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List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs

GUEST,mg 16 Oct 12 - 04:12 PM
Haruo 16 Oct 12 - 03:18 PM
open mike 16 Oct 12 - 02:52 PM
Haruo 16 Oct 12 - 01:52 PM
Haruo 16 Oct 12 - 01:46 PM
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GUEST,Peter from Mc2 15 Oct 12 - 05:19 PM
Haruo 15 Oct 12 - 04:58 PM
Murpholly 13 Oct 12 - 10:26 AM
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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 16 Oct 12 - 04:12 PM

That is the one all right Haruo..but I thought it was by a famous composer in some Mass for B Minor or something...it is very beautiful.

I am fond of a new to me song by George Millar of Irish Rovers..Bells over Belfast...


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: Haruo
Date: 16 Oct 12 - 03:18 PM

"(Words can be provided) and" - please do, Murpholly!


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: open mike
Date: 16 Oct 12 - 02:52 PM

from some of my december radio shows:

Mary Chapin Carpenter Hot Buttered Rum 12 Songs of Christmas   
Zoe Records http://www.marychapincarpenter.com/

CHRISTMAS JUG BAD BOOGIE WOOGIE SANTA UNCORKED GLOBE               WWW.CHRISTMASJUGBAND.COM
HAYBURNERS        YOUR WINTER WEATHER        HUDSON-HARDING SAMPLER
                Http://www.hudsonharding.com/
HAYBURNERS        HOME WITH YOU                EPONYMOUS
WWW.thehayburners.com        
DENISE J. FINDLEY SOLSTICE SONG                HUDSON-HARDING SAMPLER
                Http://www.hudsonharding.com/
DAVID BOWIE/BING CROSBY        PEACE ON EARTH/LITTLE DRUMMER BOY
CHERYL BRANZ                SKATING        CHRISTMAS GIFT        TOM POSADA-RAO
                        www.cherylbranz.com
KATE CAMPBELL        DEAR LITTLE STRANGER                MY 2006 CROSSROADS SHOW RECORDING
                        http://www.katecampbell.com/
WILLIE NELSON                EL NIN~O He Is Born                "        "        "        "        "
                        http://www.willienelson.com/
REB FIRMAN                ON MY WAY                        "        "        "        "        "
                        http://cdbaby.com/cd/rebb
JACKSON BROWNE        REBEL JESUS                        "        "        "        "        "
                        http://www.jacksonbrowne.com/
STEPHANIE DAVIS        HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS        "        "        "        "        "
                        WWW. STEPHANIEDAVIS.COM
CELTIC ELVIS                KILL A TREE FOR CHRIST                "        "        "        "        "        
                        http://www.wildplum.org/celticelvis/
COWBOY CHRISTMAS        WESTERN FOLK LIFE CENTER        "        "        "        "        "
PETE MOAK                SANTA CLAUS                FIELD RECORDING OF COWBOY POETS BY LAUREL
THE BOBS                50 KILOWATT TREE                MY 2006 CROSSROADS SHOW RECORDING
                        ttp://www.bobs.com
MANHEIM STEAMROLLER        DECK THE HALLS        FRESH AIRE        CHIP DAVIS
        "        "                HARK x 2                FRESH AIRE        CHIP DAVIS
                        http://shop.mannheimsteamroller.com/
JOHN GORKA       CHRISTMAS BELLS-LONG FELLOW         MY 2006 CROSSROADS SHOW RECORDING
                        WWW.johngorka.com
SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS                OVER THE RIVER AND THRU THE WOODS    INSTRU.
RALPH        STANLEY        CHRISTMAS TIME IS NEAR          A VERY SPECIAL ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS
www.drralphstanley.com    http://www.amazon.com/Very-Special-Acoustic-Christmas/dp/B0000CAV4C        
KENNY ROGERS (?)        MARY DID YOU KNOW                MY 2006 CROSSROADS SHOW RECORDING
                        http://kennyrogers.musiccitynetworks.com/
LAUREL READING FROM FARMER'S ALMANACS
MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER        LONGEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR        12 SONGS OF CHRISTMAS
                        http://www.marychapincarpenter.com/
CHRISTMAS WITH THE CHILDREN        DECK THE HALLS        "        "        "        "        "
THE HILLS OF BETHLEHEM ARE BARE                                "        "        "        "        "
CHRISTMAS MUSIC BOX         SANTA CLAUSE IS COMIN' TO TOWN        "        "        "        "        "
Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum / If We Make It Thru December / Winter's Grace / Spruce & Maple Music http://www.laurielewis.com
Bryan Bowers / Hard Times / For You / Flying Fish / http://www.bryanbowers.com
Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum / The Gift / Winter's Grace / S & MM / see above
Jean Ritchie / Bird in a Cage / Clear Waters Remembered / Greenhays Records http://www.jeanritchiehome.com/
Laurie L. and Tom R. / Hot Buttered Rum / Winter's Grace / S & MM / see above
Penman Family / Feed The Children / Penman's Home Made Jam / SELF, New Zealand
L.L. & T.R. / Winter's Grace / Title Song / S & M M / see above
Connie Kaldor and BIM / Cowboy Christmas / New Songs for an Old Celebration / http://www.conniekaldor.com/ Vancouver Folk Music Festival's Aural Tradition Records
Wylie Gustafson / Christmas for Cowboys / Title song / Two Medicine Music http://www.wylieww.com/
Connie Kaldor and BIM / We're Gonna Sing / New Songs for an Old Celebration / see above
Christmas Jug Band / Carolin' / Holiday Highways / Globe Rec ords / www.christmasjugband.com/
Dar Williams / Christians and Pagans / What Do You Hear / Razor & Tie / www.darwilliams.com/




