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IHTBOCDI Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (song)
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"I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day:" Based on the 1863 poem "Christmas Bells" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the song tells of the narrator's despair, upon hearing Christmas bells, that "hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth", but ends with the bells carrying renewed hope for peace among men.
This one is an exception boasting The Civil Wars' sublime I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day, alt.folkie Holly Golightly's That's What I Want For Christmas, and a duet by Rufus Wainwright and Sharon Van Elten on Baby It's Cold Outside.
Enhanced with the inclusion of a DVD performance by Edward Herrmann and Mormon Tabernacle Choir, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" is a beautiful package of both book and DVD that tells the story of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and the writing of his famous poem, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day." Written at a crucial time in American history just before the end of the Civil War, the poem has come to symbolize faith in a good and peaceful future in a time of chaos and war.