"Everyone Sang" is the fourth and final song of David Conte's song cycle Everyone Sang. The cycle is for baritone and piano and sets four songs by various poets.
The audio selection in the player to the right features Tim Krol, baritone, and Steven Bailey, piano. Used with the permission of the composer. To listen, please click on the track name itself.
by Siegfried Sassoon
Everyone suddenly burst out singing;
And I was filled with such delight
As prisoned birds must find in freedom,
Winging wildly across the white
Orchards and dark-green fields; on--on--and out of sight.
Everyone's voice was suddenly lifted;
And beauty came like the setting sun:
My heart was shaken with tears; and horror
Drifted away ... O, but Everyone
Was a bird; and the song was wordless; the singing will never be done.