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My Self

"My Self" by Ruth Calder Murphy (Arciemme)


This song is sung, on the video, by my three children, Keziah, Joel and Esther Grace.


I wrote it for the year one children at Southgrove Primary School in Walthamstow, London, in 2005.

My Self - Lyrics

By Ruth Calder Murphy (Arciemme)


Here's My Self,

This is Me,

I am special as anyone can see!

I'm special in the way I walk,

I'm special in the way I talk,

Special in the way I work and play,

There's no-one else who's just like me

And that's a special way to be,

Everybody's special in their own special way.

Going to the Seaside

I love going to the seaside! I love the sounds, the smells, the sights. I love the feel of the sand and the taste of the salty sea. It's a truly multi-sensory experience!


In this video, I'm singing to the sound of the waves, crashing on the shore.

Going to the Seaside - Lyrics

By Ruth calder Murphy (Arciemme)

We’re going to the seaside,

where the seashore’s slapped

by the surf-topped sighs of the seas,

where the cormorants and gulls

ride the turning tide

and the rock pools shelter red anemones.

Chorus: Where the air is tangy

and the beach is sandy

and the cliffs are kissed by the breeze.

We’re going to the seaside

where the gulls cry loud

over susurration of the salty seas.

We’re going to the seaside

where high cliffs are formed

by the waves that crash on the land,

and the sea against the stones

over many years

turn the biggest rocks

to finest golden sand.

Chorus:

We’re going to the seaside

where the silver moon

makes the ocean move in its tide

and the seaweed-tangled water

under white-flecked waves

is where jellyfish and crabs and oysters hide.


Chorus:   

History

This section contains history videos. I will be adding more, from time-to-time. If you have a favourite historical topic that you'd like me to write a song about (free of charge) please ask your parents if you can contact me and I'll do my best to write one for you!

World War Two Children

I wrote this song to help year five children learn about the second world war and specifically about the how the children who lived at the time may have felt.


In this video, I'm playing the piano and my brother, Mark Calder, is singing.

World War Two Children - Lyrics

By Ruth Calder Murphy (Arciemme)

Carrying gas masks, evacuation,

waving goodbye to soldiers at the station,

moving away from your family,

was second world wartime reality.


Waking at night to the wailing sirens,

huddling in shelters, shivering and frightened,

eating the food rationed out to you

and drawing the blinds when they told you to.

Who would come home? Would your home still be there?

Living a life that was more like a nightmare,

children moved out from the dangerous towns,

far from the bombs and the air raid sounds.

Out in the country the children made space

for the newcomers who had left their own place.

Everyone compromised for the good

of winning the war, as they felt they should.

Carrying gas masks, evacuation,

waving goodbye to soldiers at the station,

moving away from your family,

was second world wartime reality.

Henry's Wives

I do love history, though sometimes it CAN be horrible! This song was written to help year five children to learn the facts about Henry the 8th and his six wives.


In this video, I'm playing the piano and my brother, Mark Calder, is singing.

Henry's Wives - Lyrics

By Ruth Calder Murphy (Arciemme)


Henry the Eighth was a powerful king,

when he first got crowned, he was young and slim.

The people loved him, he was just their sort;

he was good at music, he was good at sport.

Chorus:

Henry the Eighth wanted just one thing,

to have a little son

who could be the next king.

He married several wives

but that didn't pay -

they kept having girls

so he chucked 'em away.

Catherine of Aragon, number one,

didn't last long, though she had a son.

The boy soon died so Henry told the Pope:

"Give me a divorce so I can elope."

Chorus


The Pope refused - it was just not right

so Anne Boleyn was married out of sight.

He made a church to do what Henry said.

('Cause the new Archbishop valued his head.)

Chorus

Anne didn't give him the wanted heir

so she was beheaded, which is just not fair.

the King then married his third wife, Jane

and he got a little boy, so was happy again.


