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New and Different Christmas songs

Wesley S 19 Dec 15 - 05:53 PM
Wesley S 19 Dec 15 - 05:56 PM
Joe Offer 19 Dec 15 - 11:01 PM
Reinhard 20 Dec 15 - 02:17 AM
FreddyHeadey 20 Dec 15 - 06:15 AM
GUEST,kenny 20 Dec 15 - 08:41 AM
Howard Kaplan 20 Dec 15 - 09:41 AM
Reinhard 20 Dec 15 - 10:05 AM
gillymor 22 Dec 15 - 05:12 AM
GUEST,John fom Kemsing 23 Dec 15 - 05:27 AM
Tattie Bogle 23 Dec 15 - 09:38 AM
Tattie Bogle 23 Dec 15 - 09:50 AM
GUEST,Stefan des Lauriers 23 Dec 15 - 02:46 PM
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Jim Dixon 22 Nov 16 - 02:31 PM
leeneia 23 Nov 16 - 10:56 AM
Tattie Bogle 24 Nov 16 - 08:57 PM
Jim Carroll 25 Nov 16 - 03:33 AM
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FreddyHeadey 25 Nov 16 - 06:39 AM
GUEST,henryp 25 Nov 16 - 08:02 AM
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Subject: New and Different Christmas songs
From: Wesley S
Date: 19 Dec 15 - 05:53 PM

Here are two new Christmas songs - well - not really new - that our trio has sung this year that have been well received. And I'm hoping some of you have some examples on songs to share that are not the usual Christmas Carols.

Shotgun Shells on a Christmas Tree
By Robin and Linda Williams

"Merry Christmas to All and Goodnight"
by John Doyle


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Subject: RE: New and Different Christmas songs
From: Wesley S
Date: 19 Dec 15 - 05:56 PM

Sorry - here's a better version. I didn't know the other one was so short.


Merry Christmas to all and Goodnight


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Subject: RE: New and Different Christmas songs
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Dec 15 - 11:01 PM

I suppose it's not all that new any more (1994), but it's a good 'un - and it certainly is different: "Merry Christmas from the Family," by Robert Earl Keene -
Lyrics in the Digital Tradition (click). Happy Yule, Y'all.

-Joe-

P.S. It has a sequel: Happy Holidays Y'all


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Subject: RE: New and Different Christmas songs
From: Reinhard
Date: 20 Dec 15 - 02:17 AM

Some of my favourite modern Christmas songs are Ange Hardy's last year's The Little Holly Tree and her brand new When Christmas Day is Near.


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Subject: RE: New and Different Christmas songs
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 20 Dec 15 - 06:15 AM

Forty years old but ....

frankie.armstrong/songs/anti carol.

"It weren't no picnic
It weren't no picture post card
It was cold as 'taters in the mould
When the couple come lookin' for a room...."


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Subject: RE: New and Different Christmas songs
From: GUEST,kenny
Date: 20 Dec 15 - 08:41 AM

I just discovered this a week ago, and love it........

https://youtu.be/Ow8mjyKYGwY


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Subject: RE: New and Different Christmas songs
From: Howard Kaplan
Date: 20 Dec 15 - 09:41 AM

I'm glad that someone else started this thread, because it gives me an opportunity to let people know about my own rather peculiar answers to the question, "What else can we sing at this time of the year?"

Last year, I posted recordings of three (northern hemisphere) winter solstice songs to SoundCloud. The playlist includes these songs:

  • "The Shepherd's Boon", about some rural shepherds' seasonal bonus circa 1000 AD

  • "Long Is the Winter Till the Sun's Return", which is a very secular, natural-history-based, count-backwards-from-twelve song

  • "The Year That 'Old Christmas' Was New", about how Gregorian calendar reform finally was implemented in the UK


Songsheets (lead sheets with music and lyrics) for those three songs and about half a dozen more that I consider suitable for the solstice can be found on my web site, in the section called The cycle of the seasons.

