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Overview

This is NewSong's long-awaited full-length Christmas release. It's packed with traditional and contemporary holiday songs. Its title song, The Christmas Shoes, pays tribute to a mother who gave everything to her family.

Songs includeChristmas Time Is Here, Sing Noel, The Christmas Shoes, Rockin Around The Christmas Tree, You're A Mean One- Mr. Grinch, Light Your World, Away In A Manger/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, What Child Is This?, As The World Slept, The First Noel, Christmas Carol, and O Holy Night.

Details

  • SKU: 0602341003322
  • UPC: 602341003322
  • Title: The Christmas Shoes
  • Qty Remaining Online: 2
  • Publisher: Reunion Records
  • Release Date: Oct 23, 2001
  • Format: Album
  • Media: Compact Disc
  • Music Categories: Contemporary/Pop, Adult Contemporary, Christmas
  • Weight lbs: 0.21
  • Dimensions: 5.60" L x 4.90" W x 0.30" H
  • Features: Lyrics Included, Price on Product
  • Awards: 2002 Dove Awards (Nominee - Inspirational Album)
  • Category: CHRISTMAS
  • Subject: Christian - Contemporary

Past Albums

  • The Christmas Shoes (Reunion) 2001
  • Live…The Hits (promotional CD, Benson) 2000
  • Sheltering Tree (Benson) 2000
  • Arise, My Love…The Very Best of NewSong (Benson) 1999
  • Joy To The Rhythm of the World (enhanced CD, Benson) 1997
  • Love Revolution (Benson) 1997
  • People Get Ready (Benson) 1994
  • All Around The World (Benson) 1993
  • Living Proof (DaySpring) 1991
  • Light Your World (Word) 1989
  • Say Yes! (Word) 1987
  • Trophies of Grace (Word) 1986
  • The Word (Word) 1984
  • Son In My Eyes (Covenant) 1982

Lyrics

Christmas Time Is Here / Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Christmas time is here
Happiness and cheer
Fun for all
That children call their favorite time of year
Snowflakes in the air
Carols everywhere
Oh, that we could always see
Such spirit through the year

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on our troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Make the Yuletide gay
From now on our troubles will be miles away

Here we are as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more

Through the years we all will be together
If the Lord allows
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now

Writers: Vince Guaraldi, Lee Mendelson (Christmas Time Is Here)
© Lee Mendelson Film Productions / BMI
Writers: Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane (Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas)
© EMI Feist Catalog, Inc. (admin. by EMI Music Publishing, Inc.) / ASCAP

Sing Noel

Sing Noel, Sing Noel
Sing Noel for Christ our Savior
Sing Noel
Shepherds on the hillside
Wise men from afar
Celebrate the coming of our Lord
What a tiny stable, what a wondrous star
Unto us a Child is given, unto us a Savior’s born

(CHORUS)

Sing Noel to all the earth
Sing Noel for Christ our Savior
Sing Noel!
Sing Noel, all of creation
Sing Noel, celebrate His birth
Sing Noel for Christ our Savior
Sing Noel!

See the little Baby
In the manger low
Joyful, we adore the newborn King
Hosanna in the highest
Kneel before His throne
Join us in a mighty chorus
Hark, the herald angels sing
Rejoice for God is with us
Rejoice, Immanuel!
Rejoice and sound those trumpets
Rejoice and ring those bells
Rejoice to the King of Glory
And again we say rejoice
He is the Wonderful Counselor
The Prince of Peace

Writers: Michael O’Brien, Eddie Carswell
© 2001 Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing

The Christmas Shoes

It was almost Christmas time, there I stood in another line
Tryin’ to buy that last gift or two, not really in the Christmas mood
Standing right in front of me was a little boy waiting anxiously
Pacing round like little boys do, and in his hands he held a pair of shoes
His clothes were worn and old
He was dirty from head to toe
And when it came his time to pay
I couldn’t believe what I heard him say

(Chorus) Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my mama, please
It’s Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
Could you hurry, sir, Daddy said there’s not much time
You see, mom’s been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes would make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful if mama meets Jesus tonight

He counted pennies for what seemed like years
Then the cashier said, "Son, there’s not enough here"
He searched his pockets frantically, then he turned and he looked at me
He said, "Mama always made Christmas good at our house,
Through most years she did without
Tell me, sir, what am I going to do,
Somehow, I’ve got to buy these Christmas shoes."
I just had to help him out
And as I laid the money down
I’ll never forget the look on his face
When he said, "Mama’s gonna look so great."

(Repeat Chorus)

I knew I’d caught a glimpse of heaven’s love as he thanked me and ran out
I knew that God had sent that little boy my way
To remind me just what Christmas is all about

(Repeat Chorus)

Writers: Eddie Carswell & Leonard Ahlstrom
© 2000 Sony/ATV Lowery Songs/BMI; WB Music Corp./Jerry’ Haven Music/ASCAP.

