The Music of Christmas Album

Artist(s): Steven Curtis Chapman

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Steven Curtis Chapman The Music of Christmas Cover Art

Tracklist

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / The Music of Christmas

length: 6:43

Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled

Joyful all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With angelic hosts proclaim
Christ is born in Bethlehem
Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the new born King

There's a man
Who stands in the cold wind tonight
And greets everyone passing by
With a smile and a ringing bell
And a song
That he's playing
It's his own way of saying
Love is here
It's the music of Christmas

And there's a lady
Who sits all alone with her thoughts
And the memory of all that she's lost
When she hears a sound at her door
And a song comes to find her
As a gentle reminder
Love is here
It's the music of Christmas

So listen
Listen with your heart
You will hear a song
In the laughter of a child
Oh won't you listen
For the sound of home
You will hear the music of Christmas
For the music of Christmas is love

So light a fire
Tell the family to gather around
And the walls will echo the sound
Of memories that are and will be
And their voices like a chorus
Will sing it so sweetly for us
For love is here
It's the music of Christmas

So listen
Listen with your heart
You will hear a song
In the laughter of a child
Oh won't you listen
For the sound of home
You will hear the music of Christmas
For the music of Christmas is love

Long ago
A baby was born in the night
And as he let out his first cry
The sound was bringing hope alive
Stars were shining
Angels singing
All of heaven and earth was ringing
Love is here
This is the music of Christmas

So listen
Listen with your heart
You will hear a song
In the laughter of a child
Oh won't you listen
For the sound of home
You will hear the music of Christmas
For the music of Christmas is love

Christmas Is All in the Heart

length: 5:16
In a one bedroom apartment on the humble part of town
There stands a little Christmas tree, looks a lot like Charlie Brown's
And underneath there's one little gift for him and one little gift for her
After six months on the new job, they're still barely getting by
So in the way of decorations, there's nothing there to catch your eye
But both of them would be the first to say
We're together, we're gonna have the merriest Christmas anyway

Chorus:
'Cause Christmas is all in the heart, that's where the feeling starts
And like a fire inside, it touches every part
'Cause Christmas is all in the heart
And even if no white snow falls, that's all right because
The joy can still be found, wherever you are
'Cause Christmas is all, all in the heart

Two little blonde haired boys with big dreams, tried to sleep but sleep wouldn't come
We'd be tearing into presents, long before the break of dawn
With Mom and Dad and cameras making sure we'd never forget that day
Now I'm the one who's taking pictures, in the middle of the night
Of my own blonde headed dreamers that just can't wait until daylight

And in my sleepy eyes that spark still glows
Well I guess there's just some things a kid never outgrows

(Chorus)
No, it's not in the snow that may or may not fall
And it's not in the gifts around the tree
It's in the love heaven gave, the night our Savior came
And that same love can still be found wherever you are
'Cause Christmas is all in the heart
And the joy can still be found, wherever you are
'Cause Christmas is all, all in the heart
It's all in the heart

Angels We Have Heard on High

length: 5:41
Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o'er the plains
And the mountains in reply
Echo back their joyous strains
Gloria, Gloria

Shepherds, why this jubilee
Why your joyous strains prolong
Say what may these tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song
Gloria, Gloria

Gloria, in excelsis Deo
Gloria, in excelsis Deo

Come to Bethlehem and see
Him whose birth the angels sing
Come adore on bended knee
Christ the Lord, the new born King
Gloria, Gloria

Gloria, in excelsis Deo
Gloria, in excelsis Deo

We sing gloria
Gloria, in excelsis Deo
Gloria, in excelsis Deo

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

length: 3:29
O come, O come Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear

Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel
Shall come to Thee, O Israel
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel
Shall come to Thee, O Israel

Our God Is With Us

length: 6:43
One of us is cryin' as our hopes and dreams are led away in chains,
And we're left all alone,
One of us is dyin' as our love is slowly lowered in the grave,
Oh and we're left all alone.

But for all of us who journey through the dark abyss of loneliness
There comes a great announcement - we are never alone -
For the maker of each heart that breaks, the giver of each breath we take
Has come to earth and given hope it's birth.

[Chorus]
And our God is with us, Emmanuel.
he's come to save us, Emmanuel.
And we will never face life alone
Now that God has made Himself known,
As Father and Friend, with us through the end, Emmanuel.

He spoke with prophets voices and showed Himself in a cloud of fire,
But no one had seen His face,
Until the One Most Holy revealed to us His perfect heart's desire,
And left His rightful place,

And in one glorious moment, all eternity was shaken,
As God broke through the darkness that had kept us apart.
And with love that conquers loneliness, and hope that fills all emptiness
He came to earth to show our worth.

[Chorus]

So rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel has come!
And our God is with us, Emmanuel.
he's come to save us, Emmanuel.
And we will never face life alone
Now that God has made Himself known,
As Father and Friend, with us through the end, Emmanuel.
Our God is with us, Emmanuel!

