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THE SHEPHERD’S CALL

Words ©1993 Valentine Doyle

Music ©1994 Gordon Bok

 

Gordon – 12-string guitar

When Valentine sent me these words, I didn’t know she had also written a tune, so I worked this one out for it. Valentine says, “This is a song for all the creatures of the world, at the moment of their leaving it. My version is for a guardian spirit in New England, where all the creatures in it live or have lived, except the bighorn sheep, which I couldn’t resist.  If your region has a bird or beast I’ve left out, or you need a verse for a prairie or desert, feel free to add one.”

 

Come my beloved ones, come and follow me home

Come when it’s time your days here are done

I am the Shepherd, I gather my own

Leave fear and hunger and follow.

 

            Follow me down the wide world

            Follow me home, my children.

 

Come, oh my forest ones, come and follow me home

Chipmunk and owl, raccoon and jay,                                   

Come from the cool shadows hid from the day,

Leave your deep forest and follow.

 

Come, oh my meadow ones, come and follow me home

Woodchuck and mole, kestrel and quail,

Come from your burrows and grass-winding trails

Leave your bright meadow and follow.

 

Come, oh my river ones, come and follow me home

Muskrat and loon, otter and crane                           

Come from the high banks, the reeds in the rain

Leave your brown river and follow.

 

Come, oh my mountain ones, come and follow me home

Bighorn and bear, cougar and hawk,

Come from the timberline, windy grey rock,

Leave your wild mountain and follow.

 

Come, oh my ocean ones, come and follow me home

Petrel and seal, curlew and whale,

Come from the combers in calm and in gale,

Leave your grey ocean and follow.

 

Come oh my friends of man, come and follow me home

Lovebird and cat, plough-horse and hound

Come from the fireside, from farmstead and town

Leave your warm household and follow

 

Come when you know the call, come and follow me home

Come from the hill, the valley, the sea

Hunters and hunted ones, gather to me

Leave all you know and come follow

 

 

The Shepherd's Call is recorded on the album Other Eyes and is also in the songbook One to Sing, One to Haul