Friday, December 09, 2016

Greg Lake Of Emerson, Lake, Palmer: Gone

Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, another great 70's popular singer died in 2016 December 7th and his view about Christmas. 

Gregory Stuart "Greg" Lake (10 November 1947 – 7 December 2016) was an English bassist, guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer who gained prominence as a founding member of the progressive rock bands King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer (ELP).
Born and raised in Dorset, Lake began to play the guitar at the age of 12 and wrote his first song, Lucky Man, at the same age. He became a full time musician at 17, playing in several rock bands. (Read more from Wiki).

I Believe in Father Christmas 
is a song by English musician Greg Lake with lyrics by Peter Sinfield. It is supposed to be a Christmas Song but it was not Lake's intention. He wrote the song in protest at the commercialization of Christmas.

Sinfield, however, said that the lyrics are about a loss of innocence and childhood belief.  Released in 1975, the song reached number two on the UK Singles Chart and couldn't topple Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.

They said there'll be snow at Christmas
They said there'll be peace on Earth
But instead it just kept on raining
A veil of tears for the Virgin's birth
I remember one Christmas morning
A winters light and a distant choir
And the peal of a bell and that Christmas Tree smell
And their eyes full of tinsel and fire

They sold me a dream of Christmas
They sold me a Silent Night
And they told me a fairy story
'Till I believed in the Israelite
And I believed in Father Christmas
And I looked at the sky with excited eyes
'Till I woke with a yawn in the first light of dawn
And I saw him and through his disguise

I wish you a hopeful Christmas
I wish you a brave New Year
All anguish pain and sadness
Leave your heart and let your road be clear
They said there'll be snow at Christmas
They said there'll be peace on Earth
Hallelujah Noel be it Heaven or Hell
The Christmas we get we deserve.

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You Tube: Silent Night - Connie Francis: Video by Bine P.

Images: Google.
Songs Information Edited: Wiki.

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