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It’s Encore time again! Only remember how, when Jed invented the game, he said it might be fun to do “a set of songs that are all Christmas songs”? Well, Happy Xmas Jed! It’s a set of songs that are all Christmas songs! Well, Christmas and winter-season songs. Which, I’m hoping, will also make the thing easier and more fun for y’all.

Remember the rules?

Score: For each word on the list, YHB has in mind one and only one song that contains the word. Gentle Readers (as a team) get one Bragging Unit for each time y’all come up with the song I thought of, but you get two Bragging Units each time you come up with a Christmas (or winter-themed) song I didn’t think of. Up to a maximum of five Bragging Units per word. YHB gets two Bragging Units for having come up with the list. For every word on the list that y’all blank on, I get two more Bragging Units. For any word that y’all can’t come up with any other song than the one I had in mind, I get one Bragging Unit. Any Gentle Reader who posts his or her own list gets two Bragging Units. Jed gets two Bragging Units for having come up with the game. Any Gentle Reader who posts for the first time with a guess gets one extra Bragging Unit. Any Gentle Reader who is able to identify an instance where YHB has screwed up the lyrics again gets one Bragging Unit.

MFQ Rules: Don’t look stuff up and then post it. You don’t have to know the name of the song, but you have to be able to sing (or in this case type) a chunk of the lyric containing the word. It’s better if you sing that chunk of lyric out loud, though, whilst typing. Eight words is the canonical minimum chunk for the Encore parlor game. If you get the lyrics wrong from memory there will be Scorn and Derision, but not so bad as if you looked the lyric up before posting. Don’t just make up shit up, please, and if you do, make it worthwhile. Within that construct, I’m going to rule that songs written by Gentle Readers are not eligible, even if you realio trulio wrote a song with that word in the lyric five years ago. I mean, if you did, let me know, because that’s a whole separate set of Bragging Units. All the songs are primarily in the English Language; no score for translations and multilingual puns, except, you know, anyone who does something really clever gets one Bragging Unit and one S&D unit.

The List: I'll try to keep this up-to-date. If a word is in bold, nobody has come up with nothing. If a word is in italics, at least one Gentle Reader has come up with at least one song containing it. If a word is struck through, some Gentle Reader has come up with the song that YHB was thinking of. If a word is both italicized and struck through, then y'all have maxed out the five BUs available.

  • anthems
  • blazing
  • captive
  • deer
  • employ
  • fears
  • gracious
  • hurry
  • if
  • joyful
  • keeping
  • leaves
  • maple
  • new
  • ox
  • pretend
  • quake
  • remember
  • spirits
  • triumph
  • underneath
  • verily
  • watched
  • yonder
  • Zachary

The missing X is for Xmas, and because, seriously, right? Be aware that some of these are about the season, rather than the holiday. No Chanukah songs, though.

Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,


triumph: Hark the Herald Angels. "Joyful all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skies"

yonder: We Three Kings. "field and fountain, mist and mountain, following yonder star"

Hey, I should get another one for Joyful using the same line from Hark the Herald Angels.

OK, I'll stop for a while after one more:

quake: Silent Night. "silent night, holy night, shepherds quake at the sight"

Jacob has three points for guessing my songs for triumph, yonder and quake, and two more for joyful, because that's not the joyful song I had in mind. A strong start for Jacob.

I will add that I have set this list up on Facebook as well; for those Gentle Readers who are also on my FB list, please choose one or the other game so YHB doesn't get confused.


O come, O come, Emanuel--and ransom captive Israel.

...and the running of the deer--the playing of the merry organ, sweet singing in the choir.

O little town of Bethlehem: the hopes and fears of all the years are met in theeeeee tonight.

Joyful: Not actually a Christmas song per se, so I don't really expect points for it, but now have to get it out of my system:
Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love...

New: Does a new year's carol count?
Here we bring new water from the well so clear--open thou the east door and let in the new year...

While shepherds watched their flocks by night, all seated on the ground

"Hurry" and "ox" are killing me, man. Inadequate sleep and the pressures of modern life. And not having been in a children's chorus in a Really Long Time. Also possibly a language barrier.

...If I were a shepherd, I would give a lamb. If I were a wise man, I would do my part. What else can I give him? Give my heart.

