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    Christmas in BethlehemLabel: X5 Music/Universal
    Utgivningsår: 2009
    Utgivningsland: Sverige
    Producenter: Erik Hillested
    Inspelad i: Födelsekyrkan, Betlehem (1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 12, 14, 15); Rainbow Studio, Oslo (1, 6, 12, 15); OAL Studio, Stockholm (1, 4, 6, 11, 15); Nordraak Studio, Oslo (1, 6, 9, 12, 15); Fagerborg Studio (2, 3, 7, 13, 14); Babayev Studio, Baku (2, 3, 7); Cosmos Studio, Stockholm (2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14); Sofienberg kyrka, Oslo (2, 4, 9, 11, 12, 14); Stable Studio, Oslo (2, 3, 6, 7, 14, 15); Ris kyrka, Oslo (3, 7, 8, 10); Church of Jakob, Oslo (4, 5, 8, 10, 11) samt Mono Studio, Stockholm (5, 6)

    LÅTFÖRTECKNING
    01. Heaven in my arms
    02. Hark the herald angels sing (feat Aygun Beyler & Mahsa Vahdat)
    03. Silent night (feat Hans-Erik Dyvik Husby)
    04. Find my way to Bethlehem
    05. Poor little Jesus (feat Gladys del Pilar)
    06. O holy night (feat Paul Potts)
    07. From heaven high
    08. Good Christian men rejoice
    09. The little drummer boy (feat Blues)
    10. O sanctissima
    11. Heaven turned out to be a child (feat Linda Lampenius & Julian Erland)
    12. O little town of Bethlehem
    13. Go, tell it on the mountain
    14. This very night the world will change
    15. O come, all ye faithful

    LÅTTEXTER
    HEAVEN IN MY ARMS
    (Carola – Erik Hillestad / Engesk text: Terry Cox)
    Who has lit the starlight that shines so bright in your eyes?
    Who has lit the darkness for the shepherds on this night?
    Who has placed the straw crown that sits upon your small brow?
    Who has brought the wise men to the stable, precious child?

    Are you one of many more or the one they’re waiting for?
    You my little child so close to my heart
    Have I given you in birth to be the treasure of the earth?
    Are you truly heaven laying cradle in my arms?

    Why the tears you’re crying? What has made you frightened?
    Why do your tiny fingers hold so tightly momma’s hair?
    See the dancing shadows, feel how soft the wind blows
    It’s following an angel that was only just there

    Are you one of many more or the one they’re waiting for?
    You my little child so close to my heart
    Have I given you in birth to be the treasure of the earth?
    Are you truly heaven laying cradle in my arms?

    May you greet all others as sisters and as Brothers
    And may you be received with only love and gentleness
    Wherever time may take you I will not forsake you
    Grant this mother’s prayer that your days of mirth be blessed

    Are you one of many more or the one they’re waiting for?
    You my little child so close to my heart
    Have I given you in birth to be the treasure of the earth?
    Are you truly heaven laying cradle in my arms?

    Who has lit the starlight that’s shining bright in your eyes?
    Shining like a diamond over little Bethlehem

    HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING (feat Aygun Beyler & Mahsa Vahdat)
    (Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy – Charles Wesley / H Whitefield / M Madan)
    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 the angelic host proclaim
    ”Christ is born in Bethlehem!”
    Hark! the herald angels sing
    ”Glory to the new born King!”

    Christ, by highest heaven adored
    Christ, the everlasting Lord
    Late in time behold him come
    Offspring of a virgin’s womb
    Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
    Hail the incarnate Deity
    Pleased as man with man to dwell
    Jesus, our Emmanuel
    Hark! the herald angels sing
    ”Glory to the new born King!”

    Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
    Hail the Sun 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 us second birth
    Hark! the herald angels sing
    ”Glory to the new born King!”

    Come, Desire of nations, come
    Fix in us thy humble home
    Rise, the woman’s conquering Seed
    Bruise in us the serpent’s head
    Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface
    Stamp thine image in its place
    Second Adam from above
    Reinstate us in thy love
    Hark! the herald angels sing
    ”Glory to the new born King!”

    Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface
    Stamp Thine image in its place
    Second Adam from above
    Reinstate us in Thy love
    Let us Thee, though lost, regain
    Thee, the Life, the inner man
    O, to all Thyself impart
    Formed in each believing heart
    Hark! the herald angels sing
    ”Glory to the newborn King!”

