Friday, January 18, 2008


Sandi Patty...


I have tried to write this post for 3 days. I have had it in my head, and have worded it exactly the way I wanted. The problem is that now I can't remember it all so it may not come out exactly right.


Also, I really wanted to post a video or soundbite of this song to share it with you, but IT IS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND on the internet. What's up with that?! Anyway, I had another "nostalgia" moment this week. Yes, the tears did flow. I think I must be entering pre-menopause or something, because memories are making me cry a lot lately.


Anyway, back to the song. When I went to college I auditioned for a choir scholarship by singing the song "Shine Down" by Sandi Patty. If you have heard Sandi Patty sing, she does AWESOME on this song. I am no where near Sandi Patty, but I did well enough to get the scholarship. A couple of weeks ago I found the soundtrack of the song in a suitcase in my closet. I held onto it, because I thought I might want to hear it again.


I took it with me in the car yesterday and placed it in the tape player. As soon as I heard the music I felt 20 years younger. It has been almost that long since I have played it. Y'all, I remembered every word and began singing it with the first syllable. Again, not near as good as Sandi, but let's face it; there is no one else like Sandi Patty. :-)


I spent several hours yesterday looking for a clip/video/soundbite of Sandi singing it, because I wanted so much to share it with y'all. CAN'T FIND ONE ANYWHERE! :-( My brother did help me find the lyrics, so I will share those with you.


SHINE DOWN:


1984 by Paragon Musicby Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl & Bob Farrell


(Refrain:)Shine down your light on me.

Let the people see

that in your presence darkness flees.

Father of light, Shine Down on me:


(repeat)

Father of light Shine Down on me.


Verse 1:

There's a land full of glory,

in a place where there is no night.

And in that holy city

burns the beacon of everlasting light.

The light that keeps reaching

to the people of every land

A love that is longing

to fill the heart of every man...


(Refrain)

Shine down your light on me.

Let the people see

that in your presence darkness flees.

Father of light, Shine Down on me:


(repeat)


(Instrumental Bridge)

Verse 2:

There's no sun in that city.

The father's throne is it's only light.

The lamp of salvation;

the hope that is always glowing bright

It scatters the darkenss,

swept away by his mightly hand.

Now all the nations can worship,

sing the song of that glorious land.


(Coda:)

Shine down your light on me.

Let the people see

that in your presence darkness flees.

Father of light, Shine Down on me.


(Key change)

Shine down your light on me.

Let the people see

that in your presence darkness flees.

Father of light, Shine Down on:

Shine down your light on me.

Let the people see

that in your presence darkness flees.

Father of light, Shine Down on:

Father of light, Shine Down on:

Father of light, Shine Down on:

Father of light, Shine Down on me.


OK, now I'm crying again just reading the words. Darn hormones!


Love,

Wendy Darling

5 comments:

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

I spent many a car ride in the 90's singing my heart out to Sandy Patti.
Thanks for sharing the memories~
Cathy

BevyJo said...

Thank you for listing the words to this song. We sang this in choir many years ago and it remains my foavorite to this day. Here is a link to a snippet of the song.

http://tawe911.imeem.com/music/coxZAlAh/sandi_patti_shine_down/

LaVon Baker said...

Thanks for the lyrics to SHINE DOWN. I've been searching for them and my Google search finally brought me to your blog. Nothing is a coincidence. :-) So just know that when we sing this song, we will be using a copy of your lyrics. You are welcome to visit my blog and leave a comment. I love visitors. Also, check out my favorite blogs.
God bless you REAL good.
LaVon Baker

Andrew said...

Here is the full song sung by Sandi Patty:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ru7UlW8vqRg

Performed in the late 80's.

Andrew said...

Oh I forgot that my Church Choir did this for our Singing Christmas Tree back in 1993 as the final song. The song was rearrainged for SATB and the ending changed.

Starting at:

Now all the nations can worship
Sing the Song of that glorious land

Halle
Hallelujah
Glory To The Lamb
Praise and Honor Strength And Power
Be Unto You The Great I Am.
Be Unto You The Great
Shine Down Your Light On Me...