Howard Kaplan
Songwriter and occasional performer
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


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Subject: RE: New and Different Christmas songs
From: Reinhard
Date: 20 Dec 15 - 10:05 AM

And then there is of course the "Bah! Humbug" CD with Eric Bogle's "Santa Bloody Claus", Cyril Tawney's "There Are No Lights on Our Christmas Tree", Robin Laing's "The Man That Slits the Turkey's Throats at Christmas" and other fine seasonal songs.


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Subject: RE: New and Different Christmas songs
From: gillymor
Date: 22 Dec 15 - 05:12 AM

A Rovin' on a Winter's Night by Aoife O'Donovan.

Christmas Must Be Tonight
by The Band.

Fairytale of New York by the Pogues with Kirsty MacColl.


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Subject: RE: New and Different Christmas songs
From: GUEST,John fom Kemsing
Date: 23 Dec 15 - 05:27 AM

"The Cowboys Christmas Day
"https://soundcloud.com/John-Hills/The-Cowboys-Christmas-day


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Subject: Lyr Add: A CHRISTMAS PIE STORY (A Caesar/T Santer)
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 23 Dec 15 - 09:38 AM

We were instructed write some new Christmas songs in our songwriting group, so here is the very silly one first.


A CHRISTMAS PIE STORY
April Caesar/Trish Santer

1. Grumpy's no' Happy 'cos Bashful's too shy,
And Sleepy and Sneezy have eaten his pie,
A pie he was saving for his Christmas Day,
But Sneezy and Sleepy just took it away,
Dopey and Doc said "Don't be so sad,
As Sneezy and Sleepy are just plain bad".

CHORUS: Christmas pie, Christmas pie,
Oh what a stramash over one Christmas pie.

2. Then in comes Snow White with a tray on her arm,
She's smiling and dancing and full of such charm,
She lifts off the cover, and to their surprise
Reveals she has brought only FIVE Christmas pies.
For Sneezy and Grumpy you'll see there are nane -
They'll no be sae wicked tae Grumpy again. CHORUS

3. The moral of this story is don't be a thief,
Don't eat your pal's pies, or you'll soon come to grief,
Now Sneezy and Sleepy are off in a huff,
As Snow White has told them "Hey guys, that's enough".
While Dopey and Doc, even Bashful so shy,
And Happy and Grumpy tuck into their pie. CHORUS


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Subject: Lyr Add: CHRISTMAS PEACE (Trish Santer)
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 23 Dec 15 - 09:50 AM

And now the very serious one: I completed the first draft of this the day before the Paris attacks, so I did change some of verse 4 in response to that. It is always very sad when some disaster, whether natural or man-made occurs, whatever season, but these events do seem to happen with some regularity close to Christmas.


CHRISTMAS PEACE
©Trish Santer

1. Christmas comes but once a year,
And 'tis said, it brings good cheer, but
Far too often, that's not so,
As my Christmas list will show.

CHORUS: Here I make my Christmas wish
Don't need cards or fancy gifts,
Just to be with family and friends,
I want world peace that never ends.
Peace on Earth at Christmas,
Christmas peace on Earth.

2. No tsunami, no earthquake,
Nor the devastation that these can make,
No more plane crashes, sinking boats,
No more pointless deaths on roads. CHORUS

3. No more poverty, beggars on street,
No need for food banks to let people eat,
No more posturing, no more lies,
Truthful politicians would be a surprise. CHORUS

4. No more ISIS, no more wars,
No more bombs to settle old scores,
No more refugees needing to flee
From the horror in their own country. CHORUS


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Subject: Lyr Add:THE FIRST EARTH RISE
From: GUEST,Stefan des Lauriers
Date: 23 Dec 15 - 02:46 PM

