Friday, December 16, 2011

The Gift of Love (Domingo) with lyrics




The Gift of Love  - written by Placido Domingo's son, performed here by Placido Domingo.
The first time I ever heard it was on a Hallmark Christmas tape. Never could get that version on CD. I know this is not the exact same version (in the original he 'duets' with a boys choir near the end)  - but it is so close to what I remember. I came across this video today on Youtube and had to share. When he gets to the end and is singing "Glory to God" ... there  just are no words . . .

The lyrics:  (Placido is Mexican, and although I think his Italian is marvelous -what do I know? I am English! - His English is pretty rough, so the words are the best I could figure out.  * means I am not quite sure)

The Father gave His son
To fill the world with glory
He sent His only One
To bring us peace

The shepherds on the hill
Were startled by the angels
The earth around them stilled
With news of joy.

Christ the Son of God
And man his brother
*Has given a beautiful gift
His life for all to see

Glory to God
Praise Him forever
Share his good news
With all who wait in hope

The Father gave His son
To fill the earth with glory
He sent His only One
To bring His holy peace

The shepherds on the hill
We're startled by the angels
The earth around them stilled
With news of joy. 

Glory to God
Glory to God
Christ the child
Who came to save us all
Is our gift from God our Lord.

So do you have a favorite Christmas song - by a favorite performer? I would love to listen to some new music!

5 comments:

cathy said...

Hi there,
I was googling The Gift Of Love by Placido Domingo tonight, and i ran across your blog post. I also remember fondly the Hallmark tape - mine got chewed up many years ago, but i kept the case to help me remember the song. I was crazy about it. I like this version, but it seems difficult to understand the words. Thank you for taking the time to try to decipher them.

cathy said...

http://merryandbright.blogspot.com/2011/12/hallmark-1986.html

You can find a link to an mp3 of the original 1986 Hallmark Gift of love recording here.

Valerie said...

@ Cathy (From Valerie) - thank you so much for writing and including the link. We are kindred spirits - with regards to this song!! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

Anonymous said...

researching the father I found this link and found a song lost many years ago. I never forgot it and thank you for finding it.

Margaret Tarkington said...

I think the Lyrics of the third stanza are:

Christ the Son of God
Answered his Father
His gift of love would be
His life for all to see

You can hear the lines a little better in this version of Domingo singing it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdjJMGbmUhM

But thank you for working through the lyrics--I greatly appreciate it!