Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wild and Sweet the Words Repeat

I have to admit it: I'm one of those geeks who cries at Christmas carols!

Not the silly ones like "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" Or "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer", but rather those old, deep, wordy ones from olden times.

The radio seems to play the newer ones over and over and you rarely hear the old religious ones. Oh, wait, that's because it's the New World Order of Generics to use the phrase "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas". Bah-humbug to that, I say!

And even when we do hear the old ones, perhaps they are too familiar to strike us anew. They just play like old tapes in our head, without meaning. But there are such beautiful phrases and images in the older carols. When I am listening and I really hear them, I get goose bumps.

For instance:

Repeat the sounding joy...!

Fall on your Knees....O hear the angel voices! O Night Divine...

Happy golden days of yore...

Hearts will be glowing...

This sleeping child you're holding is the Great I Am.

Constant faith and hope sublime lend strength and comfort through all time...

We're riding in a wonderland of snow...

A song, a song, high above the trees...with a voice as big as the sea!

Let loving hearts enthrone Him...

Glad tidings of Great Joy...

But there is one that has always driven me nuts! It goes down in the list of 'misheard lyrics'

"Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we..."
That is such a mouthful that when you hear it it sounds like, "grateful Coaras-Rayhee" which I always thought was some mystical phrase in a foreign language like Catholic.

On this new and glorious morn I'm going to bake some Christmas cookies. May all your Christmases be white!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

That was almost "tidings of comfort and joy" :-)

May I add a misheard lyric? When E was little, she always thought the verse for "12 Days" was "garbage in a bear tree".....

Queen Q

Miss Pink Ponsonby said...

ha ha ha!! LOL! Chuckle chortle!!!

Joy ☺ said...

Very good point miss Pink! The words are very thought provoking once actually thought about!
p.s. Queen Q, I love "garbage in a bear tree"! Funny!

Bethany said...

I cry at Christmas lyrics, too...but also at the pledge of allegiance and certain Folger's commercials. But I think Christmas lyrics are different because they're they tap into the sweetness, sadness and ultimate hope of the Christmas story.

And Q...E is just a mass of creativity, even in her mistakes! :o)