No Coming, No Going

Arranger: Anne Heider
Composer: Anne Heider
Lyricist: Thich Nhat Hanh (used with permission)

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One of the Rainbow Threshold Singers, Angie Kostantaros, proposed this very famous quote from Thich Nhat Hanh years ago, and asked if any of us would write a melody for it–so I did. I think it caught on with our singers because it’s a round; once you learn the melody, you have ready-made harmony.  It can be sung in two, three, or four parts. In some bedside settings, it may be better to have only one part sing the words, while the other parts hum or ooh.

[2015.09.23a—Composer’s email address changed.]

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No coming, no going, no after, no before.
I hold you close, I release you to be free.
I am in you, and you are in me.
I am in you, and you are in me.