Song of the Year


2018 Song of the Year “Ode to Song”  

(Sung to the tune of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”)

Music by Ludwig van Beethoven. Lyrics curated by Scott Johnson.

Times they are a-changin’ faster
Can you see what’s goin’ down
People long for love and laughter
Can you see it clearly now

Take a sad song, make it better
Sing it out and sing it strong
Everybody get together
Raise your voice and sing along

We’re the ones to make the magic
And we’ve only just begun
Sing along and just imagine
How the world can be as one

(Instrumental break)

We did not ignite the fire
But we’re standing in the flame
Do we lift ourselves up higher
Do we wallow in the pain

Let us rise up, face the music
Take it to the streets today
Got a heart and soul, then use it
Do it now and don’t delay

We’re the ones to make the magic
And we’ve only just begun
Sing along and just imagine
How the world can be as one


These lyrics have been pulled together from 20 popular songs as a tribute to the power of song with an invitation to sing along.

Click here to download a folder of free resources including MP3 tracks, sheet music (unison, lead sheets, 4-part harmony/SATB, and karaoke tracks) and a lyric challenge.

Watch the recording session for “Ode to Song” here.

Educators & Directors: Download free educator resource packet here.


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