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Three Friends Have I

 ( Bob Nolan)

 

I have a friend and hes called the Wind

Soft is his voice and I follow him

Far to the west and return. You see,

I know the Wind  and the Wind knows me.

 

I have a friend and hes called the Sun.

Warm is his touch and for everyone.

Bright is the light of his constancy.

I know the Sun and the Sun knows me.

 

I have a friend and hes called the Sea,

Born to the shores of eternity.

Ive heard him call and he calls to me.

I know the Sea and the Sea knows me.

 

For God is the Wind  and the Sun and Sea.

Each owns a part of the heart of me.

Somehow I knew it was meant to be

And I found them all, or did they find me?

 

Three friends have I and we are all one ~

Wind, Sea, and Sun and weve only begun.

Someday, my love, they will call to thee,

Come you to them and youll come to me.

 

For God is the Wind and the Sun and the Sea.

Each owns a part of the heart of me.

Somehow I knew it was meant to be.

I found them all or did they find me?

 

 

            Notice that Bob has used the masculine pronoun in reference to the wind, the sun and the sea? This song is a good illustration of his personal philosophy - God is Nature and Nature is God. Traditionally, we refer to Nature as being feminine. Not Bob Nolan. "Since God is masculine, it must follow that Nature is masculine, too."

            This was not the philosophy of an aged man who "studied the philosophers"; it was already well-entrenched while he was still in his twenties. Perhaps even before that. As early as March 1936, he refers to the sun as "he". ("Travelin' with the Sun")  A quick perusal of his lyrics referring to the elements will consistently turn up the masculine pronoun.

            The melody is typically Nolan, moving up the chromatic scale. The lyric - or poem - came first. The melody was added only to make a poem into a song. The song was registered for copyright on December 5, 1972. We have found no sheet music.

 

Rex Allen Jr. with full orchestra. (The Singing Cowboy, Rex Allen Jr., Warner Brothers BSK3671, 1982)

Dave Bourne recorded it with only the piano as accompaniment. This is what you are listening to as you read this page.

Bob's original, rough demo with comments by Bob Morgan, courtesy of Michelle Sundin.

 

Chords courtesy of Carlos Fiorelli

 

 

Chords courtesy of Carlos Fiorelli