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List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs

53 15 Nov 02 - 03:36 PM
GUEST,John Gray in Oz 15 Nov 02 - 04:29 PM
John MacKenzie 15 Nov 02 - 04:41 PM
Haruo 16 Nov 02 - 06:48 PM
Genie 17 Nov 02 - 04:00 AM
fiddler 17 Nov 02 - 05:37 AM
GUEST,Julia 17 Nov 02 - 10:23 AM
GUEST,Saulgoldie 17 Nov 02 - 11:14 AM
Leadfingers 17 Nov 02 - 11:34 AM
meatrail 17 Nov 02 - 02:46 PM
Julia 17 Nov 02 - 10:06 PM
denise:^) 27 Nov 02 - 02:19 PM
Steve-o 27 Nov 02 - 02:44 PM
Genie 27 Nov 02 - 03:37 PM
GUEST 27 Nov 02 - 03:46 PM
Haruo 27 Nov 02 - 07:21 PM
GUEST,Su Rynas 09 Dec 02 - 11:38 PM
Genie 11 Dec 02 - 10:02 PM
TIA 11 Dec 02 - 10:40 PM
GUEST,ClaireBear (new guest) 12 Dec 02 - 05:29 PM
coco 13 Dec 02 - 04:06 AM
My guru always said 13 Dec 02 - 11:07 AM
TIA 13 Dec 02 - 11:39 AM
GUEST,jaze 13 Dec 02 - 11:55 AM
GUEST,JohnB 13 Dec 02 - 12:17 PM
Genie 04 Dec 04 - 04:07 AM
Jean Johnson 04 Dec 04 - 04:26 AM
GUEST 05 Dec 04 - 04:14 AM
Dave Earl 05 Dec 04 - 11:17 AM
Margret RoadKnight 05 Dec 04 - 10:20 PM
GUEST,Harmoni 06 Dec 04 - 01:46 AM
GUEST,Harmoni 06 Dec 04 - 01:48 AM
GUEST,jade wilson 13 Dec 04 - 01:25 PM
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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: 53
Date: 15 Nov 02 - 03:36 PM

Silent Night I don't know whether its a folk song or not but its my favorite.


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: GUEST,John Gray in Oz
Date: 15 Nov 02 - 04:29 PM

Dear Santa,

Again it is nearing that time of the year,
With lots of good fellowship - lots of good cheer,
But when its all over, I know I'll be crook,
From too much wine, plum pudding and chook,
So if I am lonely, and not near a pub,
Please leave me six inches of beer in a tub.

Your Pal, John

Crook = ill.
Chook = chicken.

JG/FME


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 15 Nov 02 - 04:41 PM

Christmas is now drawing near at hand
So thank the lord and be at his command
And God a portion for you will provide,
And prove a blessing to your soul beside.

I can't remember what this is called, it is on the Watersons Frost and Fire album, and is without doubt my favourite Christmas song.

Bom dia.....Giok


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Subject: Lyr/Tune Add: DUERMETE, NINO LINDO (A LA RU)
From: Haruo
Date: 16 Nov 02 - 06:48 PM

This is a Southwest US Hispanic Christmas folksong whose title is given as "Duérmete, Niño lindo" (the incipit) or "A la ru" (from the refrain). The usual English version is "Oh, sleep now, holy baby" by John Donald Robb [d. 1989] (but note that the Spanish Infant is "pretty", not "holy".

Duérmete, Niño lindo

  1. Duérmete, Niño lindo, en los brazos del amor
    mientras que duerme_y descansa la pena de mi dolor.

              (Estribillo:)
         A la ru, a la mé, a la ru, a la mé,
         a la ru, a la mé, a la ru, a la ru, a la mé.
  2. No temas al rey Herodes que nada te_ha de hacer;
    en los brazos de tu y_ahi nadie te_ha de_ofender.
              (Estribillo:)
         A la ru, a la mé, a la ru, a la mé,
         a la ru, a la mé, a la ru, a la ru, a la mé.
Here's the MIDITEXT of the melody line:

MIDI file: alaru.mid

Timebase: 192

Name: A La Ru
Text: By novmeksikia popolmelodio Kristnaska
Copyright: anonima
Tempo: 076 (789473 microsec/crotchet)
Key: D
TimeSig: 6/8 24 8
Start
0000 1 69 110 0094 0 69 000 0002 1 74 110 0160 0 74 000 0032 1 74 110 0094 0 74 000 0002 1 73 110 0096 0 73 000 0000 1 71 110 0094 0 71 000 0002 1 73 110 0094 0 73 000 0002 1 74 110 0094 0 74 000 0002 1 69 110 0286 0 69 000 0002 1 74 110 0094 0 74 000 0002 1 73 110 0094 0 73 000 0002 1 71 110 0160 0 71 000 0032 1 71 110 0094 0 71 000 0002 1 66 110 0096 0 66 000 0000 1 64 110 0094 0 64 000 0002 1 62 110 0094 0 62 000 0002 1 66 110 0448 0 66 000 0032 1 66 110 0094 0 66 000 0002 1 66 110 0094 0 66 000 0002 1 66 110 0094 0 66 000 0002 1 66 110 0094 0 66 000 0002 1 66 110 0094 0 66 000 0002 1 64 110 0094 0 64 000 0002 1 62 110 0094 0 62 000 0002 1 66 110 0160 0 66 000 0032 1 66 110 0190 0 66 000 0098 1 71 110 0094 0 71 000 0002 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 69 110 0094 0 69 000 0002 1 67 110 0096 0 67 000 0000 1 66 110 0094 0 66 000 0002 1 64 110 0094 0 64 000 0002 1 62 110 0256 0 62 000 0128 1 69 110 0094 0 69 000 0002 1 69 110 0094 0 69 000 0002 1 71 110 0096 0 71 000 0000 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0128 1 71 110 0094 0 71 000 0002 1 71 110 0094 0 71 000 0002 1 69 110 0096 0 69 000 0000 1 66 110 0160 0 66 000 0128 1 69 110 0094 0 69 000 0002 1 69 110 0094 0 69 000 0002 1 67 110 0096 0 67 000 0000 1 64 110 0160 0 64 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 67 110 0094 0 67 000 0002 1 66 110 0256 0 66 000 0128 1 69 110 0094 0 69 000 0002 1 69 110 0094 0 69 000 0002 1 71 110 0096 0 71 000 0000 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0128 1 71 110 0094 0 71 000 0002 1 71 110 0094 0 71 000 0002 1 69 110 0096 0 69 000 0000 1 66 110 0160 0 66 000 0128 1 62 110 0094 0 62 000 0002 1 64 110 0094 0 64 000 0002 1 66 110 0094 0 66 000 0002 1 67 110 0094 0 67 000 0002 1 66 110 0094 0 66 000 0002 1 64 110 0094 0 64 000 0002 1 62 110 0094 0 62 000 0002 1 64 110 0094 0 64 000 0002 1 62 110 0448 0 62 000
End

This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the latest version of MIDItext and get instructions on how to use it click here

ABC format:

X:1
T:A La Ru
M:6/8
Q:1/4=76
K:D
Ad2dcB|cdA3d|cB2BFE|DF5|FFFFFE|DF2F3|BA2AGF|
ED4A|ABG3B|BAF3A|AGE2A2|GF4A|ABG3B|BAF3D|
EFGFED|ED37/8||

I believe the copyright to the Robb translation, which follows, is held by the (© 1954) University of New Mexico Press, as is that to Mr. Robb's arrangement, which can be found in several recent US hymnals, including the 1990 Presbyterian Hymnal (also published under the title Hymns, Psalms and Spiritual Songs) and the 1995 Lutheran supplement With One Voice:

Oh, Sleep Now, Holy Baby

  1. Oh, sleep now, holy baby, with you head against my breast;
    - meanwhile the pangs of my sorrow are soothed and put to rest.
              (Refrain:)
         A la ru, a la mé, a la ru, a la mé,
         a la ru, a la mé, a la ru, a la ru, a la mé.
  2. You need not fear King Herod, he will bring no harm to you;
    so rest in the arms of your mother who sings you a la ru.
              (Estribillo:)
         A la ru, a la mé, a la ru, a la mé,
         a la ru, a la mé, a la ru, a la ru, a la mé.


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: Genie
Date: 17 Nov 02 - 04:00 AM

Among religious Christmas songs, I love Mark Lowry's (sp?) "Mary, Did You Know?" It could be considered "folk" in the same sense that Bill Staines's or Gordon Bok's songs are "folk." Anyway, it has a real folky sound to it.