Robert Earl Keen / Christmas from the Family / The Party Never Ends /www.robertearlkeen.com/
Loudon Wainwright III / Christmas Morning / Social Studies / http://www.lwiii.com/
Janet Bates / He Was Born / Little Spinner / SELF / http://www.janetbates.com/
New World / Cowboy Carol / by Cecil Broadhurst / from You Tube
Glory of the Story / Miracle of the Wheat / Ed McGurdy / 1958 / from internet
Seamus Kennedy / Miss fogarty's Cake / Goodwill to Men / Gransha /
http://www.mcnote.com/seamus/
Jackson Browne / Rebel Jesus / with the Chieftans / http://www.jacksonbrowne.com/
Bryndle / Corn, Water, Wood / by Carol Elliot and Wendy Waldman /http://www.bryndle.com/
Myra Hess / Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring / Bach for Christmas / Tomato Sampler / Tomato Records
Misty River / Bleak Mid-Winter / Midwinter Songs / MRCD / http://www.mistyriverband.com/
Terry Allen / X-Mas on the Isthmus / Salivation / Sugar Hill / http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Allen_%28country_singer%29
Gretchen Peters / Careful How You Go / Northern Lights / Scarlet Letter Records http://www.gretchenpeters.com/
Willie Nelson / He Is Born / El Nin~o / http://willienelson.com/
Byrd and Street / Hope in Every Heart / Ain't no Merry / Self / http://www.byrdandstreet.com/
Mara Levine / Raise the Dead of Midwinter / Mara's Gems/ www.myspace.com/maralevine

