Tune-name: CHILDHOOD
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: F
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 2
Jesus’ Hands Were Kind Hands 33
Lyrics: Margaret Cropper © The National Society
Tune: Old French tune
Tune-name: AU CLAIR DE LUNE
Score: Piano score and guitar chords, descant for glockenspiel or recorder
Key: G
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 2
Kum Ba Yah 23
Kum ba yah, my Lord / O Lord, kum ba yah.
Lyrics: Traditional West Indian
Tune: Traditional West Indian
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: D
Time signature: 3/2
Number of verses: 6
Little Birds in Winter Time 43
Little birds in winter time, hungry are and poor
Lyrics: Frederick A Jackson
Tune: First tune: Norah C E Byrne Second tune: English traditional melody
Tune-name: Second tune: ST ISSEY
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: First tune: G Second tune: Gm
Time signature: First tune: 2/4 Second tune: 3/4
Number of verses: 2
Look for Signs that Summer’s Done 55
Look for signs that summer's done, winter's drawing near
Lyrics: Peggy Blakeley
Tune: Don Harper
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: C
Time signature: 2/2
Number of verses: 2
Look Out for Loneliness 36
Look out for loneliness / Look out, look out
Lyrics: Peggy Blakeley
Tune: Don Harper
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: Bb
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 2
Lord I Love to Stamp and Shout 5
Lyrics: Ian Fraser © Stainer & Belll Ltd
Tune: Reginald Barrett-Ayres © Stainer & Belll Ltd
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: G
Time signature: 4/4, 3/4, 2/4
Number of verses: 4
Milk Bottle Tops and Paper Bags 17
Lyrics: Peggy Blakeley
Tune: Don Harper
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: C
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 3
Morning Has Broken 3
Morning has broken like the first morning
Lyrics: Eleanor Farjeon © David Higham Associates / Oxford University Press, 1931
Tune: An old Gaelic melody
Tune-name: BUNESSAN
Score: Piano score and guitar chords, with descant recorder or glockenspiel. A alternative arrangement, with more complicated chords, is also provided.
Key: C
Time signature: 9/4
Number of verses: 2
Now Jesus One Day 30
Now Jesus one day went down to the shore / Splash, splash, splash
Lyrics: Sister Oswin © Sister Oswin and Geoffrey Chapman Publications
Tune: Sister Margaret of Sion © Sister Oswin and Geoffrey Chapman Publications
Setting:
Tune-name: JESUS AND PETER
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: F
Time signature: 3/4
Number of verses: 3
O Jesus We Are Well and Strong 40
Lyrics: E F B McAlister (adapted) © National Christian Education Council
Tune: Swiss traditional melody
Tune-name: SOLOTHURN
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: Eb
Time signature: 2/4
Number of verses: 3
O Lord! Shout for Joy! 4
O Lord! Shout For Joy! / Early in the morning, shout for joy
Lyrics: Negro spiritual
Tune: Negro spiritual © Crown Publishers Inc, 1940
Setting: G C Westcott
Score: Piano score and guitar chords, with percussion
Key: G
Time signature: 2/4
Number of verses: 4
Over the Earth is a Mat Of Green 10
Lyrics: Ruth Brown
Tune: Scottish tune, adapted by Herbert Wiseman (1886-1966) © Oxford University Press, 1929
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: G
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 1
Praise to God for Things We See 20
Lyrics: Maria M Pentstone
Tune: Kenneth G Findlay © Kenneth G Findlay
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: Eb
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 2
See How the Snowflakes Are Falling 57
See how the snowflakes are falling, falling so gentle and white
Lyrics: Frederick A Jackson
Tune: Beatrice Harrop - Freely adapted from a German Carol
Score: Piano score and guitar chords with triangles and chimes
Key: Eb
Time signature: 6/8
Number of verses: 2
Stand Up Clap Hands Shout Thank You Lord 14
Stand up, clap hands, shout thank you Lord / I look around and the sun's in the sky
Lyrics: Roger Dyer © High-Fye Music Ltd, 1970
Tune: Alan Forrest © High-Fye Music Ltd, 1970
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: C
Time signature: Cut
Number of verses: 3
The Farmer Comes to Scatter the Seed 56
Lyrics: C Hardie © The National Society
Tune: Traditional (adapted)
Tune-name: ANTHONY ROLY
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: D
Time signature: 6/8
Number of verses: 5
The Flowers that Grow in the Garden 53
The flowers that grow in the garden / Dance in the sun
Lyrics: Barbara Hagon
Tune: Swedish melody
Score: Piano score and guitar chords, with chime bars
Key: G
Time signature: 2/4
Number of verses: 5
The Golden Cockerel 2
The golden cockrel crows in the morning
Lyrics: Margaret Rose © HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Tune: An old English melody
Score: Piano score and guitar chords, and an ostinato for a melody instrument (glockenspiel, recorder etc)
Key: G
Time signature: 2/2
Number of verses: 1
The Ink is Black the Page is White 39
Lyrics: David Arkin
Tune: Earle Robinson © Durham Music Ltd, 1956, 1970, 1971
