Christmas Song’s from the Movies

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This song can be attributed to many a Christmas Movie but I decided to recognise a great scene from Fred Clause.Fred

Sleigh Ride was originally an instrumental composed between 1946 and 48 by Leroy Anderson. It wasn’t until 1950 that words for the music were written by Mitchell Parish.

SleighThe version from the movie is sung by the Ronettes is playing while Fred is having no ride of his life in the sleigh on his way to the North Pole for the first time.

The version used is shorter to that which I’ve posted but I’ve stuck a link at the end for you to see the movie version.

Funny scene, great song; hope you enjoy.

Sleigh Ride

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling,
ring ting tingling too
Come on, it’s lovely weather
for a sleigh ride together with you,
Outside the snow is falling
and friends are calling “Yoo hoo,”
Come on, it’s lovely weather
for a sleigh ride together with you.

Giddy yap, giddy yap, giddy yap,
let’s go, Let’s look at the show,
We’re riding in a wonderland of snow.
Giddy yap, giddy yap, giddy yap,
it’s grand, Just holding your hand,
We’re gliding along with a song
of a wintry fairy land.

Our cheeks are nice and rosy
and comfy cozy are we
We’re snuggled up together
like two birds of a feather would be
Let’s take that road before us
and sing a chorus or two
Come on, it’s lovely weather
for a sleigh ride together with you.

There’s a birthday party
at the home of Farmer Gray
It’ll be the perfect ending a perfect day
We’ll be singing the songs
we love to sing without a single stop,
At the fireplace while we watch
the chestnuts pop. Pop! pop! pop!

There’s a happy feeling
nothing in the world can buy,
When they pass around the chocolate
and the pumpkin pie
It’ll nearly be like a picture print
by Currier and IvesThese wonderful things are the things
we remember all through our lives!
of a wintry fairy land

Our cheeks are nice and rosy
and comfy cozy are we
We’re snuggled up together
like two birds of a feather would be
Let’s take that road before us
and sing a chorus or two
Come on, it’s lovely weather
for a sleigh ride together with you.

 

Check out the video here.

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A Good Ole Christmas Jingle

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Ring Out Solstice Bells by Jethro Tull and written by their lead singer Ian Anderson was first released back in December 1976 and later released on the Album ‘Songs from the Woods’ in ’77.

The band formed in ’67 in the town of Blackpool in the north of England initially playing music in the style of blues rock and jazz fusion, developing their sound in time to incorporate elements of hard and folk rock, forming a progressive rock signature.

This little gem takes me back to my early career and the Christmas music played on store radios. Although busy times it made the day go quick and I appreciated my time off as I didn’t have so much back then. 

Ring Out Solstice Bells

Now is the solstice of the year
Winter is the glad song that you hear
Seven maids move in seven time
Have the lads up ready in a line

Ring out these bells
Ring out, ring solstice bells
Ring solstice bells

Join together ‘neath the mistletoe,
By the holy oak whereon it grows
Seven druids dance in seven time
Sing the song the bells call, loudly chiming

Ring out these bells
Ring out, ring solstice bells
Ring solstice bells

Ring out, ring out the solstice bells
Ring out, ring out the solstice bells

Praise be to the distant sister sun,

Joyful as the silver planets run
Seven maids move in seven time
Sing the song the bells call, loudly chiming

Ring out these bells
Ring out, ring solstice bells
Ring solstice bells
Ring on, ring out
Ring on, ring out
Ring on, ring out
Ring on, ring out

 

Why not check out the song here.

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A Good Ole Christmas Jingle

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So I can’t unfortunately be with you right now but in my head we are all together in the most nostalgic Christmassy place the could be. The log fire is crackling, our favourite tipples are in hand, food aplenty and it’s time for a sing song.

I’ve prepared a couple of these post because these are the songs that, for me, epitomise Christmas (phew that was a big word). There are also some beautiful lyrics to be read and if I can find it, and I usually do, I’ll stick a link at the end for you to watch the video.

Right then, lets get this Christmas Shindig started. Join in the fun in the comments if you’d like.

Sung by the Pogues and featuring Kirsty MacColl here is Fairytale of New York.

Clink those glasses… Cheers!

