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The Temptations - Silent Night (Gordy Records 1980)

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Uploaded on Oct 27, 2010

"Silent Night" (German: "Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht") is a popular Christmas carol. The original lyrics of the song "Stille Nacht" were written in Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria, by the priest Father Joseph Mohr and the melody was composed by the Austrian headmaster Franz Xaver Gruber. In 1859, John Freeman Young (second Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Florida) published the English translation that is most frequently sung today. The version of the melody that is generally sung today differs slightly (particularly in the final strain) from Gruber's original, which was a sprightly, dance-like tune in 6/8 time, as opposed to the slow, meditative lullaby version generally sung today. Today, the lyrics and melody are in the public domain.

The Temptations are an American vocal group known for their success with Motown Records during the 1960s and 1970s. Known for their choreography, distinct harmonies, and flashy wardrobe, the group has been said to be as influential to R&B and soul as The Beatles are to pop and rock.

'Twas the night before Christmas
And all through the house
Not a creature was stirring
Not even a mouse

In my mind, I want you to be free
For all of our friends, to listen to me
Now hear what I say, we wish you
A Merry Christmas to each one of you

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, sleep in Heaven, Heavenly peace

Go on and rest your mind
And sleep, sleep in Heavenly

Silent night, holy night
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories streams from Heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing, "Alleluia"
Christ the Savior is born, oh yes He is Christ
Christ, Christ the Savior is born

What a joyous day!

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, sleep in Heaven, Heavenly peace

Just sleep and relax your mind
To all our family and friends
I want you to remember this line
Merry Christmas to all of you
Merry Christmas to all of you

Merry Christmas from The Temptations

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