Monthly Archives: December 2005

Should Auld Acquaintance be Forgot?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne.

“Auld Lang Syne” literally means “old long ago,” or simply, “the good old days.”

Song: Auld Lang Syne

Artist: Written by Robert Burns

Album: N/A

Year: 1741

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I Burn for You…

For my wife on her birthday far away on a cold December night….

“Stars will fall from dark skies
As ancient rocks are turning
Quiet fills the room
And your love flows through me
Though I lie here so still
I burn for you, I burn for you
I burn…


Song: I Burn for You

Artist: Sting

Album: Bring on the Night

Year: 1985

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Eliminate the Ninnies and the Twits

Eliminate the ninnies and the twits.

Song: We’re Through Being Cool

Artist: DEVO

Album: New Traditionalists

Year: 1981

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Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World

For my friend Bob…

Keep on rockin’ in the free world.

Song: Rockin’ In the Free World

Artist: Neil Young

Album: Freedom

Year: 1989

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If I was King for Just One Day…

If I was King for just one day I would give it all away for loving you.

Song: King for a Day

Artist: Thompson Twins

Album: Here’s to Future Days

Year: 1985

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Chanukah is the Festival of Lights…

Chanukah is the festival of lights. Instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights.

Song: Chanukah Song

Artist: Adam Sandler

Album: What the Hell Happened to Me?

Year: 1996

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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

One of my favorite Christmas songs is the traditional carol I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. The lyric is based on a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882). When Longfellow penned the words to his poem, America was still months away from Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomattox in the spring of 1865. The poem reflected despair caused by the war and the personal tragedies of Longfellow’s recent life including the death of his wife Fanny and the crippling injury of his son Charles from war wounds. More importantly is the ending refrain confidence and the hope of triumphant peace. It is a timeless message.

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I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play
And mild and sweet the words repeat,
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had roll’d along th’ unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bow’d my head:
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong, and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will 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.”

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

Song: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.

Artist: various

Album: N/A

Year: written on Christmas Day 1864

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