Tuesday, December 24, 2013

New Lyrics for Old Holiday Favorites

On that long drive from Northern Virginia to Boston (an annual experience of the concert choir), you can only say so many rosaries. I used part of the drive last year to come up with what I thought was a winning medley. All I need now is an arranger!

(Open with snippets of all four melodies in a kind of overture, then segue to "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer")

Hearing the angel's message,
Shepherds went to Bethlehem,
Looking for Baby Jesus,
Meeting up with three Wise Men.

What if you had been with them?
Would you have gone out to see
Jesus the newborn savior,
Center of all his----to-----ry?

(Segue to "Frosty the Snowman" but start with a verse, not the chorus)

There must have been
a wondrous hymn
in Bethlehem that day
to make the shepherds leave their flocks
for a Baby in the hay!
Jesus the Savior,
in a most unlikely place.
Not in strength and awe,
but a crib of straw,
and a tiny infant's face.

(Segue to "Here Comes Santa Claus")

Here come the Wise Men,
Riding on camels,
kicking up desert sand.

NIght after dark night, 
Led by a star's light,
Coming with gifts in hand.

What will you bring
to the new King
in that stable out there?

Let your heart be
His completely
and Christmas will last all year.

(Segue to triumphant "Ode to Joy")

Christ, awaited by generations,
ever since old Adam's fall.
He's the reason
for the season,
Merry Christmas, one and all!

(Closing "overture" reprising snippets of all four themes)

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