FOLLOW THE SONGLINES (words by Shirley Erena Murray)

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a refrain, verse, and refrain played on piano by Ron Klusmeier.

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Lyrics

Follow the songlines,
follow the Spirit
singing the world into being anew,
follow the theme of the ancient ones’ dreaming,
footprints in faith that the track will run true.

Time beyond time, dream before dreaming,
one Holy Spirit has sung the design:
pathways of peace, widening circles,
music and dance that declare the divine,

Follow the songlines,
follow the Spirit
singing the world into being anew,
follow the theme of the ancient ones’ dreaming,
footprints in faith that the track will run true.

Fire may flare, searing our courage,
earthquake of doubt shake the words that we pray:
look for the shoots, green-growing saplings,
look for the hopeful amid the decay,

Follow the songlines,
follow the Spirit
singing the world into being anew,
follow the theme of the ancient ones’ dreaming,
footprints in faith that the track will run true.

New songs be born, sensed by God’s longing,
new lines be drawn, in the rock, in the dust,
calling out love, calling out justice,
calling a people to grow and to trust,

Follow the songlines,
follow the Spirit
singing the world into being anew,
follow the theme of the ancient ones’ dreaming,
footprints in faith that the track will run true.

Author / Composer Comments

• Author Shirley Erena Murray, from her book Every Day in Your Spirit (Hope Publishing Co., 1996, No. 9): “Written for an Australian Liturgical Conference of the Roman Catholic Church on the theme ‘New Song in an Ancient Land’. The songlines are visible pathways connecting up all over Australia, ancient tracks which tell of the creation of the land. The Aboriginals’ religious duty is ritually to travel the land, singing the world in being afresh.”

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