Why Christmas (Steve Draper)

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  • (Posted 2016-12-22)   CPDL #42381:       (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Steve Draper (submitted 2016-12-22).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 149 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The mp3 file is played without swing - please swing it! MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Why Christmas
Composer: Steve Draper
Lyricist: Steve Draper

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularCarol

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2016

Description: A carol with modern religious words in a popular '1960s' style. It could be sung in unison but the harmony is very simple and it should be easy enough for any school or church choir.

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Original text and translations

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Why did the angels rise up in the sky, shining as bright as day.
Why did they sing "Excelsis Gloria: Jesus is on his way."
Why did the shepherds go to Bethlehem, leaving their sheep that night?
Why did the angels show the star to them? Telling them follow the light.
R.:All to offer congratulations to Mary's baby.
Revelattions will show He rules over all the nations so come and worship Him too.

Why did the wise men stop at Bethlehem, seeing the stable bare?
Why did they bring those precious gifts with them: frankincense gold and myrrh.
R.

Sing hosanna in joyful manner God's promises have come true.
The gospel story, the King of Glory lies in a manger for you.

That's why the angels rose up in the sky shining as bright as day.
That's why they sang "Excelsis Gloria: Je-sus is on His way.

Bells are ringing out, choirs are singing out.
Joy is bringing out people flinging out badness,
leading to sadness, so there is gladness ev'rywhere now.