This is one of those songs I search around for different versions of. I think I am trying to find a favorite to supplant the best rendition I’ve heard, which was sung by a classmate my sophomore year of high school. It was the last year I did school choir—I wasn’t in any of the competitive selective choirs after middle school and found the inattention given to the general choruses to be dispiriting, and I started loading up on the English electives and ran out of class periods for Chorale, the underclasswomans’ choir.
My last year, before winter break, there was the mid-year holiday concert, and I remember clearly sitting in one of the front rows of the auditorium—or maybe on the floor, honestly. I remember how uncomfortable I was, because I had to slouch heavily in my seat and crane my neck to see the stage clearly. The underclassmen selective choir was performing. I was heavily to the right of the room and when this girl who was kind of my friend (which is such a long story, that, something I’ve already mentioned in passing to my therapist) stepped out to sing the solo, she was on the left. I could barely see her with my body all tangled in the seat, but she sang and filled the room, and when she held the refrain, I was lost. Lost in it. I wept. I’ve never heard a version I’ve loved as much as that one, so I keep looking for a recording because at least that will be one I can listen to a second time.
I guess this is a good current second place, though. A more contemporary version, but a good take on it.