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Greatest ever Christmas song?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Johnny_Bluenote, Dec 1, 2015.

  1. Johnny_Bluenote

    Johnny_Bluenote Occasional commenter

    Well it's that time of the year again to bring out this old chestnut. (I once knew someone who roasted his chestnuts by standing too close to an open fire.) But back to the question.

    I guess for me: FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK CITY by The Pogues
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  2. Erin_Rhys

    Erin_Rhys Occasional commenter

    O come all ye faithful sung by a full choir of men women and children inside a large church.
  3. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

  4. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Maybe not the best Xmas ditty, but certainly the longest in the popular charts. This cover version recorded by Steeleye Span in recent times:

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  5. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Anything sung by Maddy Prior becomes an instant earworm for me. Now I admire Maddy Prior but 43 years of Gaudete? :(
  6. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    I like quite a few, both secular and religious; however, this one - 'Jesus Christ the apple tree' takes my breath away each time I hear it:

    1. The tree of life my soul hath seen,
    Laden with fruit and always green:
    The trees of nature fruitless be
    Compared with Christ the apple tree.

    2. His beauty doth all things excel:
    By faith I know, but ne'er can tell
    The glory which I now can see
    In Jesus Christ the apple tree.

    3. For happiness I long have sought,
    And pleasure dearly I have bought:
    I missed of all; but now I see
    'Tis found in Christ the apple tree.

    4. I'm weary with my former toil,
    Here I will sit and rest awhile:
    Under the shadow I will be,
    Of Jesus Christ the apple tree.

    5. This fruit doth make my soul to thrive,
    It keeps my dying faith alive;
    Which makes my soul in haste to be
    With Jesus Christ the apple tree.
  7. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Methinks 'tis a trifle older than ye two score yeares and three, fair mistress of ye grumpie dogge.

    My naive newly-qualified form tutor c.1973 rather foolishly admitted to liking Steeleye Span, so we 14 year olds all had this comical mental image of him getting his groove on to Gaudete. Still makes me chortle.
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  8. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    This one - especially verse 3 - and it's never not relevant. Wonderful imagery too.

    It came upon the midnight clear,
    That glorious song of old,
    From angels bending near the earth
    To touch their harps of gold!
    Peace on the earth, good will to men,
    From heaven's all gracious King!
    The world in solemn stillness lay
    To hear the angels sing.

    Still through the cloven skies they come
    With peaceful wings unfurled
    And still their heavenly music floats
    O'er all the weary world;
    Above its sad and lowly plains
    They bend on hovering wing.
    And ever o'er its Babel sounds
    The blessed angels sing.

    Yet with the woes of sin and strife
    The world hath suffered long;
    Beneath the angel-strain have rolled
    Two thousand years of wrong;
    And man, at war with man, hears not
    The love song which they bring:
    O hush the noise, ye men of strife,
    And hear the angels sing.

    For lo! the days are hastening on,
    By prophet bards foretold,
    When, with the ever-circling years,
    Shall come the Age of Gold;
    When peace shall over all the earth
    Its ancient splendours fling,
    And all the world give back the song
    Which now the angels sing.
  9. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    1972 it says on the youtube clip. Mind you, more fool me if I've taken youtube as Gospel. (See what I did there?)
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  10. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Well, I had to.Somebody had to. Why not me? My teaching career began in the Black Country. I plonked myself down for lunch in Beatties and there was Davie Hill. You can't move for members of Slade round that way.
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  11. lapinrose

    lapinrose Star commenter


  12. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    I like that one also, Monica.

    And 'See, amid the winter's snow':
  13. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter


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  14. cissy3

    cissy3 Star commenter

    Alas, Beatties is no more. Now it's House of Fraser, and is nowhere near as good. Saw Dave Hill in a local garden centre!
  15. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    Greg Lake - 'I believe in Father Christmas', always one of my favourites:

  16. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Told you. Dave Hill's everywhere in Wolvo.

    No Beatties!!! Alas INDEED.
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  17. Johnny_Bluenote

    Johnny_Bluenote Occasional commenter

    The most profound words ever penned on the subject of Christmas?

    Surely the following:

    So here it is Merry Christmas
    Everybody's having fun
    Look to the future now
    It's only just begun.

    Surely it is not mere coincidence that Noddy Holder and Shakespeare both hail from Warwickshire?
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  18. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    From either end of the sentiment spectrum there's Johnny Matthis and then there's the Coventry Carol.

  19. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

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  20. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

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