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DingDong,MerrilyonHigh

Dorothy and the kids including Murray's daughter Georgia

"Ding Dong Merrily on High" is a Wiggles Christmas song from Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas, It's Always Christmas With You and Go Santa Go.

Origins

The tune first appeared as a secular dance tune known under the title "Branle de l'Official" in Orchésographie, a dance book written by Jehan Tabourot (1519–1593). The lyrics are from English composer George Ratcliffe Woodward (1848–1934), and the carol was first published in 1924 in his The Cambridge Carol-Book: Being Fifty-two Songs for Christmas, Easter, And Other Seasons. Woodward took an interest in church bell ringing, which no doubt aided him in writing it. Woodward was the author of several carol books, including Songs of Syon and The Cowley Carol Book. The macaronic style is characteristic of Woodward’s delight in archaic poetry. Charles Wood harmonised the tune when it was published with Woodward's text in The Cambridge Carol Book. More recently, Sir David Willcocks made an arrangement for the second book of Carols for Choirs.

The song is particularly noted for the Latin refrain:

Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis!
[Glory! Hosanna in the highest!]
where the sung vowel sound "o" of "Gloria" is fluidly sustained through a lengthy rising and falling melismatic melodic sequence.

Production

  • 1996 Version: The Wiggles' song was originally recorded an instrumental version.
  • 2011 Version: Anuna sings this song.
  • 2013 Version: Simon sings while Anthony, Emma, and Lachy provide the backing vocals.

Song Credits

Video Introduction Music

Song

1996 Version

2011 Version

2013 Version

  • Music: Jehan Tabourot
  • Lyrics: George Ratcliffe Woodward
  • Arrangement: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce, Greg Page, Emma Watkins
  • Publisher: EMI Music Publishing/Wiggly Tunes

Musicians

Video Introduction Music

1996 Version

2011 Version

  • Choir - Anúna
  • Bass - Alex Keller
  • Electric Guitar - Murray Cook
  • Acoustic Guitar - Anthony Field
  • Organ - Jeff Fatt
  • Drums/Percussion - Steve Pace

2013 Version

Lyrics on It's Always Christmas with You and Go Santa Go

Ding dong! merrily on high
In heav'n the bells are ringing:
Ding dong! verily the sky
Is riv'n with Angel singing.

REFRAIN
Gloria,
Hosanna in excelsis!
Gloria,
Hosanna in excelsis!

E'en so here below, below,
Let steeple bells be swungen,
And "Io, io, io!"
By priest and people sungen.

REFRAIN

Pray you, dutifully prime
Your matin chime, ye ringers;
May you beautifully rime
Your evetime song, ye singers.

REFRAIN

Trivia

  • The Wiggles appear in the 2011 and 2013 versions of the videos, but not the 1996 and 1997 versions.
  • An abandoned 1996 film clip reused the set from The Cockroaches' video Some Kind Of Girl.

Video

The Wiggles - Ding Dong Merrily on High01:31

The Wiggles - Ding Dong Merrily on High

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