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Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?

GUEST 12 Dec 11 - 11:03 AM
GUEST,giovanni 12 Dec 11 - 01:37 AM
Clontarf83 11 Dec 11 - 11:09 PM
GUEST,hslauter 11 Dec 11 - 09:20 PM
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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Dec 11 - 11:03 AM

"Wintersong" by Sarah McLachlan always makes me think of images of fallen soldiers, firemen, policemen going by throughout the song. It always gets to me.

Tommy Thompson's "Hot Buttered Rum" has stark imagery that is as real as yesterday.

Bob Gibson & Tom Paxton sing "Box Of Candy And A Piece Of Fruit", another "Christmas In Prison" type song.

I follow those up with Ruthie Ungar's "Darkest Days, Brightest Nights" to get me back on an even keel.

Merry Christmas....


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: GUEST,giovanni
Date: 12 Dec 11 - 01:37 AM

Kevin Wilson has a hard hitting one about Santa Claus right here


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: Clontarf83
Date: 11 Dec 11 - 11:09 PM

Hot Buttered Rum by Tommy Thompson, recorded by Brian Bowers, Album title is By Heart

I also endorse earlier comment re Steve Earle--Nothing but a child Album name Copperhead Road---absolutely original take on Christmas


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: GUEST,hslauter
Date: 11 Dec 11 - 09:20 PM

I was wondering if you might be able to help me find the name to this song. Christmas song about a boy who writes a letter to Jesus instead of Santa. He writes a letter to Jesus about how Santa has forgot their house , that dad is not there, his sister needs new shoes and his mom needs a warm coat. I have only heard it once and can't find it anywhere on line. Please help!!!


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: Gurney
Date: 07 Dec 06 - 02:23 AM

Depends what hits you where.
I think the most powerful carol is 'Adeste Fidelis.' (sp?) As it is mostly in Latin, and uncompromisingly worshipfully Christian, and suitable for a big choral work, it makes most songs sound a bit pathetic.

Haven't sung it for 50 years, since I was an altar boy.


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Subject: Lyr Add: NO CHRISTMAS IN KENTUCKY (Phil Ochs)
From: robd
Date: 07 Dec 06 - 01:33 AM

No Christmas in Kentucky
By Phil Ochs

Christmas shoppers shopping on a neon city street
Another Christmas dollar for another Christmas treat
There's satin on the pretty dolls that make the children glow
While a boy walking ragged in the cold Kentucky snow
No, they don't have Christmas in Kentucky
There's no holly on a West Virginia door
For the trees don't twinkle when you're hungry
And the Jingle Bells don't jingle when you're poor

There's lots of toys for children when then Christmas time is near
But the present for the miners is a stocking full of beer
In the dark hills of Kentucky there's one gift that may be found
The coal dust of forgotten days that's lying on the ground
No, they don't have Christmas in Kentucky
There's no holly on a West Virginia door
For the trees don't twinkle when you're hungry
And the Jingle Bells don't jingle when you're poor

Let's drink a toast to Congress and a toast to Santa Claus
and a toast to all the speeches that bring the loud applause
There's not enough to give, no, there's not enough to share
So let's drown the sounds of sorrow with a hearty Christmas cheer
No, they don't have Christmas in Kentucky
There's no holly on a West Virginia door
For the trees don't twinkle when you're hungry
And the Jingle Bells don't jingle when you're poor

Have a merry, merry Christmas and a happy new year's day
For now's a time of plenty, and plenty's here to stay
But if you knew what Christmas was, I think that you would find
That Christ is spending Christmas in the cold Kentucky mine
No, they don't have Christmas in Kentucky
There's no holly on a West Virginia door
For the trees don't twinkle when you're hungry
And the Jingle Bells don't jingle when you're poor


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 06 Dec 06 - 09:23 PM

written by Mike Gregory 2006 in the UK

http://www.bigalwhittle.co.uk/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/christmasontheestate.mp3


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Subject: Lyr Add: TENNESSEE SONG (James Agee)
From: Joe_F
Date: 06 Dec 06 - 09:20 PM

They laid down in a cold black barn,
the stars worked through the walls.
The ox and the jackass kept them warm,
a-studying in their stalls.

