Every year at Christmas there will be one song which becomes my favourite for the season and one I will play non-stop.
One year as young my passion for ‘Pipes of Peace’ by Paul McCartney nearly drove my brother mad. As yet again it spun on my turntable, volume at its loudest, he stormed into my room, lifted the arm from the record and said sweetly, ‘Enough.’ I realised then he might be right.
‘Mary’s Boy Child’ by Boney M was a hit with us both and one to which we would bop around the living room.
Last year, on a Christmas CD of older hits I fell for the warm ‘olde’ tones of ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’.
This year I have returned to my Swedish roots. The song ‘Tänd Ett Ljus’ is sung in acappella and never fails to make my spirits soar it every time I hear it. The sheer clarity of the voices brings tears to my eyes and the words touch my soul. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Do you have a season favourite tune? Is it the same each year or does it change?
Here is a translation of the song:
‘Light a candle, let it burn,
never let hope disappear.
It is dark now but light will come.
Light a candle for all Earth’s children.
I saw a Star fall, it was night and all slept.
I think I wished then you were near.
For a minute it burnt, then disappeared.
Was it only me who saw?
On the radio they sang about peace on Earth,
I wanted to believe these worn words.
Light a candle ……
I got a card from Wyndham, didn’t know where it was.
I saw on the map that you are
on the other side of the planet.
But it is the same sky, the same ocean,
the same star I saw,
Fell for all our dreams, fell so we never forget.
Light a candle…..’