Raise A Song On High

by Map & Compass

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about

Midway through November, we spontaneously decided to arrange, record, and release an entire full-length Christmas album before December. It was arguably a foolhardy proposition, but somehow we managed it. Raise A Song On High is the result of three weeks of hard work and long nights, and a lifetime of loving traditional Christmas carols. Whether you like your holiday music with a dash of guitar rock, bluegrass, or medieval harp, we hope this record can be a part of your Christmas.

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released November 29, 2014

All songs traditional. Arrangements, music, and additional lyrics copyright 2007-2015 Matt and Jackie LeFevers. All rights reserved. Produced, mixed, and engineered by Matt LeFevers at The Mercury Room. Mastered by Nathan at Matrix Audio.

Sheet music and resources available at www.mapandcompassband.com.
Jackie LeFevers: lead and backing vocals.
Matt LeFevers: guitars, drums, mandolin, bass, banjo, dulcimer, keyboard, glockenspiel, harp, percussion.

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Map & Compass Phoenix, Arizona

Map & Compass is a worship band led by wife-and-husband duo Jackie and Matt LeFevers. They believe that faith and doubt are not opposites, and that creative indie music and the worship of God can coexist.

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Track Name: It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
It came upon the midnight clear
That glorious song of old
From angels bending near the earth
To touch their harps of gold
Peace on the earth, goodwill to men
From heaven's gracious King
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing

Still through the parted skies they come
With peaceful wings unfurled
And still their heavenly music floats
O'er all the weary world
Above its sad and lowly plains
They bend on hovering wing
And over all its Babel sounds
The blessed angels sing

Though with the woes of sin and strife
The world has suffered long
Beneath the angel-strain have rolled
Two thousand years of wrong
Look now, for glad and golden hours
Come swiftly on the wing
When all the world gives back the song
Which now the angels sing
Track Name: O Come All Ye Faithful
O come, all ye faithful
Joyful and triumphant
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem
Come and behold Him
Born the King of Angels
O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord

Sing, choirs of angels
Sing in exultation
Sing all ye citizens of Heaven above
Glory to God, glory in the highest
O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord

Come, lift your voices
One and all are welcome
Love has been born into a manger today
Shepherd and sovereign
Kneel in admiration
O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord
O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord
Track Name: Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
Come, Thou long-expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free
From our fears and sins release us
Let us find our rest in Thee
Thou my strength and consolation
Hope of all the earth Thou art
Dear desire of every nation
Joy of every longing heart

Joy to those who long to see Thee
Day-spring from on high appear
Come thou promised Rod of Jesse
Of Thy birth we long to hear
O'er the hills the angels singing
News, glad tidings of a birth
Go to Him your praises bringing
Christ the Lord has come to earth

Born Thy people to deliver
Born a Child and yet a King
Born to reign in us forever
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring
By Thine own eternal spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone
By Thine all-sufficient merit
Raise us to Thy glorious throne

Thou my strength and consolation
Hope of all the earth Thou art
Dear desire of every nation
Joy of every longing heart
Track Name: What Child Is This?
What Child is this who laid to rest
On Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet
While shepherds watch are keeping?

This, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing
Haste, haste to bring Him laud
The Babe, the Son of Mary

So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh
Come peasant, king, to own Him
The King of kings salvation brings
Let loving hearts enthrone Him

Raise, raise a song on high
The virgin sings her lullaby
Joy, joy, for Christ is born
The Babe, the Son of Mary
Track Name: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Oh, come, oh, come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appears
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

Oh, come, thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny
From depths of Hell, Thy people save
And give them victory o’er the grave
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

Oh, come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel
Oh, come, oh, come, Emmanuel
Track Name: Little Town
O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight

For Christ is born of Mary
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep and angels keep
Their watch of wondering love
O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King
And Peace to men on earth

Little town with such great hope
You hold my King tonight

How silently, how silently
The wondrous gift is given
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven
No ear may hear His coming
But in this world of sin
Where meek souls will receive him still
The dear Christ enters in

Little town with such great hope
You hold my King tonight
Little town with such great hope
You hold my King tonight
You hold my King tonight
Track Name: Joy To The World
Joy to the world, the Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing

Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns
Let us our songs employ
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy

Joy to the world, creation sings
The mountains raise their song
The oceans roar, the rivers praise
The wonders of His love
The wonders of His love
The wonders, wonders of His love
Track Name: A Day, Bright Day of Glory
A day, bright day of glory
Glad day that ends our woe
A day that tells of triumph
Against our vanquished foe

For us this Christmas sunrise
This bright December morn
So sing, let us be joyous
For Christ, our Lord is born

A day, bright day of glory
Arise, the light has come
The darkness bows its head to
The brightness of Your dawn

For us this Christmas sunrise
This bright December morn
So sing, let us be joyous
For Christ, our Lord is born

A day, bright day of glory
Is born to rescue us
The victory is given
And Death is swallowed up

For us this Christmas sunrise
This bright December morn
So sing, let us be joyous
For Christ, our Lord is born
Track Name: Silent Night
Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heav’nly hosts sing Hallelujah
Christ the Savior is born
Christ the Savior is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God love's pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord at thy birth
Jesus, Lord at thy birth

Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace
Track Name: O Holy Night
O holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior's birth
Long lay the world in sin and sorrow pining
'Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn

Fall on your knees
O, hear the angel voices
O night divine, O night when Christ was born
O night divine
O night, O night divine

Led through the night by star so sweetly gleaming
Here came the wise men from a distant land
So led by light, a faith serenely beaming
With hopeful hearts, by His cradle we stand
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger
For all our trials, born to be our Savior

Fall on your knees
O, hear the angel voices
O night divine, O night when Christ was born
O night divine
O night, O night divine