Original Song – “Sing Songs Of Joy”

Sing Songs Of Joy was the second song that I wrote, just after Glory To God.  With this song I changed direction from the triumphal and heavenly Glory To God, to a more traditional Christmas carol.  With Sing Songs Of Joy,  I imagine a group of people out caroling in a neighborhood, all gathered around someone’s front porch.  Add a few snowflakes for effect and a snowman in the background with a carrot for a nose, and Christmas lights and decorations on the house – and I think you can visualize what I have in mind.  The song focuses on Joy, Praise, Peace, Love, Hope and Thanks – all centered on God and His Son Jesus Christ.  So grab a cup of hot chocolate brimming with marshmallows, roast some chestnuts over a fire and enjoy a glass of eggnog – and imagine this caroling group beginning the song with, “Sing songs of joy for all mankind to hear…”

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I recorded my original song “Sing Songs Of Joy” on Set 13 in 1997, and it’s the second song I wrote just after praying for the gift of songwriting. This is a Christmas song that reminds us of all the things in our lives that we have to be joyful for at both Christmas and throughout the year ~ enjoy! ♡ 🙂 Mark

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(Note: Emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide!)

"Sing Songs of Joy" - Christmas 1990, Collected Works Volume VII, Copyright 1990, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Sing Songs Of Joy

“Christmas 1990” – Collected Works Volume VII, Copyright 1990, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Intro:

C,   Am,   F,   G         C,   Am,   F,   Dm,   G

Verse One:

C                  Dm              Em         F

Sing songs of joy for all mankind to hear

C                  Dm                Em         F

Sing songs of praise for our Savior is here

C       Dm       G

Jesus Christ is born

C               Dm       G

Our Savior Christ is born

Am,   Dm,   G,   F,   C,   F,   G

Verse Two:

C                  Dm              Em          F

Sing songs of peace for all people to hear

C                  Dm             Em                  F

Sing songs of love for the world need not fear

C       Dm       G

Jesus Christ is King

C             Dm      G

Christ our Lord is King

Am,   Dm,   G,   F,   C,   F,   G

Verse Three:

C                    Dm              Em        F

Sings songs of hope for the world to hear

C                  Dm                 Em         F

Sing songs of thanks for our Savior is here

C                Dm    G

Give thanks to our Lord

C               Dm    G

Sing praise to our Lord

Am,   Dm,   G,   F,   C,   F,   G

Verse Four:

C               Dm            Em             F

Praise unto God for the Light of our lives

C               Dm     Em               F

Angels sing of our Lord from on high

C       Dm       G

Jesus Christ is born

C               Dm       G

Our Savior Christ is born

C,   Am,   F,   G         C,   Am,   F,   Dm,   G

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Original Song – “Christmas Comes But Once A Year”

Christmas Comes But Once A Year is an early Christmas song of mine written in 1990.  When I imagine this song, I see a procession of people and a small band playing and singing while walking through the narrow and winding streets of a European village on Christmas morning with snowflakes in the air – or as a choir marching down the middle aisle of a church singing this song a cappella – announcing the news of the arrival of the baby Jesus to all who can hear on Christmas morning.  The song is stripped down to the basic fundamentals of Christ’s arrival as a babe born in a manger on Christmas Day, and flows in a very rhythmic and marching type of beat.  So imagine a town crier announcing to a sleepy and just waking village at dawn, as townspeople throw open their shutters and lean out their windows to hear for themselves the news of the birth of Jesus Christ as a babe in Bethlehem, “Lord our Savior, God is man, Born this day in Bethlehem…”

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I recorded my original song “Christmas Comes But Once A Year” on Set 13 in 1997, and it tells the story of Jesus’ birth as a babe in Bethlehem on Christmas Day, “Christmas comes but once a year, Bringing to all people here, News that Jesus Christ is born, In a manger our Savior’s born…” Enjoy! ♡ 🙂 Mark

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(Note: Emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide!)

"Christmas Comes but Once a Year" - Christmas 1990, Collected Works Volume VII, Copyright 1990, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Christmas Comes But Once A Year

“Christmas 1990” – Collected Works Volume VII, Copyright 1990, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Intro:

C,   G,   C,   D         G,   C,   D,   G

Verse One:

C             C              Am      C

Christmas comes but once a year

F           C      Gsus4  G

Bringing to all people here

C             C       Am       C

News that Jesus Christ is born

F     C                Gsus4   G

In a manger our Savior’s born

C        D         G          D

Let the people rise and say

G       Gsus4    Dsus4  D

Jesus Christ is born today

C           D         G        D

Lord our Savior, God is man

G         Gsus4   Dsus4    D

Born to Mary in Bethlehem

C,   G,   C,   D         G,   C,   D,   G

Verse Two:

C        C   Am           C

People all around the world

F       C         Gsus4  G

Celebrate His birth today

C        C           Am       C

Giving praise to God above

F         C          Gsus4      G

For the birth of Christ our Lord

C      D      G       D

Glory be to God above

G         Gsus4  Dsus4       D

For this sacred Christmas Day

C           D          G           D

Lord our God has come to us

G     Gsus4   Dsus4  D

As a babe in Bethlehem

C,   G,   C,   D         G,   C,   D,   G

Verse Three:

       C         C        Am         C

Sing praises to the Heavenly Host

F          C    Gsus4  G

For this very Holy day

C      C        Am          C

For unto the world has come

F       C           Gsus4  G

Jesus Christ to us this day

C       D          G         D

Let us sing His praise today

G             Gsus4  Dsus4  D

Christ our Lord is born today

C           D         G         D

Lord our Savior, God is man

G            Gsus4 Dsus4  D

Born this day in Bethlehem

C,   G,   C,   D         G,   C,   D,   G         D,   G,   C,   D         G