    SILENT NIGHT (feat Hans-Erik Dyvik Husby)
    (Franz Gruber – Joseph Mohr / Engelsk text: John Freeman Young)
    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
    Shepherds quake at the sight
    Glories stream from heaven afar
    Heavenly hosts sing alleluia
    Christ, the saviour, is born
    Christ, the saviour, is born

    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

    FIND MY WAY TO BETHLEHEM
    (Carola / Pelle Ankarberg – Carola / Pelle Ankarberg / Erik Hillestad)
    The lights are slowly fading
    But I do not fear the dark
    My faith is never dying
    ’Cause with you I place my heart
    Along the road I’m walking
    To you I turn my prayers
    Among all vocies talking
    It’s yours the one I hear

    I will find my way to Bethlehem
    Following the star like the three wise men
    I can hear you calling out my name
    And I know I’ll never be the same
    ’Cause I know, ’cause I know
    Your love can set us free
    And I know that ol’ Bethlehem’s for me

    Though my vocie will sometimes
    Break because of tears
    Weak but still resilient
    I’ll sing for you to hear
    The strength my song is bringing
    Is given by your grace
    The song my heart is singing
    No one can erase

    I will find my way to Bethlehem
    Following the star like the three wise men
    I can hear you calling out my name
    And I know I’ll never be the same
    ’Cause I know, ’cause I know
    Your love can set us free
    And I know that ol’ Bethlehem’s for me
    ’Cause I know, you are calling out my name
    And I know that I’ll never be the same

    To you I turn
    To you I turn
    To you I turn my prayers

    POOR LITTLE JESUS (feat Gladys del Pilar)
    (Traditionell amerikansk spirituell)
    O poor little Jesus
    This world gonna break your heart
    There be no place to lay your head, my Lord
    O poor little Jesus

    O Mary she the mother
    O Mary she bow down and cry
    For there’s no place to lay your head, my Lord
    O poor little Jesus

    Come down all you holy angels
    Sing ’round him with your golden harps
    For someday he’ll die to save this world
    O poor little Jesus

    O HOLY NIGHT (feat Paul Potts)
    (Adolphe Adam – Placido Cappeau de Roquemaure / Engelsk text: John Sullivan Dwight)
    O holy night, the stars are brightly shining
    It is the night of our dear saviour’s birth
    Long lay the world in sin and error pining
    ’Til he appear’d and the soul felt its worth
    A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
    For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn

    Fall on your knees, o hear the angels’ voices
    O night divine, o night when Christ was born
    O night divine, o night, o night divine

    Led by the light of faith serenely beaming
    With glowing hearts by his cradle we stand
    So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming
    Here come the wise men from Orient land
    The king of kings lay thus in lowly manger
    In all our trials born to be our friend

    He knows our need, to our weakness is no stranger
    Behold your king, before him lowly bend
    Behold your king, before him lowly bend

    Truly he taught us to love one another
    His law is love and his gospel is peace
    Chains shall he break for the slave is 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

    Christ is the Lord, o praise his name forever
    His power and glory evermore proclaim
    His power and glory evermore proclaim

    FROM HEAVEN HIGH
    (Tysk folkmelodi – Martin Luther / Engelsk text: Winfred Douglas)
    From heaven high I come to you
    I bring you tidings good and new
    Glad tidings of great joy I bring
    Whereof I now will say and sing

    To you this night is born a child
    Of Mary, chosen virgin mild
    This little child, of lowly birth
    Shall be the joy of all the earth

    This is the Christ, our God and Lord
    Who in all need shall aid afford
    He will himself your Saviour be
    From all your sins to set you free

    These are the tokens ye shall mark
    The swaddling-clothes and manger dark
    There ye shall find the Infant laid
    By whom the heav’ns and earth were made

    Now let us all with gladsome cheer
    Go with the shepherds and draw near
    To see the precious gift of God
    Who hath his own dear Son bestowed

    Welcome to earth, thou noble Guest
    Through whom the sinful world is blest
    In my distress thou com’st to me
    What thanks shall I return to thee

    Praise God above on his high throne
    Who giveth us his only son
    The angel hosts rejoice in bliss
    To chant a glad new year like this

    GOOD CHRISTIAN MEN REJOICE
    (Latinsk hymn – Engelsk text: John Mason Neale)
    Good Christian men rejoice
    With heart and soul and voice
    Give ye heed to what we say
    News! News!
    Jesus Christ is born today
    Ox and ass before Him bow
    And He is in the manger now
    Christ is born today
    Christ is born today

    Good Christian men, rejoice
    With heart and soul and voice
    Now ye hear of endless bliss
    Joy! Joy!
    Jesus Christ was born for this
    He hath opened the heavenly door
    And man is blessed evermore
    Christ was born for this
    Christ was born for this

    Good Christian men, rejoice
    With heart and soul and voice
    Now ye need not fear the grave
    Peace! Peace!
    Jesus Christ was born to save
    Calls you one and calls you all
    To gain His everlasting hall
    Christ was born to save
    Christ was born to save

    THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY (feat Blues)
    (K Davis / H Simeone / H Onarti)
    Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum
    A new born King to see, pa rum pum pum pum
    Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum
    To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum
    So to honor Him, pa rum pum pum pum
    When we come

    Little baby, pa rum pum pum pum
    I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum
    I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum
    That’s fit to give the King, pa rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum

    Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum,
    On my drum?

