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Before The Dawn


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paul f. page

 Genre: Ballad

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About 35 years ago I wrote "Before The Dawn" for my girls choir at the high school where I was teaching. The number was published in 1989, but I don't believe there's ever been a recording of it. A little over a year ago, one of my former students (now a junior high choral teacher) wrote to me and asked about the song and wondered if there was a recording, since she wanted to teach it to her students. So, that evening I made what is probably the one and only recording of this simple little piece. I hope you will enjoy listening to it so many years after its creation. And, as always, if you are interested in seeing the score, it can be found here: http://www.paulpage.org/Secular_Choral_files/Before%20The%20Dawn.pdf
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Lyrics
Hear the whippoorwill. He's whistlin' quite a song.
Happy must he be. Now won't you sing along?
Let your heart be light; let ev'ry care fade fast away.
Let the peaceful dawn fill up your life today.

Hear the summer wind warm with the scent of dawn.
Hear the rush of leaves swept 'cross the ground like a song.
There's a secret hiding in the calm before the sun.
Try to catch it now before the day is done.

Dawn begins the day, begins a bright new sun light.
Dawn begins a new and diff'rent time for life.
Let your heart be lifted; don't you cry
For the sunlight will open up your eyes.

Wish there was a way to open up your mind.
Oh, the happy things I'll bet that I could find.
Let your heart be light; let ev'ry care fade fast away.
Let the peaceful dawn fill up your life today.
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Uploaded: Mar 28, 2015 - 05:15:18 PM
Last Updated: Mar 28, 2015 - 05:15:18 PM Last Played: Mar 21, 2017 - 05:37:06 PM
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Little_Hooligan said 876 days ago (March 28th, 2015)
Beautiful Music Lives On
Listening to this, I can understand why your former student wanted to pass this down to her students.. A lovely piece..Classical in nature, musically and lyrically.. my sincere compliments
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Narad said 875 days ago (March 29th, 2015)
Before The Dawn
Soothing and comforting ! Beautiful performance !
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KCsGROOVE said 874 days ago (March 30th, 2015)
before the dawn
what a wonderful piece
so gentle
great feel
very much enjoyed
KC
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Bowman said 873 days ago (March 31st, 2015)
It’s so clear
why that this sweet number would echo in your student’s heart after all these years and rekindle this lovely ballad.
A sweet rendition Paul, lovely singing as well.
Cheers,
Charlie

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PeterB7858 said 873 days ago (March 31st, 2015)
Before The Dawn
Great to hear another of your vocal numbers, Paul. The gentle lyrics and melody flow beautifully. Great to hear that you had such a lasting, positive impact on one of your students. I'm sure there are many, many others, too. Take care, Peter.
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carbon said 873 days ago (March 31st, 2015)
a
beautiful piece conceived by a heart-mind clearly at peace. i didn't know you sing... probably because i haven't been paying enough attention. genre is not exactly in my wheelhouse but i can certainly appreciate it heartfelt quality. very nicely done!
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Philip18 said 872 days ago (April 1st, 2015)
Before the Dawn
Now that's a very nice song. Gentle lyrics and warm arrangement. Beautiful work, Paul.
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Daugrin said 871 days ago (April 2nd, 2015)
Sad song about being happy
Most of the time things work the other way around. Great music!

Daug
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DWL said 870 days ago (April 3rd, 2015)
In the hope of enjoying it?
Sometimes you are too modest.

Simple for you perhaps but for the rest of us it's a beautifully judged and performed song.

Cheers

Dick
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grah3am said 869 days ago (April 4th, 2015)
Whippoorwills
hang about outside our bedroom and make weird noises in the dead of night. It's a haunting sound, rather like your song. It sounds like a benediction.
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Warren Smith said 866 days ago (April 7th, 2015)
Rising before dawn
The secret of rising before dawn is, of course .. the early bird catches the worm : )

Your song is heartwarming .. but even more heartwarming has to be that a former student sought out a recording of it 35 years after the fact. That's amazing!
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A ballad is a story in a song, usually a narrative song or poem. It is a rhythmic saga of a past affair, which may be heroic, romantic or satirical, political (affected by the previous three types mentioned, refers to either glorifying the exploits o

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