Saturday Chorale: Libera — Salva Me and Orinocco Flow

Libera is a choir of up to 40 boys from South London. The name is Latin and can be translated as either "Free me" or somewhat more loosely as "Set me free". They’ve got a very distinctive sound and style and are deservedly very popular in the UK.

I like their music, I’ve gone to their church to hear them sing as a church choir (which they do superbly),  I’ve  enjoyed seeing and hearing them on TV, and when the opportunity arose I cheerfully toddled off to concerts of theirs and left the concert hall smiling. I like what they try to do as well here’s an extract from the BCSD write.up:

BCSD – Libera / Angel Voices  (St. Philip’s Boys’ Choir):

Libera, as we know it today, is the publicly performing boys section of St. Philip’s Church choir from South London. Their concept is to make boychoir music more accessible to a wider audience, many of whom might be put off by the words ‘church choir’, by integrating classical and traditional music with a more contemporary, mainstream sound.

The repertoire they sing as Libera is in addition to, not a replacement of, their church singing. It does not detract from the fact that the core activity of the choir is their duty as part of the Anglican parish church. When heard during Sunday services, they are more like other church choirs than the Libera we see on TV and hear on CDs.

I’ve chosen their rendition of  "Salva Me" followed by "Orinocco Flow". Lyrics are below their respective videos. I hope you enjoy them both as much as I do.

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Lyrics Salva Me*

Domine deus miserere mei**Salva

SalvaSalva

Domine Deus miserere mei

Salva

Domine Deus miserere mei

Salva

Domine Deus miserere mei

Salva

Domine Deus miserere mei

Carry me away

From the dark I fear

When the storm is near

From the endless night

Salva

From my blinded sight

To the sky of light

Free me to fly away

Free me to fly away

Salva Me

Salva

Domine Deus miserere mei

Salva

Domine Deus miserere mei

Carry me away

From the things that harm

On a sea of calm

From the endless night

Salva

From my blinded sight

To the sky of light

Free me to fly away

Free me to fly away

Salva Me

Free me to fly away

Salva Me

Salva

Domine Deus miserere mei

Salva

Domine Deus miserere mei

Salva

Domine Deus miserere mei

Salva

Domine Deus miserere mei

Salva

Salva

Salva

* "Save Me"

** "Lord God have mercy upon me"

Lyrics Orinoco Flow

Let me sail, let me sail, let the Orinoco flow

Let me reach, let me beach on the shores of Tripoli

Let me sail, let me sail, let me crash upon your shore

Let me reach, let me beach beyond the yellow sea

Sail away, sail away, sail away

From Bissau to Palau in the shade of Avalon

From Fiji to Tiree and the Isles of Ebony

From Peru to Cebu, feel the power of Babylon

From Bali to Cali far beneath the Coral Sea

Turn it up, turn it up, turn it up, up – Adieu

Sail away, sail away, sail away

From the North to the South, Ebudae unto Khartoum

From the deep Sea of Clouds to the Island of the Moon

Carry me on the waves to the lands I’ve never been

Carry me on the waves to the lands I’ve never seen

Let me sail, let me sail

Sail away, sail away, sail away

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