GIVE TO US LAUGHTER (words by Walter Farquharson)                                        

Subscribers may download arrangements using the links in the right-hand column.

Each title on the site may also be purchased individually.

Purchase this title Purchase Annual Subscription Purchase Lifetime Subscription

On this page you may view a Sample Image of the melody and listen to an Audio Sample. Lyrics and Author / Composer Comments are below.

one verse played on piano by Ron Klusmeier.

Subscribers may click on the buttons below to download high-quality PDF sheet music.

MELODY LINE VERSIONS

  • Vocal (or ’C’ Instrument)
  • C Instrument 8va
  • Bb Instrument
  • Eb Instrument
  • F Instrument (high)
  • F Instrument (low)
  • Bass Clef ’C’ Instrument
  • Viola (alto clef)
  • Bulletin Master

HYMN-STYLE
HARMONIZATIONS

  • SATB Vocal Parts
  • SAB Vocal Parts
  • SSA Vocal Parts
  • 2-Part Treble Voice Parts
  • 2-Part Mixed Voice Parts

ACCOMPANIMENT
VERSIONS

  • Piano
  • Organ (Manuals-only)
  • Organ (Manuals & Pedals)
  • Guitar/Bass – keyboard key

Audio Sample

Click the arrow above to listen to a sample of this selection while following the melody line below.

Sample Image

Sample image

The image above is a screen version only.
It is not intended to be printed.
High-quality printable versions are available to subscribers.

You may subscribe or log in to download the high-quality printable versions.

Lyrics

Give to us laughter, O Source of our life.
Laughter can banish so much of our strife.
Laughter and love give us wholeness and health.
Laughter and love are the coin of true wealth.

Give to us laughter as sign of deep joy;
let us in laughing find Christian employ,
joining with stars and with bright northern lights,
laughing and praising and sharing delights.

Why do we worry that we will lose face?
Why act like king for the whole human race?
Often in family, and often with friend,
laughing at pride causes anguish to end.

Even in sorrow and hours of grief,
laughter with tears brings most healing relief.
God, give us laughter, and God, give us peace,
joys of your promise among us increase.

Author / Composer Comments

Keep it light; a ‘jazz-waltz’ lilt will add to the enjoyment of the singers (be they choir or congregation). It’s hard to sing this without moving, smiling, and… yes, actually laughing! Try laughing a 5th verse. Some may be more comfortable using ‘laugh-words’ on the melody, but those who can REALLY laugh should just cut loose!

The emotions which bring us laughter and tears are closely linked. “Give To Us Laughter” is frequently sung at funerals and memorial services as well as at times of joy.

Back to top