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AcaDisc #21- A Savior is Born (Acappella Carols) by Acappella and AVB

Original Release (A Savior is Born):1989 Clifty Records
Re-release:1990 Word, Inc. ("Away in a Manger" Rerecorded)
Re-release as Acappella Carols: 1993 Word, Inc. (Same as Word version)
Currently available as Acappella Carols through The Acappella Company
Producer: Keith Lancaster
Production Assistant: Todd Austin
Engineers: John Laws, Todd Austin, Gary Miner, Bob Miner, Jeff Johnson, and Steve Rowhuff
Cover Concept: John Laws, Gibby Gilbert, and Todd Austin
Art Layout: Don Huffine Graphics
Recording and Remixing Studio: Clifty Studios- Paris, TN
Mixed by: John Laws and Todd Austin
Mastered by: Jim Lloyd at Masterfonics
Members: Duane Adams- Bass
                Wes McKinzie- Bass
                Wayburn Dean- Baritone
                Jay Smith- Baritone
                Bret Testerman- Baritone/2nd Tenor
                George Pendergrass- 2nd Tenor
                George Gee- 2nd Tenor
                Gary Moyers- 1st Tenor
                Max Plaster- 1st Tenor

Song List

Angels We Have Heard on High
O Holy Night
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Away in a Manger
The First Noel
O Come, All Ye Faithful
What Child is This
Joy to the World
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Silent Night

Angels We Have Heard on High

Words and music: Traditional French
Arrangement: Keith Lancaster © 1990 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)  
This song also appeared on Acappella Family Christmas by The Acappella Company.
Lead: Jay Smith, Duane Adams, Gary Moyers, Wayburn Dean and George Pendergrass

Lyrics:

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o'er the plains
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.

Chorus:
Gloria in excelsis Deo
Gloria in excelsis Deo

Shepherds why this jubilee
Why your joyous songs prolong
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song

Repeat Chorus

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

Repeat Chorus (x2)

Scriptural Reference:

"Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders."  Revelation 5:11

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O Holy Night

Words: Placide Clappeau
Music: Adolphe Charles Adam
Arrangement: Keith Lancaster © 1990 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)  
This song also appeared on Acappella Family Christmas by The Acappella Company and The First Christmas by Rescue.
Lead: Bret Testerman

Lyrics:

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

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

Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break the slave is still our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we
Let all within us praise His Holy name
Fall on your knees
O hear the angel voices
O night divine
O night when Christ was born
O night, O holy night
O night divine

O night, O holy night
O night divine

Scriptural Reference:

"Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord."  Luke 2:11

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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Words: Charles Wesley
Music: Felix Mendelssohn
Arrangement: Keith Lancaster © 1990 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)  
This song also appeared on Acappella Family Christmas by The Acappella Company.
Lead: Max Plaster

Lyrics:

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 th' angelic host proclaim,
"Christ is born in Bethlehem"
Hark! the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Christ, by highest heav'n adored
Christ, the everlasting Lord
Late in time behold him come
Offspring of the favored one
Veil'd in flesh, the Godhead see
Hail, th'incarnate Deity
Pleased, as man, with men to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel! (Jesus... Emmanuel)
Hark! the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Hail! the heav'n-born Prince of peace!
Hail! the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings
Risen with healing in his wings
Mild he lays his glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Scriptural Reference:

"After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, 'Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.'"  Matthew 2:1-2

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Away in a Manger

Words: Martin Luther
Music: Carl Mueller 
This song was recorded separately for the Clifty and Word versions of A Savior is Born - the Word version was used on Acappella Carols.  This song also appeared on Acappella Family Christmas by The Acappella Company.
Lead: Wes McKenzie (Clifty), George Gee (Word)

Lyrics:

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

The cattle are lowing, the Baby awakes
But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle til morning is nigh

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 take us to heaven to live with Thee there

Scriptural Reference:

"While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn."  Luke 2:6-7

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The First Noel

Words: Martin Luther
Music: Carl Mueller  
Arrangement: Keith Lancaster © 1990 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)  
This song also appeared on Acappella Family Christmas by The Acappella Company.
Lead: Gary Moyers

Lyrics:

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

Chorus:
NoŽl, NoŽl, NoŽl, NoŽl
Born is the King of Israel!

