Day 4, Tuesday 11th August, and today is one of my favourites in the Buckden Singers repertoire, a song made popular by Josh Groban. The lyrics express so well the sense of community that underlies our Scarecrow Festival, both in normal years and this year, when things are as far from normal as they could be.

You raise me up

Rolf Løvland/Brendan Graham

When I am down, and, oh, my soul, so weary
When troubles come, and my heart burdened be,
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence
Until you come and sit awhile with me

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas
I am strong when I am on your shoulders
You raise me up to more than I can be

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas
I am strong when I am on your shoulders
You raise me up to more than I can be

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas
I am strong when I am on your shoulders
You raise me up to more than I can be

If ‘As long as I have music’ is our signature piece, then ‘You raise me up’ is our anthem. As it became part of our repertoire early on in our career, we have sung it on numerous occasions: not because it is a song we like singing (although we do) but because it has so many interpretations and meanings.

It can be about friendship, family, relationships, and a relationship with God whatever we may conceive him or her to be. We all take from it what we need at the time.

It also resonates with us in that we sang it when Ade Edmundson came to Buckden to film ‘The Dales:’ we appeared in three episodes – and what he said about me isn’t true ….honestly!

Anne Vetch