MYTH*ING LINKS
An Annotated & Illustrated Collection of Worldwide Links to Mythologies,
Fairy Tales & Folklore, Sacred Arts & Sacred Traditions
by Kathleen Jenks, Ph.D.

A NEW BREED OF CHRISTMAS SONGS

Christmas Night 2009, 8:30pm
Author's Note

Dr. Patricia Brundage, my dear friend, former doctoral advisee at Pacifica, and fellow-Capricorn, sent me these two today. I had never heard of either but was deeply moved, even without knowing the music that would go with the lyrics.

About Stevie Wonder's song, I just wrote her this:

O, yes, deeply moving. No wonder you cried --and you were hearing the actual music too. If I'd known about it sooner, I would have added parts of it to my essay on the 2009 Winter Greetings and Lore page.... With so many of us wanting this, one does have to wonder why it hasn't come already.
And this on Jackson Browne:
 Yes, yes! -- very powerful and true and heartbreaking.... I know it's naive of me to wish these were as well known on radio and TV as "Silver Bells," "White Christmas," and other contemporary Christmas songs, but what a shame they're not. Thanks for sending me these!
Then I decided they needed to be on a Myth*ing Links page of their own -- it's still Christmas Day and I can launch the page long before midnight. So here it is, thanks to Patty.......
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Someday at Christmas
   Stevie Wonder

Someday at Christmas men won't be boys
Playing with bombs like kids play with toys
One warm December our hearts will see
A world where men are free

Someday at Christmas there'll be no wars
When we have learned what Christmas is for
When we have found what life's really worth
There'll be peace on earth

Someday all our dreams will come to be
Someday in a world where men are free
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmastime

Someday at Christmas we'll see a land
with no hungry children, no empty hands
One happy morning people will share
a world where people care

Someday at Christmas there'll be no tears
All men are equal and no man has fears
One shining moment, my heart ran away
From our world today

Someday all our dreams will come to be
Someday in a world where men are free
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmastime

Someday at Christmas man will not fail
hate would be gone and love will prevail
Someday a new world that we can start
With hope in every heart

Someday all our dreams will come to be
Someday in a world where men are free
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmastime
Someday at Christmastime
 

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THE REBEL JESUS
Jackson Browne

All the streets are filled with laughter and light
And the music of the season
And the merchants' windows are all bright
With the faces of the children
And the families hurrying to their homes
While the sky darkens and freezes
Will be gathering around the hearths and tables
Giving thanks for God's graces
And the birth of the rebel Jesus

Well they call him by 'the Prince of Peace'
And they call him by 'the Savior'
And they pray to him upon the seas
And in every bold endeavor
And they fill his churches with their pride and gold
As their faith in him increases
But they've turned the nature that I worship in
From a temple to a robber's den
In the words of the rebel Jesus

Well we guard our world with locks and guns
And we guard our fine possessions
And once a year when Christmas comes
We give to our relations
And perhaps we give a little to the poor
If the generosity should seize us
But if any one of us should interfere
In the business of why there are poor
They get the same as the rebel Jesus

Now pardon me if I have seemed
To take the tone of judgement
For I've no wish to come between
This day and your enjoyment
In a life of hardship and of earthly toil
There's a need for anything that frees us
So I bid you pleasure
And I bid you cheer
From a heathen and a pagan
On the side of the rebel Jesus

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Christmas Night, 25 December 2009: created c. 8:30pm EST and launched 9:34pm.