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: G
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 3
The Journey Of Life 28
The journey of life may be easy, may be hard / Will you ride, ride, ride
Lyrics & tune: V Collison © High-Fye Music Ltd, 1970
Tune-name: FOLLOW MY LEADER
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: G
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 2
The Sun that Shines Across the Sea 11
Lyrics: Unknown
Tune: Dutch folk song
Score: Piano score and guitar chords, and an ostinato for a melody instrument (glockenspiel, recorder etc)
Key: G
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 1
Think of a World Without Any Flowers 15
Lyrics: Doreen Newport © Stainer & Belll Ltd
Tune: G C Westcott
Tune-name: GENESIS
Score: Piano score and guitar chords, descant for glockenspiel or recorder
Key: G
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 3
Think Think On These Things 38
Lyrics: Peggy Blakeley
Tune: Don Harper
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: D
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 3
This is a Lovely World 8
Lyrics & tune: Jane Palmer © Josef Weinberger Ltd, 1966
Tune-name: LUDLOW
Score: Piano score and guitar chords and suggested percussion
Key: F
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 2
To God Who Makes All Lovely Things 9
Lyrics: J M C Crumm (1872 - 1958) © Oxford University Press, 1929
Tune: Irish traditional melody
Tune-name: DANIEL
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: Eb
Time signature: 3/4
Number of verses: 5
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star 46
Twinkle twinkle little star
Lyrics: Jane Taylor
Tune: First tune: G C Westcott Second tune: Joseph Smith
Tune-name: First tune: GLYN Second tune: INNOCENTS
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: First tune: Dm Second tune: D
Time signature: First tune: 3/4 Second tune: 4/4
Number of verses: 3
We Have a King Who Rides a Donkey 51
We have a king who rides on a donkey / Jesus the king is risen
Lyrics: Fred Kaan © Stainer & Belll Ltd
Tune: Not stated
Tune-name: WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH A DRUNKEN SAILOR
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: Dm
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 4
We Praise You for the Sun 13
We praise you for the sun, the golden shining sun
Lyrics: Alice M Pullen © Miss A M Pullen
Tune: G Paisello, based on an old English air
Tune-name: CERES
Score: Piano score and guitar chords, and glockenspiel or chime bars
Key: F
Time signature: 6/4
Number of verses: 3
We’re Going Home 59
We're going home, sh, sh
Lyrics: Peggy Blakeley
Tune: Don Harper
Score: Piano score and guitar chords, descant for glockenspiel or recorder
Key: F
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 1
When a Knight Won His Spurs 34
When a knight won his spurs in the stories of old
Lyrics: Jan Struther (1901-1953) © Oxford University Press, 1929
Tune: Collected by Cecil J Sharp, and arranged by Ralph Vaughan-Williams (1872-1958)
Tune-name: STOWEY
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: G
Time signature: 3/4
Number of verses: 3
When I Needed a Neighbour 35
When I needed a neighbour were you there? / And the creed and the colour
Lyrics & tune: Sydney Carter © Stainer & Belll Ltd, 1969
Score: Piano score and guitar chords, with cymbals and triangles
Key: G
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 5
When Lamps Are Lighted 26
When lamps are lighted in the town
Lyrics: Maria M Pentstone
Tune: F H Barthelemom
Tune-name: BALLERMA
Score: Piano score and guitar chords with chime bars
Key: A
Time signature: 6/4
Number of verses: 4
When the Corn is Planted 54
When the corn is planted in the deep dark bed
Lyrics: Unknown
Tune: First tune: A H Mann Second tune: T R Matthews © First tune: Dr E R Goodlife
Tune-name: First tune: WORSHIP Second tune: NORTH COATES
Score: First tune: Piano score and guitar chords Second tune: Guitar chords with chimes and recorders
Key: First tune: G Second tune: G
Time signature: Both tunes - 4/4
Number of verses: 3
Who Built the Ark? 44
Who built the ark? Noah, Noah. / Now in come the animals two by two
Lyrics: J Rosamund Johnston © The Viking Press Inc, 1937, 1965
Tune: G C Westcott © The Viking Press Inc, 1937, 1965
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: G
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 6
Who Can See the Great Wind Blow? 52
Lyrics: Margaret Cropper © The National Society
Tune: A R B Wylan © The National Society
Setting: Accompaniment by Beatrice Harrop
Tune-name: HALVERGATE
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: F
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 2
Who’s that Sitting in the Sycamore Tree? 32
Who's that sitting in the sycamore tree? / Come down, Zaccheaus, down from the tree
Lyrics: Sister Oswin © Sister Oswin and Geoffrey Chapman Publications
Tune: Sister Oswin © Sister Oswin and Geoffrey Chapman Publications
Setting: Accompaniment - G C Westcott
Score: Piano score and guitar chords
Key: C
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 4




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