 

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Rockin’ around the Christmas tree
At the Christmas party hop
Mistletoe hung where you can see
Every couple tries to stop

Rockin’ around the Christmas tree
Let the Christmas spirit ring
Later we’ll have some pumpkin pie
And we’ll do some caroling
You will get a sentimental feeling when you hear
Voices singing Let’s Be Jolly!
Deck the halls with boughs of holly

Rockin’ around the Christmas tree
Have a happy holiday
Everyone dancing merrily
In a new old-fashioned way

Writers: John D. Marks
© St. Nicholas Music, Inc. / ASCAP

You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch

You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch
You really are a heel
You’re as cuddly as a cactus
You’re as charming as an eel, Mr. Grinch
You’re a bad banana with a greasy black peel

You’re a monster, Mr. Grinch
Your heart’s an empty hole
Your brain is full of spiders
You’ve got garlic in your soul, Mr. Grinch
I wouldn’t touch you with a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole

You’re a foul one, Mr. Grinch
You’re a nasty, wasty skunk!
Your heart is full of unwashed socks
Your soul is full of gunk, Mr. Grinch

Three words that best describe you are as follows and I quote:
Stink! Stank! Stunk!

You nauseate me, Mr. Grinch
With a nauseousm super naus
You’re a crooked, jerky jocky
And you drive a crooked hoss, Mr. Grinch
You’re a three decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich
With arsenic sauce!

You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch

Writers: Albert Hague, Theo Seuss Geisel
© Dr. Seuss Enterprises LP/Robbins Catalog Inc. (ASCAP)

Light Your World

Two doors down one rocking chair is rocking
She sits there all alone, her husband dead and gone
The best years of her life they spent together
He was always strong, but now she’s on her own
And the telephone never rings
No one laughs, no one sings
It’s quiet there
Does anyone care?

(Chorus) Light your world
Let the love of God shine through
In the little things you do
Light your world
And though your light may be
Reaching only two or three
Light your world

A knocking at her door breaks the silence
She looks out to see a little boy from down the street
She cracks the door, surprised that he came over
Flowers in his hand like a little gentleman
He said, "I picked these just for you
I hope you like the color blue
Could I stay a while
I love to see you smile."

(Repeat Chorus)

It only takes a little time
To show someone how much you care
It only takes a little time
To answer someone’s biggest prayer

(Repeat Chorus)

Writers: Eddie Carswell, Marc Aramian, Oliver Wells and Niles Borop
© 1989 Causing Change Music and Dayspring Music (a div. of Word, Inc.)/BMI; Tallulah Tunes and Word Music (a div. of Word, Inc.)/ASCAP; Wello Music/ASCAP; and NB Music/ASCAP; NB Music admin. by Keeling and Co.

Biography

Few could have foreseen the widespread and poignant impact of these words — part of the lyrics of last year's holiday hit, "The Christmas Shoes." The country's No. 1 song (topping Billboard's Jan. 6, 2001 Adult Contemporary Singles chart) recorded by Reunion Records artist NewSong brought tears to millions of listeners tuning into their local Christian and mainstream AC, pop and country radio stations.

"Everyone was calling in to their radio stations," recalls NewSong's Eddie Carswell. "They told stories of how their mothers had sacrificed their lives and had always made Christmas special with very little. Everyone seemed to make it their own."

St. Louis-based radio personality DC Chymes remembers the first time his nationally syndicated show, "Steve and DC in the Morning," played the song: "For six hours after the show, our switchboard was jammed with listeners calling in," he says. "They were openly weeping on the air telling their own Christmas stories and what this song meant to them."

While extremely accessible on the radio dial, the song that espoused the true meaning of Christmas to the nation became hard to find in stores as demand for the recording grew. The surprise hit, written by Carswell and former group member Leonard Ahlstrom, and sung by veteran member Billy Goodwin, was a Christmas bonus track on NewSong's October 2000 non-seasonal album, Sheltering Tree.

"The Christmas Shoes" is now also the title cut of NewSong's first Christmas album in the group's 20-year history. The song was inspired by a Christmas story Chymes found on the Internet. For the past few years, he and his on-air partner have read the tale during their show. Repeatedly, the switchboard lights up, and fills with listeners impacted by the story. A NewSong fan, Chymes asked Carswell to write a song based on the narrative. Carswell and Ahlstrom began working on it four years ago.

"We would read this story, and we knew something was there," Carswell recalls, "so we kept stabbing at it, kept coming back to it"

When the band was recording Sheltering Tree last year, Carswell pitched the unfinished song, but the producer passed on the cut. With the Sheltering Tree album complete, Carswell played a rough version of "The Christmas Shoes" for Chymes. His enthusiastic response convinced the two writers to finish the song and the record label to add it. In a mere seven days, the second verse and bridge were complete, and "The Christmas Shoes" was on the album.

