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The Tide Is Rising

Since 2015, The Tide Is Rising has been sung at countless protests, marches, religious conferences, and community gatherings. From Standing Rock to holding cells in police stations and across at least three continents, the anthem spreads a message of radical empowerment,devotion, and active hope. Use the videos below to learn the song and spread the message!

Rabbi Shoshana singing melody & harmony
World debut at First Church in Cambridge, MA
Arr. Dick Jackson & Cathy Baker
Arr. Nick Page
Annie Patterson covering the song

The Story Behind The Tide Is Rising:

When I was a newly ordained rabbi in 2015, I read an email that would change my life: I was being invited to perform a song at Coming Together in Faith on Climate, an interfaith service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. in honor of Pope Frances’ visit to the US capitol. It was my mother who suggested I write my own song for the occasion, and I remembered the empowering words I’d seen at a climate rally several months earlier: “The Seas Are Rising: So Are We!” The line came from Gulf Shore Rising, a grassroots coalition responding with resilience and commitment to the disastrous BP Gulf oil spill in 2010.

Inspired by Gulf Shore Risings’ words, my husband Yotam Schachter and I co-wrote a climate anthem that I debuted at the National Cathedral. “Tide” quickly spread in the climate justice movement. It has been sung at protests, marches, blockades, conferences, worship services, and community gatherings. It has been covered by Annie Patterson & Peter Blood (celebrated creators of Rise Up Singing!), arranged for choir by Nick Page (internationally known song leader) and performed by choirs across North America. From Standing Rock to the People’s Climate March, from pipeline construction sites to holding cells in police stations, across oceans and at least three continents, “Tide” spreads a message of radical empowerment, devotion, and active hope. It holds us as we continue to fight for all we love.


All are welcome to sing it, print lyrics, and sheet music.

Please credit Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman & Yotam Schachter.

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