From the Archives: All the Way Around the World by Katherine Dines

From the Archives is a series created in tandem with new PIO! Editor Brigid Finucane. We share songs from the extensive archives here at CMN by our own, wonderful members. This song is from member Katherine Dines.

Katherine Dines
Katherine Dines

From Katherine:  One night, while staring up at the stars, I imagined sailing through the universe on an “Earth boat.”  What would I want to carry on that boat?  Even though we human beings are so teeny, I believe that each person has the power to make the world a better place by spreading good intentions. Happiness, harmony, love and peace, hope and strength, are a few of my personal favorites, so the song came very quickly.

Music and lyrics: AllTheWayAroundtheWorld


In performance I do several different activities depending on the audience ages.

1. For the very young – it’s a fun “zipper song” — children can zip in anything they want to send out into the world.

2. For family audiences – it’s a song that is beautiful and easy to sign 

3. Teachers have used it as graduation ceremonies and to celebrate diversity along with colored flags, shapes of various countries, even costumes. 

4. For fun, I use a variety of instruments and create a fairly complicated participatory “theater” piece.  I invite 3-12 people to help perform it, then assign each one a part and an instrument to play. For example:  An alien takes off in a space ship = a bull roarer. Crash lands on earth  = cymbals;  wind, thunder and rain = plastic garbage bag, feet stomping and rainstick…(you get the idea)? …until the audience starts singing the song

Below is Katherine’s music video:

This was the first “music video” I ever made.  A friend owned a studio, and let me and three other friends haul in 100 yards of sand to create a beach!  Let me say it was really a “beach” to produce, but Robert Gillihan did a fantastic job with the animation.


  1. I love this song. I have used it with children’s choruses very successfully.
    Last time I did it I had the kids enter the multi purpose room from the back in two lines, singing, waving colorful scarves and snaking through the center and around the chairs and up to the stage to finish performing the song. It was glorious. Wonderful lyrics and intention.

  2. What a lovely, lovely song. I will pass it on to my successor at St. James Academy to use at the end of the year ceremonies. Thanks for sharing!


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