December the Fifth - Carol of the Bells

December the Fifth - Carol of the Bells

From Mike Bateman: As a bell ringer, I like Carol of the Bells because the tune follows the Tune and Rythm of the bells and reminds us why we ring bells to celebrate Christmas.


The song is based on the Ukrainian folk chant "Shchedryk", also known as the "Bell Carol". It features on the Disney movie Home Sweet Home Alone. 

It was composed by Mykola Leontovych (1877-1921) in 1916.

This version is in the original language by the Ukrainian Chamber Choir "Cantus"

Hark how the bells,
sweet silver bells,
all seem to say,
throw cares away

Christmas is here,
bringing good cheer,
to young and old,
meek and the bold.

Ding dong ding dong
that is their song
with joyful ring
all caroling.

One seems to hear
words of good cheer
from everywhere
filling the air.

Oh how they pound,
raising the sound,
o’er hill and dale,
telling their tale.

Gaily they ring
while people sing
songs of good cheer,
Christmas is here.

Merry, Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas,
Merry, Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas.

On on they send,
on without end,
their joyful tone
to every home.

Ding ding… dong!




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