Melissa R--Bingo on captive, deer and watched. Anonymous (is that also you?) gets two for a very nice Bleak Midwinter, but not the song I was thinking of.


Anonymous If (not to be confused with Anonymous 4) was also me. "Fears" didn't land something?

Whoops! Yes, your fears were correct, and your news was good, albeit not the one I was thinking of. Three more BUs for you.


See the blazing yule before us. -- Deck the Halls

While shepherds watch are keeping. -- What Child Is This?

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

Old Christmas is past, Twelfth Night is the last, / And we bid you adieu, great joy to the New. -- Variously titled The Wren / The King / Joy, Health, Love, and Peace

O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant -- Adeste Fideles, English lyrics

OK, one more --

O Tannenbaum O Tannenbaum, thy leaves are faithful ever (different translations adaptations say different things about the leaves, but usually they use that word)

You found my battleship on blazing and employ and joyful, and come up with new songs on new and leaves. Well done and seven points for you!


Here's three more that had been bugging me:

The presents underneath that green Christmas tree, / Won't mean a thing, if you're not here with me -- Blue Christmas

We've been good, but we can't last, / Hurry, Christmas, hurry fast. Want a plane that loops the loop / (I still want a hula hoop) / We can hardly stand the wait, please Christmas don't be late! -- The Chipmunk Song

Bells on bobtails ring, making spirits bright / what fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight! / Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way!

Also, what about "keeping," above?


'anthems' (and 'keeping'): What Child is this?
"Who angels greet with anthems sweet/While shepherds watch are keeping"

'maple': Maple Syrup Time, by Pete Seeger
"First you get the buckets ready/Wash them well and gather firewood/Saved up for winter/It's maple syrup time"

'ox': Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day
"Thus in a manger laid and wrapped I was/So very poor this was my chance/Betwixt an ox and a silly poor ass/To call my true love to my dance"

Nao points out that 'maple' could also be from Gower Wassail:
"Wassail, wassail all over the town/Our toast it is white and our ale it is brown/Our bowl it is made of the white maple tree/With a wassailing bowl we drink to thee"

Hurry: Star Carol, by John Rutter?
"See this star shining bright/In the sky this Christmas night/Follow me joyfully/Hurry to Bethlehem/To see the son of Mary"

Pretend: Walking in a Winter Wonderland
"In the meadow we will build a snowman/And pretend that he is Parson Brown"

Chris--keeping is worth two BUs, as it wasn't the song I was thinking of. Two points for underneath and hurry, too; spirits is my song, so one more point for that.

Stephen--anthems is my song, as is pretend, so one point each. Two points for maple, ox and hurry. Another two points for Nao's maple.

That knocks out the two-point slots for hurry and maple as well as new, although there's still a point available for my own song-in-mind.


Leaves: I take it Chris' O Tannenbaum doesn't work?
Then how about: Fly, fly, fly/The leaves are leaving the branch/Cold are the winds/Winter is coming

Really more a late autumn song, but still.

Ox and ass before him bow/And he is in the manger now/Christ was born today! Christ was born today

Stephen gored my ox, but neither you nor Christoper turned my leaves. Three more points for Stephen.


My wassail expert informs me that there is no maple in the Gower Wassail. Sorry, Nao, no points for you.


That would be because it's the Gloucestershire Wassail, rather than Gower.

I typed the wrong G-wassail. Scorn and Derision for me!

The lyric is right, though.

Gloucester is correct--one point for Nao. That means that there's still a two-point open for somebody with a maple song… if I'm counting right, which I am probably not, I have twenty-five Bragging Units left, and GRs between you have thirty-eight, which is a pretty clear victory for y'all. Well done! Nothing to stop you running up the score, though.


Zachary is from that one song off the Muppets Christmas with John Denver album, where he goes "Merry Christmas, little Zachary; Merry Christmas everyone." I can't think of the title off the top of my head, but I could go look at my MP3 player... That would feel like cheating.


And I'd bet your ox comes from "The Little Drummer Boy," wherein the ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum.

more peace

Matt--Dingdingding! You get full credit for having seven words of the John Denver lyric (or fourteen, since he sings 'em twice); the song is evidently called "A Baby Just Like You". The Ox in the drummer boy is worth two--I seem to have updated the list incorrectly, as Stephen correctly guessed that I was thinking of "Good Christian Men Rejoice".


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