Comparative Lyrics

Comfort and Joy

Thursday 22 September 2011, by Cécile Desbrun

"Comfort and Joy" from Tori’s seasonal record Midwinter Graces is a rework of the 19th century English traditional carol, "God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen" which had already been covered under the title "Comfort and Joy" by Simon and Garfunkel in 1997. As most of the carol covers on the album, Tori changed and added some of the lyrics and music.

Here, you can compare Tori’s version with the lyrics of the original carol. I actually chose to compare the lyrics with the ones of the Simon & Garfunkel version since they had left out the verses of the original carol, just like Tori did, and chose the title "Comfort and Joy." For better appreciation, I used different colors.
Black : the lyrics are the same as the original carol
[orange]Orange : The lyrics are a reformulation of the original carol (same meaning) [/orange]
[rouge]Red:[/rouge] Tori’s additional lyrics

I reported these colours on the carol lyrics as well. In this case, the lyrics in red are the ones that have been left out in Tori’s version.

Comfort and Joy

[rouge]The bagel man said, “T, what will you have,
and where is that husband?”
I paused, “In London”
“When’s he coming back?”
“Tomorrow he lands”
“When I was a lad, a Christmas I had
was in Londontown surrounded by singing”[/rouge]

Let nothing, no nothing, nothing you dismay
Remember [rouge]the light[/rouge] [orange fonce]is[/orange fonce] born [rouge]every[/rouge] day
[rouge]With[/rouge] tidings of comfort and joy and joy
Tidings of comfort and joy and joy

[rouge]“With the world at war
a Europe then torn
what family was left said, ‘We must brave the new world’
while waiting to board our boat for New York
some carolers came to wave farewell singing”[/rouge]

Let nothing, no nothing, nothing you dismay
Remember [rouge]the light[/rouge] [orange fonce]is[/orange fonce] born [rouge]every[/rouge] day
[rouge]With[/rouge] tidings of comfort and joy and joy
Tidings of comfort and joy and joy

Comfort and Joy (by Simon and Garfunkel, based on the Wolverhampton version of "God Rest Your Merry, Gentlemen")

[rouge]God rest ye merry gentlemen,[/rouge]
Let nothing you dismay.

Remember [rouge]Christ our savior,[/rouge]
[orange fonce]Was[/orange fonce] born [rouge]on Christmas[/rouge] Day.

[rouge]To save us all from Satan’s power,
When we we’re gone astray.[/rouge]

[rouge]Oh,[/rouge] tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy,
[rouge]Oh,[/rouge] tidings of comfort and joy.
[rouge]
God rest ye merry gentlemen,[/rouge]
Let nothing you dismay.

Remember [rouge]Christ our savior,[/rouge]
[orange fonce]Was[/orange fonce] born [rouge]on Christmas[/rouge] Day.

[rouge]To save us all from Satan’s power,
When we we’re gone astray.[/rouge]

[rouge]Oh,[/rouge] tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy,
[rouge]Oh,[/rouge] tidings of comfort and joy.