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Carol of the Bells

This very popular Christmas carol is an adaptation of the "Shchedryk" by Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych, which in December 1916 was performed at the Kiev University by the students for the first time. It was a part of the Ukrainian National Chorus repertoire during its 1,000-plus concert tour around Europe and the Americas. American audiences were first introduced to the song at Carnegie Hall on October 5, 1921.

Origin Of The Song
This Ukrainian folk song was originally written as a song, wishing people well for the winter. Shchedryk is a delightful song that narrates the story of a swallow flying into a household to announce how the family will have a prosperous New Year. Shchedryk means bountiful in Ukrainian. The song is sung on the eve of the Julian New Year celebrated on January 13 th in Ukraine. One popular (but inaccurate) interpretation is that the original Ukrainian song is based on an old Slavic legend that every bell in the world rang in honor of Jesus on the night of His birth. It is somewhat unusual among Christmas carols for its minor key, fast pace and brevity.

Carol of The Bells In Popular Culture

In 1936, Peter Wilhousky who at that time worked with NBC radio, wrote the English language lyrics of the song. He is particularly remembered for capturing the imagery of ringing bells in his soulful lyrics.

The advertising world has made use of the carol a number of times, and parodies appear with regularity on such shows as the Family Guy and Saturday Night Live. One of the most memorable mentions in popular culture would have to be in the movie Home Alone 2: Lost in New York the child makes a trap to snare the thieves. Thanks to the reference to Silver bells, caroling and the words ‘merry, merry, merry Christmas', the carol has come to be associated with Christmas. No Doubt now though, that the song is one of the most popular Christmas songs ever, one can judge by the number of American recordings alone.

Carol Of The Bells Lyrics

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,

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
Dong Ding dong ding, dong Bong

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