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Christmas Day on Planet Earth Available Now

Lennie Gallant with Black Umfolosi  

Christmas Day on Planet Earth uses the Christmas nativity story of the tired couple in need, looking for safe lodging for their baby to be born, set against the present day situation of desperate families and homeless people in need of shelter. “There are so many kids, moms, and dads out there who will not have something decent to eat, or a place to sleep, let alone a gift under a tree. I thought the original Christmas story might open some hearts if they look at it in the context of what is happening in many parts of the world today” says Gallant.

The video’s birth started last July when an agent for the Zimbabwe band, Black Umfolosi mentioned to Canadian songwriter, Lennie Gallant that the group was passing through his province, PEI, and were looking for a place to stay for a couple days. Lennie said he would help out and found them cottages near him. The agent suggested that perhaps while there they could record a song with him and so Lennie wrote “Christmas Day on Planet Earth” with the singers in mind. They recorded the song and filmed a video for it all in one day in a friend’s studio barn on PEI with filmmaker John Hopkins.

Gallant is well known across Canada as a prolific songwriter and has a brand new album out called Time Travel. He is a member of The Order Of Canada, received The Red Cross Humanitarian Award for his province , and has even had his music taken to the International Space Station for the crew to enjoy. He has worked with the Mikinduri Children of Hope Foundation, founded on his Island that has initiated and funded many projects in Kenya.

Black Umfolosi is a world famous acappella and dance group from Zimbabwe. Their performances are energy driven and completely engaging, mixing a great gentleness of spirit and song with an exuberance in dance thrilling audiences worldwide and they address various issues affecting society today.

Every so often a song comes along to inspire hope … Debbie Feener 

Breathtakingly beautiful.    Michele Moffat 

I have watched the video about 20 times….you have told the story of the true meaning of Christmas.    Harvey Vautour

See Lennie Gallant Perform It Live

Lyrics:

Hallelujah, Hallelujah! 

They were cold in the night 

And she was with child

They needed lodging

To be safe for a while

They knocked on doors (Hmmmm)

They were turned away (Ahhh no)

No room no shelter

For them on that day (Poor little child)

 

Away in a manger (Silent night)

So the story goes (Holy night)

A king of heaven

Came to let us know (Gloria)

There is hope for the helpless

For the homeless too (All is calm)

For the lost and lonely

There is love for you (Gloria)

 

Chorus:

 

On Christmas Day (What child is this) / (Ring the bells)

On planet earth (Joy to the world)

We celebrate (Ahhhhhh)

A simple birth (Hallelujah)

A tale to teach (Fall on your knees)

How to give love (Aaahhhh)

A child to lead (O holy night)

Like a star above (Hallelujah, Hallelujah)

 

There is so much sorrow (So much hurt)

People in need (Many souls)

Cast from their homes

By hate and greed (So many wars)

There’s a knock at the door (Listen now!)

Hear it again (I’m listening)

Echoes of that night

In Bethlehem (Hallelujah!)

Chorus repeat

 

Bridge (sung by all):

 

On Christmas Day we open

The gift of love and hope and

Light a candle for the lost and homeless

Sing a hymn for the birth of Jesus

Unlock the doors and windows

Let love and kindness all flow

Light a candle for the hungry child

Sing a hymn for the birth….

 

Chorus repeat

 

On Christmas day we open

The gift of love and hope for all

 

Copyright 2018 – Gallant Effort Productions

Time Travel

Available Now

LENNIE GALLANT

Christmas Day on Planet Earth Available Now

Lennie Gallant with Black Umfolosi

Christmas Day on Planet Earth uses the Christmas nativity story of the tired couple in need, looking for safe lodging for their baby to be born, set against the present day situation of desperate families and homeless people in need of shelter. “There are so many kids, moms, and dads out there who will not have something decent to eat, or a place to sleep, let alone a gift under a tree. I thought the original Christmas story might open some hearts if they look at it in the context of what is happening in many parts of the world today” says Gallant.

The video’s birth started last July when an agent for the Zimbabwe band, Black Umfolosi mentioned to Canadian songwriter, Lennie Gallant that the group was passing through his province, PEI, and were looking for a place to stay for a couple days. Lennie said he would help out and found them cottages near him. The agent suggested that perhaps while there they could record a song with him and so Lennie wrote “Christmas Day on Planet Earth” with the singers in mind. They recorded the song and filmed a video for it all in one day in friend’s studio barn on PEI with filmmaker John Hopkins.

Gallant is well known across Canada as a prolific songwriter and has a brand new album out called Time Travel. He is a member of The Order Of Canada, received The Red Cross Humanitarian Award for his province , and has even had his music taken to the International Space Station for the crew to enjoy. He has worked with the Mikinduri Children of Hope Foundation, founded on his Island that has initiated and funded many projects in Kenya.

Black Umfolosi is a world famous acappella and dance group from Zimbabwe. Their performances are energy driven and completely engaging, mixing a great gentleness of spirit and song with an exuberance in dance thrilling audiences worldwide and they address various issues affecting society today.

Every so often a song comes along to inspire hope … Debbie Feener 

Breathtakingly beautiful.    Michele Moffat 

I have watched the video about 20 times….you have told the story of the true meaning of Christmas.    Harvey Vautour

See Lennie Gallant Perform It Live

Lyrics:

Hallelujah, Hallelujah! 

They were cold in the night 

And she was with child

They needed lodging

To be safe for a while

They knocked on doors (Hmmmm)

They were turned away (Ahhh no)

No room no shelter

For them on that day (Poor little child)

 

Away in a manger (Silent night)

So the story goes (Holy night)

A king of heaven

Came to let us know (Gloria)

There is hope for the helpless

For the homeless too (All is calm)

For the lost and lonely

There is love for you (Gloria)

 

Chorus:

 

On Christmas Day (What child is this) / (Ring the bells)

On planet earth (Joy to the world)

We celebrate (Ahhhhhh)

A simple birth (Hallelujah)

A tale to teach (Fall on your knees)

How to give love (Aaahhhh)

A child to lead (O holy night)

Like a star above (Hallelujah, Hallelujah)

 

There is so much sorrow (So much hurt)

People in need (Many souls)

Cast from their homes

By hate and greed (So many wars)

There’s a knock at the door (Listen now!)

Hear it again (I’m listening)

Echoes of that night

In Bethlehem (Hallelujah!)

Chorus repeat

 

Bridge (sung by all):

 

On Christmas Day we open

The gift of love and hope and

Light a candle for the lost and homeless

Sing a hymn for the birth of Jesus

Unlock the doors and windows

Let love and kindness all flow

Light a candle for the hungry child

Sing a hymn for the birth….

 

Chorus repeat

 

On Christmas day we open

The gift of love and hope for all

 

Copyright 2018 – Gallant Effort Productions

Time Travel

Available Now

Lennie Gallant

One of Canada's foremost performing songwriters, with ten albums and numerous awards and nominations from the JUNOs and East Coast Music Awards to his credit.