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My favourite Christmas songs

GUEST,.gargoyle 19 Dec 01 - 11:52 PM
marty D 19 Dec 01 - 11:43 PM
GUEST,Steve Latimer 19 Dec 01 - 09:00 PM
kytrad (Jean Ritchie) 19 Dec 01 - 08:30 PM
GUEST,Arkie 19 Dec 01 - 12:07 PM
Alio 19 Dec 01 - 05:43 AM
kytrad (Jean Ritchie) 18 Dec 01 - 10:20 PM
GUEST,vrdpkr 18 Dec 01 - 12:05 PM
Morticia 18 Dec 01 - 09:51 AM
GUEST,Gusty 18 Dec 01 - 09:36 AM
GUEST,Desdemona 18 Dec 01 - 09:13 AM
Skipjack K8 18 Dec 01 - 07:59 AM
GUEST,Firecat At College 18 Dec 01 - 07:42 AM
VoxFox 17 Dec 01 - 11:10 PM
DonMeixner 17 Dec 01 - 11:00 PM
Joe Offer 17 Dec 01 - 10:50 PM
VoxFox 17 Dec 01 - 10:27 PM
Allan C. 17 Dec 01 - 09:55 PM
Joe Offer 17 Dec 01 - 09:42 PM
53 17 Dec 01 - 09:27 PM
little john cameron 17 Dec 01 - 08:03 PM
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Subject: RE: My favourite Christmas song
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 19 Dec 01 - 11:52 PM

You're a Mean One - Mr. Grinch


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Subject: RE: My favourite Christmas song
From: marty D
Date: 19 Dec 01 - 11:43 PM

The Virgin Mary Had a little baby, as sung by Pete Seeger on his Christmas album. I grew up on that record. It was played every year til it wore out.

marty


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Subject: RE: My favourite Christmas song
From: GUEST,Steve Latimer
Date: 19 Dec 01 - 09:00 PM

I've always liked "Little Drummer Boy". I especially liked the Bing Crosby, David Bowie version. I have never been able to find it on CD though.


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Subject: RE: My favourite Christmas song
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 19 Dec 01 - 08:30 PM

Sorry- not just one verse omitted in, Brightest and Best; also the first verse, "Hail the blest morn..." Jean


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Subject: RE: My favourite Christmas song
From: GUEST,Arkie
Date: 19 Dec 01 - 12:07 PM

Two Christmas songs I enjoy that are not sung all that much are: "Make My Present Small" and "Twas On a Night Like This". Both have been recorded by Cathy and Dave Para. They have a great Christmas recording on the Folk Legacy Label which also features the Patons. From the more usual Christmas songs O Come Emanuel, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, and a second to In the Bleak Mid-Winter with Bring A Torch Jeanette, Isabella and Good King Wenceslas running close behind. Also the Friendly Beasts.


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Subject: RE: My favourite Christmas song
From: Alio
Date: 19 Dec 01 - 05:43 AM

Both Wham's song and 'Walking in the Air' are on a Christmas CD I bought last year (it's called something like "The Best Christmas CD Ever") My favourite is 'In The Bleak Midwinter' - on the CD it's sung by Bert Jansch, and arranged by Ralph McTell. Beautiful! I can't find it in the database though.


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Subject: Lyr Add: BRIGHTEST AND BEST OF THE SUNS OF THE ...
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 18 Dec 01 - 10:20 PM

Brightest and best of the suns of the morning,
Dawn on our darkness, and lend us thine aid;
Star in the east, the horizon adorning,
Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

Cold on His cradle the dewdrops are shining,
Low lies His head with the beasts of the stall.
Angels adore Him, in slumber reclining,
Maker and Monarch, and Savior of all!

Vainly we offer each ample oblation,
Vainly with gifts would His favor secure;
Richer by far is the heart's adoration-
Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.


Jean Ritchie (Granny Catty's melody goes to this, she sang it always on her Christmas Eve, January 5th, at the fireside in our house. One verse is left out here- and the first verse given above is actually the chorus).


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Subject: Lyr Add: CORN, WATER, AND WOOD
From: GUEST,vrdpkr
Date: 18 Dec 01 - 12:05 PM

Lots of favorites. I start singing this one around Thanksgiving. The song is from New Mexico and can be heard on Michael Martin Murphy's Cowboy Christmas


CORN, WATER, AND WOOD
Wendy Waldman, Carol Elliot
 
G
I was in the arroyo, gathering strays
C
You know cowboys and cattle don't get holidays
G
I would have been finished, 'cept for one little guy
D
Who kept leading me farther away.

G
He went up on the mesa, across the ravine
C
Past the Indian ruins and a muddy red stream
G
So I stopped for a spell, 'cause I was bone tired
D
And I guess I started to dream

Em
I saw three painted ponies, three dark-skinned men
C D
With masks made of clay, and voices like the wind
G
Singing, "We seek the soul of all that is good
D
We come bearing corn, water, and wood
G C
Stop and behold all that is good
D G
Give thanks for the corn, water, and wood."