Chorus

Jane died in labour and that was sad;

She was the favourite wife out of all he'd had --

he married Anne of Cleves, but he thought her plain,

so he got rid of her and he started again.

Chorus

Wife number five was Catherine Howard,

but for Tudor times she was too "empowered".

When Henry found out she'd been up to tricks

he began to look for wife number six.

Chorus

Catherine Parr was his final wife

and she stayed alive the rest of Henry's life.

In 1547, Henry died

but Parr was lucky: She survived.


Chorus:

Science

This section contains science videos. I'll be adding more from time-to-time. I hope you enjoy them!

Light

I wrote this song to help year 6 children learn facts about light for their SATs tests.

In this video, I'm playing the piano and my brother, Mark Calder, is singing.

Light - Lyrics

By Ruth Calder Murphy (Arciemme)


Chorus:


Light is all around us,

That is how we see,

Daytime mainly from the sun,

At night from electricity.


Some things give out light themselves,

The sun, electric lights and stars,

Other things reflect the light,

The moon, your mirror, earth and mars.

Chorus


Light will only travel straight,

It won’t go round things in its way,

Shadows form when light is blocked,

Long at dawn, short at midday.             

Chorus


Light goes very, very fast,

It’s quicker far than sound can go,

Three hundred million metres in

A second. How? I do not know.

Chorus

Light reflects off shiny things,

It bounces off and makes them bright.

Dull and dark things don’t reflect –

They swallow, and absorb the light.


Chorus


Light’s essential, gives us life,

It wakes us up and helps us see,

Makes water sparkle, paints the sky,

And gives us all our energy.


Chorus

Water

"Water!" was written to fit in with year the six science and geography curriculum. I find it incredible to think that all of our water is the same water that's always been there, since water was!

The Water Song

- By Ruth Calder Murphy (Arciemme)


Long ago when the earth was formed

And the seas were the place to be,

Before the dinosaurs roamed the land,

Or the birds sang from every tree,

Water started to evaporate,

Rise to the sky and congregate,

Make clouds heavy and precipitate,

And now the same water is here for you and me.

Water's in limited supply --

So it just goes around and around,

From the oceans up to the sky,

And from there back to the ground.

Water always will evaporate,

Rise to the sky and congregate,

Make clouds heavy and precipitate,

It's still the same water that's here for you and me.

So before you wash your face,

Think how old that water is.

The very same stuff that's in your bath,

Caesar might have had in his!

'Cause water always will evaporate,

rise to the sky and congregate,

Make clouds heavy and precipitate,

It's still the same water that's here for you and me.




Words and music by Ruth Calder Murphy (Arciemme) 2005

Seasons and Festivals

Harvest Song

I'm a Summer person, really... but I love all the seasons and like to remember, when the Harvest is gathered in, or when the frosts come, that it's all a part of the circle of life and that Winter leads back into Spring and death into life.

Harvest Song

- by Ruth Calder Murphy -


The corn is cut,

the grain is stored

and in the sleeping Earth

are whispers of the coming Spring,

and glorious rebirth.


The corn is cut,

the grain is stored

against the Autumn rain

but with the seasons' quickening,

they shall be born again.


The Reaper's scythe

can cut them down

but on the Harvest's breath,

the joyful susurration sighs

that life is born of death...

So seeds of life

are born today

as corn is gathered in,

for every seed of golden grain

will grow another Spring.

Death in life

and life in death,

the joyful news proclaim:

that from the scythe that ushers death,

Life will come again.


The corn is cut,

the grain is stored

and in the sleeping Earth

are whispers of the coming Spring,

and glorious rebirth.

Mabon song


This is very similar to "Harvest Song" and is saying the same things in slightly different ways. Which one do you prefer, and why?

Mabon Song

- by Ruth Calder Murphy -


Cut the corn and store the grain,

lay the Summer in the Earth,

die that life will come again;

Darkness leads to Light's rebirth.


Dance to Harvest gathered in,

Sing the song of golden corn,

Echoes of the far-off Spring,

Summer that will be re-born.


