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Go Out! (Individual Song)

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A rousing song of commission, with an "anti-hellfire-and-brimstone" message
John Murray (as rendered by Alfred S. Cole)

Preaching a gospel of religious tolerance and unconditional love, the message of early American minister John Murray (1741-1815) is as relevant and refreshing today as it was during his own time.  Alfred S. Cole's oft-quoted rendering of Murray's universalist gospel, with its "anti-hellfire-and-brimstone" message, is beloved by people of many faiths all around the world.

Elizabeth Alexander brings her Appalachian roots and inventive ear to this rousing song of commission, with sweet gospel harmonies, a soulful piano accompaniment, and an overlay of fierce compassion.

Go Out! may also be performed as part of the concert-length work, Go Out!

Look Listen Instrumentation/Voicing Duration Level Item Price Quantity SATB, piano - Choral Score
5'00" M SEA-081-00 $3.00
Sheet Music SATB, piano - Choral Score
5'00" M SEA-081-00D $2.25
Licensed PDF

Go Out

Text by Alfred S. Cole ~ Abridged by Elizabeth Alexander

Go out into the highways and by-ways
And give the people something of your new vision.

You may possess only a small light, but uncover it and let it shine.
Use it to bring more understanding to the hearts and minds of men.

Give them not Hell, but hope and courage.
Do not push them deeper into their despair,
But preach the kindness and the everlasting love of God.

Reviews and Responses: 

"I love this piece.  I'm also just tickled that you’ve found a way to set this text – such a classic, with obvious selling points, but so tricky to do well.  You nailed it."  Jason Shelton, Music Director, First Unitarian Universalist Church (Nashville, TN)


Choir of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville - Jason Shelton, conductor (Nashville, TN)  * Premiere
Arizona/Nevada Unitarian Universalist Choir Fest - Kellie Walker, conductor (Chandler, AZ)
Choir of Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church - Dale Churchill, conductor (Portland, ME)
Choir of Arlington Street Church - Mark Buckles, conductor (Boston, MA)
Choir of First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia - Jen Hayman, conductor (Philadelphia, PA)
Choir of First Unitarian Church of Portland - Mark Slegers, conductor (Portland, OR)
Choir of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Des Moines - Moira Leu, conductor (Des Moines, IA)
Choir of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston - Jason Oby, conductor (Houston, TX)
Choir of Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church - Henry Sgrecci, conductor (Bethesda, MD)
Choir of Plymouth Congregational Church - Sonja Thompson, conductor (Minneapolis, MN)
Choir of Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church - Dave Simmons, conductor (Overland Park, KS)
Choir of Unitarian Univeralist Church of Phoenix - Connie Jahrmarkt, conductor (Phoenix, AZ)
Choir of Unitarian Universalist Church of Grand Traverse - Kevin Tarsa, conductor (Traverse City, MI)
Choir of Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua - Jed Holland, conductor (Nashua, NH)
Choir of Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Hillsboro - Alison Wilski, conductor (Hillsboro, OR)
Choir of Unity Church-Unitarian - Ruth Palmer, conductor (Saint Paul, MN)
Festival Choir of the Mountain Desert Unitarian Universalist Conference - Beth Dion, conductor (Ogden, UT)
Jason Shelton and Elizabeth Alexander ~ Unitarian-Univeralist Musicians Network National Conference (Madison, WI)
Waldon Hill Vocal Ensemble - Joe Mish, conductor ~  First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester (Rochester, MN)


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