Otherwise (Paul Merkus)

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  • (Posted 2022-04-02)  CPDL #68701:           
Editor: Paul Merkus (submitted 2022-04-02).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 213 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Otherwise
Composer: Paul Merkus
Lyricist: Toos van Raaijcreate page
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularUnknown

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2001
Description: This song concerns a call to stop talking, after all "we don't need sweet talk or lies, we prefer to sing than to do anything else, music is our language!" Central to this song is the exclamation "Stop talking", followed by the strongly rhythmic "music is our language". However, the next sentence "Always tuning in to vocalise" exudes a much more classic atmosphere. From "need no stories, need no lies" the chorus builds up again to a climax, first around the word "harmonise", before ending in the exclamation of the word "otherwise", title of the song (and also name of the choir for which it was written).

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Original text and translations

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Verse 1:
Try to escape
from the man in the mirror,
who's only looking
at his own face.
Raging times disguise his feelings,
staggering reality he always obeys.

Stop talking, stop talking
Music is our language,
music is our language
Always tuning in to vocalise!
Need no stories, need no lies,
let all voices harmonize.
We'd rather sing than otherwise!

Verse 2:
Count your garden
by the flowers,
never by the
leaves that fall.
Listen to the call of the early blackbird,
enchantingly launching a quivering thrill.

Stop talking, ...

Verse 3:
Beat after beat,
blossom and flourish,
softly sliding
your sorrows away.
Dare to take a time-out for music;
once got the clue, join us and say:

Stop talking, ...