Two Christmas Songs

With just days away from Christmas, I wanted to post the lyrics to the two songs which are very powerful to me this year — “O Holy Night” and “Do They Know It’s Christmas Time?”

These two songs are as different as two can be, but the words in each are so meaningful to me about the true meaning of Christmas. One is a hymn that I’ve heard at church accompanied by an organ.  The other is by pop artists from the United Kingdom who came together as the group Band Aid to raise money.

I included both of these songs in my The Gift of Christmas Music posting — as #1 and $4.   The first lyrics I have included are from “O Holy Night.”

  • O Holy Night!  The stars are brightly shining, It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth
  • Long lay the world in sin and error pining, tell He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
  • A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
  • Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
  • Oh night divine, the night when Christ was born;
  • Oh night, O Holy Night, O night divine!
  • Oh night, O Holy Night, O night divine!
  • Truly he taught us to love one another, His law is love and his gospel is peace.
  • Chains shall he break for the slave is our brother, and in His name all oppression shall cease.
  • Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, let all within us praise His holy name.
  • Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we, His power and glory ever more proclaim!
  • His power and glory ever more proclaim!

The second song was released by a group called Band Aid in 1984 (I think).

  • It’s Christmas time, there’s no need to be afraid
  • At Christmas time, we let in light and we banish shade
  • And in our world of plenty, we can spread a smile of joy!
  • Throw your arms around the world at Christmas Time.
  • But say a prayer – pray for the other ones
  • At Christmas time, it’s hard but when you’re having fun
  • There’s a world outside your window
  • And it’s a world of dreaded fear
  • Where the only water flowing is a bitter sting of tears
  • And the Christmas bells that ring there are the clanging chimes of doom
  • Well tonight thank God it’s them instead of you.
  • And there won’t be snow in Africa this Christmas time
  • The greatest gift they’ll get this year is life
  • Where nothing ever grows
  • No rain or rivers flow
  • Do they know it’s Christmas time at all?
  • Here’s to you, raise your glass for everyone
  • Here’s to them, underneath that burning sun
  • Do They Know It’s Christmas Time at All?
  • Feed The World (3 times), let them know it’s Christmas time (and repeated several more times).

The thought that a family doesn’t have food on Christmas or any other day of the year is heartbreaking to me and yet I know there are families all over the world that deal with this problem each day. I am so very thankful for my home, food to eat, and dear ones to celebrate this special time of year with as well as other events throughout the year. What an amazing blessing!

I hope and pray for a blessed and wonderful Christmas.  I wonder if can we celebrate it and truly praise Him and show this love throughout the year to others.

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