The old hens grouched along their roost,
the Gobbler riffed his wing.
Out on the mountain niggers heared
the glorying angels sing.

And he come out and took his breath
peaceful as ary mouse.
And in the sky there opened up
A star over that house.

Bashful they come and kneeled them down
before that new borned child.
Good Joseph trimmed the lantern.
The gal laid easy and smiled.

She could a had the best hotel,
doctors, a fine gold ring,
name in the papers and winter flowers,
For He was King.

He could a had the Mayor there,
a-waiting down the string
from the Governor and the President
For He was King.

Ginseng root from Siler's Bald,
a star in the sky, a bird on the wing,
a kiver wove a ripe peach wool,
For He was King.

He could a ordered Summer there,
Summer'd a skipped her Spring.
He could a never come to us.
For he was King.

He did not need no company,
playpretties, nary a thing.
He come to us the manner he come.
For he was King.

-- From "Lines Suggested by a Tennessee Song" by James Agee (ca. 1949)


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Subject: Lyr Add: FIRST CHRISTMAS (Stan Rogers)
From: GUEST,Jim C
Date: 06 Dec 06 - 08:57 AM

I see some requests for these lyrics. Very sad Xmas song.

First Christmas (Stan Rogers, 1979)

This day a year ago, he was rolling in the snow
With a younger brother in his father's yard
Christmas break, a time for touching home,
The heart of all he'd known
And leaving was so hard

Three thousand miles away,
Now he's working Christmas Day
Making double time for the minding of the store
Well he always said, he'd make it on his own
He's spending Christmas Eve alone
First Christmas away from home

She's standing by the train station,
Pan-handling for change
Four more dollars buys a decent meal and a room
Looks like the Sally Ann place after all,
In a crowded sleeping hall
That echoes like a tomb

But it's warm and clean and free,
And there are worse places to be
At least it means no beating from her Dad
And if she cries because it's Christmas Day
She hopes that it won't show
First Christmas away from home

In the apartment stands a tree,
And it looks so small and bare
Not like it was meant to be,
Golden angel on the top
It's not that same old silver star,
You wanted for your own
First Christmas away from home

In the morning, they get prayers,
Then it's crafts and tea downstairs
Then another meal back in his little room
Hoping maybe that "the boys"
Will think to phone before the day is gone
Well, it's best they do it soon

When the "old girl" passed away,
He fell apart more every day
Each had always kept the other pretty well
But the kids all said the nursing home was best
Cause he couldn't live alone
First Christmas away from home

In the common room they've got the biggest tree
And it's huge and cold and lifeless
Not like it ought to be,
And the lit-up flashing Santa Claus on top
It's not that same old silver star,
You once made for your own
First Christmas away from home

Here's a link to the tab: Stan Rogers Tabs

Also, I just found this guy on YouTube that sings a few Stan tunes. Very good versions. Newfiefiddler


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Dec 06 - 03:30 AM

haven't heard Enoch Kent's Scarlet Ray Guns for a loooooooooong time - wonder if it would stand the test of time.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: GUEST,Mike Scott
Date: 05 Dec 06 - 06:37 PM

He's the little boy that Santa Clause forgot,
And goodness knows, he didn't want a lot.


He sent a note to Santa
For some soldiers and a drum,
It broke his little heart
When he found Santa hadn't come.


In the street he envies all those lucky boys,
Then wanders home to last year's broken toys.
I'm so sorry for that laddie,
He hasn't got a daddy,
The little boy that Santa Clause forgot.


Spoken:
(You know, Christmas comes but once a year for every girl and boy,
The laughter and the joy they find in each brand new toy.
I'll tell you of a little boy that lives across the way...
This little fella's Christmas is just another day.
He's the little boy that Santa Claus forgot,
And goodness knows, he didn't want a lot.)


In the street he envies all those lucky boys,
Then wanders home to last year's broken toys.
I'm so sorry for that laddie,
He hasn't got a daddy,
The little boy that Santa Clause forgot.


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: Genie
Date: 05 Dec 06 - 05:15 PM

Alternative Christmas songs: Iraq


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: GUEST,The black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 05 Dec 06 - 07:39 AM

It's worth listening to the lyrics of "I believe in Father Christmas" from ELP, particularly if you want powerful peace message with a more humanist slant on Christmas.
"They told me a fairy story, 'til I believed in the Isrealite"

Works well on concertina, including the instrumental classical cribs.


