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Rainey



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2005 2:58 am    Post subject: Favorite Christmas Carols Reply with quote

My other post aside, I really am particularly fond of Oh Holy Night. In fact, I've got a long list of favorites that I can't take the time to post now (mostly because I'll have to look up titles. I could simply sing them for you but I'm afraid I'd sound much like Fred McKinnon...).

What are yours? Anyone know any obscure ones you'd care to share with us? Anyone got any good links to real (sorry, Fred) carols?

I'm actually (Bill O'Reilly and Jerry Falwell notwithstanding) very fond of Christmas and I'm ramping myself up for The Day. Wink

Wishing you all merriness to get you well past 1/1/2006!
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Judy



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2005 4:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's an Aussie Christmas carol, written by Rolf Harris in 1960.

Six White Boomers

Early on one Christmas Day, a Joey Kanga-roo
Was far from home and lost in a great big zoo
Mummy, where's my mummy, they've taken her a-way
We'll help you find your mummy son, hop on the sleigh

[Verse:]
Up beside the bag of toys, little Joey hopped
But they had'nt gone far when Santa stopped
Un-harnessed all the reindeer and Joey wondered why
Then he heard a far off booming in the sky

[Chorus:]
Six white boomers, snow white boomers
Racing Santa Claus through the blazing sun
Six white boomers, snow white boomers
.. On his Aus-tra-lian run

Pretty soon old Santa began to feel the heat
Took his fur-lined boots off to cool his feet
Into one popped Joey, feeling quite OK
While those old man kangaroos kept pulling on the sleigh

Joey said to Santa, Santa, what about the toys
Aren't you giving some to these girls and boys
They've all got their presents son, we were here last night
This trip is an extra trip, Joey's special flight

Soon the sleigh was flashing past, right ovr Marble Bar
Slow down there, cried Santa, it can't be far
Come up on my lap son, and have a look around
There she is, that's mummy, bounding up and down

Well that's the bestest Christmas treat that Joey ever had
Curled up in mother's pouch all snug and glad
The last they saw was Santa headed northward from the sun
The only year the boomers worked a double run
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Judy



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2005 5:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And another one, sung to the tune of 'Deck the Halls'

Firstly an explanation of some of the Australian words:-

* Wattle - An Australian tree with yellow flowers
* ripper - Good
* g'day - Hello
* Abu Dhabi - A distant country
* ercky - Not very well

Deck the sheds with bits of wattle, fa la la la la la la la la

Whack some gum leaves in a bottle, fa la la la la la la la la

All the shops are open sundies, fa la la la la la la la la

Buy your Dad some sox and undies, fa la la la la la la la la



Deck the sheds with bits of gumtree, fa la la la la la la la la

Hang some deco's off the plum tree, fa la la la la la la la la

Plant some kisses on the missus, fa la la la la la la la la

Have a ripper Aussie Christmas, fa la la la la la la la la



Say g'day to friends and relies, fa la la la la la la la la

Wave them off with bulging bellies, fa la la la la la la la la

Kids and babies youngies oldies, fa la la la la la la la la

May your fridge be full of coldies, fa la la la la la la la la



Chop the wood and stoke the barbie, fa la la la la la la la la

Ring the folks in Abu Dhabi, fa la la la la la la la la

Pop the stuffing in the turkey, fa la la la la la la la la

Little Mary's feeling ercky, fa la la la la la la la la



Rally rally round the table, fa la la la la la la la la

Fill your belly while your able, fa la la la la la la la la

Joyce and Joany, Dave and Daryl, fa la la la la la la la la

Sing an Aussie Christmas Carol, fa la la la la la la la la
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2005 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My absolute favorite traditional carol is "Oh Holy Night" also, but I've also discovered this year an English Carol called "The Holly and the Ivy" and it is so lovely to hear. But my favorite Christmas song is "Santa Baby", the 1954 version performed by Eartha Kitt, it's just so cute with just that right amount of sexy that she pulls off with that voice of her's.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2005 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow so many good ones!! I particularly like the ones you don't hear all the time. Holly and the Ivy, Carol of the Birds, Coventry Carol, I saw 3 ships one of my Favorites is a French carrol, Ille est ne, le divine enfant" (actually it heard played the other day in a Parisian Marche de Noel, right after "jingle bells" in French one of my highlights so far)

Of the secular ones my favorite, is Mel Torme's The Christmas Song ("Chestnuts Roasting on an open fire...") My favorite rendition is by Carmen McRae (perfect phrasing)

Another treat is off the Leon Redbone Holliday album, which features him combining with New Orlean's Own Dr, John in a ripping rendition of Frosty the Snowman can't help but tap your feet
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2005 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good ones, Everyone!

PM- Oooh! You know some I don't. I've never heard of The Carol of the Birds but I'll see if I can search it out. I also love The Holly and the Ivy and Il Est Ne le Divin Enfant. Then there's Bring a Torch Jenette Isabella (tho the lyrics I know are different than the ones I find online). I love The Carol of the Bells and a long time ago Harry Belafonte did a calypso version of Long Time Ago in Bethlehem that runs through my head like a loop this time of year (a pleasant loop).

Then there's I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In. I heard a Middle Eastern version of These Three Kings Of Orient once with tabla and a loping rhythm. It made so much more sense that way. It was exotic and lovely and ever so much more interesting than I've ever heard it before. Wish I could remember how it sounded now. Otherwise, this particular carol bores me.

I love Pachelbel's Canon in D. Is that Christmas music, actually? And Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desire. Again, Christmas music? I dunno. I just know I love it and it's always appropriate at the holiday season.

Hope you're finding more and more each day to fuel the joy of the season and love for those near and dear and all your fellow Man.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2005 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Angels we have Heard on High (GloOoOria!) Right now I am listening to one of my favorite Christmas CD's The Corol Commission by M-Pact an accapela group from Seattle. A friend with a party business just sent me a compelation CD one of her DJ's made last year and it is great, Christmas Music you can dance to.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2005 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am very fond of "Oi! To the world", by both the Vandals and No Doubt. Despite my religious views, I really love "Silent Night".
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