The Music of Kelly Van Shaar

The Day That I Believe

~ Christmas anthem ~ 2011-01-23


I call this an 'After Christmas' song. It features some lyrics from 'I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day'.

Lyrics

I heard the bells on Christmas day,
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet, the words repeat,
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair, I hung my head
"There is no peace on earth," I said
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace"

(instrumental break)

What does it mean? How could it be
A God and Father such as He
Could turn away, on such a day
From peace on earth, good will to men?

Doesn't see, the pain and fear
Of all His children living here?
Is he aware? Does He not care
For peace?

(instrumental break)

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep,
"God is not dead, nor does he sleep
And all the suffering in your view
Is not to test God, but you."

And then with faith I raised my head
"There will be peace on earth," I said
"I'll sing the strong and vibrant song
Of peace."

When for the world I have cried
I should have reached inside
For God will do what he will do
But he is waiting for you

And so at last I see
That it is up to me
On this, that day that I believe.

And as the time goes by
There are no reasons why
Until the day that I believe.
Until the day that I believe.


Notes / Back story

I have files on this song dating back to November of 2007. For many years it stayed that way, with nothing more than the music of the main chorus part that goes, "And so at last I see, That it is up to me, On this, that day that I believe."


One day I played it for Danielle and she really liked it and thought it was very different from anything else I had written. So, the month after Christmas I sat down and decided to make something out of it starting from those two lines. I started by writing freestyle to see what kind of thoughts would come out in connection with that chorus line, and soon I realized that the things I was writing about had already been said in one of my favorite Christmas songs for choir, "I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day".


So I used the lyrics of that song - modified slightly and fit to the melody of my song - as the first verse and in a few other places. But in between those words I injected my own lyrics to take it off in a slightly different direction so that the conclusion is not just "all will be well" but '"I'm going to do my part."

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