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17 December 2009 @ 12:01 am
song 12: ding dong merrily on high  
Huzzah, Christmas music time! I've been meaning to get on that for a while, actually, only I was having trouble with my voice (I don't even know, but it was horrible! I am always unhappiest when I can't sing), and the first song I tried to arrange failed spectacularly. Anyway, this is one of my favourite Christmas songs, for the tender, warm illustration of an archaic communal Christmas celebration: but I find most versions irritating as they are very bouncy. Which does not suit, think I. (This could also be, however, because the first version I heard was Neal & Leandra's, which is quiet and by-the-hearth warm.)

Also, a very special shout-out to barefoottomboy, who sent me an amazing set of bells: bells which make their musical debut here. Hurrah!

Ding Dong Merrily On High
words by George Ratcliffe Woodward; arrangement, guitar, piano, bells, and vocals by Jo Robbins
.mp3 at Mediafire

Ding dong merrily on high,
In heav'n the bells are ringing:
Ding dong! verily the sky
Is riv'n with angel singing.
Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis!

E'en so here below, below,
Let steeple bells be swungen,
And "Io, io, io!"
By priest and people sungen.
Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis!

Pray you, dutifully prime
Your matin chime, ye ringers;
May you beautifully rime
Your evetime song, ye singers.
Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis!


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nelle (with one hand in a mound of planets)builtofsorrow on December 17th, 2009 05:30 am (UTC)
Hurrah! This is one of my favourite Christmas songs (to hear & to sing), and I am adoring your version. &hearts!
ramblin' girl: my heart fills up like a balloonbarefoottomboy on December 17th, 2009 05:57 am (UTC)
Hee, I feel like a Patron of the Arts, now. :-)

And I actually rather like the bouncy versions of this songs, but my goodness, yours is beautiful. (And I have to say, the bells sounds even better than I imagined!)
ramblin' girl: song from the sudsbarefoottomboy on December 24th, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)
Oh, and also: I finally got paid & transferred some money to my PayPal, so at last I have managed to donate - I thought I'd better donate in a big chunk all at once rather than song-by-song, I hope that's okay.
Sarah: christmas magicburningstarsxe on December 17th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
I love it. :)
Lau(ren)bornofstars on December 21st, 2009 05:34 am (UTC)
Oh, Jo. ♥ Your voice is one of my favorite things ever.