Christmas Monkees

Included on the new Sixpence None The Richer Christmas album is the song Riu Chiu, which is a 16th Century Spanish Villancico. I thought it sounded familiar, but it took me a while to remember where I had heard it. The Monkees Christmas special, that’s right. I love this song done in the four part. I do enjoy the Monkees occasionally and despite the fact that they were manufactured and not allowed to grow like an “normal” band they still had some great songs and had some very good voices.

Lloyd: “Hey, look, the Monkees. They were a huge influence on the Beatles.”
Harry: “I know.”

English Translation:
Riu, riu, chiu (nightingale’s sounds)
The river bank protects it,
As God kept the wolf
from our lamb.

The rabid wolf tried to bite her,
But God Almighty knew how to defend her,
He wished to create her impervious to sin,
Nor was this maid to embody original sin.
Riu, riu, chiu, etc.

The newborn child is the mightiest monarch,
Christ patriarchal invested with flesh.
He made himself small and so redeemed us:
He who was infinite became finite.
Riu, riu, chiu, etc.

Many prophecies told of his coming,
And now in our days have we seen them fulfilled.
God became man, on earth we behold him,
And see man in heaven because he so willed.
Riu, riu, chiu, etc.

A thousand singing herons I saw passing,
Flying overhead, sounding a thousand voices,
Exhulting, “Glory be in the heavens, and peace on Earth, for Jesus has been born.”
Riu, riu, chiu, etc.

He comes to give life to the dead,
He comes to redeem the fall of man;
This child is the light of day,
He is the very lamb Saint John prophecied.
Riu, riu, chiu, etc.

Now we have gotten what we were all desiring,
Go we together to bear him gifts:
Let each give his will to the God who was willing
To come down to Earth man’s equal to be.
Riu, riu, chiu, etc.

Riu Chiu|The Monkees

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