From the recording Now They Belong To The Ages
Featuring Cy Plotel and the Polysons Children's Choir.
The title for "Now They Belong to the Ages" again comes from Abraham Lincoln, but this time from his death bed on April 15th, 1863 where then Secretary of State Edwin M. Stanton said upon Lincoln's passing "Now he belongs to the ages". I was searching for a song about reconciliation of the conflicts of the past with hope for the future, and the voice of my student Cy Plotel (9 years old at the time) came to mind. The symbolism of children singing a song about a world without weapons is a pointed reminder to all of us adults that we should all do more to end gun related violence in our country and in the world.
This tune adheres to a verse-chorus form, yet is filled with mysterious chords that bridge classical music with a Pop music chorus. The second verse is taken up by a children's choir with the boy soprano: there isn't a dry eye in the house. The ending lines of this song "Your arms so impotent and useless Lie still, fall silent, disappear" lead us to a very long note that develops to the finale.
NOW THEY BELONG TO THE AGES Boy Soprano : Now they belong to the ages On the mountain high The fire no longer rages Peace be on their lives The time for hatred is over The time for love is near With children’s choir Now they belong to the ages But there’s no need to cry The time for hatred is over The time for love is near Your arms so impotent and useless Lie still, fall silent, disappear Solo : Electric Guitar (Boy Soprano + Choir) The time for hatred is over The time for love is near 2X Your arms so impotent and useless
Lie still, fall silent, disappear Lie still, fall silent, disappear