Hosanna in Excelcis

The toddler has discovered Christmas carols.

This is great: her health issues mean she is way behind in her language and related social skills. But she’s always responded well to music and she has picked up about half a dozen Christmas carols in the space of a week.

So we’ve been woken (she’s like her dad, an early riser: I’d assumed I would welcome this but I now see the downside) several mornings with ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ ‘Good King Wencelas’ or a sort of blend of ‘Hark the Herald Angels’ and ‘Once in Royal David’s City’.

Or ‘We Three Kings’ (also known as ‘ Star of Wonder’.)

Now, this last one is kind of interesting. I don’t know the ‘proper’ words to it: I only know the Fred Dagg version, which was done way back in 197omumble.

I’ve been running this past a lot of people – of, I guess, a broadly similar age to myself – and first I get a quizzical look as they try to think of what the real words are. Then they say, ‘yeah, me too…’

So, herewith, both versions

Fred Dagg

We three kings of Orient are
One on a tractor, two in a car
One on a scooter tooting a hooter
Following yonder star.

Ooh – Ooooh….

Star of wonder
Star of light
Star of beauty, she’ll be right
Star of glory, that’s the story
Following yonder star.

Somewhat surprisingly, no-one has Youtubed this yet. There was a video clip done of it at the time but perhaps it has long since been shredded.

The Original Version

We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain
Following yonder star

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to thy Perfect Light

There’s a heap of other verses, but we don’t need to labour the point, I feel.


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