Library choir. Over 50s

Christmas songs, tracks and lyrics

 

White Christmas

Do they know it’s Christmas

 

White Christmas

 

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

Just like the ones I used to know

Where the treetops glisten and children listen

To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

Just like the ones I used to know

Where the treetops glisten and children listen

To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

With every Christmas card I write

May your days be merry and bright

And may all your Christmases be white

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas,

Just like the ones I used to know

May your days be merry and bright

And may all your Christmases be white

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas,

With every Christmas card I write

May your days be merry and bright

And may all your Christmases be white

May your days be merry and bright

And may all your Christmases be white

And may all your Christmases be white (all your Christmases be white)

And may all your Christmases be white (all your Christmases be white)

And may all your Christmases be

(All your Christmases be white)

(All your Christmases be white)

Do They Know It’s Christmas?

Band Aid 30

It’s Christmas time, and there’s no need to be afraid

At Christmas time, we let in light and 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 and pray for the other ones

At Christmas time, it’s hard but while you’re having fun

There’s a world outside your window, and it’s a world of dread and fear

Where a kiss of love can kill you, and there’s death in every tear

And the Christmas bells that ring there are the clanging chimes of doom

Well tonight we’re reaching out and touching you

Bring peace and joy this Christmas to West Africa

A song of hope they’ll have is being alive

Why is comfort deadly fear

Why is to touch to be scared

How can they know it’s Christmas time at all

Here’s to you

Raise a glass to everyone

Here’s to them

And all their years to come

Can they know it’s Christmas time at all

Feed the world, let them know it’s Christmas time again

Feed the world, let them know it’s Christmas time again

Heal the world, let them know it’s Christmas time again

Feed the world, let them know it’s Christmas time again

Heal the world, let them know it’s Christmas time again

Heal the world, let them know it’s Christmas time again

Feed the world, let them know it’s Christmas time again

Heal the world, let them know it’s Christmas time again

Heal the world

Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow

Dean Martin

Oh, the weather outside is frightful

But the fire is so delightful

And since we’ve no place to go

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Man it doesn’t show signs of stoppin’

And I brought some corn for poppin’

The lights are turned way down low

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

When we finally kiss good-night

How I’ll hate going out in the storm

But if you really hold me tight

All the way home I’ll be warm

And the fire is slowly dying

And, my dear, we’re still good-bye-ing

But as long as you love me so

Let it snow, let it snow, and snow

When we finally kiss good-night

How I’ll hate going out in the storm

But if you really grab me tight

All the way home I’ll be warm

Oh the fire is slowly dying

And, my dear, we’re still good-bye-ing

But as long as you love me so

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

I had 4 fantastic choir sessions with the ladies of North Manchester Library. We learnt ‘Fernando’ and the ladies went to see ‘Mama Mia’ the musical. We also did a flash mob style performance in the library, which went down very well. 

The ladies have day trips out, so I went to the Manchester Art Gallery and chose a few paintings to connect with our songs, as a way of inspiring us all to take a trip to the gallery. I took photos and projected them onto the wall back at the library. 

I made some connections between the first song you hear ‘Bella Mama’ and the paintings of the Manchester born artist Annie Swynerton, exploring themes of motherhood and women’s empowerment. The second song you hear ‘Fernando’ is about two Mexican soldiers recalling their part in the Mexican revolution, so I chose the painting of Andromache, a women who lost her husband and son in the Trojan wars. I also chose some paintings in the current exhibition on mindfulness and a couple of abstract paintings to throw in the mix. 

With a longer project these themes could be explored more.

This is our recording from this week.

Practice track. Listen to the short bit of words and then sing it, continue until song is complete.

Fernando full track

 

 

Fernando vocal melody

 

Take a chance on me full track

 

Take a chance on me vocal melody

 

 

French fields

 

 

“Fernando”

Can you hear the drums Fernando?

I remember long ago another starry night like this

In the firelight Fernando

You were humming to yourself and softly strumming your guitar

I could hear the distant drums

And sounds of bugle calls were coming from afar

They were closer now Fernando

Every hour every minute seemed to last eternally

I was so afraid Fernando

We were young and full of life and none of us prepared to die

And I’m not ashamed to say

The roar of guns and cannons almost made me cry

There was something in the air that night

The stars were bright, Fernando

They were shining there for you and me

For liberty, Fernando

Though we never thought that we could lose

There’s no regret

If I had to do the same again

I would, my friend, Fernando

If I had to do the same again

I would, my friend, Fernando

Now we’re old and grey Fernando

Since many years I haven’t seen a rifle in your hand

Can you hear the drums Fernando?

Do you still recall the fateful night we crossed the Rio Grande?

