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Lay Your Burdens Down (Robin Hood)


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TobinMueller

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Next in my series of highlights from the youth version of Robin Hood & The Free People of The Forest: Lay Your Burdens Down. The Sheriff, Gisbourne and guards have been captured by the Merrie Men. But instead of killing or torturing them, the Merrie Men throw them a feast... and for an invocation Friar Tuck requires that they pay for it. Thus, the guests are comically robbed. The song parodies preachers as well as tax collecting leaders.

This song features a solo by the son of my producer, Philip, who was 15 years old at the time and (must have weighed all of 110 pounds, he wore a pillow under his robes). He is now an artist/teacher who shows his works in Chicago. Also soloing is Jessica Flood, featured in other songs by me elsewhere.

The song is extended because it turns into a huge dance number, wherein the Sheriff's guards, who are enamored by the music, start this huge show-stopping dance routine. (Recall from an earlier tune that the Sheriff's guards were all portrayed by female actors.) In that last repeat, they also get the audience to clap along (when the arrangement becomes more bare-bones again). Its the only almost-rock song in the show.

The photos features 14-year old Robin Hood, The Sheriff, and our 18 year old Little John (who was already getting into Medieval Festivals and actually had real chain mail that our soldiers wore, not shown).

ROBIN HOOD Highlights (youth version):

Too Many Years (in which the Sheriff walks among the Saxons)
Out Of The Forest (in which Robin boasts & Dianah suggests revolution)
Hail To The Sheriff (in which the Merrie Men capture the Sheriff)
Lay Your Burdens Down (in which Friar Tuck encourages the Sheriff to pay for their feast)
One Less Child (in which Robin, Marion & Dianah lament the death of Much the Miller's Son)
In The Great Dream (in which the women, left behind, dream of a better way)

A couple other demos from my adult version are already posted:

Walls (in which Will Scarlet laments his life, is saved by love)
Here, For A Moment (w/ Emily Rohm) (love song between Robin & Marion)
Sweet Liberty (w/ Jessica Flood) - a song written for and performed at the Statue of Liberty dedication in the mid-80s, later folded into Robin Hood.
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Lyrics
LAY YOUR BURDENS DOWN

Friar Tuck:
Sometimes in this world,
There are troubles you cannot master.
When you loose control,
Lay your burdens down… at my feet.

Sometimes in this world,
Worries build up faster and faster.
You may loose control.
Lay your burdens down.

Tuck and Merrie Men:
Come on and lay your heavy burdens down.
Give up your life to save your soul.
Come on and open up your pocket book.
Just let me free you from your gold.

All:
Ha-lay-loo-ee. Ha-lay-loo-eye.
Ha-lay-loo-ee. Hallelujah!
Ha-lay-loo-ee. Ha-lay-loo-eye.
Ha-lay-loo-ee. Hallelujah!

Friar Tuck:
Sometimes in this life,
You can't bare the weight on your shoulders.
Time to struggle free.
Lay your burdens down… at my feet.

Sometimes in this life,
You start feeling older and older.
Set your spirit free!
Lay your burdens down.

All:
Come on and lay your heavy burdens down.
Give up your life to save your soul.
Come on and open up your pocket book.
Just let me free you from your gold.

Ha-lay-loo-ee. Ow! Ha-lay-loo-eye. Hoouh!
Ha-lay-loo-ee. Hallelujah!
Ha-lay-loo-ee. Ow! Ha-lay-loo-eye. Hoouh!
Ha-lay-loo-ee. Hallelujah!

Come on and lay your heavy burdens down.
Come on and lay ‘em at my feet.
Give up your life to save your soul.
Come on, it’s time to save your soul.
Come on and open up your pocket book.
Come on and open up that purse of yours.

Just let me free you from your gold.
Just let me set you free.
Just let me free you from your gold.
Just let me set you free, yeah.
Just let me free you from your gold.
Just let me set you free!

Ha-lay-loo-ee. Ow! Ha-lay-loo-eye. Hoouh!
Ha-lay-loo-ee. Hallelujah!
Ha-lay-loo-ee. Ow! Ha-lay-loo-eye. Hoouh!
Ha-lay-loo-ee. Hallelujah!

©1991 Tobin Mueller

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Comments
said 3250 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
Brilliant.
Wow!!
Briiliant singing voices from the youths as well.
The music is outstanding. Thank you also for the download Tobin.

Peace Dee.
magnatone said 3250 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
Lay Your Burdens Down
I just love these Tobin, I've truly enjoyed every one - Ha-lay-loo-ee!!!
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abstractreality said 3250 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
I'm enjoying these songs!
This one sounds like a real party song. Nice job!
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thetiler said 3249 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
Incredible
productions, they all are. Really enjoy the arpeg's of the electric guitar. At least I think it is electric guitar. You get such great sound from the synth that sometimes it is hard to tell the difference.

Thanks for sharing these pop rock gems showtunes!



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Feter said 3249 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
Lay Your Burdens Down
you know what ? imagen these kids being singing
such hard songs and work them all so perfectly is
something totaly a mind blwing thang ..they did a
perfect job and I can see you effort on their talents
for this song it has a very unision sound for the
choir ..the kids sounds so much in love with the work
philip did a teremendous job showed great talent !!
Hallelujiah !! ...thnx alot for sharin these gems !!
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Soulman4270 said 3249 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
Hallelujah
Love this.........Awesome arrangement this makes me happy.....Jesus tells us to bring our burdens to Him.....He frees us.....

This song has truth......

God Bless You
Italo/SoulMan
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woofer3 said 3249 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
excellent song
this is the sort of song I like.very hooky chorus.

very impressive,

John
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said 3248 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
Rockin... festive...
vocal fest. This is alive and powerful. Quite a lead vox by the young(?) lad. I really enjoyed this...

Ha-lay-loo-ee. Ow! Ha-lay-loo-eye. Hoouh!
Ha-lay-loo-ee. Hallelujah!
Ha-lay-loo-ee. Ow! Ha-lay-loo-eye. Hoouh!
Ha-lay-loo-ee. Hallelujah!

Jack
Emily Rohm said 3248 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
Yeah!!
I love this musical so much. I think this show could be a Broadway hit with a live orchestra. I know it ran off-Broadway, right? I just love every song in this show.
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VicDiesel said 3248 days ago (June 2nd, 2008)
Excellent stuff
Good melody, words intelligible throughout, creative arrangement that does not dominate. I can see why you're so successful in theatre.


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Dj French Toast said 3243 days ago (June 7th, 2008)
:)
:)
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Diviner said 3235 days ago (June 15th, 2008)
Incredible
This has been really well put together and played, and the singing is brilliant. The singing is so well done. Great track, thanks for posting.
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