Thanksgiving Christmas Live

by Grooters & Beal Band

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Grooters & Beal is the Holland Michigan-based Christian rock band that made ROCK VESPERS a household name. Founded by John Grooters and Dwight Beal, their Christmas music has been heard around the world and can be found on three Christmas CDs: Behold the Savior King, What Child is This? and Rock Vespers Captured. They have been entertaining audiences since the early 1990’s. Their eighth album is Thanksgiving Christmas Live, available on November 13, 2012.

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released 13 November 2012
All Songs by John Grooters & Dwight Beal
Except: “What Child is This” arrangement by John Grooters, Dwight Beal, and Cordell Langland, original lyrics by William C. Dix, “Hear the Bells” is adapted from Carol of the Bells by Leontovich, “Joyful, Joyful” adapted from Ludwig von Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, lyrics by Henry van Dyke, musical interlude from Michael W. Smith’s Sonata in D Major and Little Town. “Silent Night” original music by Franz Gruber, and “Drummer Boy,” original hymn by Kathryn Davis, Henry Onorati, and Harry Simmeone.

Recorded December 16, 17, and 18, 2011, in Holland, Michigan.
Mixed and Mastered by Paul Wesselink, assisted by Ben Oegema at
Grooters Productions Sound Studios, Holland, Michigan.
Album design by Andrew Olson. Live photos courtesy of Fitz Fitzgerald.
© 2012 Dew Brothers Publishing, all rights reserved

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Grooters & Beal is the Holland Michigan-based Christian rock band that made ROCK VESPERS a household name. Founded by John Grooters and Dwight Beal, their Christmas music has been heard around the world and can be found on three Christmas CDs: Behold the Savior King, What Child is This? and Rock Vespers Captured. Their eighth album is Thanksgiving Christmas Live, available on November 13, 2012. ... more

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Track Name: What Is It About Christmas?
What is it About Christmas?
By John Grooters & Dwight Beal

Why is this time unlike any other?
Why does the world celebrate?
Holidays come it seems every month now
But this is not the same
One time of year we seem to get kinder
Even if just for a day
Why should this be in a secular nation
If Christ is not received?

Chorus
What is it, oh oh, about this time of year?
What is it about Christmas that transcends hate and fear?

I might observe that people are longing to believe in the child
Oh you can’t put a cresh in the city hall lawn
But the Spirit will not be denied

Chorus (repeat)
What is it, oh oh, about this time of year?
What is it about Christmas that transcends hate and fear?
(That sows forth love and cheer?)
Track Name: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Traditional Olde English Carol

God rest ye merry, gentlemen (echo)
God rest ye merry, women (echo)

God rest ye merry, gentlemen let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan’s power when we had gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

God rest ye merry, gentlemen let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Savior was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan’s power when we had gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy! Comfort and joy!
Instrumental
O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

God rest ye merry, gentlemen (echo)
God rest ye merry women (echo)
God rest ye merry, gentlemen let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Savior was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan’s power when we had gone astray
Oh…when we had gone astray!
O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and…joy
Track Name: Joyful, Joyful
Joyful, Joyful
By John Grooters & Dwight Beal (adapted from Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Lyrics by Henry van Dyke, musical interlude from Michael W. Smith’s Sonata in D Major and Little Town.

Joyful, joyful we adore thee God of glory, Lord of love
Hearts unfold like flowers before thee opening to the sun above

Chorus
Gloria, sing in adoration

All thy works with joy surround thee earth and heaven reflect thy rays
Stars and angels sing around thee center of unbroken praise

Chorus
Gloria, sing in adoration
Gloria, sing in exultation of God!

Thou art giving and forgiving ever blessing ever blessed
Wellspring of the joy and living, ocean depth of happy rest
Joyful, joyful we adore thee, God of glory Lord of love
Hearts unfold like flowers before thee, opening to the sun above
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness drive the dark of doubt away
Giver of immortal gladness fill us with the light of day!
Track Name: Midnight Watch
Midnight Watch
By John Grooters and Dwight Beal

Never been but a common man
Tending sheep and living off the land
Never seen too much, never gone too far
Never had a great life, never took a stand
But never will I be the same
Since the night the angel came!