Seamus Kennedy/Mary's Boy Child, Christmas Cake/Goodwill To Men
Gransha Records
Ken Webb / Skating / Christmas Pony
Wil Maring / Hometown Christmas, Bucky's Present / http://www.wilmaring.com/
April Verch / Christmas in the Valley / http://www.aprilverch.com/
Laurie Lewis / The Bear Song / Earth & Sky / Rounder/ www.laurielewis.com                                       
Wylie & the Wild West /Christmas for Cowboys, In The Bleak Mid Winter /Cowboy Christmas /Two Medicine Music/www.wylieww.com
Tommy Byrd, Kathy Street / Ain't No Merry in Christmas / www.byrdandstreet.com
Penman's Homemade Jam / Feed the Children /Summer 2008 / self
Dar Williams / the Christians and the Pagans / Mortal City /
Razor and Tie Records / www.darwilliams.com
Christmas Jug Band / This Christmas Night / On The Holiday Highway /Globe/          www.christmasjugband.com
Gretchen Peters / Northern Lights / title / Scarlet Letter Records /
www.gretchenpeters.com
Terry Allen / xmas on the isthmus / Salivation / Sugar Hill /
http://www.terryallenartmusic.com/
Misty River / All That I Want , Peace /Midwinter / www.mistyriverband.com
Alicia McGovern / The Holly and All/ Words Through the Seasons /
www.aliciamcGovernmusic.com
Loudon Wainwright III / Christmas Morning/ Social Studies/Hannibal
http://www.lw3.com
Readings from several Almanacs….about Solstice, lunar eclipse and meteor showers all coming up Dec. 20-21-22
Robert Earl Keen / Merry Christmas from the Family / The Party Never Ends / Sugar Hill www.robertearlkeen.com/


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: Haruo
Date: 16 Oct 12 - 01:52 PM

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned "Rise up, shepherd, and foll[er/ow]" or "Children, go where I send thee".


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: Haruo
Date: 16 Oct 12 - 01:46 PM

And here's a live link for those saddened by the disappearance of Geocities, taking with it Santa Claus is coming to town in Tlingit.


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: Haruo
Date: 16 Oct 12 - 01:38 PM

I really like "Chariots"


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: Haruo
Date: 16 Oct 12 - 01:06 PM

That final "as a" is a relic of absent-minded cutting and pasting. Joe, feel free to edit and remove it and this post.


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: Haruo
Date: 16 Oct 12 - 01:05 PM

Mary Garvey's first suggestion ("Mariam et Joseph et infantem positum in precipio") I was not familiar with. I wonder if it is the same as the one mentioned in this article in the Dutch Wikipedia (also in German and Italian, but not in English or Esperanto): Transeamus usque Bethlehem? (Note the correct spelling of "praesepio", ablative of "manger", if googling.)


    Transeamus usque Bethlehem
    et videamus hoc verbum quod factum est.
    Mariam et Joseph et Infantem positum in praesepio.

    Transeamus, audiamus multitudinem
    militiae coelestis laudantium Deum,
    Mariam et Joseph et Infantem
    positum in praesepio.

    Gloria, Gloria in Excelsis Deo.
    Gloria, Gloria et in terra pax hominibus.
    Bonae voluntatis, et in terra pax.
    Transeamus et videamus quod factum est.

The version in the German Wikipedia prefixes a recitative
Nolite timere:
ecce enim evangelizo vobis gaudium magnum, quod erit omni populo:
quia natus est vobis Salvator hodie, qui est Christus Dominus in civitate David.
Et hoc vobis signum:
Invenietis infantem pannis involutum, et positum in praesepio.
to the text, and gives
Gloria in excelsis Deo,
et in terra pax hominibus
bonae voluntatis.
as a choral refrain between the two stanzas beginning with "Transeamus".

Here is a text from CPDL.org: Transeamus usque Bethlehem, which ascribes the work to Schnabel; my impression is the Wikipedia consensus is that it is an anonymous, traditional Silesian song which Schnabel simply transcribed (and then gussied up for choral performance).

Mary, is this the text you're thinking of?

as a


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Subject: Lyr Add: ADESTE FIDELES
From: Haruo
Date: 16 Oct 12 - 12:30 PM

I see Mary Garvey gave some of the verses of Adeste Fideles (the ones most likely to be found in a Catholic hymnal) in Latin. There are others. Here are the seven Latin verses I am familiar with. Usually you either get the first verse plus two or three of verses 2 through 4, or else you get the first verse plus two or three of verses 5 through 7. Seems to me that the second approach is more appropriate to the "carol" application, or for a setting with a crèche, while the first approach is more appropriate to the "hymn" application, as it is more concerned with praise and theology than with wise men and shepherds.