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Subject: Lyr Add: WINTER SONG (Alan Hull)
From: Shields Folk
Date: 05 Dec 06 - 05:20 AM

WINTER SONG (~1970 by Alan Hull, Lindisfarne)

When Winter's shadowy fingers first pursue you down the street
And your boots no longer lie about the cold around your feet
Do you spare a thought for Summer whose passage is complete
Whose memories lie in ruins and whose ruins lie in heat
When Winter.... comes howling in

When the wind is singing strangely, blowing music through your head
And your rain-splattered windows make you decide to stay in bed
Do you spare a thought for the homeless tramp who wishes he was dead
Or do you pull your bed-clothes higher, dream of Summertime instead
When Winter.... comes howling in

The creeping cold has fingers that caress without permission
And mystic crystal snowdrops only aggravate the condition
Do you spare a thought for the gypsy with no secure position
Who's turned and spurned by village and town and the Magistrate's decision
When Winter.... comes howling in

When the turkey's in the oven and the Christmas presents are bought
And Santa's in his module - he's an American astronaut
Do you spare a thought for Jesus, who had nothing but his thoughts
Who got busted - just for talking, and befriending the wrong sorts
When Winter.... comes howling in
When Winter.... comes howling in


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 05 Dec 06 - 05:09 AM

Peter and Lou Berryman again...

"Gonna have a big dead bird for dinner on Christmas day!"

Art


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 05 Dec 06 - 04:12 AM

Moving On Song, McColl


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 05 Dec 06 - 04:03 AM

probably not your sort of thing but my latest christmas song

http://www.bigalwhittle.co.uk/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/haveadrinkitschristmas.mp3

merry christmas to all

big al whittle


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 04 Dec 06 - 07:51 PM

Thirty years ago Adrian May and Chris Leger toured the clubs with a Christmas Show of all self penned stuff ! 'I Hate Christmas' has a nice dig at all the wrong things about The Season !


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: Ref
Date: 04 Dec 06 - 07:22 PM

In the film "Joyeux Noel" (a fictionalized version of the Christmas Truce) there is a haunting song that repeats "dreaming of home." It's sung by the Scottish soldiers and comes up again at the end as the german participants are sent to the Eastern front. Fine film.   Wonderful Song. If anyone else knows it and/or its provenance, please inform me. I'd love lyrics and tabulature.


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: scrimnet
Date: 04 Dec 06 - 01:51 PM

It was Christmas day in the cookhouse
The season of good cheer
The soldiers hearts were merry
Their bellies full of beer
The pompous orderly officer
As he strolled around the hall
Called out "A merry Christmas!"
The soldiers answered "balls!"

This angered the orderly officer
And he swore by all the Gods
He'd stop their Christmas pudding
The ungrateful little sods
Then up spake a bald headed corporal
His face as bold as brass
"You can take your Christmas pudding
And shove it up your arse!"


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: breezy
Date: 04 Dec 06 - 01:01 PM

'Without you on Christmas Day' by George Papavgeris written in 2002

About the family matriarch

It works and Ive seen it work when performed by the author, more than once


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: eddie1
Date: 03 Dec 06 - 08:34 PM

"Standing In The Rain" by Sydney Carter is a good one.

Eddie


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Subject: Lyr Add: CHRISTMAS 1914 (Cormac MacConnell)
From: Hawker
Date: 03 Dec 06 - 06:25 PM

Found this on an old thread......
May save you some time if you wanted to use it....

This beautiful song was written by Cormac MacConnell, the brother of Mudcatter Chordstrangler (Mickey MacConnell) who has recorded it on his CD "Joined Up Writing." You can PM Mickey right here to order his superb recording.

Seamus


CHRISTMAS 1914   by Cormac MacConnell

In the year 1914 on Christmas Day,
On the Western front the guns all died away.
And lying in the mud on bags of sand
We heard the German sing from No Man's Land.
He had a tenor voice so clear and true;
The words were strange, but every note we knew.
A-soaring o'er the living, dead and damned,
That soldier sang of peace from No Man's Land.

