Today’s lovely song comes from member Val Smalkin of Silly Goose and Val.
To tell the truth I wrote the melody for Say Your Sorry in 1991…but then it was a song called Hide ‘n’ Seek from Chadwick Sings: A Little Bay Music, which I wrote to accompany Priscilla Cummings sweet book Chadwick the Crab. Then I borrowed the melody for a song called Share Your Treasure, and now finally it has morphed into Say You’re Sorry. This year, 2015, I was looking for songs to for a children’s Yom Kippur (the day of atonement) program and this came to me as the perfect song.
It is important, I think, to offer singable songs to children, and this one fits the bill. I taught the audience the second part: I’ll say, “Sorry,” when I know I’m wrong/ I’ll say, “Sorry,” then we’ll get along! And they immediately sang it against a recording of the lead part. Then I divided the children into two groups. One half sang, “I’ll say, ‘Sorry,’ when I know I’m wrong;” and the other half responded, “You’ll say, ‘Sorry,’ then we’ll get along!” This was particularly appropriate because in the Jewish tradition you are required to apologize three times when you have done wrong, and once you make your three heartfelt and sincere apologies the other person must forgive you. Now, that is a rule I can live by!
I wrote several alternative chord progressions in the sheet music, but basically you can keep a C in the base all the way through, and play the following series (each chord lasts 2 beats)with your right hand: ||:C, Dm, Em, Dm:||