Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas

 

Commentaire de Ph.T

En mai 1971 Elvis retourne à Nashville afin d'enregistrer, entre autres, un album ayant pour thème noël. A L'écoute de ce vinyl, cela ne fait aucun doute : le king était plus que favorable au projet. La motivation, la sensibilité et la sincérité du chanteur transparaissent dans chaque titre interprété. Les arrangements sont exceptionnels. Le professionnalisme des musiciens, des choristes est irréprochable et la soprano M. Kirkham, omniprésente, est tout simplement irremplaçable. Personnellement j'aurais une petite préférence pour "If i get home on Christmas day". Je trouve qu'Elvis apporte de subtiles et discrètes variations vocales; sans oublier cette intro. trés délicate de l'ensemble choristes (les Imperials)/harmonica (Ch. Mc Coy). Cependant, tous ces chants (traditionnels, country, blues, ...) explorés, contrairement à la joie relative à Noël qu'ils devraient apporter, font revivre en moi un sentiment de nostalgie, une sorte de "malaise" ... peut-être le regret du temps qui s'écoule inexorablement ... Sentiment que même l'improvisation du blues "Merry Christmas baby" ne parvient à apaiser malgré le bonheur et le plaisir évident que les protagonistes ont à jouer ensemble. Un blues à l'état brut et pur. A recevoir comme un intime cadeau. Seul "Winter wonderland", country au rythme entrainant, apporte un peu de légéreté (cela ne veut pas signifier qu'il est de moindre qualité artistique !) et une note "optimiste".
Pour terminer, j'aimerais décerner une mention toute spéciale, un label de qualité au titre "Oh come, all ye faithful". LE GRAND MOMENT de cet album. Digne de figurer dans un 33t de musique dite classique ! Magnifique en TOUT point ! Musiciens, choristes, arrangements TOUT est sublime ! TOUTES et TOUS sont magiques ! Que les mots (qui me font défaut pour exprimer ce que je ressens lorsque je me délecte de cette merveille) fassent place à l'écoute afin de mieux comprendre !

 

Album édité en Octobre 1971 !

O Come All Ye Faithful
First Noel
On A Snowy Christmas Night
Winter Wonderland
Wonderful World Of Christmas
It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You)
I'll Be Home On Christmas Day
If I Get Home On Christmas Day
Holly Leaves and Christmas Trees
Merry Christmas Baby
Silver Bells

 


Les Paroles

O Come All Ye Faithful

O come, all 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 exaltation
Oh sing all ye citizens
Of heaven above
Glory to God, 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


The First Noel

The first Noel the angels did sing
Was to certain poor shepherds
In fields as they lay
In fields fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter's night that was so deep

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the king of Israel

And to the Earth it gave great light
And so it continued both day and night
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the king of Israel
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the king of Israel


On A Snowy Christmas Night

Midnights prayers so softly whispered in
A Cathedral's candle light
Bring the message of the holidays
On a snowy Christmas night

Holly reeds and hidden mistletoe
Symbols of the seasons might
Joyful faces everywhere you go
On a snowy Christmas night

Give thanks for all you've been blessed with
And hold your loved ones tight
For you know the Lord's been good to you
On a snowy Christmas night

Mother Nature wears a bridal gown
For the world is dressed in white
There's a silent glow that fills the earth
On a snowy Christmas night

For you know the Lord's been good to you
On a snowy Christmas night


Winter Wonderland

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight
Walkin' in a winter wonderland

Gone away is the bluebird
Here to stay is a new bird
He sings a love song as we go along
Walkin' in a winter wonderland

In the meadow we can build a snowman
Then pretend that he is Parson Brown
He'll say are you married
We'll so no man,
But you can do the job when you're in town

Later on we'll conspire
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid
The plans that we made
Walkin' in a winter wonderland


The Wonderful World Of Christmas

The wonderful world of Christmas
Is a wonderful world to behold
The wonderful world of Christmas
Was made for the young and the old

Smile and good cheer of each neighbor
And children with cheeks all aglow
So warm is this Christmassy feeling
With the tree tops all locked up with snow

