Simple Things

A song about appreciating the simple things in life that bring us joy - especially in troubled times.

For all ages.
At a time when COVID-19 was rising to its peak here, I was up in the middle of the night, sitting at my computer writing. Just after 2am I decided to take a break and wander outside.

I live in a rural area and so when I walked outside it was incredibly peaceful, quiet and serene; a stunning contrast to the mood of the wider world. There was not a breath of wind. I was sitting on a garden bench just by my front window with my head bowed, wondering what the future might hold. After a few minutes I leant back and looked up and, through the branches of a tree, I saw a perfect lace moon sitting in its bed of stars. The idea for writing a song about the Simple Things came drifting in and I started to write some lyrics. The next morning I contacted Glyn and the song began to take shape.

- Phil Cummings

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Simple Things
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SONG DETAILS
Age:

all ages
Subject:
joy
wonder
natural world
friendship
Genre:
pop ballad
Performer:
unison choir or solo
Musical Range:
D4 to D5
Simple Things

Words and music by Phil Cummings and Glyn Lehmann

Verse 1
In the grey days
In uncertain times
The road ahead
Seems hard to find
But the simple things
The everyday
Will help us through
Show us the way

Bridge
There’s one thing to ease the fear
Raise your voice loud and clear

Pre-chorus 1
Sing of the sunrise
The sunset
Sing to remember
Sing to forget
Sing to yourself
And sing to your street
Clap your hands
And stamp your feet
Clap your hands
And stamp your feet

Chorus
Raise your voice
Feel the joy it brings
‘Cause it’s the simple things
So take the time to sing

Verse 2
If your friends
Are feeling low
You can help
Just let them know
It’s the simple things
The everyday
Will help us through
Show us the way

Bridge
There’s one thing to ease the fear
Raise your voice loud and clear

Pre-chorus 2
Sing of the memories
Of the past
Sing of the tears
And sing of the laughs
Sing for tomorrow
Sing for today
Sing of hope
As we find our way
Sing of hope
As we find our way

Chorus
Raise your voice
Feel the joy it brings
‘Cause it’s the simple things
So take the time to sing

Interlude
Sing of the smile
On a baby’s face
Sing of the starlight
As you gaze into space
Sing for tomorrow
Sing for today
Sing of the hope
As we find our way

Instrumental

Chorus
Raise your voice
Feel the joy it brings
‘Cause it’s the simple things
So take the time to sing

Outro
Take the time to sing
(It’s the simple things)
Take the time to sing
(It’s the simple things)
Take the time to sing
(It’s the simple things)

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