1. Adeste fideles, læti, triumphantes, (W)
   Venite, venite in Bethlehem.
   Natum videte Regem angelorum.
       Venite adoremus, Venite adoremus,
      Venite adoremus, Dominum.

2. Deum de Deo, Lumen de Lumine, (W)
   Gestant puellae viscera,
   Deum verum, Genitum non factum.
       Venite adoremus, Venite adoremus,
      Venite adoremus, Dominum.

3. Cantet nunc "Io!" chorus angelorum; (W)
   Cantet nunc aula caelestium:
   "Gloria in excelsis Deo!"
       Venite adoremus, Venite adoremus,
      Venite adoremus, Dominum.

4. Ergo qui natus Die hodierna, (W)
   Jesu tibi sit gloria!
   Patris aeterni Verbum caro factum.
       Venite adoremus, Venite adoremus,
      Venite adoremus, Dominum.

5. En grege relicto, humiles ad cunas (B)
   Vocati pastores appropriant;
   Et nos ovanti gradu festinemus;
      Venite adoremus, Venite adoremus,
    Venite adoremus, Dominum.

6. Stella duce, Magi, Christum adorantes, (A)
   Aurum, thus et myrrham dant munera.
   Jesu infanti corda praebeamus;
      Venite adoremus, Venite adoremus,
    Venite adoremus, Dominum.

7. Pro nobis erenum et foeno cubantem, (B)
   Piis foveamus amplexibus.
   Sic nos amantem quis non redamaret?
      Venite adoremus, Venite adoremus,
    Venite adoremus, Dominum.

The letters in parentheses after the first lines indicate the probable authorship of each stanza. (W) means John Francis Wade (1711-1786), ĉ. 1743, who is now widely accepted by scholars as the author and composer of the song. These are the same stanzas that other traditions have ascribed to a variety of others, including (as mentioned in this thread) King John IV of Portugal and John Reading or Redding. (B) means the Frenchman Abbé E. Jean François de Borderies (1764-1832). (A) means Anonymous, I haven't seen an attribution.


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: Chris Green
Date: 16 Oct 12 - 07:31 AM

My two personal faves are Veni Emmanuel and Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day.

Both of which can be heard in glorious three-part harmony on (mostly) authentic instruments as part of Blast from the Past's Christmas show which will be touring England and Wales this December!


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: GUEST,Peter from Mc2
Date: 15 Oct 12 - 05:19 PM

'Miracles' by the Suffolk based singer/songwriter Paul McCartney of Mc2 fame - but then I am biased!


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: Haruo
Date: 15 Oct 12 - 04:58 PM

Ebor Fiddler wrote
Practically any tune to "Shepherds": I'm even partial to "Winchester Old".
And I'm sitting here trying to sing "Shepherds, rejoice! lift up your eyes" to WINCHESTER OLD and it's not working so well.

Wait...


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: Murpholly
Date: 13 Oct 12 - 10:26 AM

Carol carol gaily, carol on our way

Go sound the gospel trumpet that once o'er Judah's plain

Christmas Bells are ringing, ringing o'er the world triumphantly

(Words can be provided) and

Hail Smiling Morn


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: banjoman
Date: 13 Oct 12 - 06:43 AM

Centre of the Ages (The Christmas song) is a great one which we sing every Christmas. I can give the words if needed


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Oct 12 - 05:04 PM

Hey! Without realising it, it seems that for the first time ever, I have made the magic 100!!!!!!

