40 Days of Favorite Songs (11): Carol of the Bells

This song came on my randomized spotify player just now, and once again I got all tongue-tied by about 3-4 lines in.

Carol of the Bells has VERY easy lyrics, with only a few lines to learn and a very basic tune, but it is fast. I’ve sung this song several times in holiday choirs, but always in parts, usually as an alto, so I very rarely get to sing the whole song through in public, every word, in the right order and at the right time. Still, I’m always grateful for the full tempo practices from those choir days when this song pops up.

Carol of the Bells Lyrics-

Hark! How the bells, sweet silver bells, all seem to say, throw cares away

Christmas is here, bringing good cheer, to young and old, meek and the bold,

Oh how they pound, raising the sound, o’er hill and dale, telling their tale,

Gaily they ring, while people sing songs of good cheer, Christmas is here,

Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas, Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas,

On on they send, on without end, their joyful tone to every home

Dong Ding dong ding, dong Dong

That’s it. Easy Christmas song, yes? But, now try singing along with Celtic Woman-http://youtu.be/ZYRSAAlRFIs

or Leann Rimes (though her accent makes it very hard for me to sing along with her, actually)-http://youtu.be/IpLkynbjl5s

or for a fun challenge, Straight No Chaser- http://youtu.be/a5diP34UPYY

Celtic Thunder also does a rendition of this song now, but just a tad bit slower, and much easier to sing along to. Still, it requires being at least minimally alert. This one is maybe the easiest for practicing the lyrics. – http://open.spotify.com/track/37yJoskChy2R0VGzZv0506

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