Blog Caroling 2010

A few years ago, the footnoteMaven began the tradition of  “blog caroling.” It’s a key part of the geneablogosphere’s holiday season.  GeneaBlogie this year presents three blog “carols.”

Light One Candle

This Peter, Paul and Mary piece is a secular bit which has become popular for Chanuka and other festivals.

Light one candle for the Maccabee children
Give thanks that their light didn’t die;
Light one candle for the pain they endured
When their right to exist was denied;
Light one candle for the terrible sacrifice
Justice and freedom demand;
light one candle for the wisdom to know
When the peacemaker’s time is at hand!

chorus:
Don’t let the light go out,
It’s lasted for so many years!
Don’t let the light go out!
Let it shine through our love and our tears!

Light one candle for the strength that we need
To never become our own foe;
Light one candle for those who are suff’ring
The pain that we learned long ago;
Light one candle for all we believe in,
That anger not tear us apart;
And light one candle to bind us together
With peace as the song in our heart!

(chorus)

What is the memory that’s valued so highly
That we keep it alive in that flame?
What’s the commitment to those who have died?
We cry out “they’ve not died in vain,”
We have come this far, always believing
That justice will somehow prevail;
This is the burden and This is the promise,
This is why we will not fail!

(chorus)

Don’t let the light go out!
Don’t let the light go out!
Don’t let the light go out!


O Holy Night

This is my favorite religious carol and Nat king Cole does it best!

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friends.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

My favorite Christmas song of any sort. I first heard it in 1965. Darlene Love’s most enduring hit. In the following clip the 71 year old singer does it just like she did 45 years ago!

The snow’s comin’ down / Christmas
I’m watchin’ it fall / Christmas
Lots of people around / Christmas
Baby, please come home

The church bells in town / Christmas
They’re ringin’ a song / Christmas
What a happy sound / Christmas
Baby, please come home

They’re singin’ ‘Deck the Halls’
But it’s not like Christmas at all
I remember when you were here
And all the fun we had last year

Pretty lights on the tree / Christmas
I’m watchin’ ‘em shine / Christmas
You should be here with me / Christmas
Baby, please come home
Baby, please come home
Baby, please come home

They’re singin’ ‘Deck the Halls’
But it’s not like Christmas at all
I remember when you were here
And all the fun we had last year

If there was a way / Christmas
I’d hold back these tears / Christmas
But it’s Christmas day / Christmas
Baby, please come home / Christmas
Home / Christmas

Baby, please come home / Christmas
Baby, please come home / Christmas
Baby, please come home / Christmas
Home / Christmas

Baby, please come home / Christmas

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Craig

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