(My sister and I both change one line in it, though. The line about "...your baby boy will someday rule all nations" I sing as "... your baby boy can bring peace to all nations?" I originally thought that was the way it was written, and I decided not to change it after I found out the actual line. Sorry, Mark.)


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: fiddler
Date: 17 Nov 02 - 05:37 AM

Well The Boars Head Carol is brilliant - not specifically Christmas but is usually only hear then.

And thats form me veggie almost Vegan but a beutiful tune and the words match it!

A


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE CAROL OF THE ROSE
From: GUEST,Julia
Date: 17 Nov 02 - 10:23 AM

"The Carol of the Rose" is one I discovered last year. A little along the lines of "The Little Drummer Boy," I suppose.

Go pretty child, and bear this flower
Unto thy little Saviour;
And tell him, by that bud now blown,
He is the Rose of Sharon known:
When thou hast said so, stick it there
Upon his bib and stomacher:
And tell him (for good handsell too)
That thou hast brought a whistle new,
Made of a clean and oaten reed,
To charm his cries (at time of need):
Tell him, for coral, thou hast none,
But if thou hadst, he should have one;
But poor thou art, and known to be
Even as moniless as he.
Lastly, if thou canst win a kiss
From those mellifluous lips of his,
Then never take a second one
To spoil the first impression.


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: GUEST,Saulgoldie
Date: 17 Nov 02 - 11:14 AM

Does it have to be "Christmas" or is "Winter" OK?

A Soulcake (as I hear it in my head by PPM)
Song for a Winter's Night By Gordon Lightfoot (and BTW, anyone know how he is doing?)
Green Christmas by Stan Frieberg
Hot Buttered Rum from Bryan Bowers
Hard Times (again) from Bryan Bowers
The (mostly) annual piece by Chuck Cramer on NPR
and as has already been mentioned:
Christmas in the Trenches by John McCutcheon
(...and on each end of the rifle, we're the same)

If the prompt was for carols only, I apologize for being out of step.


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: Leadfingers
Date: 17 Nov 02 - 11:34 AM

I am with you there Giok -Christmas is now Drawing Near at Hand from
Frost and Fire.And you can cheat and use it as an Easter Carol too.
Adeste Fideles is definately better in Latin than in translation,so
I am in agreement with Mary Garvey too.
And for the secular side,Tom Lehrer or Adrian May


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: meatrail
Date: 17 Nov 02 - 02:46 PM

Rebel Jesus
Bring A Torch, Jeannette, Isabella.
Tunney


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: Julia
Date: 17 Nov 02 - 10:06 PM

I don't know who the other Julia is, but this is me. My faves are the Christ Child Lullaby and the Wexford Carol
If you like British Isles carols and Celtic harp music check out the album Yuletide Treasure from www.castlebay.net


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: denise:^)
Date: 27 Nov 02 - 02:19 PM

I learned a song once--'way back in junior high school--that was listed as a 'traditional Appalachian carol.' I've never seen it anywhere since, and it just occurred to me that someone here might know it, too--

It was called, "Sweet Mary, Guard Thy Precious Child." If it truly *is* an Appalachian carol, I'm sure they 'smartened it up' a bit for our choral arrangement, and I'd love to see a more 'authentic' version.

Anyone ever hear of it?

denise:^)


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: Steve-o
Date: 27 Nov 02 - 02:44 PM

Do not laugh, and do not turn up your nose until you've listened to it- the best Christmas album I own is "The Last Month of the Year" by the Kingston Trio. A great selection (some not so well-known carols, including ancient ones), perfectly arranged and played (not the usual syrupy orchestrations), and fine three-part harmonies. Check it out....unless you're one of them purist types.


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: Genie
Date: 27 Nov 02 - 03:37 PM

"Coventry Carol (Lullay, Thou Little Tiny Child)" is a beautiful one.

Also "The Hills Are Bare At Bethlehem."


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Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Nov 02 - 03:46 PM

The Joseph Spence version of Santa Claus is Coming to town is a true classic that must be heard to be believed.


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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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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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

My Grown-Up Christmas List


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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,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: 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: 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 - 02:38 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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