by Peter Kearney

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'Born Anew' is from my first collection of songs, 'Songs of Brotherhood'. These fourteen songs were published in 1966 by J. Albert & Son, Sydney. The publication was music-book only. None of the songs was recorded by me at that time. Later, in 1985, I recorded the two most popular songs, 'Fill My House' and 'The Beatitudes' for my album 'Where Is Your Song, my Lord?' .

BORN ANEW was not recorded until 2003 and that is the version heard here. It was included on my album 'Growing in God' (CD & Music Book).

In revisiting the song, I made some changes to the original lyrics - partly to avoid gender-exclusive language.


1. Make me your brother, sister and friend.
Make me a part of your life till its end.
Accept me in full whatever I be
Whatever my race, whatever my creed.

2. I would give every hour, give all of me,
Give all I own so please won't you be
Open to all the love that I bear,
The love that our God would have us all share.

3. And then we will laugh, then we will sing,
Then like bells all the planets will ring.
For we will have life, all born anew,
Born in the love we hold to be true.

Words & music by Peter Kearney


AVAILABLE RESOURCES with links to Peter's Online Store:

1. BORN ANEW - Sheet Music (PDF): Cover sheet, piano accompaniment, melody, chords, lyrics. Link: peterkearneysongs.com.au/product/566428

2. GROWING IN GOD: Music Book ('Born Anew' + 20 other songs). LInk: peterkearneysongs.com.au/product/553815

3. GROWING IN GOD: CD ('Born Anew' + 20 other songs). LInk: peterkearneysongs.com.au/product/356142

COPYRIGHT © 1966 & 2003 Peter Kearney. All rights reserved.
This song is registered with ONE LICENSE, APRA and AMCOS.
Church and school licences through 'One License'.
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Recorded at the Little Portion Studio, Welby.
Female vocals: Claire Parkhill and Felicity Parkhill (mother and daughter).
Peter Kearney: Male vocals, guitar and other instruments:

VIEW ALL SONGS posted so far: peterkearney.bandcamp.com

COMMENTS: A particularly lovely version of the song. I found myself singing parts I must have once learned, taking off at ... "and then we will laugh"... I also became miserably nostalgic for those old days of community!” (Christine Smith)


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Peter Kearney Mittagong, Australia

Peter Kearney is an Australian songwriter and singer. His early folk-hymns 'Fill My House' & 'The Beatitudes' are internationally known. He has written many other songs of justice and peace, songs for children, and a musical-narrative on St. Francis of Assisi. His published recordings include 153 original songs.

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