Workers' Carol (a capella)

by Stephen Chalk

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"Have you no room who labour on the assembly line?"

Wonderful novels such as Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' and beautiful songs such as the 'Workers' Carol' express the unique hope that Christmas offers, even to the downtrodden and oppressed.

To the child in the darkness of a Victorian Mill it offers light; to the labourer struggling with endless monotony it offers joy; to us today in our confusion it offers meaning.

But like all good gifts, it must first be accepted and welcomed...

lyrics

Coldly the night winds winging,
Softly the shepherds singing,
Hark, oh ye men of battle,
Mary's child is born.
No room but in a manger,
Come, O lovely stranger,
Born among the cattle,
Lord of the Christmas morn.

Fiercely the blast fires burning,
Ceaseless the wheels a-turning,
Have you no room, who labour
On the assembly-line?
Mary's son beside you
Brings his grace to guide you:
Yeah, come, thou heavenly neighbour,
Enter this heart of mine.

Fount of the nations' healing,
Secret of peace revealing,
Through the world's darkness lead us
Till thy new day we see.
Crown and cross and cradle,
Sceptre and scourge and stable,
Tears and triumph speed us
On to thy victory.

credits

released December 5, 2018
Vocals: Stephen Chalk
Additional vocals: Matthew Todd

Words: Morris Martin
Melody: Paul Petrocokino

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