Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Night Before Christmas

One of my favorite Christmas songs is "The Night Before Christmas" by Carly Simon.  I heard it first on an Amy Grant Christmas recording from 1992.  My favorite part is the last verse.  Enjoy this live recording from the 2005 Saint Patrick's Elementary School Christmas Program in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The entire student body sings with student accompaniment on recorders and piano.

The Night Before Christmas by Carly Simon

Children carry through the streets a brightly painted star
Angels gather round the hearth strumming on guitars
And men of great renown and faith say prayers on boulevards
On the night before Christmas

You don't have to be an angel to sing harmony
You don't have to be a child to love the mystery
You don't have to be a wise man on bended knee
The heart of this Christmas is in you and me.

If your heart's been longing; you've been afraid to try
Sorrow's kept you company and the dance has passed you by
I'll lift you up and blaze with you across the moonlit sky
On the night before Christmas