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Songs that make me think : Would you cherish

January 13, 2007

I was thinking about this song during the week and managed to find the words on the internet but I was unable to find out who wrote it. I think Evie Tornquist sang it in the late 70’s/early 80’s. If anyone knows any more details, especially who wrote it, please let me know.

Would you cherish loving arms, if you’d never shed a tear?
Would you welcome going home, if you’d never been away?
Would you treasure guiding hands if you’d never been alone?
I don’t think so, I don’t think so, I really don’t think so.

Would you value having hope, if you’d never known despair?
Would you treasure being safe, if you’d never lost your way?
Would you cherish gentle words, if you’d never been afraid?
I don’t think so, I don’t think so, I really don’t think so.

(Note: The words to the third verse are in the comments)

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

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86 thoughts on “Songs that make me think : Would you cherish”

  1. These are the words to the third verse (which I personally don’t think fit with the theme of the song which is why I didn’t include them in the post, nevertheless here they are):

    If we knew the love that the Lord has shown to man,
    If we really try to do what the Lord has planned for us
    Then we’d love each other more, we would find new happiness.
    Yes, I think so, yes, I think so, I really do think so.

    1. KerriAnn

      I have been looking for this song for years too. I sang it in a musical review production when I was still in high school. it touched me so much that I never forgot the lyrics or melody but I didn’t remember who wrote it or the name of the show it was written for so I had not been able to find it. If anyone has a recorded version so I can hear it, sing along & share it, please let me know

  2. These are the words to the third verse (which I personally don’t think fit with the theme of the song which is why I didn’t include them in the post, nevertheless here they are):

    If we knew the love that the Lord has shown to man,
    If we really try to do what the Lord has planned for us
    Then we’d love each other more, we would find new happiness.
    Yes, I think so, yes, I think so, I really do think so.

    1. KerriAnn

      I have been looking for this song for years too. I sang it in a musical review production when I was still in high school. it touched me so much that I never forgot the lyrics or melody but I didn’t remember who wrote it or the name of the show it was written for so I had not been able to find it. If anyone has a recorded version so I can hear it, sing along & share it, please let me know

  3. I have received information that this song was written by Grace Hawthorne and Burly Red and is in a book called, Low Voice Treasury, compiled by Tom Fettke and produced by Lillenas Music.

    I have been unable to confirm these details if anyone has the book and could check please let me know.

  4. I have received information that this song was written by Grace Hawthorne and Burly Red and is in a book called, Low Voice Treasury, compiled by Tom Fettke and produced by Lillenas Music.

    I have been unable to confirm these details if anyone has the book and could check please let me know.

  5. Dear Susan,

    Greetings!
    I”ve been looking for this song fro many many years. This was a song my wife sang (at that time still my girl friend) and recorded and sent it to me. My wife doesn’t remember all the words, neither do I . So we try to look for the lyrics. We are Christian, ministerial couples, we love music and writing a lot. We were in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane a few years ago, and we love Australia. Oh, before I forget, I am a great fan of the Seeker, Judith Durham is just wonferful. Finally, my wife is also called Susan. Peace!

  6. Dear Susan,

    Greetings!
    I”ve been looking for this song fro many many years. This was a song my wife sang (at that time still my girl friend) and recorded and sent it to me. My wife doesn’t remember all the words, neither do I . So we try to look for the lyrics. We are Christian, ministerial couples, we love music and writing a lot. We were in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane a few years ago, and we love Australia. Oh, before I forget, I am a great fan of the Seeker, Judith Durham is just wonferful. Finally, my wife is also called Susan. Peace!

  7. No sorry, I don’t have the music. All the information I have about this song is in this post. If I receive any further information I’ll post it here.

    I must say I have been greatly surprised by the amount of interest (hits & visits) I have received from this song.

  8. No sorry, I don’t have the music. All the information I have about this song is in this post. If I receive any further information I’ll post it here.

    I must say I have been greatly surprised by the amount of interest (hits & visits) I have received from this song.

  9. I received another email with further information about this song:

    “The song “Would you” was included in the musical cantata “Light Shine”. It was published in 1972 by Word Music Inc. The songs were by Grace Hawthorne and Buryl Red.”

  10. I received another email with further information about this song:

    “The song “Would you” was included in the musical cantata “Light Shine”. It was published in 1972 by Word Music Inc. The songs were by Grace Hawthorne and Buryl Red.”