Eddie


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Subject: Lyr Add: STANDING IN THE RAIN (Sydney Carter)
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Oct 12 - 04:43 PM

My favourite by a long way:


STANDING IN THE RAIN
(Sydney Carter)

Chorus:
Standing in the rain, knocking on the window
Knocking on the window on a Christmas Day
There he is again, knocking on the window
Knocking on the window in the same old way

No use knocking on the window
There is nothing we can do, sir
All the beds are booked already
There is nothing left for you, sir

No use knocking on the window
Some are lucky, some are not, sir
We are Christian men and women
But we're keeping what we've got, sir

No we haven't got a manger
No we haven't got a stable
We are Christian men and women
Always willing, never able

Christ the Lord has gone to heaven
One day he'll be coming back, sir
In this house he will be welcome
But we hope he won't be black, sir

Not used:
Wishing you a merry Christmas
We will now go back to bed, sir
Till you woke us with your knocking
We were sleeping like the dead, sir

(as sung by The McCalmans)

I think we have Skw to thank for this

Eddie


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: Myrtle's cook
Date: 12 Oct 12 - 08:35 AM

Christmas 1914 - Mike Harding

http://www.mikeharding.co.uk/books/poetry/poems/christmas-1914

A moment of hope and humanity amidst conflict - masterfully captured in song by Mike harding.


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: John P
Date: 11 Oct 12 - 10:16 PM

Come Mad Boys, Be Glad Boys
The Woodcutters Song
Chrisimis Day


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 11 Oct 12 - 08:34 PM

I left out the "de" in the last line of "Duérmete."
(I make a correction to the song and then make a mistake myself. Par for my course).


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: Artful Codger
Date: 11 Oct 12 - 04:28 PM

The versions I've found of "Duérmete" all have the last line as:
y ahi nadie te ha de ofender


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 11 Oct 12 - 04:20 PM

How about a bit of this at Christmas??


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: GUEST,Ebor_Fiddler
Date: 11 Oct 12 - 04:05 PM

Practically any tune to "Shepherds": I'm even partial to "Winchester Old".


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: GUEST,old git
Date: 11 Oct 12 - 03:48 PM

Bill Meek and John Conolly's "I am Christmas"


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: Elmore
Date: 11 Oct 12 - 03:41 PM

Straw Against the Wind by Bob Franke


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 11 Oct 12 - 02:45 PM

A La Ru (Duérmete, Niño Lindo)

Missing word in verse 2, as posted by Haruo- madre.
line 3:
en los brazos de tu madre
y ahi nadie te ha ofender

This cradle song is extracted from Los Pastores, a version collected by J. D. Robb in Albuquerque, NM.


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: AggieD
Date: 14 Dec 04 - 08:27 AM

Oops that was me cookieless, & the blickie went wrong.
Try again: Salutation Carol


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Dec 04 - 08:22 AM

Just finished singing a great 'Christmas Celebration' with our choir, which included "I Wonder as I Wander", which John Jacob Niles attributes to his own writing, but no-one knows if he just up & stole the credit, or whether it is one that was traditional to the Appalachians. It is very lovely though.

Also great to sing was the 15thC " Salutation Carol" here http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/Hymns_and_Carols/salutation_carol.htm


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: jaze
Date: 14 Dec 04 - 07:50 AM

Cherry Tree Carol by Judy Collins


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: Mary Humphreys
Date: 13 Dec 04 - 04:28 PM

The tune is Welsh - 'Nos galan', which means 'New Year's eve.' Older than the English words, certainly. I think there has been another thread on this very recently.


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: PoppaGator
Date: 13 Dec 04 - 02:38 PM

Ha! Sure fooled me!

Is there any chance that the tune is at all "ancient," or that the song as a whole (lyrics/music) was somehow adapted from anything with a longer history?

I wouldn't have thought there would have been a "market" (any demand at all) for a pointedly non-Christian holiday carol anywhere in the English-speaking world in the late nineteenth century. I'm not aware of any neo-pagan movement (like today's) during that era.