    Mary nodded, pa rum pum pum pum
    The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum
    I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum
    I played my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum

    Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum
    Me and my drum

    O SANCTISSIMA
    (Traditionell siciliansk folkmelodi)
    Thou happy
    O thou holy
    Glorious peace bringing Christmas time
    Angel throngs to meet thee
    On thy birth we greet Thee
    Hail to Christ, the Son of God, our newborn king

    Oh, how joyfully
    Oh, how merrily
    Christmas comes with its grace divine
    Grace again is beaming
    Christ the world redeeming
    Hail, ye Christians
    Hail the joyous Christmas time

    HEAVEN TURNED OUT TO BE A CHILD (feat Linda Lampenius & Julian Erland)
    (Carola – Erik Hillestad)
    CAROLA:
    Who believe the tales we heard?
    Such a strange and mighty story
    from an ancient sender
    So illogical and wild
    Still we value this old word
    That when heaven full of glory
    came to show its splendor
    It turned out to be a child

    JULIAN:
    Shepherds, cattle, a stable poor
    What a frame for kings, what a scenery
    Far from all wealth on an earthy floor
    This is how God tells us His love is free

    CAROLA:
    Then into my life He came
    He was born in my heart’s chamber
    Rose from my horizon
    like a sun so strong and mild
    When He called me by my name
    I awoke from my sweet slumber
    And He became my wise man
    I received Him like a child

    JULIAN:
    Life’s so sinful and thoughts unclear
    What a place for someone so true divine
    Far from all power, from force and fear
    This is how God tells me His love is mine

    CAROLA:
    Heaven came so strong and mild
    It turned out to be a child

    O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM
    (Lewis Redner / Philip Brooks)
    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

    O morning stars, together
    Proclaim the holy birth
    And praises sing to God the King
    And peace to men on earth
    For Christ is born of Mary
    And gathered all above
    While mortals sleep the Angels keep
    Their watch of wondering love

    How silently, how silently
    The wondrous gift is given
    So God imparts to human hearts
    The blessings of His heaven
    No ear may hear His coming
    But in this world of sin
    Where meek souls will receive Him still
    The dear Christ enters in

    Where children pure and happy
    Pray to the blessed child
    Where misery cries out to thee,
    Son of the mother mild
    Where charity stands watching
    And faith holds wide the door
    The dark night wakes, the glory breaks
    And Christmas comes once more

    O holy child of Bethlehem
    Descend to us, we pray
    Cast out our sin and enter in
    Be born in us today
    We hear the Christmas angels
    The great glad tidings tell
    O come to us, abide with us
    Our Lord Emmanuel

    GO, TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN
    (Traditionell amerikansk spirituell melodi)
    When I was a learner
    I sought both night and day
    I asked the Lord to help me
    And he showed me the way

    Go tell it on the mountain
    Over the hills and everywhere
    Go tell it on the mountain
    That Jesus Christ is born

    He made me a watchman
    Upon a city wall
    And if I am a Christian
    I am the least of all

    Go tell it on the mountain
    Over the hills and everywhere
    Go tell it on the mountain
    Our Jesus Christ is born

    And so, when they had seen it
    They all bowed down and prayed
    Then they traveled on together
    To where the Babe was laid

    THIS VERY NIGHT THE WORLD WILL CHANGE
    (Carola / Mikael Axelius / Stefan Almqvist / Peo Thyrén – Erik Hillestad)
    Bethlehem’s resting so lonely and grey
    Still angels will come to give praise and to play
    Shepherds will wake up again they will say
    Let’s go to the stable to see
    Night after night ancient soldiers have spent
    Watching the place from a tower or a tent
    But walls that surround the old town can’t prevent
    God’s wonders from setting us free

    This very night the world will change
    In ways so wondrous and so strange
    A song from earth will rise anew
    When heaven’s dreams come true

    In a poor stable God’s people will thrown
    Right where God’s peace and our freedom belong
    Holy this moment and blessed our song
    It rings from our faith and our love
    Heaven now fills with a scent of the earth
    God is embraced like a child after birth
    No one can measure what this night is worth
    Not even the stars up above

    This very night the world will change
    In ways so wondrous and so strange
    A song from earth will rise anew
    When heaven’s dreams come true
    This night the shepherds’ laughs reside
    Three wise men keeps this holy ground
    As Bethlehem is ready found that all the world is new

    From hill to hill a song rings tonight
    From town to town a new hope has grown
    Doors open up and walls are torn down
    When Jesus is born in each and everyone

    This very night the world will change
    In ways so wondrous and so strange
    A song from earth will rise anew
    When heaven’s dreams come true
    This night the shepherds’ laughs reside
    Three wise men keeps this holy ground
    As Bethlehem is ready found that all the world is new

    Bethlehem’s resting so lonely and grey
    Still angels will come to give praise and to play
    Shepherds will wake up again they will say
    Let’s go to the stable to see

    O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL
    (John Reading / J F Wade)
    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.

    O sing, choirs of angels
    Sing in exultation
    Sing all that hear in heaven God’s holy Word
    Give to our Father 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.

    All hail!
    Lord, we greet thee
    Born this happy morning
    O Jesus! for evermore be Thy name adored
    Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing
    O come, let us adore Him
    O come, let us adore Him
    O come, let us adore Him
    Christ the Lord