Love Somebody

Text:  There are four songs used in this arrangement.  Only one of those (Love somebody) is sung by the choir.  The others are heard as instrumental interludes - Here comes a bluebird, Bow to your partner and Who's that knocking at my window.

Love Somebody
Love somebody? Yes I do!
Love somebody? Yes I do!
Love somebody? Yes I do!
Love somebody, but I won’t say who! 

Here comes a bluebird
Here comes a bluebird,
Here comes a bluebird,
Hey, diddle diddle dum-dum-day.

Bow to your partner
Bow to your partner,
Bow to your partner, 
Stamp, stamp, turn yourself around.

Who's that knocking at my window?
Who's that knocking at my window?
Who's that knocking at my door?

About the song:  Love somebody is associated with a very popular circle game in which one child, standing in the middle of the circle, thinks of a friend in the circle that they 'love'.  At the end of the game the class must guess who they were thinkning of.

About the arrangement:  The arrangement takes up the idea of the game, however, in this 'game', the different sections of the orchestra try to outdo each other to be the most popular.  

After a gently dissonant chord the choir enters singing Love somebody, accompanied by a syncopated rhythm played pizzicato (plucking) by the double bass.  Then comes the first interlude - the violins play Here comes a bluebird.  This is interrupted by the opening chord and the choir sings Love somebody again.  This process is repeated, with the cellos playing Bow to your partner, and again with the violas playing Who's that knocking at my window.  After the final rendition of Love somebody only one player remains - the pizzicato bass, who fades away with the accompanying figure.

Students can be asked to identify each instrumental group as it enters, and also to identify the songs played by each instrumental group.  For this reason it is recommended that the children know Here comes a bluebird, Bow to your partner and Who's that knocking at my window well before hearing the arrangement for the first time.