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CoverDance for Love [level: Medium]
Z. Randall Stroope: Bio and other works | Turtle Creek Chorale Choral Series
voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1462 | duration: 3:25 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: piano

Master melodist Stroope is at his best with this delightful, charming composition. Set to a Civil War poem, we are implored to “dance for beauty, dance for laughter, dance for love, - soft falls the rain, bare feet dance me home.”

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Softly falls the rain, bare feet dance me home,
My boots were made to stay, but my feet were made to roam.
The silver maple sings with rhythm of my heart,
And forms an ancient song some sage did me impart.

The canons are silent, no drum o’er the hedgerow,
Just the sound of rain on summer wheat.
I dance for beauty, I dance for laughter,
Beyond the pinewood, through furrow’d field – I dance for love.

Gone, I’ve three long years, mired in martyrs’ fields,
But now my steps turn ever homeward,
Dance me past the old gray mill and the meadow’s brow,
Homeward! Dance, dance.

Soft falls the rain, bare feet dance me home,
My boots were made to stay, but my feet were made to roam.
Sarah waits for me with eyes of summer sky,
Her voice a dulcimer that plays a lullaby.

Behind the clouds the sun is still shining,

William Straub, Civil War poem, 1865

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Featured on the following reading sessions
2019 | MN ACDA Summer Dialogue Reading Sessions
2018 | Dorian Vocal Festival - Luther College, Decorah, IA - 1/15
2018 | Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses Workshop in Waterford, Michigan
2018 | GA ACDA Summer Conference Reading Session. DAM/ATL
2018 | André Thomas Summer Reading Session
2018 | Rodney Eichenberger's Summer Choral Workshops