The Black Cadillacs' rendition of "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day" is one of my favorite Christmas songs of all time. The song's lamenting of hatred and evil in the world with the turn toward hope for peace at the end seems extra relevant this year. (Edit: This post was originally written in 2015, but is doubly true in 2016.)
"I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day" is a Christmas carol based on a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Longfellow's "Christmas Bells" was written during the American Civil War after his eldest son was severely wounded in battle.
And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said;
"For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men."
As far as Christmas songs go, "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day" has not been covered that often. Although, there are some notable artists who have recorded versions of the song including Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and more recently The Civil Wars. No other version strikes me quite like this one by The Black Cadillacs, and I love getting the opportunity to share it with people every year around this time.