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A Prayer For Leadership

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An epic seasonal monologue

There is a dark cloud o'er the realm that finds our sovereign lords bereft.
It threatens every hearth and home, till scarcely any hope is left.
So surely now the time has come, to call upon those heroes all,
Who saved our land in ages past, to rise and heed the battle call.

            But where is St George? Where does he stand?
            Lance and buckler in his hand.
            Let him arise and lead us on
            'till we deliver Albion.

The man who hesitates is lost, and yet our leaders falter still,
They choose a path that suits their aim, yet turn once shown they've chosen ill.
Too late for those who suffer yet, too late to slow the sacrifice.
Too late to save the ones who fall, to turn of card or roll of dice.

            But where is King Arthur, brave and strong,
            With all his knights from Avalon?
            Let him arise and lead us on
            'till we deliver Albion.

It's said there's honour among thieves, a virtue those who lead us lack.
They talk about the common good, but mock at us behind our backs.
All trust has gone, the truth betrayed, our children's futures in the dust,
While those who lied claim their reward, and take no heed of our disgust.

            But where is King Alfred, great and kind,
            With wisdom and justice for our time?
            Let him arise and lead us on
            'till we deliver Albion.

Now dare we hope this call is heard, above the bluster and deceit,
That Alfred, Arthur and St George could snatch a victory from defeat.
So raise the banner, sound the horn, look to that happy shining morn,
When heroes rise to lead us on.... and so deliver Albion.


© Tim Brooks April 2020

About the images

From left to right:

King Arthur is a detail from a set of 13 stained glass panels commissioned from Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. by Walter Dunlop for Harden Grange near Bingley Yorkshire, this one designed by William Morris himself.

King Alfred the Great is a statue in the centre of Wantage, where he was born.

St George is a detail from a stained Glass window in St Lawrence's church, Abbots Langley.

Origin of the Song

Most of the song was composed in April 2020 in response the spectacular failure of the then Prime Minster, Boris Johnson to close the country's borders against Covid-19 until far too late, despite the information in the public domain that made it clear that a quick decision was necessary.

Following many false starts the song wasn't put to a tune until 26th June 2021, at the same time as Hancock's affair was revealed, forcing his resignation as Minster of Health in disgrace.

Initial hesitant test performances convinced me that a fourth verse was necessary to allow the story to build properly, and balance the structure of the song as a whole, and this (now verse 3) was completed on 28th June

Media files of A Prayer for Leadership

Audio files

    Here is an mp3 audio recording of A Prayer for Leadership accompanied by guitar.

Printable Song Sheets.

     pdf of the lyrics

Melody notation and suggested chords

     pdf copy of the melody line with suggested chords