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Celtic "Ding Dong Merrily On High"



When I was teaching myself Christmas carols as a child (most of which I learned from Wee Sing), one of the songs that I always saw passed over was "Ding Dong Merrily On High." It was somewhat understandable. For example, its melismas were longer than even those in "Angels We Have Heard On High," and there was a lot of use of the phrase "ding dong."


But no more! The creative, worshipful, talented and underrated musical ensemble from Ireland, Rend Collective, created a downright fun and joyful rendition of this underused carol in their Campfire Christmas album. Here is the video. Lyrics are below (minus some "ding dongs":


Ding Dong merrily on high In heav’n the bells are ringing Ding Dong verily the sky Is riv’n with angels singing Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis!


E’en so here below, below Let steeple bells be swungen And “io, io, io” By priest and people sungen Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis!


Ding Dong merrily on high The curse of sin is broken: Ding Dong open up your eyes The celebration’s starting! Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis! Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis!


Deck the halls with boughs of holly Fa la la la la, la la la la Tis the season to be jolly Fa la la la la, la la la la Strike the harp and join the chorus Fa la la, la la la, la la la All together sing we joyous Fa la la la la, la la la la