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Lyrics and music by Lieutenant Colonel Simon Haw MBE


Dedicated to all who are working to save our Oceans.


Oceans is a musical portrait of mankind's final earth-bound frontier; from the tumultuous, angry Atlantic Ocean, to the frozen, wind-swept black abyss of the Arctic Ocean, the deep, restful blue of the Pacific Ocean, the serene Indian Ocean and the vast horizons of the Southern Oceans, seemingly untouched for all time; Oceans is a journey of discovery. Our oceans help preserve the air we breathe and contain almost all of the world’s water. They sustain the food we eat and by absorbing carbon dioxide, they help reduce the effects of climate change.

Oceans was commissioned by the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir in 2019 to mark and celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.


Atlantic Ocean

Taste the sea!
The giant, angry, tumultuous Atlantic sea!
Taste the sea!


Arctic Ocean

Hear the bitter Arctic wind?
Shrieking whining,
Cursing cussing,
Spitting hissing
Pulling tugging;

White wisps playing a merry dance,
Above the black abyss.


Pacific Ocean

Breathe, Breath, Breath


Indian Ocean

Swim, slide,
Swoosh, stop,
Touch, feel
Linger, drift,
Life’s tender warmth;

Love’s embrace.


Southern Ocean

See the vast horizons,
Trace the vast horizons:

Seemingly etched, for eternity.
Breathe, Breath, Breath.


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