Interlude: The Music of Christmas

length: 4:47
Instrumental

This Baby

length: 4:36
Well, He cried when He was hungry,
Did all the things that babies do;
He rocked and He napped on His mother's lap,
And He wiggled and giggled and cooed.
There were the cheers when He took His first step,
And the tears when He got His first teeth;
Almost everything about this little baby
Seemed as natural as it could be.

CHORUS
But this baby made the angels sing,
And this baby made a new star shine in the sky.
This baby had come to change the world.
This baby was God's own son, this baby was like no other one.
This baby was God with us, this baby was Jesus.

And this baby grew into a young boy,
Who learned to read and write and wrestle with dad;
There was the climbin' of trees and the scrapin' of knees,
And all the fun that a boy's born to have.
He grew taller and some things started changing,
Like His complexion and the sound of His voice;
There was work to be done as a carpenter's son
And all the neighbors said He's such a fine boy.

But this boy made the angels sing,
And this boy made a new star shine in the sky.
This boy had come to change the world.
This boy was God's own son, this boy was like no other one.
This boy was God with us. This boy became a man,

And love made Him laugh and death made Him cry.
With the life that He lived and the death that He died,
He showed us heaven with His hands and His heart,
'Cause this man was God's own son.
This man was like no other one,
Holy and human right from the start.

(chorus)

This baby was God with us, this baby, this baby was Jesus; this baby was Jesus, this baby was Jesus.



Silent Night / Away in a Manger / O Holy Night

length: 6:04
Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
'round yon virgin mother and child
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head
The stars in the sky look down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me I pray
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care
And fit us for heaven, to live with Thee there

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Savior's birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
'Til He appeared and the soul felt it's worth

A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees, oh hear the angel voices
O night divine, O night when Christ was born
O night divine, O night, O night divine

Carol of the Bells

length: 3:43
Instrumental

O Come All Ye Faithful

length: 4:19
O come al ye faithful
Joyful and triumphant
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem
Come and behold Him
Born the King of angels
O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord

Sing choirs of angels
Sing in exultation
O sing all ye citizens of heaven above
Glory to God
All glory in the highest
O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord

For He alone is worthy, for He alone is worthy
O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord

Yea, Lord we bless thee
Born for our salvation
Oh Jesus, forever be Thy name adored
Word of the Father
Now in flesh appearing
O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord

Going Home for Christmas

length: 5:25
Her house was where the family gathered every Christmas eve
A feast was set on the table and gifts were placed beneath the tree
Everything was picture perfect, Grandpa would laugh and say
That woman spends the whole year getting ready for this day

One year the leaves began to fall and her health began to fade
We moved her to a place where they could watch her night and day
But she kept making plans for Christmas from her little room
She told everyone, I'll miss you but I'll be leaving soon

I'm going home for Christmas and I'm going home to stay
I'm going home for Christmas and nothing's gonna keep me away
I'll be with the ones I love to celebrate the Savior's birth
This gift will be worth more to me than anything on earth
I'm going home, home for Christmas

All the leaves outside have fallen to be covered by the snow
The family comes with food and gifts and Grandpa comes alone
There's a sadness in our silence as the Christmas story's read
And with tears, Grandpa reminds us of the words that Grandma said

I'm going home for Christmas and I'm going home to stay
I'm going home for Christmas and nothing's gonna keep me away
She'll be face to face with Jesus as we celebrate His birth
And this gift will be worth more to her than anything on earth
'Cause she'll be home

And as we sing 'Joy to the World' I can't help thinking
Of the joy that's in her eyes right now
And though our hearts still ache, we know that as we celebrate
She's singing with the herald angels and heaven's glowing on her face

And now she's home for Christmas and now she's home to stay
She's home for Christmas, and nothin' could've kept her away
She'll be face to face with Jesus, as we celebrate His birth
And this gift will be worth more to her than anything on earth
She's home, she's home for Christmas
She is home, she's home for Christmas

Precious Promise

length: 4:13
Oh what a precious promise,
Oh what a gift of love;
An angel tells a virgin that
She's gonna have a son.
And though it's a precious promise,
She wonders how can this be;
What will the people say
And what if Joseph can't believe.
And her questions and her fears
Are met with an overwhelming joy
That God has chosen her.
Oh what a precious promise;
Mary waits as heaven comes to earth.

Oh what a precious promise,
Oh what a gift of love;
Joseph makes his choice to do
What few men would have done:
To take Mary as his bride,
When she's already carrying a child
That isn't his own.
Oh what a precious promise;
Mary and the child will have a home.

And shepherds stand on a hillside,
Their hearts racing with the news the angel told them;
A star's light fills up the dark sky,
As the night of precious promise is unfolding.

Oh what a precious promise,
Oh what a gift of love;
The waiting now is over and
The time has finally come.
For the God who made this world
To roll back the curtain
And unveil His passion for the heart of man.
Oh what a precious promise,
Lying in a manger in Bethlehem.
Oh what a precious promise,
Lying in a manger in Bethlehem