Forever Song

About Enter CIC

Enter CIC is a social enterprise that uses cultural activities to support the aspirations of young and old. We have a strong track record for engaging communities in a wide range of creative, social and heritage initiatives that have a positive and long-lasting impact on the people involved. Our unique, creative opportunities for young people are of the highest quality. Workshops and performances in professional theatre environments and community settings include dance, drama, music, guitar, musical theatre, drumming, singing and technical theatre from age 4 upwards. The song, ‘Forever Song’ was sung by over 1000 children to commemorate the nations of the Commonwealth at the event held at Durham Cathedral, organised by the Durham Lieutenancy and Mrs Sue Snowdon LL.

Since our inception in 2010, Enter CIC has worked with 8000 young people across County Durham engaging them in an array of cultural, heritage, large scale performances and health and wellbeing initiatives. Enter is a front line service provider and understands that in order to change lives you need to be based in the area in which there is most need. With this in mind, Enter CIC chooses to operate within deprived communities and is based in Dean Bank, Ferryhill which is in the top 2% of most deprived areas of the United Kingdom.

Background to ‘Forever Song’.

On Saturday 25th June 2016, Enter students had the honour of performing for His Royal Highness King Letsie III of Lesotho and Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso (Queen Consort of King Letsi III of Lesotho) as well as the Minister of Culture of Lesotho and an array of dignitaries. Enter staff and students decided to honour the visit and His Royal Highness’s kindness of speaking with students individually, so local songwriter (and Enter CIC volunteer), Paul Flynn, wrote Forever Song for the Enter Choir to sing.

Forever Song

by Paul Flynn

In the morning
As the sun kissed my homeland
Leaves were falling
To sleep in my own hand
And my-y-y-y-y
Tears were inside

In the evening
Felt your kiss on my own hand
I was calling
Asleep in my homeland
And my-y-y-y-y
Fears were inside

When the stars don’t shine
And I don’t know why
When I miss your smile
And the songbirds cry
I remember the hurt
That is never gone
But I hear the words
Of your forever song

We are mountains – high
We are rivers – wide
We are valleys so deep
Sentebale
We are mountains – high
We are rivers – wide
We are valleys so deep
Ka ho sa feleng Lesotho
Ka ho sa feleng Lesotho

Days are longer
As the world keeps on turning
But I’m stronger
Yes, I’m yearning
But I, I, I, I, I
Am flying inside

When the sun goes down
We see stars above
Your moonlight smile
Fills us with your love
The music belongs
In the singing trees
Your forever song
On the breeze

We are mountains – high
We are rivers – wide
We are valleys so deep
Sentebale
We are mountains – high
We are rivers – wide
We are valleys so deep
Ka ho sa feleng Lesotho
Ka ho sa feleng Lesotho
Ka ho sa feleng Lesotho

We are mountains – high
We are rivers – wide
We are valleys so deep
Sentebale
We are mountains – high
We are rivers – wide
We are valleys so deep
Ka ho sa feleng

Mountains – high
We are rivers – wide
We are the children
We are tomorrow
We are the children
We are the song
Forever song
Your forever song

Commonwealth Connection

Lesotho has a 30-year strong link to Durham. Click here to visit the Durham-Lesotho Link website. Mrs Sue Snowdon, Lord Lieutenant of County Durham thought it pertinent that, in this year of Commonwealth celebration, we recognise the community of Commonwealth nations with workshops and activities in primary schools situated in the Durham Lieutenancy area. In addition, there is to be a collective commemoration in Durham Cathedral. Forever Song, although originally written in honour of the people of Lesotho, recognises the continuing shared values, aspiration and community of all the nations of the Commonwealth.

About Sentebale

In 2006 Prince Harry (British Royal Family) and the King’s brother Prince Seeiso (of the Lesotho Royal Family) set up Sentebale (which means ‘forget me not’ in the Lesotho language, Sesotho). This was in memory of Princess Diana and the King’s mother and aimed to help Lesotho’s disadvantaged young people. You can learn more about the Sentebale charity here.