Saturday, 19 December 2015

An Australian Carol - Carol of the Birds - with lyrics

Carol of the Birds

Written  by:  William Garnet James & John Wheeler
Out on the plains the brolgas are dancing
Lifting their feet like war horses prancing
Up to the sun the woodlarks go winging
Faint in the dawn light echoes their singing
Orana!  Orana!  Orana to Christmas Day

Down where the tree ferns grow by the river
There where the waters sparkle and quiver
Deep in the gullies bell-birds are chiming
Softly and sweetly their lyric notes rhyming
Orana!  Orana!  Orana to Christmas Day

Friar birds sip the nectar of flowers
Currawongs chant in the wattle tree bowers
In the blue ranges lorikeets calling
Carols of bushbirds rising and falling
Orana!  Orana!  Orana to Christmas Day

The word "Orana"  means  "Welcome"

This link will open a midi file player to allow you
to hear the tune and see the words as it plays.
Carol of the Birds 

Please go to this YouTube to see
beautiful shots of the birds in the song.

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