Em
Now I'm an old trailhound, I've always believed
Your boots and your saddle is all that you leave
No miracles happen, no angels appear
But I know what I saw, standing there
G
I shook myself over, had I been asleep?
That's just three Pueblo children, tending their sheep
And they yelled, "Merry Christmas!" as they brought me my stray
And their voices rang through the mesquite

Singing, "We seek the soul of all that is good
We come bearing corn, water and wood.
Come and behold all that is good.
Give thanks for the corn, water, and wood."
Line Breaks <br> added.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: My favourite Christmas song
From: Morticia
Date: 18 Dec 01 - 09:51 AM

The Corpus Christi Carol.....words in the DT


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Subject: Lyr Add: A CRADLE IN BETHLEHEM
From: GUEST,Gusty
Date: 18 Dec 01 - 09:36 AM

A Cradle in Bethlehem
(As sung by Nat King Cole. Don't know who wrote it, but it's a nice song.)
Sing sweet and low, your lullabye
While angels say amen.
A mother tonight is rocking,
A cradle in Bethlehem.

While wisemen follow through the dark
A star that beckons them,
A mother tonight is rocking,
A cradle in Bethlehem.

A little child shall lead them
The prophets said, of old.
Through storm and tempest, keep them
Until the bell is tolled.

Sing sweet and low, your lullabye
While angels say amen.
A mother tonight is rocking,
A cradle in Bethlehem.


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Subject: Lyr Add: YOU'RE A MEAN ONE MR GRINCH
From: GUEST,Desdemona
Date: 18 Dec 01 - 09:13 AM

Ooooh, that's a tough one. When I was small my mother had a beautiful instrumental record of "The Coventry Carol" played on recorders that I loved; I have no clue who
the artist was! Then there's several versions of "The Holly and the Ivy", the "Good King Wenceslas" on David Grisman's "Acoustic Christmas", and "The Sussex Carol" (a strong contender for #1).

Then again, there's always this beloved classic:

You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch.
You really are a heel.
You're as cuddly as a cactus,
You're as charming as an eel.
Mr. Grinch.

You're a bad banana
With a greasy black peel.

You're a monster, Mr. Grinch.
Your heart's an empty hole.
Your brain is full of spiders,
You've got garlic in your soul.
Mr. Grinch.

I wouldn't touch you, with a
thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole.

You're a vile one, Mr. Grinch.
You have termites in your smile.
You have all the tender sweetness
Of a seasick crocodile.
Mr. Grinch.

Given the choice between the two of you
I'd take the seasick crocodile.

You're a foul one, Mr. Grinch.
You're a nasty, wasty skunk.
Your heart is full of unwashed socks
Your soul is full of gunk.
Mr. Grinch.

The three words that best describe you,
are, and I quote: "Stink. Stank. Stunk."

You're a rotter, Mr. Grinch.
You're the king of sinful sots.
Your heart's a dead tomato splot
With moldy purple spots,
Mr. Grinch.

Your soul is an appalling dump heap overflowing
with the most disgraceful assortment of deplorable
rubbish imaginable,
Mangled up in tangled up knots.

You nauseate me, Mr. Grinch.
With a nauseous super-naus.
You're a crooked jerky jockey
And you drive a crooked horse.
Mr. Grinch.

You're a three decker sauerkraut and toadstool
sandwich
With arsenic sauce.

Cheers!
D.
Line Breaks <br> added.

-Joe Offer-


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Subject: ADD: Walking In The Air
From: Skipjack K8
Date: 18 Dec 01 - 07:59 AM

Walking In The Air

We're walking in the air
We're floating in the moonlit sky
The people far below are sleeping as we fly
I'm holding very tight
I'm riding in the midnight blue
I'm finding I can fly so high above with you


Far across the world
The villages go by like dreams
The rivers and the hills, the forests and the streams

Children gaze open mouthed
Taken by surprise
Nobody down below believes their eyes

We're surfing in the air
We're swimming in the frozen sky
We're drifting over icy mountains floating by

Suddenly swooping low
On an ocean deep
Rousing up a mighty monster from his sleep

And walking in the air
We're dancing in the midnight sky
And everyone who sees us greets us as we fly

We're walking in the air
We're walking in the air


Wham - Last Christmas

"Last Christmas"

[CHORUS:]
Last Christmas
I gave you my heart
But the very next day you gave it away
This year
To save me from tears
I'll give it to someone special

[CHORUS:]

Once bitten and twice shy
I keep my distance
But you still catch my eye
Tell me baby
Do you recognize me?
Well
It's been a year
It doesn't surprise me
I wrapped it up and sent it
With a note saying "I love you"
I meant it
Now I know what a fool I've been
But if you kissed me now
I know you'd fool me again

[CHORUS]

A crowded room
Friends with tired eyes
I'm hiding from you
And your soul of ice
My god I thought you were
Someone to rely on
Me?
I guess I was a shoulder to cry on

A face on a lover with a fire in his heart
A man under cover but you tore me apart
Now I've found a real love you'll never fool me again

[CHORUS x2]

A face on a lover with a fire in his heart
A man under cover buy you tore him apart
Maybe next year I'll give it to someone
I'll give it to someone special.