THE FIRST EARTH RISE

It happened Christmas Eve Apollo 8 was televised
William Anders photographed the iconic "Earth-rise"
The Earth and Moon mission patch embraced Infinity
On the lunar horizon Earth appeared so heavenly
Genesis one to ten was read by the crew of three
God's word came down for all of us to watch on our TV's

Three Kings on camels and the brightest star of all
Were pictured on a greeting card taped upon a wall
The moon was waxing crescent that cold eventful night
Children all were starry eyed the future looked so bright
In the distance Silent Night could be heard at the Nativity
I was not the only one with high hopes for humanity
   
Of all the possibilities we are destined to embrace
From the moon our earth appears to be a peaceful place
That "First Earth Rise" must have been an incredible surprise
For God to see His Wonder through His children's eyes
You don't have to leave this world to have an Epiphany
When I see God in you and you see God in me


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Subject: RE: New and Different Christmas songs
From: GUEST,Stefan des Lauriers
Date: 23 Dec 15 - 02:53 PM

First Earth Rise


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Subject: Lyr Add: FUCK CHRISTMAS (Eric Idle)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 Nov 16 - 02:31 PM

There's a live performance on YouTube. I assume Eric Idle wrote it:


FUCK CHRISTMAS
As sung by Eric Idle

Fuck Christmas; it's a waste of fucking time.
Fuck Santa; he's just out to get your dime.
Fuck holly and fuck ivy and fuck all that mistletoe,
Stupid fucking Christmas songs everywhere you go,
And bloated big fat bastards all going "Ho-ho-ho."
It's fucking Christmas time again.

Fuck Christmas; it's a fucking Disney show.
Fuck turkey, and fuck all that fucking snow.
Fuck reindeer and fuck Rudolph with his stupid fucking nose,
Fucking sleigh bells ringing everywhere you fucking goes.
Fuck stockings and fuck shopping; it just drives us all insane.
Go tell the elves to fuck themselves; it's Christmas time again.


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Subject: RE: New and Different Christmas songs
From: leeneia
Date: 23 Nov 16 - 10:56 AM

Jim, tell this weirdo (and others like him) to man up, cause he's not fooling anybody.

We all know what his problem is - Christmas is the time of giving, and he doesn't want to give. He should donate $25 - 100 - 1000 to a good charity. Help hungry kids, help the illiterate learn to read, or help abused families.

Then he'll be able to hold his head up high and stop grousing.   

He doesn't have to celebrate, he doesn't have to decorate. But he'd feel better if he accepted the role of the decent, civilized resident of the western world.


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Subject: RE: New and Different Christmas songs
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 24 Nov 16 - 08:57 PM

Leeneia, you have to see that in context: Eric Idle was one of the wonderful totally off-the-wall comedy group that made up the "Monty Python" team , so you need to see it in terms of the sort of comedy that was around in the the UK in the late 1960s/early 1970s, long before anyone ever coined the term "political correctness" which has sanitised so much of what anyone can now say. There wasn't much of it about then, but we had some of the best comedy programmes ever in that era.
You think he needs to "man up": I think you need to " lighten up"!


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Subject: RE: New and Different Christmas songs
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 25 Nov 16 - 03:33 AM

One that often used to be rolled out every year at The Singer's Club
Jim Carroll

THE BALLAD OF THE CARPENTER        (1954)

Jesus was a working man,
A hero you shall hear;
Born in the slums of Bethlehem
At the turning of the year,
Yes, the turning of the year.

When Jesus was a little boy
The streets rang with his name,
For he argued with the aldermen
And he put 'em all to shame,
Yes, he put them all to shame.

His father he apprenticed him
A carpenter to be,
To plane and drill and work with skill
In the town of Galilee,
Yes, the town of Galilee.

He became a roving journeyman
And he wandered far and wide,
And he saw how wealth and poverty
Live always side by side,
Yes, always side by side.

He said, 'Come all you working men,
You farmers and weavers, too;
If you will only organise,
The world belongs to you,
Yes, the world belongs to you.'