Chorus: Oh, Silent night, no cannons roar.
A King is born of peace for ever more,
All's calm, all's bright, all brothers hand in hand,
A Soldier's song of peace from No Man's Land.

They slowly left their trenches, we left ours.
Beneath tin hats the smiles bloomed like wild flowers.
With photos, cigarettes and flasks of wine,
We made a soldier's peace on that front line.
Their singer was a lad of twenty-one;
We begged another song before the dawn,
And sitting amid carnage, death and fear,
He sang again the song all longed to hear.

Chorus:

In the morning all the guns roared in the rain,
And they killed us and we killed them again
With bayonet, bomb and bullet, gas and flame
And neither them nor us at at all to blame.
There was heavy fighting all throughout that day.
For one night's peace we bitterly did pay.
That night they charged, we fought them hand to hand
And I shot the lad who sang from No Man's Land.
Chorus:

Oh, Silent night, no cannons roar,
A king is born of peace for ever more.
All's calm, all's bright, all brothers hand in hand,
A soldier's song of peace from No Man's Land.
O Silent night, Holy night,
And his ghostly voice still rings
As the young dead soldier sings
Where the Captains and the Kings
Built No Man's Land.

Cheers, Lucy


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: GUEST,Artful Codger
Date: 03 Dec 06 - 02:52 PM

The Smothers Brothers' "Monday We Saw on TV". I believe I posted the full lyrics in a different thread some time ago. It's a cumulative song, like "The Twelve Days of Christmas", and starts:

Monday we saw on TV a toy to buy for Christmas:
A sexy Sally doll with skin-tight stretchpants.
Oh boy, oh boy, we really gotta get that toy!


[Includes a coupon for a Baby Jesus action figure: fries heretics with his laser eyes! Ox and ass sold separately.]


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: open mike
Date: 03 Dec 06 - 02:21 PM

I would second Jackson Browne's Rebel Jesus.

and John McCutcheon's christmas in the trenches.

and suggest you check out the Canadian duo of
Connie Kaldor and Bim who have great collection
on their "New Songs for and Old Celebration"
which includes my favorites "Cowboy Christmas"
(where Shepherds were the cowboys of Gallilee)
and another one "Last Month of the Year" that
has a gospel/spiritual feel to it..


and the song The Gift (which is sung by Garth Brooks)
was written by Stephanie Davis, who asks that you
credit her with composing the song. www.stephaniedavis.net


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: Hawker
Date: 03 Dec 06 - 02:13 PM

For me the finest and very hard hitting Christmas song is Christmas 1914 by Cormac McConnell
A very cleverly written and moving song. I sang it at our Christmas do last year and there was not a dry eye in the room (i don't think it was my singing, I hope it was the song!)
Cheers, Lucy


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: GUEST,Wayne
Date: 03 Dec 06 - 01:49 PM

Tom Pacheco's Christmas on Times Square (Jimmy the Fiddler) to be found on Woodstock Winter or Swallowed up in the Great American Heartland, is a heart rending song. Both albums are still available.

Loudon Wainwright's Christmas Morning from Social Studies is shocking. I was dumbstruck when I first heard it.

Fairy Tale in New York still packs a punch despite being belovrd of the Christmas compilation album compilers.

On the traditional front, The Mistletoe Bough which recalls the oft told tale of a bride getting locked in a trunk during a game of Hide and Seek, is pretty hard hitting too. The version I know is on Calennig's excellent A Gower Garland.


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 03 Dec 06 - 01:26 PM

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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: GUEST,Ron
Date: 03 Dec 06 - 11:55 AM

"First Christmas Away From Home" by Stan Rogers


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Subject: Lyr Add: RUN, RUN, RUDOLPH (from Chuck Berry)
From: Tweed
Date: 21 Nov 01 - 07:58 PM

How 'bout Chuck Berry's "RUN, RUN, RUDOLPH"? Hit 'em hard and low...make their feet start moving ;~)

Out of all the reindeer, you know you're the mastermind
Run, run, Rudolph. Randolph's not too far behind.

Run, run, Rudolph. Santa's got to make it to town.
Santa, make him hurry. He can take the freeway down.
And away went Rudolph, whizzin' like a merry-go-round.