He said, “good news I bring, don’t be afraid”
Great joy to all the people today
For born to you is Christ the Lord and
In a manger you will find the babe
Then the heavenly host gathered round
Praising in thunderous sound, they sang…

Chorus
Glory! Glory! Glory to God in the highest!
Glory! Glory! Glory to God in the highest!
And peace on earth, on whom his favor rests

When the angels left us we began
To follow the star to Bethlehem
In a stable there we found the babe
Lying in a manger just like the angel said
With hearts full of praise we returned

Sharing what we’d seen and heard, singing…
Chorus
Glory, glory, glory to God in the highest!
Glory, glory, glory to God in the highest!
We sang, glory, glory, glory to God in the highest
And peace on earth, peace on earth…
On whom his favor rests
Track Name: Little Drummer Boy
Little Drummer Boy
By John Grooters and Dwight Beal (original hymn by Kathryn Davis. Henry Onorati, and Harry Simmeone)

Come, they told me, Pa Rum pa pump um. Our new born king to see, Pa Rum pa pump um
Our finest gifts we bring Pa Rum pa pum pum to set before the king, Pa Rum pa pa, Rum pa pa pum

Little baby, Pa Rum pa pum pum I am a poor boy too, Pa Rum pa pum pum
I have no gift to bring, Pa Rum pa pum pum That’s fit to give a king,
Pa Rum pa pum pum, Rum pa pum pum On my drum, On my drum

Solo
Drum, drum get your drum, see the boy king, you’ve got to come
The baby Jesus is here on earth, celebrate, we’re gonna rock the world
Rum pa pum pum, pa rum pa pum pum, Rum pa pum pum
Rum, pum, pa rum pa pum pum, Celebrate!
Drum, drum, get your drum, you’ve got to come
Jesus is here on earth, Celebrate!

Then He nodded, Pa Rum pa pum pum, The ox and lamb kept time, Pa Rum pa pum pum
I played my drum for him, Pa Rum pa pum pum
Me and my drum, me and my drum!
Track Name: Do You Hear It?
Do You Hear it?
By John Grooters and Dwight Beal

Said the night wind to the little lamb
Way up in the sky little lamb
A star, a star, dancing in the night
With a tail as big as a kite (repeat)

Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy
Do you hear it?
Ringing through the night little shepherd boy
Do you hear it?
A child, a child, shivers in the cold
Let us bring him silver and gold (repeat)

Chorus
Listen now, do you hear it?
Shining down, do you see it?
Reaching out, do you feel it? Oh, oh

Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king
Do you know it?
In your palace warm and mighty king
Do you know it?
Oh, the child the child, sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light (repeat)

Chorus 2x
I stand at the door and say “Here I am”
If you hear my voice, oh oh I will come in
Chorus 2x
Track Name: Thanksgiving Christmas
Thanksgiving Christmas
By John Grooters and Dwight Beal.

I still love just coming home and seeing everyone
The trip up North it never takes too long
Holidays are special times when all the family comes
It gives us all a chance to trade some love

Chorus
And I’m thanking you, Jesus for families
For all of those here and those gone
And I’m asking you, Lord to bless
This time together at home
For these gifts that we have will not last
And all the trees that we cut will go dry
But the love that we share when the Spirit is there
Will never die

The same faces changes ages
Grace our house every year
Bearing gifts they travel from afar
Like the wise men and the shepherds the celebration is for
The miracle of an incarnate Lord

Chorus

And I’m thanking you Jesus for Christmas
For all of those past and to come
And I’m asking you Lord to bless this holy commemoration
For the gifts that we have will not last
And all the trees that we cut will go dry
But the love that we share when the Spirit is there
Will never die