So the fishermen sent two delegates
And the farmers and weavers, too;
And they formed a working committee of twelve
To see the struggle through,
Yes, to see the struggle through.

When the rich men heard what the carpenter had done,
To the Roman troops they ran;
Saying 'Put this rebel, Jesus, down,
He's a menace to God and man,
Yes, a menace to God and man.'

The commander of the occupying troops,
He laughed and then he said:
'There's a cross to spare on Calvary Hill,
By the weekend he'll be dead,
Yes, by the weekend he'll be dead.'

Now, Jesus walked among the poor
For the poor were his own kind;
And they wouldn't let the cops get near enough
To take him from behind,
Yes, to take him from behind.

So they hired a man of the traitor's trade
And a stool pigeon was he;
And he sold his brother to the butcher's men
For a fistful of silver money,
A fistful of money.

Jesus lay in the prison cell.
They beat him and offered him bribes
To desert the cause of his own poor folk
And work for the rich men's tribe,
Yes, work for the rich men's tribe.

The sweat stood out upon his brow
And the blood was in his eye,
And they nailed his body to the Roman cross
And they laughed as they watched him die,
Yes, they laughed as they watched him die.

Two-thousand years have passed and gone
And many a hero, too;
And the dream of this poor carpenter,
It's time it was coming true,
Yes, it's time it was coming true.


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Subject: RE: New and Different Christmas songs
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 25 Nov 16 - 05:23 AM

Er, well maybe a few too many F-words in that song posted by Jim D!

Not so new, but certainly different, Sid Kipper's parodies, such as "Arrest these merry gentlemen" and "Death or Glory Wassail" - posted elsewhere on the site.


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Subject: Lyrics Add: Halsway Schottische & Halsway Carol
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 25 Nov 16 - 06:39 AM

Halsway Schottische & Halsway Carol
In October 2011,
Nigel Eaton composed a melody and named it 'Halsway'. 
PDFs & info at
http://halsway.musicwebdesign.nl 


Music by Nigel Eaton
Words by Iain Frisk
138 bpm

Lo for the tiding of the Long Night Moon
Let the sunrise call about the morning soon
Short is the biding of the fading light
Sing for the coming of the longest night

North wind tell us what we need to know
When the stars are shining on the midnight snow
All of the branches will be turned to white
Sing for the coming of the longest night

A winter day, the summer grass turned hay
Frost in the field 'til the dawn of May
A summer's light never shone as great or as bright
So dance in the shadows of a winter's night

Lo for the tiding of the Long Night Moon
May the harvest last until the springtime bloom
Home is our comfort at the winter's height
Sing for the coming of the longest night

All of the colours of the sunrise sky
Shine a light upon us, as the day goes by
Sunsetting shadows fading out of sight
Sing for the coming of the longest night

A winter day, the summer grass turned hay
Frost in the field 'til the dawn of May
A summer's light never shone as great or as bright
So dance in the shadows of a winter's night


. . . . . . . . .
This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported
License. To view a copy of this license, visit
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/. 


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Subject: RE: New and Different Christmas songs
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 25 Nov 16 - 08:02 AM

I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day
I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day in the morning

And what was on those ships all three
On Christmas day, on Christmas Day

On those ships were refugees
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day

There's no room here for you to stay
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day

So those three ships put out to sea
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day
The Hope, the Faith, the Charity
On Christmas Day in the morning


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Subject: RE: New and Different Christmas songs
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 25 Nov 16 - 08:10 AM

Christmas comes but once a year
For poor if not for rich uns
And spare a thought for turkeys too
This year why not try pigeons?


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Subject: RE: New and Different Christmas songs
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 25 Nov 16 - 08:17 AM

Another that I'd neaarly forgotten
Jim Carroll

SCARLET RAYGUNS
(Send Us A Postcard – John Conolly CD)

I peeped in to say Goodnight and I heard my child in prayer,
Send for me a Scarlet Raygun that will burn off Daddy's hair.
Oh dear Santa, if you've got 'em send me bullets and a shell.
Last night Daddy smacked my bottom, send a hand- grenade as well.

