Words by Daniel Kallman and Christine Kallman
Music by Daniel Kallman
Come closer, little singing bird;
I want to see what I have heard.
Come closer, little singing bird.
Flow freely, water clear and sweet;
Splashing and tickling my feet.
Flow freely, flow freely, water clear and sweet.
You are the cool of the lake in the summer,
You are the shower that makes the grass green.
Shiny and cold, you’re the ice that I skate on
When the snow’s falling soft and clean.
Reach down and touch me as I run.
Stay longer, warming rays of sun.
Grow taller, tiny budding tree,
‘Til you’re ten times as big as me.
Grow taller, grow taller, tiny budding tree.
Will you remember me when I am older
And I come back to this place I once played?
Maybe the bird will call out from your branches
Songs so sweet I will wish I had stayed.
Come closer, come closer, little singing bird.
Song of the River
Tune: “Sally Gardens”
Arranged (with new text) by Mark Patterson
Can you hear the song of the river,
The voice of the gentle stream?
It sings as it spills and slumbers,
Then it flows swift and sure to the sea.
My song is like the river,
Growing stronger as years flow by.
And time makes both more lovely,
The river’s song and mine.
Singing on when the storm clouds roll? ** When storm clouds roll,
Though wind and rain pass over stronger still, ** Though rains pass over,
The rivers flows. ** The river flows.
My song is like the river
Running sure under stormy skies.
And the rain makes both more lovely, ** Both grow more lovely,
The river’s song and mine. ** The river’s song and mine.