Said Santa to a boy child, "What have you been longing for?"
"All I want for Christmas is a rock 'n' roll electric guitar."
And away went Rudolph, whizzin' like a shooting star.

Run, run, Rudolph. Santa's got to make it to town.
Can't you make him hurry? (Tell him) he can take the freeway down.
And away went Rudolph a-whizzin' like a merry-go-round.

Said Santa to a girl child, "What would you like most to get?"
"I want a little baby doll that can cry and scream and wet."
And away went Rudolph, whizzin' like a saber jet
Run, run, Rudolph. Run, run, Rudolph.
Run, run, Rudolph. He's runnin' like a sonofagun.


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: CaptainLewis
Date: 21 Nov 01 - 07:26 PM

How about "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

Best!

-CLB


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: Joe_F
Date: 21 Nov 01 - 06:58 PM

Three tasteless whimsies and a recommendation:

Hark, the herald angels sing:
Glory to the newborn Thing,
Which, because of radiation,
Will be cared for by the nation.

-- E. Gorey
*
It came upon a midnight clear
And ate up everything in sight.
*
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
O piss on thee, O Christmas tree.
*
For a hard-hitting Christmas *story*, read Chapter Ten, "The Ritchies Take Christmas", in Jean Ritchie's _Singing Family of the Cumberlands_, which I am glad to see is still in print. Read it aloud, even if you can't do that without crying, and sing the songs as you go. This is the best of Christmas and of Christianity.


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: robomatic
Date: 21 Nov 01 - 06:22 PM

"Gun for Christmas" by Wall of Voodoo

"Christmas Amoeba" by Steve Lyons, from the album "No Place Like Mars" heard once on the radio and haven't been able to locate a copy or anyone who has it

"All I Want for Christmas is my two front teeth" Spike Jones, Maybe more hard hittin' than hard hitting.

Pax to you too


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: Cappuccino
Date: 21 Nov 01 - 05:11 PM

Hey, we're back again - thanks, Kaleea and Genie, that last one's a cracker. It reminds me of a village in Zambia where our charity works - the village artist has painted the Last Supper as a mural, and of course Jesus and the disciples are all African. Doesn't half surprise some people...

For the record, so to speak, those suggestions of 'Mary Did You Know?' got it on to our finished CD. Some of the others, ncluding that last one, are being done live.

Very many thanks, everyone.

- IanB


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Subject: Lyr Add: SOME CHILDREN SEE HIM (Hutsun/Burt)
From: Genie
Date: 20 Nov 01 - 10:31 PM

Here is Burt's carol with the line breaks (as well as my somewhat audacious [?] third verse) added.   (You can, of course, edit that one out to keep the song pure.)   - Genie
 

Some children see Him lily white, the baby Jesus born this night.
Some children see Him lily white, with tresses soft and fair.
Some children see Him bronzed and brown, The Lord of heav'n to earth come down.
Some children see Him bronzed and brown, with dark and heavy hair.

Some children see Him almond-eyed, this Savior whom we kneel beside.
Some children see Him almond-eyed, with skin of yellow hue.
Some children see Him dark as they, sweet Mary's Son to whom we pray.
Some children see him dark as they, and, ah! they love Him, too!

If Jesus had been born a girl, this baby born to save the world,
If Jesus had been born a girl, just like her mother mild,
The miracle would be the same, that down to us on earth therecame
A gift by heav'nly hosts proclaimed, God's blessed Holy child.
 

The children in each different place will see the baby Jesus' face
Like theirs, but bright with heavenly grace, and filled with holy light.
O lay aside each earthly thing and with thy heart as offering,
Come worship now the infant King. 'Tis love that's born tonight!


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: Kaleea
Date: 20 Nov 01 - 01:29 AM

Alfred Burt wrote this Christmas Carol in 1951:

Some children see Him lily white, the baby Jesus born this night. Some children see Him lily white, with tresses soft and fair. Some children see Him bronzed and brown, The Lord of heav'n to earth come down. Some children see Him bronzed and brown, with dark and heavy hair. Some children see Him almond-eyed, this Savior whom we kneel beside. some children see Him almond-eyed, with skin of yellow hue. Some children see Him dark as they, sweet Mary's Son to whom we pray. Some children see him dark as they, and, ah! they love Him, too!

