IT'S UP TO YOU  A Christmas song

Music, Lyrics:   Eleonore Pongratz , except quotes

Vocals:  Ana-Maria Nickel

©2018 Eleonore Pongratz

Actually I don't like Christmas Songs (except for the old "religious" ones), they often tend to be quite cheesy and I get fed up with them long before Christmas Eve because they are all over the place but that's of course not the songs' fault ;-)

But while zapping through the sounds of my KORG Triton I came across the bells you can hear in the beginning of the song, this typical winter sledge bell sound and since I was only experimenting with LOGIC Pro X for the first time, why not try a Christmas song,

just for fun!

The lyrics took me a while, I found it hard to write about Christmas without repeating the usual kind of worn out "coming home-fireplace-reindeer-white Christmas- stuff.

The words might sound naive to you but it's exactly what I think about Christmas: why talk big about peace on one single day of the year but on the other 364 days give a flying f*** about it and go on hating and fighting? Poor hypocrisy in my book!

Searching for something unique or surprising to even out the inevitebly cheesy first part of the song, I watched some Christmas videos and listened to lots of songs but nothing really inspired me until I came across a Christmas Speech of HM Queen Elisabeth, broadcasted in 1957.

I like her lively voice and some of her words matched my message well.

"...I believe that together we can set an

example to the world which will

encourage upright people everywhere."

The latter part is quoted from a book by

John Bunyan

Pilgrim's Progress

"Though with great difficulty I am got hither,

yet now I do not repent me of all the trouble

I have been at to arrive where I am.

My sword I give to him that shall succeed

me in my pilgrimage and my courage

and skill to him that can get it.

My marks and scars I carry with me,

to be a witness for me that I have fought

his battles who now will be my rewarder."

Spoken part is taken from

The Christmas Broadcast

(The Queen's Speech), England 1957.

No worries about copyright.

It's Public Domain after 50 years.



Christmas, Christmas, candle light.

Children singing Silent Night.

Celebrating Jesus' birth

But still no Peace On Earth.

Holy War or Holy Night,

It's up to you, you must decide.

Jingle Bells or Bells Of Hell,

But who am I to tell.

Christmas, Christmas, hear my song,

2000 years, we are still wrong.

Let's free our mind from ancient curse

And it will be Peace On Earth.