The First Noel

by Sam Steere

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Sam Steere's debut album features his signature vocal talents and unique piano improvisations. "The First Noel" combines classic holiday favorites with original songs and choral arrangements, uniting new and old with a mellow and intimate sound.

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released December 1, 2014

Piano and Vocals - Sam Steere
Produced, mixed, and mastered by Jeremy Mang at Whisper Studios (whisper-studios.com)

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Sam Steere Springfield, Illinois

Sam is a musician and missionary from Springfield, Illinois. To learn more about Sam, his wife Elizabeth, and their ministry abroad, check out the links below:

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Track Name: O Holy Night
O Holy Night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth

A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees, O hear the Angel voices

Oh, night divine, oh, night
When Christ was born
Oh, night divine, oh, night
Oh, night divine

Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we
Let all within us praise His holy name
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we
His power and glory evermore proclaim.
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim

Noel, Noel…
Oh night, oh night divine
Track Name: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
O come, O come Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appears

Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Thy people by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadow put to flight

O come, Desire of nations, bind
As one the hearts of all mankind
Bid every strife and quarrel cease
And fill the world with heaven’s peace

Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel
Emmanuel has come to thee, O Israel
Track Name: What Child is This?
What child is this, who, laid to rest,
On Mary’s lap is sleeping
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing
Haste, haste to bring Him laud
The babe, the son of Mary

So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh
Come peasant, king, to own Him
The King of Kings salvation brings
Let loving hearts enthrone Him
Raise, raise the song on high!
The virgin sings her lullaby
Joy! Joy for Christ is born
The babe, the son of Mary

This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing
Haste, haste to bring Him laud
The babe, the son of Mary
Alleluia
Track Name: Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
Bring a torch, Jeanette, Isabella!
Bring a torch, come swiftly and run
Christ is born, tell the folk of the village
Jesus is sleeping in his cradle
Ah, ah, beautiful is the mother
Ah, ah, beautiful is her son

Quiet now while the child is sleeping
It is wrong to talk so loud
Silence now as we gather around Him
Lest the sound should awaken Jesus
Hush, hush, see how fast he slumbers
Hush, hush, see how fast he sleeps

Hasten now, good folk of the village
Hasten now, the Christ child to see
You will find him asleep in the manger
Quietly come, whisper softly
Hush, hush, peacefully now he slumbers
Hush, hush, peacefully now he sleeps

Hush, hush, peacefully now he slumbers
Hush, hush, peacefully now he sleeps
Track Name: Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming from tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse’s lineage coming, as men of old have sung.
It came, a floweret bright, amid the cold of winter,
When half spent was the night.

Isaiah ‘twas foretold it, the Rose I have in mind
With Mary we behold it, the virgin mother kind
To show God’s love aright, she bore to men a Savior
When half spent was the night

Noel, noel, noel, noel
Born is the King of Israel
When half spent was the night

This flower, whose fragrance tender with sweetness fills the air
Dispels with glorious splendor the darkness everywhere
True Man, yet very God, from sin and death He saves us
And lightens every load

Noel, noel, noel, noel
Born is the King of Israel
When half spent was the night
Track Name: Joy!
Joy! Joy to the world!
(Goodwill and peace to all people)
Joy! Joy to the world!
(Goodwill and peace to all people)

Joy to the world for the Lord is come
The Lord is come let all earth rejoice
Let earth rejoice and sing His praise (2x)

For unto us a child is born
Unto us a son is given
He shall be called Wonderful Counselor
Mighty God, Prince of Peace, Everlasting Father
The government shall be on His shoulders
He shall, He shall bring…joy

In Bethlehem a child is born
The eternal God in infant form
He will grow and rise to break the chains of death
The Father’s love is in Him
The Father’s life will fill Him
And the peace of God will evermore be ours
For He shall bring, he shall bring…joy
Track Name: Merry Christmas, I Guess
Chestnuts aren’t as tasty as the song sounds
I just say I’m allergic and stay clear
And jingle bells get awfully annoying
When, for weeks on end, they’re ringing in your ear
I do think children’s choirs sound like angels
If angels sound like cats about to die
But for all the horrid things
That the Christmas season brings
There’s one thing that doesn’t make me want to cry…

You brighten up the season
You’re the reason I don’t go stark raving mad
You brighten up the season
When it’s freezin’, even still I’m sort of glad
‘Cause you understand my quirks
And while other folks are jerks
I can stand you, we are family you and I
So when you tell me “Have a Merry Christmas!”
I’ll grit my teeth, put up a wreath, and just for you…
…I guess I’ll try.

When fields are covered over with a powder,
I want to leave the snow and travel to the beach
It’s the curse of fresh hot cocoa to remind me
That the sun and sand again are out of reach.
Don’t you know that Jesus wasn’t born in winter?
Can’t we celebrate some other time of year?
I’m a Grinch who’s getting old,
I just can’t abide the cold,
But there’s one thing I guess I should make very clear…

You brighten up the season
You’re the reason I don’t go stark raving mad
You brighten up the season
When it’s freezin’, even still I’m sort of glad
‘Cause you understand my quirks
And while other folks are jerks
I can stand you, we are family you and I
So when you tell me “Have a Merry Christmas!”
I’ll grit my teeth, put up a wreath, and just for you…
…I guess I’ll try.
Track Name: In the Bleak Midwinter
In the bleak midwinter
Frosty wind made moan
Earth stood hard as iron
Water like a stone
Snow had fallen, snow on snow
Snow on snow
In the bleak midwinter
Long ago

Heaven cannot hold Him
Nor earth sustain
Heaven and earth shall fall away
When he comes to reign
In the bleak midwinter
A stable-place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty,
Jesus Christ

Angels and archangels
May have gathered there
Cherubim and seraphim
Rising in the air
Oh, but only Mary
In her maiden bliss
Worshipped the beloved
With a mother’s kiss

O come let use adore Him (3x)
Christ the Lord

What can I give Him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb
If I were a wise man
I would do my part
Yet what I can, I give Him
I will give my heart

O come let use adore Him (3x)
Christ the Lord
Alleluia, Alleluia

Yet what I can, I give Him
I will give my heart
Track Name: Eternity
The cosmic melody of life and love has come
and limited himself to one note
Here and now
Eternity has entered our futility,
Humility unknown…till now
But why?
Break down these barriers, but why?
His life will not be long
But if he could teach us just one note, perhaps…
We can learn the song…of eternity
Oh, eternity…has just begun