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: MMario
Date: 13 Dec 04 - 02:31 PM

PappaGator - "Deck the halls" was written in the late 1800's - (the lyrics that is)


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: PoppaGator
Date: 13 Dec 04 - 02:20 PM

I really like "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," one of the few minor-key Christmas carols. ("O Come O Come Emmanual" is also minor, and a lovely tune, but strictly speaking it's an Advent hymn rather than a celebration of Christmas.)

I'm also very partial to "Deck the Halls," the only familar/classic carol I can think of that includes neither religious references nor any modern-secular stuff about Santa, etc. When I sing it, I feel like I am indeed "trolling" the one and only surviving "ancient Yuletide carol."

Among the religious standards, "Oh Holy Night," "Joy to the World," and "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" are among my favorites, and I, too, miss the good old Latin "Adeste Fidelis."

As a choral performance -- not something I'd try to sing myself -- there's nothing quite like "Carol of the Bells."


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: GUEST,jade wilson
Date: 13 Dec 04 - 01:25 PM

my favorite christmas songs are
were are you christmas,
as long as thers christmas,
it feels like christmas,
little drummer boy,
rocking around the christmas tree,
12th day of christmas,
i wish it could be christmas everyday,
are you hanging up your stocking on the wall,
winter wonderland,
jingel bell rock


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: GUEST,Harmoni
Date: 06 Dec 04 - 01:48 AM

Forgot this one:

Go Tell It On The Mountain


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: GUEST,Harmoni
Date: 06 Dec 04 - 01:46 AM

The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)

So This Is Christmas (John Lennon)\

Mary's Boy Child Jesus Christ (not sure that's the title, but it's sung by Boney M)

In The Bleak Mid-Winter

Christmas In The Trenches

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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: Margret RoadKnight
Date: 05 Dec 04 - 10:20 PM

"Red and Green Christnmas" by Nadia Cattouse
and that Jewish Xmas lullaby "Sweetest Dreams Be Thine"


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: Dave Earl
Date: 05 Dec 04 - 11:17 AM

"Shepherds Arise" As sung by the Copper family carries my vote.

Dave


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Dec 04 - 04:14 AM

"Hey Santa, where's me f^*&ing bike", by the Aussie Kevin "Bloody" Wilson.
Cheers
Owlkat


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: Jean Johnson
Date: 04 Dec 04 - 04:26 AM

Boar's head carol

Ditchling carol

Shepherds arise

God rest ye merry gentlemen

The Coventry carol


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: Genie
Date: 04 Dec 04 - 04:07 AM

I love the "Virgin Mary" song recorded by Carolyn Hester.


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: GUEST,JohnB
Date: 13 Dec 02 - 12:17 PM

This years favourite is "Noel and Noel" plus a whole bunch of the Yorkshire Pub Carols. Pentonville and Shepherds Arise to name a couple.
JohnB


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: GUEST,jaze
Date: 13 Dec 02 - 11:55 AM

Do Simon and Garfunkle have a Christmas album that I don't know about? There are at least 2 Christmas songs by them mentioned above. What lp are they from?


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: TIA
Date: 13 Dec 02 - 11:39 AM

Adam lay y-bounden is beautiful. I've never figured out a sensible key signature for it. It seems to change several times. I just pretend it's open and everything is an accidental.


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: My guru always said
Date: 13 Dec 02 - 11:07 AM

Not Folk I know:

Adam lay ye bounden
The shepherd's cradle song
Adeste Fideles (wonderful!)

Health & Happiness to all :-)


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: coco
Date: 13 Dec 02 - 04:06 AM

Away in manger
o come all ye faithfull
silent night
jingle bells


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Subject: Lyr Add: NOËL EST ARRIVÉ (French carol)
From: GUEST,ClaireBear (new guest)
Date: 12 Dec 02 - 05:29 PM

Here's one that may appeal to those who have a thing for obscure medieval French (from Provence) folk carols that have a quirky, Second Shepherds' Play feeling to them.

