Where love is, there God is also
Adapted for class 3 by Annemarie Garben
Chorus: Martin, the shoemaker had a lot do
All day long he mended shoes
Shoemaker: I see them through my window going by
for I cannot see the sky
Chorus: But as he grew older
Life weighed hard on his shoulder
and he got all sad.
Shoemaker: My work is good but my wife is dead.
Chorus: He earned his living by stitching shoes
The work did no longer pleased him he got the blues.
I the wise woman hear of your despair
I want to help you with the lord's prayer.
Shoemaker: I don't want to live anymore.
Wise Woman: He told me as I came through the door.
Please don't say that
and I sit down on the bed.
"You do not talk right.
The world not moves by your skill
but by God's will.
You might not see the light
But still it is not right!
Here have a good look
And I give him the holy book.
Chorus: From then on every night
He put on the light
And In the bible he read
after eating his bread.
Shoemaker: Tell me, tell me true
am I God's helper, too?
Chorus: He read more and more
But he was not sure
Shoemaker: Tell me tell me true
am I God's helper, too?
Chorus: Taking of his glasses and lost in thought
He wondered what life had him taught.
His head sank down
Was it sleep when he heard that sound?
Girls (whisper): Martin, it rang in his ears
Chorus: He looked up but there's no one there.
He fell in a doze.
There it was again
Girls: Martin, look out
tomorrow I'll be about.
Chorus: So Martin went to bed
And he was no longer sad.
Song: Twinkle, Twinkle little star how I wonder what you are...
Chorus: Next morning he started with a prayer
And clean his room with great care.
He lit the stove to make it all cosy
put on a cabbage soup and a good pot of tea
to be ready for thee.
Was it a dream or was it not
he heard a some sort of blot
Shoemaker: Pshaw I'm getting crazy and old
Chorus: He looked and looked again
It was Stefan he released then
Stefan the Russian man
Shoveling the snow
In front of Martin's window.
Welcoming and serving and talking to Stephan in Russian
Chorus: People wandered passing by
There was a woman she looked so shy
My baby is crying because of the cold
So Martin called her:
Shoemaker: Please take a hold.
Young mother: He rocks the baby
While I eat the food
He gives me a warm coat
and makes me feel better
in the cold winter weather.
Chorus: As she left she had tears in her eyes.
She made the sign of the cross, too.
She had no longer the blues.
He washed the plates
when he heard a screaming at the gate
A boy: Aaahhh
Chorus: Martin jumped to the door
His glasses felt on the floor
A boy was screaming
A woman was pulling
Boy: I did not take it
Old woman: You ‘re licking me.
Shoemaker: Let him go, for Christ sake, let him go
Old woman: No, no, no you spoil him
I'll take him to the police
Shoemaker: Let him go, I'll pay for him
And you ask for forgiveness.
Old woman: You ruin him.
Shoemaker: We shall not judge God commands to forgive
Chorus: There was no sound
they looked to the ground
Boy Suddenly I pick up her bag
to carry it home for her
Chorus: Martin watched them talk
in their moonlight walk.
He went inside
to sit by the candle light
When he heard:
Girls: Did you recognize me?
Young mother: and me
Old woman, boy: And also me
Two girls read: And he read "For I was hungered, and ye fed me, I
was thirsty and ye gave me drink, I was a stranger
and Ye took me in"...In as much as ye have done it
unto my brothers, ye have done to me"