Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas Carolling Craziness

My last post was related to religion, and so is this one. Possibly it might get people irate also.

The “Ship of Fools” web site highlights the fad for mutilation of much loved traditional carols by out of touch misguided clerics. It looks like it is fuelled by misplaced political correctness.

For instance some nut changed “O come let us adore him” in “O come all ye faithful” to ” O come in adoration”, apparently to avoid being sexist!

It is not the worst example, but last time I heard no one was seriously disputing that Jesus was a boy, so why on earth would it offend, even the most professionally prone to take offence to call him… well... him?

Some other genius decided to change “Born to raise the sons of earth” in Hark the Herald Angels Sing to “Born to raise us from the earth”, again you have got to figure because they thought it might have been sexist. Someone pointed out it can actually make it sound divisively less inclusive.

My real bug about that one is it absolutely changes the meaning of the thing. It is also nowhere near as good as the original. Bland mediocrity pointlessly defacing something that is better, both aesthetically and in how it is expressed.

Most of us know Christmas carols by heart anyway. Play the tune and you get the traditional words from most people. Change them and you get a verbal train wreck when the ones singing from memory crash into the ones reading it. Change the same one into several different versions and you create chaos.

10 comments:

CherryPie said...

I am not going to look at the site, because that really will annoy me. I will only be singing carols with the traditional words.

-eve- said...

*Wide-eyed in amazement*
Phew ;-)
they haven't changed the words yet over here, but I can just imagine what you mean...!;-)

Moggs Tigerpaw said...

It just makes you want to throw your hands in the air in... flabbergasted amazement... doesn't it? The pointlessness of it.

jmb said...

Do you know they actually changed several hymns at my church too, to make them gender neutral.
Luckily they were modern ones, from the seventies but it is a bit odd.

But no messing with those traditional Christmas carols, that is just not on.

Janice Thomson said...

Even worse I read an article not so long ago that churches in this one town were asked to make their signs of worship much smaller and out of the way so as to not offend non-Christians....say what? Unbelievable!

Dr.John said...

But fanatics will try to make changes anyway. It took me awhile to discover that there were all kinds of fanatics.

Moggs Tigerpaw said...

Thing is, as near as I can tell, I think they are doing stuff like this, not because it actually really offends anyone. Just to be obsessively politically correct.

Smalltown RN said...

Isn't it sad that we cant accept a song for what it is...a song...most of the old Christmas songs are just that old and the authors often wrote the songs to reflect their era or their interpretation of the era in which they lived.

Changing words to songs happens all the time not just in Christmas Carols...people change words to suit the circumstances...

I don't agree with changing traditional Christmas songs...to me that is wrong and an insult to the author of the song and disrespectful to those that lived in the time in which they were written....I say if you want a new Christmas tune...write one yourself and leave the old ones alone....

jams o donnell said...

If I don't get the chance to visit again, have a very happy Christmas jmb

Liz said...

Ship of Fools is a great site! It's wonderfully irreverent of all the so-called Christian nonsense.

I think I read that a vicar in England has banned the singing of O Little Town of Bethlehem because of the violence there.