My early French isn't good enough to translate it for you, but I believe the chorus translates roughly to "My leg hurts -- saddle my horse for me." It's about a shepherd who's too fat and too hypochondriacal about drafts to go see the new baby. That should give you the basic idea.

Here 'tis:

NOËL EST ARRIVÉ
(la jambe me fait mal)

Y'a tant de gens
Qui font pèlerinage
Y'a tant de gens
Qui vont à Bethléem,
Moi, d'y aller,
J'aurais bien le courage,
Moi d'y aller,
Si je pouvais marcher !

Refrain :

La jambe me fait mal,
Boute-selle, boute-selle,
La jambe me fait mal,
Boute-selle à mon cheval !

Tous les bergers,
Campés dans la montagne,
Tous les bergers,
Ont vu le messager,
Qui a crié:
" Mettez vous en campagne,"
Qui a crié :
" Le fils de Dieu est né ! "

Pour ma santé,
Les fièvres sont malsaines,
Pour ma santé,
Mieux vaut les éviter,
J'ai attrapé
Une fièvre quartaine,
J'ai attrapé
Que j'en reste éclopé.

Les gens à pied
Me laissent en arrière,
Les gens à pied
Me laissent le dernier.
Un malotru
A ri de mes manières,
Un malotru
Tout lourd et tout ventru !

Mon cheval blanc
Qui passe ventre à terre,
Mon cheval blanc
Me mènera devant
L'ai acheté
D'un qui venait de guerre,
L'ai acheté
Moins cher qu'il n'a coûté.

Quand j'aurai vu
Le Fils du Dieu le Père,
Quand j'aurai vu
Le Roi du ciel venu,
M'en revenant
De saluer sa Mère,
M'en revenant
Tout sera différent.

Refrain final :

Je n'aurai plus de mal,
Boute-selle, boute-selle,
Je n'aurai plus de mal,
Boute-selle à mon cheval !

You can find Midi and these words at this site: La Jambe Me Fait Mal

(here's the address in case my blue clicky doesn't work) http://perso.club-internet.fr/bmarcore/noel/N131.html

I learned it from Malicorne's "Almanach" years ago, but that version only has three verses and leaves out the most interesting ones. Tune's basically the same as above, but marvelously harmonized and with a couple of embellishments that make the CD worth tracking down if you like that sort of thing. Here are the Malicorne words:

Tous les bergers étant sur la montagne
Tous les bergers ont vu un messager
Qui leur a dit mettez-vous en campagne
Qui leur a dit Noël est arrivé

La jambe me fait mal
Boutte sel, boutte sel
La jambe me fait mal
Boutte sel à mon cheval

Un gros berger, qui fait seul le voyage
Un gros berger s'en va à petits pas
S'est retourné au bruit de mes paroles
Je lui ai dit "Noël est arrivé"

Réveillez-vous, mettez-vous en fenêtre
Réveillez-vous, sortez de vos maisons
Venez tous voir, l'enfant qui vient de naître
Réveillez-vous, Noël est arrivé


Happy Christmas!
Claire


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: TIA
Date: 11 Dec 02 - 10:40 PM

"I Wonder as I Wander" is not only a haunting tune, but true blue folk/trad. -- "discovered" in the 20's or 30's in southern Appalachia with no known (as far as I can tell) composed forebearer. Anyone know more on this one?


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: Genie
Date: 11 Dec 02 - 10:02 PM

There are at least 3 Christmas folk songs called "The Carol Of The Birds." (See the forum for a thread that has various versions of all of them.)

I especially like the one called "Whence Comes This Rush Of Wings?"


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: GUEST,Su Rynas
Date: 09 Dec 02 - 11:38 PM

Pat-a-pan


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: Haruo
Date: 27 Nov 02 - 07:21 PM

So, in its way, is the Tlingit version of "Santa Claus is coming to town".

Haruo


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