Listen to those wondrous bells
And you'll hear them say
Open up your hearts to all on this holy day
The wonderful world of Christmas
Is a joy from the moment it starts
The wonderful world of Christmas
Shall remain everyday in our hearts


It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You)

Oh, it won't seem like Christmas, oh, without you
Far too many miles are between
But if I get the one thing I'm waiting for
Well then I'll se you tonight in my dreams

Seems a long time since we've been together
It was just about to this time of the year
Looks like it's gonna be snowy weather
How I wish that you could be here

But it won't seem like Christmas, oh, without you
Far too many miles are between
But if I get the one thing that I'm wishing for
Then I'll see you tonight in my dreams

In the distance I hear sleigh bells ringing
The holly is so pretty this year
And the carol that somebody's singing
Reminds me of our Christmas last year


I'll Be Home On Christmas Day

On the hills of Georgia
Across the plains of Tennessee
I've seen and I've done most everything
That a man can do or see
But if I could only borrow one dream from your sleep
I'd be on that train tomorrow
I'll be home on Christmas day

And so many times before
She left that candle burning
Oh, too many tears fell
My soul fills with yearning
If I had sense at all
I'd just be on my way
Be on that train tomorrow
Be home on Christmas day

Everytime I think about her
All the love I left behind
Memories still linger in my troubled mind
I could set aside my pride
And I'd be on my way
I'd catch that train tomorrow
And be home on Christmas day

If I had any sense at all
I'd just be on my way
I'd catch that train tomorrow
I'd be home on Christmas day
I said I'd catch that train tomorrow
I'd be home on Christmas day


If I Get Home On Christmas Day

If I get home on Christmas day
I won't need soft words to say
I'll miss you and I can stay a while
You'll see it in my eyes and when I smile

If I get home before midnight
While you're still sleeping tight
I'll take you in my arms and there you'll stay
If I get home on Christmas day

Writing letters everyday
Never really seem to say
The way I feel deep in this heart of mine
Though I'm half a world away
If we're patient and we pray
Know I'll get my chance with you this time

If I get home on Christmas day
I won't need soft words to say
I'll miss you and I can stay a while
You'll see it in my eyes and when I smile

If I get home before midnight
While you're still sleeping tight
I'll take you in my arms and there you'll stay
If I get home on Christmas day
I'll take you in my arms and there you'll stay
If I get home on Christmas day


Holly Leaves and Christmas Trees

Somewhere in, in the distant night
I hear Christmas bells
The gentle snow keeps falling down on people
Who are homeward bound
That's the way it's always been
The circle never really ends
Christmas seems to come and go
Home's a place that I don't know
Holly leaves and Christmas trees
It's that time of year

Lights aglow and mistletoe
Don't mean a thing when you're not here
As I walk, walk this lonely street
The sound of snow beneath my feet
I'll think of how, how it used to be when
Holly leaves and Christmas trees
Use to mean so much to me


Merry Christmas Baby

Merry, merry Christmas baby
Sure did treat me nice
I said merry Christmas baby
Sure did treat me nice
Gave me a diamond ring for Christmas
Now I'm living in paradise

Well I'm feeling might fine
Got good music on my radio
Well, I'm feeling might fine
Got good music on my radio
Well, I want to kiss you baby
While you're standing beneath the mistletoe

I said, merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas baby
You sure did treat me nice
Yes, you did, yes, you did
Yes, you did, yes, you did
I said merry, merry Christmas baby
Sure did treat me nice
Gave me diamond ring for Christmas
Now I'm puttin' it through Al's mike


Silver Bells

Silver bells, silver bells
It's Christmas time in the city
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring
Soon it will be Christmas day

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style
In the air there's a feeling of Christmas
Children laughing, people passing
Meeting smile after smile
And on every street corner you'll hear

Silver bells, silver bells
It's Christmas time in the city
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring
Soon it will be Christmas day

Strings of streetlights, even stoplights
Blink a bright red and green
As the shoppers rush home with their treasures
Hear the snow crunch, see the kids bunch
This is Santa's big scene
And above all this bustle you'll hear

Silver bells, silver bells
It's Christmas time in the city
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring
Soon it will be Christmas day