Angels we have heard on high
Singing sweetly through the night
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their brave delight

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why these songs of happy cheer?
What great brightness did you see?
What glad tiding did you hear?

Gloria in Excelsis Deo
Gloria in Excelsis Deo

Come to Bethlehem and see
Him Whose birth the angels sing
Come, adore on bended knee
Christ, the Lord, the newborn King

Gloria in Excelsis Deo
Gloria in Excelsis Deo

See Him in a manger laid
Who the angels praise above
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid
While we raise our hearts in love

Gloria in Excelsis Deo
Gloria in Excelsis Deo
In Excelsis Deo
In Excelsis Deo
In Excelsis Deo


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"Angels We Have Heard On High" as written by James Chadwick

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    General CommentBefore their new record label completely revamped Sixpence’s official website, Matt Slocum explained the first three songs on this album are a trilogy. Despite whatever double spiritual meaning these lyrics may have, We Have Forgotten is about groping for one’s dreams and them seeing them crash when everything in life distracts you from your real goal. In this case, the money and excitement of being in a band distracted Sixpence from their simple dream of creating good art. The line about starting to like this town is an expression of this complacency. Anything describes trying to create art despite the powers at be simply exploiting the subject for money. The metaphor of giving birth is used here. Not to mention them using his talents to be forged into just another Jesus band. In Waiting Room of the World the subject calls out to the same baby, born in artistic haste to please the puppet masters, and ask when it’s true form will appear.

    In other words, this trilogy, together with other songs on this album, is about how the CCM industry screwed them over. I would cite my sources as proof, but like I said, their old website is gone.
    divinediscontenton November 24, 2004   Link
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    General CommentDreams are easy to have but hard to make reality. The writer is content with that and doesn't want to try to change the way it goes because it'll eventually go wrong.
    Maliejandraon May 25, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I think it's about not wanting to wake up from a dream.
    Master_Bateson June 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwe've forgotten how it used to be... in the garden of eden, when we weren't broken. now all we can do is romance our failures until we think they're beautiful. but we've forgotten what beauty really is.
    goodnighton November 07, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti believe you and i remember the old site but never came across that. sad, slocum seems like a very deep person. i love this album and while i treasure their new works i believe there is something very special they had after their self-titled album that kind of dissapeared.
    stargunneron April 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commentpardon, i mean in their self titled album and before that.
    stargunneron April 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe first time I heard this song was the first time that I believe that I heard "real" music and lyrics. I am very fond of this tune.
    auxocromeon December 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI understand their discontent with not being able to create what they want to create. However, I think the industry is all about entertainment. That's why artists who are still able to manage in the music industry, still entertain audiences, whether through evolving their image and sound like Madonna, putting on frequent tours (U2, DMB), etc. If you think about it, people do not necessarily have the musical training or interest in melancholy or deep music, at least I do. I don't want to debate, it just my two cents. This song is one of my favorites.
    GrungyBeatleon June 11, 2008   Link

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