Please note:

  • All these street organ arrangements are home-made. Contact me if you want a custom arrangement for your own street organ, musical box, barrel piano, or whatever.
  • The MP3s below use Virtual Studio Technology: this is NOT the real sound (my organ also has percussion, and sounds more natural), and someone needs to sing!
  • Lyrics or translations can be displayed live on a screen, karaoke-style.
TitleArtistLaYearComments
Villancico linuxeroPánico en el núcleo (Panic in the kernel)es2011Linux carol disparages Windows and Mac, makes Spanish nerds laugh: Que le den al Guindos, que le den al Mac, / que yo uso Linux y me va genial.
Flocon, papillon (Fabulettes)Anne Sylvestrefr1969En souvenir de notre grand ami, Christophe Quinton: Il neigera, il neigera / puis un jour le printemps viendra / Et sur les branches il neigera / des fleurs de pommes et du lilas. Virtual excerpt:
I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus OR I saw mommy kissing Yog-SothothH.P. Lovecraft Historical Societyen1955 OR 2011Innocent entertainment from when all families were normal OR Christmas fantasy about the Myths of Cthulhu.
Frosty the defrosted snowmanLonzo and Oscaren1953
All I want for Christmas is my two front teethSpike Jonesen1940A little girl's terrible lisp is caused by her insufficient dentition. Works well at primary schools and dental conferences.
Video, possibly quite old or by somebody else:
Jingle bells / Campanelle, campanelle, belle belleen it1920Anglo-Italian version based on Lou Monte. Virtual excerpt:
Silent nightTrad.en1920
Away in a mangerTrad.en1884
Laetissimam famam / Wesołą nowinęRyszard Ganszyniecla1878Latin version of Polish carol
O little town of BethlehemPhillips Brooks / Henry Garman / Ralph Vaughan Williamsen1868 (lyrics)
Noi de la mareTrad.ca1866Best-known Catalan Christmas carol
We three kings of Orient areJohn Henry Hopkins, Jr.en1857
Once In Royal David’s CityCecil Frances Alexander / Henry John Gauntletten1848
I saw three shipsTrad.en1833
The holly and the ivyTrad.en1810?
Voici trois BohémiensProvençalfr1800Three gypsies read the palm of the baby Jesus: Tu es, c’est mon avis, Car je le lis, de Dieu le fils tout adorable.
O come, all ye faithfulFrederick Oakeley / John Francis Wadeen1751 (tune) / 1841 (English lyrics)
Sussex Carol / On Christmas night all Christians singLuke Wadding / Ralph Vaughan Williams / David Willcocksen1684
O Jesulein süss! O Jesulein mild!Georg Christian Schemellide en1620O little one sweet, O little one mild, thy Father's purpose thou hast fulfilled.
Een kindelien zo lovelik / Ein Kindelein so löbelichTrad.nl de1618My favourite Low German carol.
Heer Jesus heeft een hofken daer schoon bloemen staenAnonnl1617Lord Jesus has a garden with beautiful flowers ... make of my heart your garden, it is ready / Seigneur Jésus a un jardin où se trouvent de belles fleurs ... fais de mon cœur votre jardin, il est prêt / Heer Jesus heeft een hofken daer schoon bloemen staen ... maect van mijn hert' u hoveken, het is bereyt
O Tannenbaum / Oh Christmas treeErnst Anschütz / Melchior Franckde en1615On request I will also sing the mildly smutty Low Saxon version.
Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen / Lo, how a rose e'er bloomingMichael Praetoriusde en1599My favourite Marian hymn.
Good King Wenceslas / Tempus adest floridumJohn Mason Nealeen la1582 (melody) / 1853 (English lyrics)Bohemian fantasy.
Coventry CarolRobert Crooen1534 (lyrics) 1591 (tune)Herod is slaughtering the Innocents: Then woe is me, poor Child, for Thee, / And ever mourn and say; / For Thy parting, nor say nor sing, / By, by, lully, lullay.
The cherry tree carolTrad.en1400sBased on the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew and probably basically C15th: When Joseph was an old man, / An old man was he, / He married Virgin Mary, / The Queen of Galilee.
In dulci jubiloHeinrich Seuse / Robert Pearsallen de la1328I do both the German-Latin original and the popular Pearsall Anglicisation
SinterklaasliedjesTrad.nlDutch Santa Claus songs.
The first NowellenBorn is the King of Israel.
While shepherdsenWashed their socks by night.

Update: 2018/09/15