Fairytale of New York

It was Christmas Eve babe
In the drunk tank
An old man said to me, won’t see another one
And then he sang a song
The Rare Old Mountain Dew
I turned my face away
And dreamed about you

Got on a lucky one
Came in eighteen to one
I’ve got a feeling
This year’s for me and you
So happy Christmas
I love you baby
I can see a better time
When all our dreams come true

They’ve got cars big as bars
They’ve got rivers of gold
But the wind goes right through you
It’s no place for the old
When you first took my hand
On a cold Christmas Eve
You promised me
Broadway was waiting for me

You were handsome

You were pretty
Queen of New York City
When the band finished playing
They howled out for more
Sinatra was swinging,
All the drunks they were singing
We kissed on a corner
Then danced through the night

The boys of the NYPD choir
Were singing “Galway Bay”
And the bells were ringing out
For Christmas day

You’re a bum
You’re a punk
You’re an old slut on junk
Lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed
You scumbag, you maggot
You cheap lousy faggot
Happy Christmas your arse
I pray God it’s our last

The boys of the NYPD choir
Still singing “Galway Bay”
And the bells were ringing out
For Christmas day

I could have been someone
Well so could anyone
You took my dreams from me
When I first found you
I kept them with me babe
I put them with my own
Can’t make it all alone
I’ve built my dreams around you

The boys of the NYPD choir
Still singing “Galway Bay”
And the bells are ringing out
For Christmas day

 

Go on check it out.

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Christmas Song’s from the Movies

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Who has seen the fantastic interpretation of Jolly Ole Saint Nick in that streaming channels Christmas movie ‘The Christmas Chronicles’.

Can I get a ‘HOLLA’.

That’s right Kurt Russell is magnificent and sings a brilliant rendition of this classic 1957 hit ‘Santa Claus is Back in Town’. Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller it was also first recorded that year by the late, great King of Rock N Roll; Mr Elvis Presley.

Santa Claus is Back in Town

Santa(Christmas, Christmas, Christmas…)Elvis

Well, it’s Christmas time pretty baby
And the snow is falling on the ground
Well, it’s Christmas time pretty baby
And the snow is falling down
Well you be a real good little girl
Santa Claus is back in town

Got no sleigh with reindeer
No sack on my back
You’re gonna see me comin’ in a big black Cadillac

Oh, it’s Christmas time pretty baby
And the snow is falling on the ground
Well you be a real good little baby
Santa Claus is back in town

Hang up your pretty stockings
And turn off the light
Santa Claus is comin’ down your chimney tonight

Oh, it’s Christmas time pretty baby
And the snow is falling on the ground
Well you be a real good little baby
Santa Claus is back in town

(Christmas, Christmas, Christmas…)

 

You can listen to the King himself or check out the movie clip here

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A Carol for Christmas

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And so it begins; for the first time this year can I start by wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.

Can I also make my apologies now for I know that it’s not always the merriest time of year for some and the season can be celebrated in different ways by other faiths and religions. However I must write in the spirit in which it means to me; and that is Love and Fun for Everyone.

So I truly hope; for those that:

  • are unable to enjoy the season; you are okay and able to be with family and friends at this time of year
  • celebrate this time of year in your special way; your celebrations are fulfilling and bring you joy
  • just like a bit of a knees up; stay safe, drink sensibly and make sure your address is written on your forehead for the taxi ride home

Right, enough of the Claus’s (snigger, I crack myself up) let’s take a trip down nostalgia lane with this lovely Carol that I first heard when I was a youngster.

I am a big fan of the Lewis Carroll story A Christmas Carol. As sad as it may sound I have a collection of different version of the movie except I’m afraid to say the animation that I first heard this played.

It dates back so far that no one really knows its true origins or author but has been sung at all types of events from concerts to movies to kids on the street. As you can imaging, being such an old carol there have been many versions to the lyrics so I’ve put together what I think reads the best.

So without further ado here is:

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

God rest ye merry gentlemen

Let nothing you dismay

Remember Christ our Saviour

Was born on Christmas Day

To Save us all from Satan’s pow’r

When we were gone astray

 

Oh tidings of comfort and joy

Comfort and joy

Oh tidings of comfort and joy

 

From God our heavenly Father

A blessed angel came,

And unto certain shepherds

Brought tidings of the same,

How that in Bethlehem was born

The Son of God by name

 

Oh tidings of comfort and joy

Comfort and joy

Oh tidings of comfort and joy

 

Fear not then, said the Angel

Let nothing you affright

This day is born a Saviour

Of a pure virgin birth

To free all those who trust in him

From Satan’s pow’r and might

 

Oh tidings of comfort and joy

Comfort and joy

Oh tidings of comfort and joy

 

The shepherds at those tidings

Rejoiced much in mind,

And left their flocks a-feeding

In tempest, storm and wind,

And went to Bethlehem straightway,

This blessed Babe to find

 

Oh tidings of comfort and joy

Comfort and joy

Oh tidings of comfort and joy

 

In Bethlehem, in Israel

This blessed Babe was born

And laid within a manager

Upon this blessed morn

The which His Mother Mary

Did nothing take to scorn

 

Oh tidings of comfort and joy

Comfort and joy

Oh tidings of comfort and joy

 

Now to the Lord sing praises,

All you within this place,

And with true love and brotherhood

Each other now embrace;

This holy tide of Christmas

All other doth deface

 

Oh tidings of comfort and joy

Comfort and joy

Oh tidings of comfort and joy

 

If you’d like to here the carol this version by Anne Lennox is particularly festive, go check it out.

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