You Raise Me Up

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"You Raise Me Up" is a song that was originally composed by the duo, Secret Garden. The music was written by Secret Garden's Rolf Løvland and the lyrics by Brendan Graham. After the song was performed early in 2002 by the Secret Garden and their invited lead singer, Brian Kennedy, the song only became a minor UK hit. The song has been recorded by more than a hundred other artists including Josh Groban, who popularized the song in 2003; his rendition became a hit in the United States. The Irish band Westlife then popularized the song in the United Kingdom two years later. "You Raise Me Up" is sung as a contemporary hymn in church

Background

The song was originally written as an instrumental piece and titled "Silent Story." Parts of the melody resemble the traditional Irish tune Londonderry Air, (especially the opening phrase of its chorus), which is best known as the usual tune to the 1910 song Danny Boy. Løvland approached Irish novelist and songwriter Brendan Graham to write the lyrics to his melody after reading Graham's novels.

The song was written by and for Løvland himself and performed for the very first time at the funeral of Løvland's mother. Here he noted "there's something about the song people are embracing - which becomes emotionally strong. [...] I believe people think of it as a song they use for their own stuff.".

In 2002 it was released on the Secret Garden album Once in a Red Moon, with the vocals sung by Irish singer Brian Kennedy, and sold well in both Ireland and Norway.

Popularity

Although the original version did not chart internationally, the song has now been covered more than 125 times, with the most successful covers being by Josh Groban (#73 in the US and #1 on the US Adult Contemporary chart), Westlife (#1 in the UK), Daniel O'Donnell (#22 in the UK) and Dutch Popstars winner Wesley Klein (#4 in the Netherlands). The song has also found success as part of a three-song EP entitled "George Best - A Tribute" by Peter Corry and the song's original vocalist Brian Kennedy, which reached #4 in the UK.

In 2004, the song was played more than 500,000 times on American radio. In late 2005, there were over 80 versions available in USA alone, and it has become nominated for Gospel Music Awards four times, including "Song of the Year."

Josh Groban version

In 2003, David Foster decided to produce the song. He chose Josh Groban to record the song, which was accompanied by the tenor Craig Von Vennik of the Establishment. Groban's version made it to #1 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart in early 2004 and remained there for six weeks. This version also peaked at #73 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for a 2005 Grammy award.

Westlife version

"You Raise Me Up" was the lead single from Westlife's fifth studio album, Face To Face. This version is one of the most successful covers of the song, peaking at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart. When Louis Walsh suggested the band to record it, Filan Egan Byrne and Feehily were against it saying it was a church song, and would not be a success. They also said they did not want to record it.

You Raise Me Up Lyrics

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.

There is no life no life without its hunger;
Each restless heart beats so imperfectly;
But when you come and I am filled with wonder,
Sometimes, I think I glimpse eternity.

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.

 

 

Brendan Graham (1945 -) is an Irish novelist and composer.

Graham was born in County Tipperary. He has published three novels,

  • The Whitest Flower (1998), an Irish No. 2 best seller,
  • The Element of Fire (2001)
  • The Brightest Day, The Darkest Night (2004)
  • He also wrote the lyrics for Rolf Løvland's "You Raise Me Up". Løvland was inspired to write the song after reading The Whitest Flower, Graham's first novel.

 

  • Entries in the Eurovision Song Contest
  • "When" by Red Hurley, Ireland, (1976), 10th place
  • "Wait Until the Weekend Comes" by Maria Christian, Ireland, (1985), 6th place
  • "Rock 'n' Roll Kids" by Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan, Ireland, (1994), 1st place
  • "The Voice" by Eimear Quinn, Ireland, (1996), 1st place

 

  • He wrote several songs for Celtic Woman, including "O, America".
  • for a similar group, Celtic Thunder, Graham wrote songs including "My Land ", "Voices", and "Always There".
  • When the British composer,Paul Mealor,wrote a lullaby for Prince George, son of William and Katherine,Duke and Duchess of Cambridge,Graham was invited to write the lyrics.It is entitled "Sleep On"

         

 

 

Poem Analysis

The lyrics have an initial condition:

  1. When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
  2. When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
  3. There is no life no life without its hunger;
  4. Each restless heart beats so imperfectly;

Comments:

  1. Meditation and yoga promises relief for the weary soul
  2. and burdens with troubles. 
  3. Several books of the mystics have "hunger" in their title
  4. and instructors in meditation focus on the inner rythm.

Then comes the active part:

  1. Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
  2. Until you come and sit awhile with me.
  3. But when you come and I am filled with wonder,
  4. Sometimes, I think I glimpse eternity.

Comments:

  1. Silence is a tag for the mystical experience in meditation
  2. Usually an experience person can reach it after 20 - 30 minutes of meditation. 
  3. Then you might get a "divine" ecstatic hallusination
  4. beyond time and space.  This can also be acheived by the use of drugs.

Then there is the result:

  1. You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
  2. You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
  3. I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
  4. You raise me up To more than I can be.

Comments:

  1. On the mountain you are as high up as you can get.  This sounds like self-realisation to the limit or longer.
  2. Jesus walked on a stormy sea.  Peter tried, but failed.  Jesus raised him up - not on stormy seas, but into the boat.  There is no mention of a promise to walk on stormy water in the Bible.  On the other hand, C. S. Lewis's Dawn Treader sails on the seas where it is a illustration of the spiritual journey and the storm symbolizes the problem of spirituality that is hyperemotional or excessively excited.
  3. The good shepherd carries the lamb on his shoulders, but the lamb is not strong. Neither Jesus nor God carries any person on his shoulders.  Neither is there mentioned any such intimacy with God in the Bible.
  4. This looks more like Friedrich Nietshe's übermensch or more probably the next step in human evolution, as found in the writings of Alice A. Bailey or Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, which humanity will reach when it attains a higher level of consciousness.

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