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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

from Lo, Above the Earth by Patrick Clifford

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Featured vocalist: Grace Clifford.

Arranged, produced, and performed by Patrick Clifford.

Text: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807–1882
Music: John Baptiste Calkin, 1827–1905


I heard the bells on Christmas Day,
Their old, familiar carols play;
And wild and sweet, the words repeat
Of peace on earth, goodwill to men!


And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, goodwill to men!

Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime
Of peace on earth, goodwill to men!

Then it was as if an earthquake rent
The hearthstones of a continent,
And made forlorn the households born
Of peace on earth, goodwill to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said;
"For hate is strong, and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, goodwill to men!"


Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail, the Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men."


from Lo, Above the Earth, track released December 25, 2017
Creative Commons image source: flickr.com/photos/miode/8398453134/

Arrangement (c) 2017 Patrick Clifford (ASCAP), The Irish Side LLC (ASCAP). Recording (p) 2017 The Irish Side LLC.


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Patrick Clifford New York, New York

Patrick Clifford is an Irish-American musician, songwriter, and producer.

He performs and records Irish traditional standards; skillfully crafted original songs and compositions; and discerning covers of contemporary Irish and American songwriters such as Pete St. John, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen.

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