Sunday, November 29, 2009

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

WavesAndWays.mp3 (live demo - piano)

Yes, I've succumbed to the lure of YouTube... mostly to post music for now, but I may find other uses for it. The channel is

For now, I'm putting up some stuff that's already been posted as MP3s in this blog, but there's a new piece for the Christmas season, this rendition of Jolly Old Saint Nicholas.

As I mention in the video, August always gets me thinking about Christmas, because the USAF Band would practice their Christmas show in August in Washington, D.C. It was extremely good, and supremely entertaining, and more than a little bit surreal to sit on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial in the heat of Summer watching the band (more of an orchestra, really) performing Christmas Carols with the backdrop of the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial behind them.

What I was thinking that particular August was that, since so many aspects of this religious holiday had been made secular, wouldn't it be fitting to recover, commandeer, or hijack some aspect of it that started out secular or materialistic and make it religious. So this wrote itself in just about no time at all. Here are the lyrics:

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
dfl - August, 2005

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
Lean your ear this way
Don't you tell a single soul
What I'm going to say
Christmas Eve is coming soon
Now you dear old man
Whisper what you'll bring to me
Tell me if you can

Johnny wants a pair of skates
Suzy wants a sled
Nelly wants a picture book
Yellow, blue and red
I want you to pray with me
To Jesus high above
Help me find a birthday gift
For the Lord of Love

And I want peace in Persia
And in old Jerusalem
I want everyone to welcome Him
When God comes home again
I want us to love one another
That's all I have to say
May peace and love surround us all
When we wake on Christmas day

[this reprise is preferably done by a choir, if you have one]
We pray for peace in Persia
And in old Jerusalem
We will welcome Him with open arms
When God comes home again
Let us love one another
What more is there to say?
May peace and love surround us all
When we wake on Christmas day

May peace and love surround us all
When we wake on Christmas day

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