The song —highly requested at NewSong concerts — gave the five-member group its first No. 1 mainstream radio hit. This year, Zomba Music Group's Jive Records plans to re-service the song to Adult Contemporary and Country radio outlets in October. No doubt, the moving story will again be front and center on the airwaves this Christmas. Moreover, in October, New York publisher St. Martin's Press plans to release The ChristmasShoes, a novella by Nashville-based author Donna VanLiere. And a NewSong Christmas tour is also in the works.


Milestones

While the success of "The Christmas Shoes" is somewhat unfathomable to NewSong, group co-founders Carswell and Goodwin are even more amazed that the troupe they formed 20 years ago is still making relevant music, traveling the country hosting their long-running, multi-artist "Jam" concerts and ushering in child sponsorships for Seattle-based hunger relief organization, World Vision.

Always apparent during a NewSong concert is their devotion and commitment to their World Vision affiliation. Since signing on with the organization in '94, NewSong has motivated more than 20,000 people to sponsor a needy child. Each night, the group chronicles its own personal experience, urging concert attendees to follow suit.

The group that started out as a nine-man band singing in the members' Morningside Baptist Church in Valdosta, Ga., gradually branched out to other churches. In 1981, four of the nine —Carswell, Goodwin, Eddie Middleton and the late Bobby Apon —made the life-changing decision to pursue music and ministry full-time.

"I don't think we ever thought we'd be doing this for 20 years," Goodwin comments on the group's longevity. "The commitment that we made was, 'God, we'll do this as long as Your hand is on it, as long as we see You working.' One of the joys in my walk has been learning that God is faithful even when things look impossible."

It was at a high school assembly, Goodwin says, when the four sensed the turning point.

"In a real way, God sort of just showed up there," he recalls. "We just gave a concert and at the end, by a show of hands, virtually every student in the place had made a decision for Christ. We asked a coach if we could ask students to come forward, and suddenly there were 700 kids walking toward us. The whole community was changed. We knew it wasn't a question of 'if,' but rather 'when.'" The "when" came sooner than they thought, as the fledgling group resigned their jobs May 1, 1981, loaded up Goodwin's '73 Dodge Aspen station wagon and set out to carry the Gospel nationwide.

Overall, NewSong has released 12 albums and scored 17 #1 songs, including '97's record-setting "Miracles," which stayed at the top of The CCM Update's Adult Contemporary chart for five weeks. The song was named American Songwriter magazine's '97 Christian Song of the Year. That same year, NewSong was voted 'Group of the Year' by industry trade journal Christian Research Report. Among numerous other accolades for the band, NewSong has garnered six Gospel Music Association Dove Award nominations throughout their tenure.

Not surprisingly, the past 20 years have brought several changes for the group. The transitions have given way to mentoring relationships as the veterans walk face to face with their younger counterparts. With a strong foundation beneath them, former NewSong members Russ Lee ('94-'99) and Charles Billingsley ('94) have moved on to successful solo careers.

Matt Butler, one of the newest additions to the group, reflects on his NewSong experience: "I have grown a lot in the last year and in my walk with the Lord as I've watched these guys," he says. "I'm the only single guy on the road, and I've seen how they live their lives as they're away from their wives and kids. I see the integrity. That's been the biggest influence on my life."

Always at the forefront, echo all five members, is the ministry of expressing their faith through the music.

NewSong accomplishes that exceedingly well via its live shows. For the past six years, the group has organized and pioneered the Summer Jam and Winter Jam Tours. Featuring a multi-artist bill and an unusually low-ticket price in the range of $5 to $7, the events could be called NewSong's signature effort. The Jam events have galvanized the Christian music industry, as a diverse lineup of artists such as Rebecca St. James, Audio Adrenaline, Margaret Becker, Anointed, Clay Crosse and Big Tent Revival, has realized the benefits of a multi-artist bill. The events consistently draw large crowds, some as big as 15,000, to major venues like 1999's record-setting concert in Greenville, S.C.'s Bi-Lo Center. Last year's Winter and Summer Jams drew a collective total of 116,00 people, catching the attention of corporate sponsors like Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.

No doubt, the group that has logged more than one million road miles has a passion for reaching youth. In addition to the Jams, NewSong has hosted winter and summer Xtreme Youth Conferences since 1995. Each year, they sing in the New Year with a three-day Xtreme event in Gatlinburg, Tenn., as well as other winter Xtreme events in Branson, Missouri, and Columbus, Ohio. The summer always includes Xtreme Youth Conferences in Panama City Beach, among other locations.

The goal of NewSong's Jam and Xtreme events, says Carswell, is "to fill audiences with the message of Jesus Christ." And by the end of each night, that goal is reached, evidenced in the number of people who come forward to pray or profess their belief in Jesus Christ during an altar call.

"That moment, you see it all come together," says Reischl. "There's no way to describe it. It's just amazing to be on stage and look out and watch a sea of people stream forward, people who are responding because God has used us. All the hard work, the nights on the road away from our families — it's all worth it, then."

"It seems like God just continues to expand our ministry," Carswell concludes. "We're still doing this for the right reasons and carrying the Message we started out with. We'll continue making music and traveling the world until He decides to do something different with our lives.

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