  11. I have always loved this song! When I was in high school our concert choir sang this song. My mum always loved it, and when she passed away, I had my friend from high school sing it at her funeral. There is another song that makes you think. I only know the first verse and the chorus. It’s called: “Life is Now”. It’s words are:
    “Life is now, with all it’s joys and sorrows. Life is now, so live it while you may.
    Here and now, who knows about tomorrow. Here and now don’t let it fade away.
    Everyone must have their share of sorrow. Everyone must have their share of pain.
    So live today, love life to fullest measure, for today will never come again.”
    There are more verses, but that is the jist of the song and it is definitely words to live by. Does anyone else know the rest of the words? I sang it in choir and it was a favorite.

  12. I have always loved this song! When I was in high school our concert choir sang this song. My mum always loved it, and when she passed away, I had my friend from high school sing it at her funeral. There is another song that makes you think. I only know the first verse and the chorus. It’s called: “Life is Now”. It’s words are:
    “Life is now, with all it’s joys and sorrows. Life is now, so live it while you may.
    Here and now, who knows about tomorrow. Here and now don’t let it fade away.
    Everyone must have their share of sorrow. Everyone must have their share of pain.
    So live today, love life to fullest measure, for today will never come again.”
    There are more verses, but that is the jist of the song and it is definitely words to live by. Does anyone else know the rest of the words? I sang it in choir and it was a favorite.

  13. I actually found the song on iTunes and purchased it. The man singing it is George Beverly Shea and the name of the album is “I’d rather have Jesus”. I’m so excited! Now if I can only find the music and lyrics to the song “Life is Now”…..

  14. I actually found the song on iTunes and purchased it. The man singing it is George Beverly Shea and the name of the album is “I’d rather have Jesus”. I’m so excited! Now if I can only find the music and lyrics to the song “Life is Now”…..

  15. Life is Now is not a song that I’m familiar with. I hope you find the music and lyrics.

    Thanks for dropping by.

  16. Life is Now is not a song that I’m familiar with. I hope you find the music and lyrics.

    Thanks for dropping by.

  17. Larry Robarge

    My wife and I had this song sung in our wedding in 1978. The words have been running through my mind this last week and I came across your post while trying to find the song on line.

    Larry

  18. Larry Robarge

    My wife and I had this song sung in our wedding in 1978. The words have been running through my mind this last week and I came across your post while trying to find the song on line.

    Larry

  19. Would you cherish loving arms? I woke up singing this song this morning and started searching for the lyrics. Wow! I'm glad I found them–it brings back so many memories from my teenage years and singing all of Evie's songs. Thank you–just need to see the video of her version. She is such an inspiration!

  20. Would you cherish loving arms? I woke up singing this song this morning and started searching for the lyrics. Wow! I'm glad I found them–it brings back so many memories from my teenage years and singing all of Evie's songs. Thank you–just need to see the video of her version. She is such an inspiration!

  21. Anonymous

    Hi, I'm from Brazil, and just yesterday, I found this song in a very old tape I have.
    It is from Heritage Singers and I just love it.
    Thank you for post the letter here.
    God bless you.

  22. Anonymous

    Hi, I'm from Brazil, and just yesterday, I found this song in a very old tape I have.
    It is from Heritage Singers and I just love it.
    Thank you for post the letter here.
    God bless you.

  23. Andrew

    I have the song, "Would You" on a LP album sung by Wayne Newton. I bought it back in '72. It's a beautiful song.

  24. Andrew

    I have the song, "Would You" on a LP album sung by Wayne Newton. I bought it back in '72. It's a beautiful song.

  25. Laurie

    Our church performed the musical "Light Shine" in the mid 1970's and I was the soloist chosen to sing this song. I had the music book with all the songs and the sheet music for all the songs, including "Would you Cherish" for a while, but somehow during the years of moving, I have lost it. I sure wish I could locate a copy of it. It brings back wonderful memories. I was so scared standing up by myself in front of all those people, but I loved singing that song!

  26. Laurie

    Our church performed the musical "Light Shine" in the mid 1970's and I was the soloist chosen to sing this song. I had the music book with all the songs and the sheet music for all the songs, including "Would you Cherish" for a while, but somehow during the years of moving, I have lost it. I sure wish I could locate a copy of it. It brings back wonderful memories. I was so scared standing up by myself in front of all those people, but I loved singing that song!

