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“We Are Orlando” San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus “Warm Summer Sun, SHINE BRIGHTLY HERE,” Mark Twain of his daughter Susy Clemens

June 17, 2016

“We Are Orlando”  San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus  “Warm Summer Sun, SHINE BRIGHTLY HERE,”   Mark Twain of his daughter Susy Clemens

 
This past weekend’s tragic events in Orlando, Florida have absolutely shaken us to our core. This senseless act of violence, targeted specifically at the LGB…
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The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus sang this eulogy for the Orlando victims. The words that they sang were from a poem that Mark Twain inscribed on the tombstone of his beloved daughter, Susy Clemens, who died of spinal meningitis at the age of 24.

Music by Richard Burchard
Text by Mark Twain, adapted from a poem by Robert Richardson

Warm summer sun,
shine brightly here,
Warm Southern wind,
blow softly here,
Green sod above,
lie light, lie light,
Good night, dear heart;
good night, good night.

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