Monday, December 12, 2011

12-12-11 Christmas Song(s) of the Day #12: Carol of the Bells

The original lyrics:

Shchedryk, shchedryk, a shchedrivka;
A little swallow flew 
and started to twitter,
to summon the master:
"Come out, come out, O master,
look at the sheep pen,
there the ewes are nestling
and the lambkin have been born
Your goods are great,
you will have a lot of money, 
if not money, then chaff:
you have a dark-eyebrowed wife."
Shchedryk, shchedryk, a shchedrivka,
A little swallow flew.

And the English version, having absolutely nothing to do with the original folk chant:

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 Bong

But I prefer mine without words.

or with muppets.


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