  27. Dear Susan,
    I first heard this song way back in the 70's. But only in recent years, I managed to listen to it again on CD that was sung by a Taiwanese Christian group. It really touched my heart then when I was going through a bad patch. A couple of days ago, I put up the 1st verse on my facebook, my daughter loves it so much. The lyrics touches our heart. I guess that's the power of evergreen songs! Thanks to you for bringing it up (even way back in 2009)

  28. Dear Susan,
    I first heard this song way back in the 70's. But only in recent years, I managed to listen to it again on CD that was sung by a Taiwanese Christian group. It really touched my heart then when I was going through a bad patch. A couple of days ago, I put up the 1st verse on my facebook, my daughter loves it so much. The lyrics touches our heart. I guess that's the power of evergreen songs! Thanks to you for bringing it up (even way back in 2009)

  29. Anonymous

    I am so happy ti find the lyrics to this song….It was playing on the radio when my husband proposed to me 23 years ago.
    Thanks!!!
    B Lonsky

  30. Anonymous

    I am so happy ti find the lyrics to this song….It was playing on the radio when my husband proposed to me 23 years ago.
    Thanks!!!
    B Lonsky

  31. Anonymous

    This song was also featured in a songbook called "Sing and Celebrate" that was available in the early '70's.

    1. Al Pat McDonald

      Thanks . After much internet searching your comment led me to my very own copy of Sing and Celebrate II, compiled and edited by Kurt Kaiser, Sonny Salisbury, Billy Ray Hearn, Charles F. Brown, and Robert C. Black. Copyright 1975 by Word Music! WOULD YOU from LIGHTSHINE is on page 75.

  32. Anonymous

    This song was also featured in a songbook called "Sing and Celebrate" that was available in the early '70's.

    1. Al Pat McDonald

      Thanks . After much internet searching your comment led me to my very own copy of Sing and Celebrate II, compiled and edited by Kurt Kaiser, Sonny Salisbury, Billy Ray Hearn, Charles F. Brown, and Robert C. Black. Copyright 1975 by Word Music! WOULD YOU from LIGHTSHINE is on page 75.

  33. Anonymous

    I have a copy of a Buryl Red Musical Lightshine with the song Would You in it. The songs in this musical were recorded on Word Album WST-8573

  34. Anonymous

    I have a copy of a Buryl Red Musical Lightshine with the song Would You in it. The songs in this musical were recorded on Word Album WST-8573

  35. Anonymous

    Greetings, The Marist Singers of NSW use to sing 'Would you' as their signature song in the 1970's. The Marist Singers of Eastwood recorded it in their album 'I'm a Song Sing Me' in 1977with Paul Bateman singing one verse. Thanks, Anthony Golding – Lawson, NSW.

  36. Anonymous

    Greetings, The Marist Singers of NSW use to sing 'Would you' as their signature song in the 1970's. The Marist Singers of Eastwood recorded it in their album 'I'm a Song Sing Me' in 1977with Paul Bateman singing one verse. Thanks, Anthony Golding – Lawson, NSW.

  37. Wow, that's amazing. It was uploaded onto Youtube about three week ago. It is actually Lightshine 7 – Would You
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4spGFDDBxmQ

    The details are: Lightshine, A Youth Musical. Music by Buryl Red, Lyrics by Grace Hawthorne, as performed by The Buryl Red Singers, Arranged & Conducted by Buryl Red, Produced by Billy Ray Hearn.

    Thanks so much 'jmsdo'

  38. Wow, that's amazing. It was uploaded onto Youtube about three week ago. It is actually Lightshine 7 – Would You
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4spGFDDBxmQ

    The details are: Lightshine, A Youth Musical. Music by Buryl Red, Lyrics by Grace Hawthorne, as performed by The Buryl Red Singers, Arranged & Conducted by Buryl Red, Produced by Billy Ray Hearn.

    Thanks so much 'jmsdo'

  39. Pamela Roseboom

    I've been looking for the lyrics to this song for a long time. I had the lyrics but they were incorrect, repeating a line twice and I wondered what the original line was. I was in a production of the musical "Lightshine" by Burly Red in 8th grade at Maranatha Christian Academy in Costa Mesa, California in 1975. I have always loved this song and I am grateful to you for posting the lyrics including the last verse which we sang, recorded and performed at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.

  40. Pamela Roseboom

    I've been looking for the lyrics to this song for a long time. I had the lyrics but they were incorrect, repeating a line twice and I wondered what the original line was. I was in a production of the musical "Lightshine" by Burly Red in 8th grade at Maranatha Christian Academy in Costa Mesa, California in 1975. I have always loved this song and I am grateful to you for posting the lyrics including the last verse which we sang, recorded and performed at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.

  41. Kitty Evans

    Hi, I know this is probably a long shot but I am looking for the lyrics of the title song in Lightshine. I was in a youth choir in my teens and we took this musical from Florida to churches in Puerto Rico. We are having a reunion soon and I would like to add the lyrics to a song sheet for our worship service.

  42. Kitty Evans

    Hi, I know this is probably a long shot but I am looking for the lyrics of the title song in Lightshine. I was in a youth choir in my teens and we took this musical from Florida to churches in Puerto Rico. We are having a reunion soon and I would like to add the lyrics to a song sheet for our worship service.

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