There are those without families
For some Christmas is time alone
And I would ask, Lord that we can be like a family to those
For these gifts that we have will not last
And all the trees that we cut will go dry
But the love that we show in the name of the Lord
Will never die
Track Name: Just What I Always Wanted
Just What I Always Wanted
By John Grooters and Dwight Beal

Gotta new shirt, can’t wear it, it’s too long, cuz I’m too short
Gotta new tie, don’t like it, kind of makes me look like a dork
Gotta squirt gun, I love it, real fun it’s already broke
Gotta skateboard, can’t ride it, but I have to smile and say that it’s…

Chorus
Just what I always wanted (just what I always wanted)

Gotta girlfriend, I couldn’t keep her, she said that I wasn’t man enough
Gotta real cool leather jacket, but kind of hard to make me look tough
Gotta Barney, I want to shoot him, big purple guy with a really dumb song
Got an attitude this Christmas, it’s really great stuff, don’t get me wrong it’s

Chorus

I got pajamas, they’re cozy, but right away they gotta rip in the butt
I got golf clubs, but I’m lazy, I can’t chip, and I can’t putt
Gotta new horse, I’ll ride him, one problem, I have no barn
Got underwear, I need em, too bad my grandmother knit them out of yarn, but they’re

Chorus

What did I get that ain’t gonna rot? What did I get that I still got?
Big roller coaster spin me around; brings me up, and then lets me down
Everything I got will eventually bust; nothing down here deserves my trust
I got big wants, I got big needs, somebody got to set me free
Big roller coaster spin me around; brings me up and then lets me down
I need peace, I need love, I need help from God above
Come Lord Jesus give me rest, you’re my Rock, you’re the best
Teach me Lord, to be content, ‘cause the gift of Life that’s heaven sent is…

Chorus
Just what I always wanted (Just what I always wanted, Lord you are…)
Just what I always wanted (what I want, what I need, you’re what I want, you’re what I need, you’re…)
Just what I always wanted
Track Name: What Child Is This?
What Child is This?
Traditional English Carol this arrangement by John Grooters, Dwight Beal and Cordell Langland, original lyrics by William C. Dix

What Child is this who laid to rest on Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet while shepherds watch are keeping?

So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh, come, peasant, king, to own Him
The King of kings salvation brings; let loving hearts enthrone Him!

Chorus
This, this is Christ the King whom shepherds guard and angels sing
Haste, Haste to bring him laud, the babe, the son of Mary

This, this is Christ the King whom shepherds guard and angels sing
Haste, Haste to bring Him laud, the babe, the son, the babe the son
The babe the son of Mary
Track Name: Behold The Savior King
Behold the Savior King
By John Grooters and Dwight Beal

Can you see baby Jesus as he’s lying on the straw, There’s a peaceful way this evening I’ve never seen
Though I’ve been here many times before, something special, something different, oh this baby, he don’t cry
When I look into his eyes it’s all I need to make me cry out singing

Chorus
Behold the Savior king as he lays there on the straw, do you see the irony, do you see the castle fall
Well the world may not accept that this lamb is God’s own son
When we come into his presence we proclaim, “The Lord has come”

Can you see God the Father in the mountains and the trees, Can you feel his Holy Spirit rushing through you
Like a cool refreshing mountain breeze. “Cause we’re here in the family and the fellowship’s so sweet
And I think I’ve finally found the kind of life I’m going to want to keep

Chorus

Can you see, can you see? Can you see, can you see?
When I look into his eyes it’s all I need to make me cry out singing
Track Name: Silent Night
Silent Night
Original Music By Franz Gruber, arranged by John Grooters and Dwight Beal

Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace. Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night, Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth, Jesus, Lord at Thy birth

The child, the child, sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light
He will bring us goodness and light
Goodness and light

Silent night, holy night
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia
Christ the Savior is born!
Christ the Savior is born!
Alleluia!