Hope this doesn't come out in one big block. Sorry, Joe, if it has.

Jethro Tull's Solstice Bells does it for me
Line Breaks <br> added.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: My favourite Christmas song
From: GUEST,Firecat At College
Date: 18 Dec 01 - 07:42 AM

My favourite is Wham "Last Christmas", closely followed by Walking In The Air. Has anyone got the lyrics for them?


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Subject: RE: My favourite Christmas song
From: VoxFox
Date: 17 Dec 01 - 11:10 PM

Joe, you are a sweetheart!!! Thank you so much. I will have a go at the music site later on tonight. I just sang it through while reading the words and I fell in love with it all over again. You are the best. Merry Christmas!! VoxFox


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Subject: RE: My favourite Christmas song
From: DonMeixner
Date: 17 Dec 01 - 11:00 PM

Oh Holy Night, with out question is my favorite Christmas hymn. Besides being the benchmark for singers to aim at it has some musical dynamics that are un equalled in any other Christmas song.

Ofcourse that an opinion and opinions are what makes for grand controversy!

Don


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Subject: ADDPOP: Keep Christmas With You
From: Joe Offer
Date: 17 Dec 01 - 10:50 PM

How's this, VoxFox?
-Joe Offer-


"Keep Christmas With You All Through The Year"
(from Christmas Eve on Sesame Street)

When Christmas time is over and presents put away, don't be sad
There'll be so much to treasure about this Christmas day and the fun we've had
So may happy feelings to celebrate with you
And, oh, the good time hurry by so fast,
But even when it's over there's something you can do to make Christmas last:

Keep Christmas with you
All through the year,
When Christmas is over,
You can keep it near.

Think of this Christmas day
When Christmas is far away.

Keep Christmas with you
All through the year,
When Christmas is over,
Save some Christmas cheer.
These precious moments,
Hold them very dear
And keep Christmas with you
All through the year.

Christmas means the spirit of giving
Peace and joy to you,

The goodness of loving,
The gladness of living;
These are Christmas too.

So, keep Christmas with you
All through the year,
When Christmas is over,
Save some Christmas cheer.
These precious moments,
Hold them very dear
And keep Christmas with you
All through the year.


I found it here (click)
You might be able to hear it at Live 365 Muppets Radio


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Subject: RE: My favourite Christmas song
From: VoxFox
Date: 17 Dec 01 - 10:27 PM

I really like the song I had on a Sesame Street Christmas record (yeah, a record) when my boys were tots, entitled "Keep Christmas with You" or something like that. I've never heard anyone else ever do it which is a shame because it is really nice. Anyone heard it and if so would you have the lyrics? Greatly appreciate it. VF


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Subject: RE: My favourite Christmas song
From: Allan C.
Date: 17 Dec 01 - 09:55 PM

You can hear me sing one of my personal favorites on Ron Olesko's radio show on the afternoon of the 23rd. See this thread.


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Subject: RE: My favourite Christmas song
From: Joe Offer
Date: 17 Dec 01 - 09:42 PM

My serious choice is Carol of the Bells. I can't think of a more lovely sound.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: My favourite Christmas song
From: 53
Date: 17 Dec 01 - 09:27 PM

alvin and the chipmunks with david seville, doing all 3 parts of the chipmunks. BOB


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Subject: Lyr Add: I'M WALKING BACKWARDS FOR CHRISTMAS
From: little john cameron
Date: 17 Dec 01 - 08:03 PM

I'm Walking Backwards For Christmas

I'm walking backwards for Christmas,
Across the Irish Sea,
I'm walking backwards for Christmas,
It's the only thing for me.

I've tried walking sideways,
And walking to the front,
But people just look at me,
And say it's a publicity stunt.

I'm walking backwards for Christmas,
To prove that I love you.

An immigrant lad, loved an Irish colleen
From Dublin Galway Bay.
He longed for her arms,
But she spurned his charms
And sailed o'er the foam away

She left the lad by himself, on his own
All alone, a-sorrowing
And sadly he dreamed, or at least that's the way it seemed, buddy,
That an angel quieted him...
. An angel quieted the same.

I'm walking backwards for Christmas,
Across the Irish Sea.
I'm walking backwards for Christmas,
It's the finest thing for me.

And so I've tried walking sideways,
And walking to the front.
But people just laughed, and said,
"It's a publicity stunt".

So I'm walking backwards for Christmas To prove that I love you.

Ah noo ah;m gettin in the spirit.ljc


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