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The hard working contemporary male quartet Tonic Sol-fa brings us an envelope-pushing Christmas CD, “Sugarue.” They took eight traditional carols, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “Joy to the World,” “Joseph’s Song,” “I Saw Three Ships,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “The First Noel,” “Silent Night,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “The Little Drummer Boy,” and added strong vocal percussion, jazzy arrangements and their own blend of butter-smooth harmonies. To this they added a pair of original Christmas songs, “Joseph’s Song” and “Sno” written by group member Shaun Johnson. The result is as fresh as a new-fallen snow-but let there be no mistake, the feeling and love that is at the heart of all these carols is still abundantly there. Sugarue is a treat, and it has our early vote for best Christmas CD of the year!
Primarily A Cappella

LYRICS

Hark The Herald Angels Sing

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Traditional

Joy To The World

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Traditional

Joseph’s Song

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Words and Music by S. Johnson, Arranged by G. Bannwarth, S. Johnson, and Tonic Sol-fa

Verse
Rest child now and sleep Lay your head on me Gold and diamonds I have none And yet I hold God’s Son

Chorus
One holy night With a star in the sky And all the angels sing I can hear the reply From the earth to the sky Let all creation rise For the child is King

Verse
Mary dreams in peace I hold you as she sleeps I sing to you a lullaby Peace on earth tonight

(Chorus)

Gold and diamonds I have none And yet I hold God’s Son

I Saw Three Ships

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Traditional

O Come All Ye Faithful

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The First Noel

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Silent Night

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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

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Sno

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Words and Music by S. Johnson, Arranged by G. Bannwarth, S. Johnson, and Tonic Sol-fa

Verse
Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow on the ground
And when the wind is blowing all around
Then you will hear, you can hear, you will hear voices
Singing softly through the falling snow

Chorus
Let it snow, let it snow, lets its magic whisper through the trees
Let it snow, let it fall down on you and me

Verse
Let us all give thanks for the friends we have here
Let us celebrate the coming year
Come and gather around the Christmas tree
And joyful, joyful, we will be

Let it snow, let it snow, now with upon a falling dream
Let it snow, let it fall down on you and me

The Little Drummer Boy

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K.K. Davis, H. Onorati, H. Simeone