I can see it in your eyes

How proud you were to fight for freedom in this land

There was something in the air that night

The stars were bright, Fernando

They were shining there for you and me

For liberty, Fernando

Though we never thought that we could lose

There’s no regret

If I had to do the same again

I would, my friend, Fernando

There was something in the air that night

The stars were bright, Fernando

They were shining there for you and me

For liberty, Fernando

Though we never thought that we could lose

There’s no regret

If I had to do the same again

I would, my friend, Fernando

Yes, if I had to do the same again

I would, my friend, Fernando

If I had to do the same again

I would, my friend, Fernando

 

 

“Take A Chance On Me”

If you change your mind, I’m the first in line
Honey I’m still free
Take a chance on me
If you need me, let me know, gonna be around
If you’ve got no place to go, if you’re feeling down
If you’re all alone when the pretty birds have flown
Honey I’m still free
Take a chance on me
Gonna do my very best and it ain’t no lie
If you put me to the test, if you let me tryTake a chance on me
(That’s all I ask of you honey)
Take a chance on meWe can go dancing, we can go walking, as long as we’re together
Listen to some music, maybe just talking, get to know you better
‘Cos you know I’ve got
So much that I wanna do, when I dream I’m alone with you
It’s magic
You want me to leave it there, afraid of a love affair
But I think you know
That I can’t let goIf you change your mind, I’m the first in line
Honey I’m still free
Take a chance on me
If you need me, let me know, gonna be around
If you’ve got no place to go, if you’re feeling down
If you’re all alone when the pretty birds have flown
Honey I’m still free
Take a chance on me
Gonna do my very best and it ain’t no lie
If you put me to the test, if you let me tryTake a chance on me
(Come on, give me a break will you?)
Take a chance on me
Oh you can take your time baby, I’m in no hurry, know I’m gonna get you
You don’t wanna hurt me, baby don’t worry, I ain’t gonna let you
Let me tell you now
My love is strong enough to last when things are rough
It’s magic
You say that I waste my time but I can’t get you off my mind
No I can’t let go
‘Cos I love you soIf you change your mind, I’m the first in line
Honey I’m still free
Take a chance on me
If you need me, let me know, gonna be around
If you’ve got no place to go, if you’re feeling down
If you’re all alone when the pretty birds have flown
Honey I’m still free
Take a chance on me
Gonna do my very best, baby can’t you see
Gotta put me to the test, take a chance on me
(Take a chance, take a chance, take a chance on me)Ba ba ba ba baa, ba ba ba ba baa
Honey I’m still free
Take a chance on me
Gonna do my very best, baby can’t you see
Gotta put me to the test, take a chance on me
(Take a chance, take a chance, take a chance on me)Ba ba ba ba baa, ba ba ba ba baa ba-ba
Honey I’m still free
Take a chance on me[fade]

 

Well how do you do, young Willie MacBride

Do you mind if I sit here down by your graveside

And rest for a while ‘neath the warm summer sun

I’ve been working all day and I’m nearly done

I see by your gravestone you were only nineteen

When you joined the great fallen of nineteen-sixteen

I hope you died well and I hope you died clean

Or Willie McBride, was it slow and obscene

Did they beat the drum slowly, did they play the fife

Lowly

Did they sound the dead-march as they lowered you down

Did the band play the Last Post and chorus

Did the pipes play the ‘Flowers of the Forest’

Did you leave a wife or a sweetheart behind

In some faithful heart is your memory enshrined

Although you died back

in nineteen-sixteen

In that faithful heart are you ever nineteen

Or are you a stranger without even a name

Enclosed and forever behind the glass frame

In a old photograph, torn and battered and stained

And faded to yellow in a brown leather frame

Did they beat the drum slowly, did they play the fife

Lowly

Did they sound the dead-march as they lowered you down

Did the band play the Last Post and chorus

Did the pipes play the ‘Flowers of the Forest’

The sun now it shines on the green fields of France

There’s warm summer breeze makes the red poppies dance

And look how the sun – shines from under the clouds

There’s no gas, no barbed wire, there’s no guns firing

now

But here in this graveyard it’s still no-man’s-land

The countless white crosses stand mute in the sand

To man’s blind indifference to his fellow man

To a whole generation that were butchered and damned

Did they beat the drum slowly, did they play the fife

Lowly

Did they sound the dead-march as they lowered you down

And did the band play the Last Post and chorus

Did the pipes play the ‘Flowers of the Fo—o—rest’

Now young Willie McBride I can’t help wonder why

Do those that lie here know why they died

And did they believe when they answered the cause

Did they really believe that this war would end wars

Well the sorrow, the suffering, the glory, the pain

The killing and dying was all done in vain

For young Willie McBride it all happened again

And again, and again, and again, and again

Did they beat the drum slowly, did they play the fife

Lowly

Did they sound the dead-march as they lowered you down

Did the band play the Last Post and chorus

Did the pipes play the ‘Flowers of the Forest’

Did they beat the drum slowly, did they play the fife

Lowly

Did they sound the dead-march as they lowered you down

Did the band play the Last Post and chorus

Did the pipes play the ‘Flowers of the Forest’

Abba – Fernando

Abba – Take A Chance

 

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