Follow the Songlines

new song in an ancient land

Music by Ron Klusmeier
Words by Shirley Erena Murray
Tune Name: DREAMING TRACK

Lyrics as Poetry

Follow the songlines,
follow the Spirit
singing the world
into being anew,
follow the theme
of the ancient ones’ dreaming,
footprints in faith
that the track will run true.

Time beyond time,
dream before dreaming,
one Holy Spirit
has sung the design:
pathways of peace,
widening circles,
music and dance
that declare the divine,

Follow the songlines,
follow the Spirit
singing the world
into being anew,
follow the theme
of the ancient ones’ dreaming,
footprints in faith
that the track will run true.

Fire may flare,
searing our courage,
earthquake of doubt
shake the words that we pray:
look for the shoots,
green-growing saplings,
look for the hopeful
amid the decay,

Follow the songlines,
follow the Spirit
singing the world
into being anew,
follow the theme
of the ancient ones’ dreaming,
footprints in faith
that the track will run true.

New songs be born,
sensed by God’s longing,
new lines be drawn,
in the rock, in the dust,
calling out love,
calling out justice,
calling a people
to grow and to trust,

Follow the songlines,
follow the Spirit
singing the world
into being anew,
follow the theme
of the ancient ones’ dreaming,
footprints in faith
that the track will run true.


Words by
Shirley Erena MurrayCopyright © 1996 by Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, Illinois • USA

Comments About Song

Comment by
SHIRLEY ERENA MURRAY
from her book
“Every Day in Your Spirit” (#9):


“Written for an Australian Liturgical Conference of the Roman Catholic Church on the theme ‘New Song in an Ancient Land’. The longlines are invisible pathways connecting up all over Australia, ancient tracks made of the songs which tell of the creation of the land. The Aboriginals’ religious duty is ritually to travel the land, singing the world into being afresh.”


Every Day in Your Spirit
is published by:Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, IL USA

                                                    Audio Sample

"FOLLOW THE SONGLINES"
Refrain, verse and refrain
played on piano

Season, Theme
or Subject

  • Creation
  • Dream, Dreaming
  • Faith
  • Justice, Human Rights
  • Peace
  • Pentecost
  • Spirit
  • Trust

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