The children in each different place will see the baby Jesus' face like theirs, but bright with heavenly grace, and filled with holy light. O lay aside each earthly thing and with thy heart as offering, come worship now the infant King. 'Tis love that's born tonight!


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 19 Nov 01 - 01:01 PM

Anybody ever heard of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra? Here's their web address (sorry, don't know how to post a link.) Check 'em out. Helluva good guitarist (Al Pitrelli). Click on the Christmas Eve link.

Happy Christmas!


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: Genie
Date: 01 Nov 01 - 01:40 AM

Now that the little goblins are all in bed, they can start dreaming visions of sugarplums and Tickle-Me-Elmo. So here's a refresh of this thread, to get folks thinking about not-so-ordinary Christmas songs.

G


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: GUEST,Steven G.
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 02:45 PM

Yes, Claymore. I agree with you on Stan Rogers "First Christmas "

I played the song a few times, and when you sing the song you sort of have a tear in your eye while playing this song.

Quite hard hitting song to play...

Steven G.


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: GUEST,Claymore
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 02:27 PM

Another vote for "First Christmas" by Stan Rodgers. A truely stunning work, about young man's first Christmas away from his family, an abused daughter away from her father, an old man's first Christmas after his wife has died, etc. If someone could research the verses, I'm sure many would appreciate it.

Also on a more humerous vein, we used to sing a song in the 'Nam called "The Night We Gunned Down Santa Claus", about how "Ho, Ho, Ho" did not squak "Friendly" on the IFF and "Merry Christmas" was not the password. Santa augers in with only Rudolph trying to pull him up, and the Marines eat vension that glows red in the dark.

I'm sure that some sort of similar song will come out the the 'Ghan, with a first verse that goes, "By the light of burning turbans, sing we Noel", or something like that.


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: tar_heel
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 12:49 PM

how about,an old christmas card,by jim reeves...


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 04:59 AM

I have not read the whole thread, so I'm sorry if this has come up. Ewan McColl's Moving On song is not an Xmas song but with its references to the Wise Men and the refrain Better get born in someplace else, the analogy to the Xmas story is very clear.


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: Genie
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 12:09 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: Haruo
Date: 20 Sep 01 - 10:26 PM

Jesus was homeless as an adult, too. Don't forget "Tramp on the Street" and the like.

Liland


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: GUEST,Genie
Date: 19 Sep 01 - 10:50 PM

Kathy Mattea sings a song about "Just Another Homeless Family," but I am not sure that's the title.
Genie


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: GUEST,Steven G.
Date: 19 Sep 01 - 02:11 PM

I think someone wrote on this threat Stan Rogers "First Christmas". It is quite a hard hitting Christmas song, and would you think that at Christmas time, it is all nice and festive, but to some people it is another day to survive.

Quite a moving piece of work,

Steven G.


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: GUEST,Genie
Date: 18 Sep 01 - 10:59 PM

I'm glad I could help, Ian. Sadly, the events that triggered my thoughts of this song were -- well, you know.

Genie


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: Cappuccino
Date: 18 Sep 01 - 05:48 PM

Thanks Genie - I was just looking for something like that!

- ian


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: GUEST,Genie
Date: 18 Sep 01 - 04:39 AM

Ian,

Joe Offer has posted the full text of Longfellow's original poem--written in 1864 and published in 1867--along with a link to the story of how the poem and the carol came to be. (See "Lyric Req:"I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day")

BTW, I'm not sure how I got " some foul dragon's mouth" out of "each black, accursed mouth," but it looks like my memory got imaginative. The two verses I was seeking are:

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
    And with the sound
    The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
    And made forlorn
    The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

These are the fourth and fifth verses of Longfellow's poem.

Please check out the "I Heard The Bells" thread for further discussion.

Genie


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Subject: RE: Know any hard-hitting christmas songs?
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Sep 01 - 02:10 AM

not sure how Christmasy it is, but I remember hearing many years ago a song that was rather popular at the time called Dear Mr. Jesus. it was sung by a little girl and it was about child abuse.


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