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Monday, 9 April 2018

Energy from Sun, Wind, Tide,



This simple song, with its ecological theme is a part of the ‘Sing of God and Science’ collection and sung to the tune of ‘London Bridge is Falling Down'. I am grateful to Sylvia Miles who scored the song and whose notes for teachers follow underneath the printable music sheets.

Energy from sun, wind, tide,
Sun, wind, tide; sun, wind, tide.
Energy from sun, wind, tide,
Can save our lovely planet

Fossil fuels must be turned off,
be turned off, be turned off.
Fossil fuels must be turned off,
To save our lovely planet.

Batteries must better be,
Better be, better be:
Batteries must better be,
To save our lovely planet.

We've been giv'n this lovely earth,
lovely earth, lovely earth.
We've been giv'n this lovely earth
by God. Let's save our planet.

After song chant:
Scientists draw more power from the seas, please
And also build better batteries.


























Energy from sun, wind, tide

Notes for teachers by Syvia Miles


The song can be sung with any combination of the instruments scored. Just the tune with either piano or guitar is fine.

The piano part is not difficult and it’s pretty.

Xylophone: for each xylophone, have two children playing, one on the upper note, one on the lower; practise the rhythm first by clapping. Ensure the players use 2 beaters each and alternate, eg R-L-R; R-L-R.

The descant recorder part uses the notes C’, B, A, G, F, and optional bottom C. Maybe term 2 recorder learners!

The second voice part, the descant, isn’t hard at all; it’s largely on one note but with an interesting last line. If a recorder player can manage it, that would support a group of brave singers.

First verse: piano, guitar, xylophone and tune.
Second verse: add second voice part (descant).
Third and fourth verses: add recorders and go for it!

After the final verse, chant:

Scientists draw more power from the seas, please
And also build better batteries.

Other ‘Sing of God and Science’ songs can be accessed HERE   






Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
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Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
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Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
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Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
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Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
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IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)
The Imaginary Butterfly Nebula . Anything like this would be a real Curiosity! The image will link you to the reflection titled 'Curiosity' which is actually a celebration of the achievement of landing the Mars Rover of that name

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)
'Light of the world' posted to accompany 'To Light'. Find the poem by clicking on the image.

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)
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Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'