Camelot Wedding Song

The Starz series Camelot that aired on April 8th featured a beautiful song performed at the wedding of Leontes and Guinivere (ahem).  Lisa scoured the web for its provenance since the show credits seem to have left this information out.  Interestingly nobody else seems to have the information either.  We’re pretty sure we didn’t dream this song, so somebody must have composed and written it.  Likewise, the soloist had a wondrous and airy soprano that gave the music an entrancing magic.  Who was she?  Good question.  The credits also seem to have left that out as well.

UPDATE:  The Camelot soundtrack (release date May 3, 2011) lists Mychael and Jeff Danna as composers of all material.  Still no word on the soloist (but she should fire her agent!).

 

The repeating end-line is “if you’ll be my light,” which we will use as a working song title until we find out if that’s true.  We decided to transcribe the lyrics (closed captions notwithstanding) and chord progression and post it here so that the song could be presented to the curious.

We don’t omit the information on composer and lyricist (we feel confident this is not traditional or period) because we wish to claim the piece in any way.  It is merely a ploy on our part to tempt the fates into more rapidly coming forth with the information, perhaps in the form of a cease-and-desist order, that we may all be the wiser as soon as may be.

Be My Light   (Camelot Wedding Song)

Am             F

And if the storm

Am                   F

Howls through our land

Am              G

I’ll be your shelter

Am               D

I’ll be your shelter

Am        F

If you’ll be my light

Am          F

If you’ll be my light

 

And if the world

Should fall to winter

I’ll be your warmth

I’ll be your warmth

If you’ll be my light

If you’ll be my light

 

And if the skies

Should cloud to darkness

I’ll be your sun

I’ll be your sun

If you’ll be my light

If you’ll be my light


Note: this should be played on capo 1; the original key is B-flat minor.

I’m a little shocked that Starz had no scrap of credit listed for either this lovely song or the talented soloist who sang it for Guinevere’s wedding march.  I can’t find any information online, so please, if you know, enlighten me!

These are the words as I heard them; the close-captioning people aren’t always very accurate.  Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. Justin says

    It sounded a lot to me like one of the ladies from Celtic Woman, but then again, I’m not sure that they would have a famous Irish folk music group perform for an English-based show.

  2. Arhisema says

    I heard this is old Scottish folk song. I guess it was recorded specially for this show. Let’s hope for OST release ))

  3. says

    It’s unlikely to be Scottish… I have several centuries’ worth of Scottish traditional song collections, and I don’t find this. The word structure is much nearer an old Irish poetic form. And the voice reminds me of Katie Macmahon and several other Irish sopranos, all of whom are too young to have been the older woman standing in the gallery. If that woman was indeed the singer, I’m stumped, but I would bet that she is Irish. Check the names on the production staff; the credits say “an Ireland-Canada co-production.”

  4. Luciana says

    I can’t find the song. So can you say the song’s name please? And where can I find this song? I’ll be happy if you help me. Thanks a lot :)

  5. Kent says

    I contacted Paul Campbell, one of the PR guys at Starz. He said, “Chris Chibnall wrote the lyrics, and our composer wrote the music. Varese Sarabande Records is releasing a soundtrack, but we don’t have a date confirmed just yet.”

    I am checking with him on the name of the soloist.

    The melody and lyrics are mesmerizing..

  6. Kent says

    From Starz: Hi Kent,
    The album is available on itunes. The CD will be released on May 2nd. The song
    is titled ” Be my light.”
    Thanks.
    Best!
    Janine

  7. Jay says

    Thank you so much for figuring this out. The song is enchanting…..what a beautiful voice Michele has….. I bought it on iTunes just now. Thank you once again for posting this info

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