Monday, 12 December 2016

Fancy using an alternative Christmas Carol?

Our local community had a 'Living Nativity' event yesterday. Loads of people turned up to witness the Christmas story acted out on the streets, accompanied by the singing of carols- and we all ended up back in the church centre to share mince pies, mulled wine, and generally admire the way the donkeys behaved. Yes, we had real donkeys from a local donkey sanctuary. The local children were pretty good, too.

During the 'Stable' scene, one of the carols we used was ripped off from a band called Cloverton, whose rewording of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' goes like this:
Like it? If you fancy using the song for a last-minute addition to a Christmas event, here's some adjusted words and chords. Enjoy!
A Hallelujah Christmas by Cloverton / Leonard Cohen/ CH

Intro: C Am x4

C                                      Am              C                                            Am
A couple came to Bethlehem,    Expecting child, they searched the inn
F                                     G                           C  G     
To find a place, their child was coming soon,
C                                                    F         E
There was no place for them to stay,  
Am                   F          
So in a manger filled with hay
   G                              E           Am
God's only Son was born, oh Hallelujah
     F                    Am                 F               C G C
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Break: C Am x4
C                                 Am                                  C                               Am
The shepherds left their flocks by night,   To see this baby wrapped in light
F                                G                      C  G
A host of angels led them all to You,
   C                                    F         E
It was just as the angels said
     Am                             F
                        G                                   E           Am
You'll find Him in a manger bed,   Emmanuel and Saviour, Hallelujah
     F                     Am                     F               C G C
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Break: C Am x4
C                                     Am                              C                           Am
A star shown bright up in the east,   To Bethlehem, the wise-men three
     F                                             G                       C      G 
Came many miles and journeyed long for You,
C                                         F             E 
And to the place at which You were
           Am                         F
                          G             F                                     E             Am
Their frankincense and gold and myrrh, They gave to You and cried out Hallelujah
F                            Am             F               C G C  G
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Break: C Am x4
C                                         Am                                 C                                 Am
Perhaps this song, of foolishness, of words that aim to heal and bless
         F                         G                                          C  G
Aren’t quite the Christmas carol you are used to
C                                       F         E
            Am                                  F
But when the tinselled music fades, I hope you see a greater day
          G                     E                    Am

When the finest song you’ll sing is, Hallelujah
F                          Am                    F                C G C
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

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