6 Geese A-Laying

December 20, 2009 Comments Off on 6 Geese A-Laying

Sorry for the late posting of this one… I was out finishing my Christmas shopping yesterday and forgot to post.

Today’s song is a re-interpretation of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” by Casting Crowns.  It seems like every recording I have of this song (I have 5) uses a different melody line, but this is my favourite.  It also fits nicely into the title of Casting Crown’s album, Peace On Earth.  The simplicity of the piano opening, coupled with the choral touches in the chorus lend a melancholy air to the song, which reminds us that while Peace has come to the earth, it remains a fallen world.  I’m including the lyrics below, so you can read along.

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–> D/L <–

I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, arr. Casting Crowns

I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play
And mild and sweet their songs repeat
Of peace on earth good will to men

And the bells are ringing (Peace on earth)
Like a choir they’re singing(Peace on earth)
In my heart I hear them (Peace on earth)
Peace on earth, good will to men

And in despair I bowed my head
There is no peace on earth I said
For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men

But the bells are ringing (Peace on earth)
Like a choir singing (Peace on earth)
Does anybody hear them? (Peace on earth)
Peace on earth, good will to men

Then rang the bells more loud and deep
God is not dead, nor doth He sleep (Peace on earth, peace on earth)
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men

Then ringing singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good will to men

And the bells they’re ringing (Peace on earth)
Like a choir they’re singing (Peace on earth)
And with our hearts we’ll hear them (Peace on earth)
Peace on earth, good will to men

Do you hear the bells they’re ringing? (Peace on earth)
The life the angels singing (Peace on earth)
Open up your heart and hear them (Peace on earth)
Peace on earth, good will to men

Peace on earth, Peace on earth
Peace on earth, Good will to men

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