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Popularised by Cat Steven's hit version of 1972, this song has a long history. It was first published as a Christian hymn in 1931 with lyrics by Eleanor Farjeon to a Gaelic tune known as Bunessan. The same tune was also used for a 19th Century carol "Child In The Manger", with lyrics by Mary Macdonald. Cat Steven's version is notable for its bridging episodes taking it from the key of C to D for the third verse and returning… read more

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Morning has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for them…

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