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Rainbows and Canyons

Water is amazing! All life on Earth depends on it. It can make rainbows when it rains and canyons when it flows. When frozen, in the form of an iceberg, it sank The Titanic! But water is a finite resource and everybody needs it. We all must care for it and share it.

The song features the word 'water' in many different languages to highlight its importance to all of us.
For 2-parts, with optional solo.
Rainboes and Canyons - a song about water
What a delightful and timely song. It provided my Year 5 and 6 Choir with opportunities to work on their skills in articulation, dynamics and part singing, not to mention the chance to say water in a multitude of languages!
Carolyn Hernandez, Head of Performing Arts - Overton Community College, Australia
Suitable for International World Water Day celebrated on March 22 each year.

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Age:
7 to adult
Subject:
water
Earth
environment
sustainability
Genre:
world/pop
Performer:
2-part choir
opt. solo
Musical Range:
C4 to C5 (choir)
G4 to E5 (opt. solo)
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Rainbows and Canyons
(The Water Song)
Words & Music by Glyn Lehmann

Verse 1
What can make a rainbow appear (1)
But vanishes in the sun? (2)
A great sculptor of canyons
Its work is never done (3)

Verse 2
What falls freely from the sky
Is more valuable than gold?
What sank the unsinkable ship (4)
Is impossible to hold?

Bridge
Without it there would be no life on Earth
(No animals, no people, no plants)
It’s a part of you and me
And our future strong and healthy
(You and me and our future strong and healthy)

Verse 3
What was inside a dinosaur
And now is inside of me? (5)
What’s always moving between the sky
The mountains and the sea? (6)

Verse 4
What can roar like lion enraged
Or quietly pass you by? (7)
A mirror to the moon and stars (8)
Always there when we cry (9)

repeat Bridge

CHORUS
Maji, taneer, agua
Everybody needs
Maim, elma, mizu
Fresh and pure and clean
Shui, eau, wasser, nero
Something we all share
Paani, acqua, voda
People everywhere

repeat
CHORUS

Outro
(Choir)
Water, water, everybody needs
Water, water, fresh and pure and clean

(soloist)
Round and around
It goes round everywhere
Share it and care for it
It’s only fair

(Together)
People everywhere




© 2013 Glyn Lehmann www.glynlehmann
maji
ta-neer
agua

maim
el-ma

mizu
shui
eau
wasser
nero

paani
acqua
voda
Language
Kiswahili (Swahili)
Indian (Tamil)
Spanish
Hebrew
Arabic
Japanese
Chinese
French
German
Greek
Hindi
Italian
Russian
Pronunciation
mah-gee
tah-neer
arg-wah
may-im
el-mah
mi-zoo
shway
oo
as in ‘book’
vus-sah
nair-oh
pah-nee
ark-wah
vor-dare
I hope I have these pronunciations correct. Please contact me if you would like to suggest any changes. CONTACT
Teacher Notes
Use some of the following ideas from the song for further discussion and research about water.
Ask the children to think of other effects that water produces, where it can be found and how it impacts on their lives.

(1) Rainbows appear when raindrops reflect sunlight, breaking white light into colors.
(2)
The sun’s energy causes water to vaporize and evaporate.
(3)
Rocks and earth are eroded by water. Over countless years canyons and valleys are created.
(4)
The Titanic was thought to be unsinkable until it hit an iceberg ie. frozen water.
(5)
There is a finite amount of water on Earth. The same water molecules present at the time of the dinosaurs are still moving throughout the Earth, in the atmosphere, in plants, people and animals.
(6) The water cycle describes the constant movement of water from the oceans to the clouds (evaporation) and back to earth (rain, snow, hail etc).
(7)
Think about the sound of a large waterfall roaring or a trickle of water silently moving along a drain.
(8) A still surface of water like a lake can reflect the sky and the surroundings.
(9) Our tears are mostly water.
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