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You raise me up

lyric: Brendan Graham (1945) and music: Rolf Løvland

        

When I am down and, oh my soul's 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 a while 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.

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.

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 to more than I can be.


Brendan Graham

Brendan Graham, born in Co. Tipperary in 1945, by his early twenties had been a basketball international, a student priest and a pig-boner in London. Nights were on bass guitar with the resident band at Elephant and Castle's, Shamrock Club. After a stint in a Knightsbridge shoe salon - among his clients Gigi star Leslie Caron and Born Free star Virginia McKenna, he lived in Australia for five years before retuning to Ireland. He is married with five daughters.

"You Raise Me Up" which he co-wrote with Rolf Lovland of Secret Garden has been covered over 125 times (and counting….). Josh Groban's recording of the song was nominated for a Grammy and topped the American billboard Adult contempory charts and remained there for 6 weeks.

You Raise Me Up

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"You Raise Me Up" is a popular song in the inspirational mold. The music was written by Secret Garden's Rolf Løvland; the lyrics by Brendan Graham. The song has now been recorded more than 473 times around the world in different languages.

The song, which is very similar in melody to the traditional Irish folk music song "Danny Boy"--if not a liberal "borrowing" from the melody of "Wind Beneath My Wings" and "When A Child is born" -was originally written as an instrumental piece and entitled "Silent Story". Løvland approached Irish novelist and songwriter Graham to write the lyrics to his melody after reading Graham's epic first novel - The Whitest Flower (Harper Collins). It was originally released on the 2001 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. The song was used for commemorations of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks despite not having been released in America yet. Originally, Brian Kennedy was supposed to follow Secret Garden on their Asian tour in 2002, but fell ill, and could not attend. He was replaced by Norwegian singer Jan Werner Danielsen, who also later recorded the song together with Secret Garden, but it was never released.

It was subsequently recorded by Daniel O'Donnell in 2003 and was a hit throughout Ireland and the UK.

Later in 2003, David Foster decided to produce the song. He chose the up and coming Josh Groban to record the song, which proved very popular in the US. His version made it to the top of the Billboard AC Charts and remained there for 6 weeks. Josh Groban also performed it at Super Bowl XXXVIII, in a special NASA commemoration for the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. A special surprise performance by Groban, for Oprah Winfrey's 50th birthday, also gave "You Raise Me Up" massive international prominence. The Josh Groban recording also was nominated for a 2005 Grammy award.