TROUBLESOME CAROL (words by Shirley Erena Murray)

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MELODY LINE VERSIONS

  • Vocal (or ’C’ Instrument)
  • C Instrument 8va
  • Bb Instrument
  • Eb Instrument
  • F Instrument (high)
  • F Instrument (low)
  • Bass Clef ’C’ Instrument
  • Viola (alto clef)
  • Bulletin Master

HYMN-STYLE
HARMONIZATIONS

  • SATB Vocal Parts
  • SAB Vocal Parts

ACCOMPANIMENT
VERSIONS

  • Piano
  • Guitar/Bass – keyboard key
  • Guitar – capo chords

Audio Sample

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Lyrics

The Christmas Child is a troublesome child,
as troublesome as the Word
that stirred the waters from the deep
and let God’s voice be heard.
The Christmas Child is a spirited child
who questions given rule,
who flouts convention’s pious face,
who laughs and plays the fool.

The Christmas Child is a generous child,
extravagant in excess,
who spends the coin of life and hope
to recreate and bless.
The Christmas Child is a dangerous child
when to a prophet grown,
whose vision takes a thorny path,
whose cross may be our own.

The Christmas Child is a troublesome child,
as troublesome as the Word
that stirred the waters from the deep
and let God’s voice be heard.
The Christmas Child is a luminous child
whose peace the angels sing,
whose star no darkness overcomes,
whose life lights everything.

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