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Our Home, Our City (2024)

for SATB choir | 00:09:30

by Melissa Dunphy | text by Jacqueline Goldfinger and Melissa Dunphy

Commissioned by the Drexel University Chorus
Dr. Daniel Spratlan, conductor.


Brick and Bone
By Jacqueline Goldfinger and Melissa Dunphy

We won't give up,
and we can't afford to fail
because our community
is not for sale.
We stand together.
These homes, more than brick and stone.
These homes hold hearts, dreams, and bones.
Our home, our city, our home.
Now they're swinging a wrecking ball
and knocking down the door,
and they've broken all their promises
to help the working poor.
We stand together.
Neighbor to neighbor.
Sister to brother.
We stand together today.
We want to be counted in.
We want to be respected.
We want to be seen.
We gotta keep pushing.
We can't give up.
We're going to fight to the end.
We stand together.
Neighbor to neighbor.
Sister to brother.
We stand together everyday.

The Hour of Peace is Upon Us
By Jacqueline Goldfinger

The hour of peace is upon us.
The clock is ready to strike.
The dawn is ready to break.
The hour of peace is upon us.
The hour of joy is upon us.
Every corner of our wounded heart
gently dressed and healed.
The hour of joy is upon us.
The hour of justice is upon us.
Righteousness reigns.
Compassion radiant ablaze with glory.
The hour of justice is upon us.
The hour of love is upon us.
Held in one another's hearts.
Space in one another's homes.
The hour of love is upon us.
Come greet Peace.
Come greet Joy.
Come greet Justice.
Come greet Love.
Come welcome the new world with us, my friend.

Artwork by Dan Virgen.


Performances

  • 09 Jun, 2024: Drexel University Singers at Drexel Great Court, Philadelphia, PA