The music and lyrics of In the Morning began as an original song that Amy Gordon, the composer, wrote when she was 17 in 2004. It was then arranged for Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor, & Piano for her undergraduate recital at Loyola Marymount University in 2008. In this arrangement, In the Morning has been adapted for SATB Choir & Piano. The hope is that this text about finding strength in the midst of hardship will bring some comfort during the 2020 COVID-19 crisis that has rattled the entire world, including the choral world.
This arrangement would be suitable for any level of SATB Choir and would fit well into a concert about hope and triumph in the midst of trying times.
Things will be better in the morning
Sleep now, it’s time to go to bed
Outside it’s windy and it’s storming
Oh weary child, won’t you rest your head?
There will be hope and there’ll be laughter,
Fairytales with happy-ever-afters
And all the stories you were told will come true
And all you need to do is wait ’til
Things will be better when it’s light out
Right now outside it’s dark and grim
So will you let me turn your light out?
Sleep now and let peace enter in
And we’ll go running on the hillside,
Run so fast that all your tears will have dried
And all the sadness that you feel will disappear
There’s nothing you should fear
Just wait ’til
Things will be better in the morning.