I've seen the toys upon the telly, Tommy Gun and Action Man,
Lower gently down my chimney something nuclear if you can.
Battleships and radar scanners, missile, bomb and limpet mine,
Grandma says I've got no manners – she can be the next in line.

Send some crackers trimmed with holly for Uncle Fred on Boxing Night,
He's the one who's ever so jolly – fill 'em up with dynamite.
My walking, talking robot Teddy, he can fire a lethal ray,
Got my practice target ready – pussy scratched me yesterday.

I don't want a plastic soldier, I don't want one made of wood,
Now that I'm a little older I want one that bleeds real blood.
Send for me a "Johnny Seven" – that's a gun that can't go wrong,
I'll send Grandad off to heaven – he's been waiting far too long.

I peeped in to say Goodnight and as I heard my child in prayer,
I put away his Christmas presents – gold and frankincense and myrrh.
Christmas is a time for loving not to play that killing game,
I built myself a fallout shelter – wouldn't you have done the same?


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Subject: RE: New and Different Christmas songs
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 25 Nov 16 - 08:21 AM

Not wishing to blight the Festive season in any way;
There used to be a parody entitled "Have yourself a merry dose of syphilis"
Never sang it and I can't remember who did
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: New and Different Christmas songs
From: RTim
Date: 25 Nov 16 - 09:53 AM

HOMELESS WASSAIL
(Ian Robb c 1998)
Wassail, wassail all over the town,
Our cup is white and our ale is brown;
But huddled on this iron grate
We poor and hungry curse our fate.

Chorus:
No Wassail bowl for such as these,
No turkey scraps, no ale, no cheese;
This Christmas Eve our heart's desire
Is a bottle of gin and a trash-can fire.

Good Christian mind as home you go,
With dreams of holly and mistletoe,
That the holly bears a dreadful thorn
For those who wake to a frozen dawn

Oh, where is he that holy child
Once born of Mary, meek and mild?
And wither peace, good will to men
Now and forevermore, amen?

All ye who dine with face aglow
In regenenciatrio
Pray, pause awhile at pleasure's door
And sup some sorrow with the poor.

Wassail, wassail all over the town
Our cup is white and our ale is brown;
This cold and hunger pain and care,
Sweet Jesus Christ, it's hard to bear!


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Subject: RE: New and Different Christmas songs
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 11 Dec 16 - 06:24 AM

Crudités
Lyrics by Pat Goodacre, Jessica Abraham, Blanche Rowen, Mike Gulston.
Melody traditional, 15th century

Crudités, crudités with crisps as starters
Anchovies in virgin oil, crudités
Crudités,crudités with crisps as starters
Anchovies in virgin oil, crudités


Guacamole, caviare, basil and tomata
Aubergine and feta dip, taramasalata

Gorgonzola, Camembert, tapenade and nachos
Button mushrooms à la Greque, croutons in gazpacho

Tiramisu, creme brulée, chocolate that melts, a
Cheesecake and profiterôles - pass the Alka Seltzer!


http://www.rowengulston.co.uk/p/words_6.html

Gaudete thread
thread.cfm?threadid=161022


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Subject: RE: New and Different Christmas songs
From: Mrrzy
Date: 11 Dec 16 - 02:17 PM

South Park's Merry Fucking Christmas? I didn't find the actual clip...


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Subject: RE: New and Different Christmas songs
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 11 Dec 16 - 05:50 PM

I'm dreaming of a white hot christmas - Brian Jonathan

14 day forecast for Christmas day is 28C (83F) but the usual high humidity will make it feel hotter! The western suburbs will be hotter, & country regions even hotter, tho they don't normally have high humidity.

sandra in sunny summery sydney


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