Cut the corn and store the grain,

lay the Summer in the Earth,

die that life will come again;

Darkness leads to Light's rebirth.

Dance to all that is Divine,

Sing with one exalting breath;

Join through every place and time -

Death in Life and Life in Death.

Cut the corn and store the grain,

lay the Summer in the Earth,

die that life will come again,

Darkness leads to Light's rebirth.


Dance the dance of Evermore,

Sing the song of Everything,

Earth, air, fire and water, pour -

Harvest safely gathered in.


Cut the corn and store the grain,

lay the Summer in the Earth,

die that life will come again,

Darkness leads to Light's rebirth.


Dance to Spirit, infinite

Sing to Air, Fire, Water, Earth,

Dance the Day and dance the Night,

Darkness leads to Light's rebirth.


Cut the corn and store the grain,

lay the Summer in the Earth,

die that life will come again,

Darkness leads to Light's rebirth.

Religion and Mythology

Genesis Song

"Genesis Song" was written as part of a series of slightly tongue-in-cheek looks at various Biblical themes. Watch this space - I might post some of the others here, too!

Genesis song

By Ruth calder Murphy (Arciemme)


In the beginning was the Word

and the Word was with God

and the Word - well he WAS God - and he said:

"Now let there be light"

and whaddya know? There was!

from the darkness, there was light, like a rising from the dead.

Pre-chorus:


And God was looking on

and he liked what he could see

and he said "This is very, very good."

So the Word spoke again

and there was land and sea and sky

and everything was just the way it should, should, should

be in his love.


Then people came along

and they liked to do their thing,

even if it meant they were alone and sad,

so they got sent away,

from the Love they went astray,

and frankly, this was silly and really rather bad.


Chorus:

And God was looking on

and he probably rolled his eyes

and he might have wondered if they'd ever learn,

but he loved them nonetheless

and was guiding all their lives

giving them every opportunity to turn, turn, turn

back to his love.


Cain and Abel were a pair;

brotherly love was lacking there

and Cain beat up Abel -- killed him dead.

So, out into the world

Cain was sent, all by himself

But God put a mark (to protect him) on his head.


Chorus:

And God was looking on

and he probably rolled his eyes

and he might have wondered if they'd ever learn,

but he loved them nonetheless

and was guiding all their lives

giving them every opportunity to turn, turn, turn

back to his love.


Now giants ruled the earth

(yes; that is what it says!)

and people, they got worse all the time,

so Noah built an ark

and the promise, it went out:

If you get into the ark, you will be absolutely fine!

Chorus:

And God was looking on

and he probably rolled his eyes

and he might have wondered if they'd ever learn,

but he loved them nonetheless

and was guiding all their lives

giving them every opportunity to turn, turn, turn

back to his love.


So the flood came and went

and a rainbow then appeared

saying that the flood would never come again,

But the people didn't learn

- Noah himself was pretty bad! -

there would be consequences (could be anything but rain).

Chorus:


And God was looking on

and he probably rolled his eyes

and he might have wondered if they'd ever learn,

but he loved them nonetheless

and was guiding all their lives

giving them every opportunity to turn, turn, turn

back to his love.


The next thing you know,

the people built a tower

that would reach (so they hoped) to heaven's gates.

To put an end to their pride,

God jumbled up their speech

so they couldn't plot and scheme and conspire with their mates.

Chorus:

And God was looking on

and he probably rolled his eyes

and he might have wondered if they'd ever learn,

but he loved them nonetheless

and was guiding all their lives

giving them every opportunity to turn, turn, turn

back to his love.


And despite the ups and downs,

the Love was running through

this story from the darkness at the start,

with a promise and a purpose

and an ever-open call

to come back and live again, home in God's loving heart.


Chorus:

And God was looking on

and he probably rolled his eyes

and he might have wondered if they'd ever learn,

but he loved them nonetheless

and was guiding all their lives

giving them every opportunity to turn, turn, turn

back to his love.

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