Soma Song

As a result of the BLC’s Koine Greek immersion programs, and especially the Workshop for Instructors this past summer in Fresno, CA, there has been growing interest in a song written and composed by BLC’s Sharon Alley.  See for example this thread on the b-greek list.

Here is an original recording of the song sung by the author, Sharon Alley, in October 2009.  She wrote ΤΟ ΣΟΜΑ while team-teaching Biblical Greek with Gary Alley at Nyack College Manhattan Campus during the 2007-2008 school year.

More recently, Daniel Streett has posted a recording of ΤΟ ΣΟΜΑ sung by his teaching assistant.

The lyrics, as have already been posted, are as follows:

© Sharon Alley

ὁ χορός:

πόδες, χεῖρες, κεφαλή
ὦμοι, ὦτα, στόμα
ὀφθαλμοί, κοιλία, ῥίς
πάντα ἔχει σῶμα

πρώτη στροφή:

ἅπτομαι τοῦ στόματος
νῦν ἐπαίρω χεῖρας
ἅπτομαι καὶ τῆς ῥινός
δείκνυμι τοὺς πόδας

ὁ χορός:

πόδες, χεῖρες, κεφαλή
ὦμοι, ὦτα, στόμα
ὀφθαλμοί, κοιλία, ῥίς
πάντα ἔχει σῶμα

δευτέρα στροφή:

τοῖς ὠσὶν ἀκούω σου
τύπτω ταῖς χερσί μου
βλέπω σε τοῖς ὀφθαλμοῖς
τρέχω τοῖς ποσίν μου


Below is a video of Sharon herself singing the song with several of the participants at BLC’s “With Jesus in the Galilee” in March 2010.  She is the third from the left in blue jeans.  The group is standing on the reconstructed stage of the roman theater at Sepphoris.  Behind them is the Beth Netofa valley over which sits the village of Cana (just off the screen to the left along the ridge in the distance).  In addition to hearing the song, one can also see the actions that accompany the singing.

Please excuse the poor footage – coughing, wind noise, an israeli speaking on her phone, camera shaking, etc. – just pretend it is for the sake of giving it an more authentic feel!  🙂

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  2. Mark Lightman November 10, 2011 at 1:05 am

    ὡφελιμη καὶ καλή.

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