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Christmas Must Be Tonight (Rick Danko live version)


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G Em G Em

G Am

Come down to the manger, see the little stranger


Wrapped in swaddling clothes, the prince of peace

G Am

Wheels start turning, torches start burning


And the old wise men journey from the East


Em Am D G

How a little baby boy bring the people so much joy

Am Am/B C Am Am/B C

Son of a carpenter, Mary carried the light

Am D G

This must be Christmas, must be tonight

A shepherd on a hillside, while over my flock I bide

Oh a cold winter night a band of angels sing

In a dream I heard a voice saying "fear not, come rejoice

It's the end of the beginning, praise the new born king"


I saw it with my own eyes, written up in the skies

But why a simple herdsmen such as I

And then it came to pass, he was born at last

Right below the star that shines on high


Peace, serenity and prosperity to you all in this festive season and the new year.

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If you scroll down on this page from the Band's website you'll find the best version of it I've heard (Rick Danko solo show at Dylan's Cafe, 18 Dec 1987, Washington, DC). It's a Robbie Robertson penned tune and his version is played on the radio this time of year. Definitely give it a listen today.

That was a sad time for Rick, one of many, but there is hope in it as there is for us all.

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