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the East beyond them far
And to the earth it gave great light
And so it continued both day and night

Repeat Chorus

This star drew nigh to the northwest
O'er Bethlehem it took its rest
And there it did both stop and stay
Right o'er the place where Jesus lay

Repeat Chorus (x3)

Scriptural Reference:

"Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord."  Luke 2:11

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O Come, All Ye Faithful

Words: John Francis Wade (French words to "Adeste Fideles"- 1742) and Frederick Oakeley (Modern English Translation- 1852)
This song also appeared on The First Christmas by Rescue.
Lead: Bret Testerman

Lyrics:

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

Chorus:
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
Sing all ye citizens of heaven'd above
Give to God in the Highest

Repeat Chorus

All Hail! Lord, we greet Thee
Born this happy morning
Jesus to thee be glory giv'n
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing

Repeat Chorus

Scriptural Reference:

"He sent them to Bethlehem and said, 'Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.'"  Matthew 2:8

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What Child is This

Words and music: William Chatterton Dix
Arrangement: Keith Lancaster © 1990 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)  
This song also appeared on Acappella Family Christmas by The Acappella Company.
Lead: George Pendergrass

Lyrics:

What Child is this, who laid to rest,
On Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet
While shepherds watch are keeping?

This, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing.
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

Why lies He in such mean estate
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear: for sinners here,
The silent Word is pleading.

Nails, spears shall pierce Him through
The cross be born for me and you
Hail, hail the word meet flesh
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh;
Come peasant, king to own Him.
The King of Kings salvation brings;
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.

Raise, raise the song on high
The virgin sings her lullaby
Joy, joy for Christ is born
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

The Babe, the Son of Mary
The Babe, the Son of Mary

Scriptural Reference:

"On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh."  Matthew 2:11

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Joy to the World

Words: Isaac Watts (1709)
Music: G. F. Handel
Arrangement: Keith Lancaster © 1990 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)  
This song also appeared on Acappella Family Christmas by The Acappella Company.
Lead: Jay Smith

Lyrics:

Joy to the world, The Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let ev'ry heart prepare Him room
And heav'n and nature sing
And heav'n and nature sing
And heav'n and heav'n and nature sing

Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy

He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love
And wonders of his love
And wonders, and wonders of His love

Joy to the world, The Lord is come
Let earth receive, receive her King
Let ev'ry heart prepare Him room
And heav'n and nature sing
And heav'n and nature sing
And heav'n and heav'n and nature sing

Sing, nature, sing
Joy to the World

Joy to the World (x3)

Scriptural Reference:

"I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them."  John 17:13

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O Little Town of Bethlehem

Words: Phillips Brooks
Music: Lewis H. Redner
Lead: Duane Adams

Lyrics:

O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight

For Christ is born of Mary
And gather'd all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wond'ring love
O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King
And Peace to men on earth

How silently, how silently
The wondrous gift is giv'n!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heav'n.
No ear may hear His coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him still,
The dear Christ enters in.

Scriptural Reference:

"But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel."  Matthew 2:6

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Silent Night

Words: Joseph Mohr (1816)
Music: Franz Xaver Gruber (1818)
Arrangement: Keith Lancaster © 1990 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)  
This song also appeared on Acappella Family Christmas by The Acappella Company and The First Christmas by Rescue.
Lead: Wayburn Dean

Lyrics:

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth

Silent night, holy night!
Earth awakes, silence breaks
High our anthems and melodies raise
Heaven and earth in full chorus brings
Peace forever shall reign
Peace forever shall reign

Scriptural Reference:

"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.'"  Luke 2:8-10

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