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Wild And Sweet The Words Repeat: Merry Christmas.

Here's a Christmas carol you don't hear too often, based on an 1864 poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow lamenting the state of the country during the Civil War.

I like this version a lot, and I like the song itself because it doesn't obscure the darkness and fear of troubled times or pretend that these go away on Christmas -- but that Christmas goes on despite, and through, and in the face of them.


The song: Johnny Cash and June Carter, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"; 1963