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Lilt: “I Remember, I Remember”

Dr. Diamond has composed a large number of special therapeutic songs which he calls lilts. Like his original artwork and photography, his lilts are created with the specific intention of raising the Life Energy of the performer and his audience.

1. I remember, I remember,
The house where I was born,
The little window where the sun
Came peeping in at morn;
He never came a wink too soon,
Nor brought too long a day,
But now, I often wish the night
Had borne my breath away!

2. I remember, I remember,
The roses, red and white,
The vi’lets, and the lily-cups,
Those flowers made of light!
The lilacs where the robin built,
And where my brother set
The laburnum on his birthday,—
The tree is living yet!

3. I remember, I remember,
Where I was used to swing,
And thought the air must rush as fresh
To swallows on the wing;
My spirit flew in feathers then,
That is so heavy now,
And summer pools could hardly cool
The fever on my brow!

4. I remember, I remember,
The fir trees dark and high;
I used to think their slender tops
Were close against the sky:
It was a childish ignorance,
But now ’tis little joy
To know I’m farther off from heav’n
Than when I was a boy.

Thomas Hood (1799-1845)


Sung by Susan Diamond

Click here for sheet music

Commentary: Thomas Hood was a Victorian poet and author, the son of a London bookseller. He was in his lifetime best known for his humorous work, as well as certain poems, especially “The Song of the Shirt,” which became a national sensation and helped expose the abject work conditions of working women. Almost as celebrated, “I Remember, I Remember” offers a typically nostalgic view of Hood’s childhood.

(More lilts here)


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