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The Heart Carol
Episode Hearth's Warming Eve
Character(s) Choir of ponies
Sung by FiM Choir #2[1]
Music by Daniel Ingram
Ron Passaro (orchestration)
Paul Shatto (mixing)[2]
Lyrics by Merriwether Williams
Length 0:38
Season Season 2
Episode Transcript Hearth's Warming Eve
BMI Work No. 14113799
International versions

The Heart Carol, or A Circle of Friends,[3][4] is a song featured in the episode Hearth's Warming Eve. It is sung at the end of the play by a choir consisting of the six main characters, Spike, the Cutie Mark Crusaders and an audience of ponies. This is the first song where Spike sings, though his singing voice is not heard clearly until The Failure Song in the first part of the season three premiere.

Shortly after the episode aired, Daniel Ingram posted the lyrics on his Facebook wall under the title "A Circle of Friends." There were numerous differences to the song that actually aired, and Ingram posted a second, amended version soon thereafter. The only differences to the version transcribed below are: "Fire of Friendship" is capitalized, and the final line is rendered as "A circle of friends we'll be 'til the very end."

An extended version of the song serves as the tenth and final track on the holiday album It's a Pony Kind of Christmas, making it the only track from the show to appear on the album.

According to a Rolling Stone article, "Ingram considered [The Heart Carol] to be a 'real brony anthem' when he wrote it."[5]

Lyrics

Spike, Applejack, Fluttershy, Twilight and Rarity singing S02E11

The main six ponies singing the carol.

[Choir]
The fire of friendship lives in our hearts
As long as it burns, we cannot drift apart
Though quarrels arise, their numbers are few
Laughter and singing will see us through (will see us through)
We are a circle of pony friends
A circle of friends we'll be to the very end

Extended version

The Heart Carol
(Extended Version)
Character(s) Choir
Sung by Phoenix Chamber Choir
Music by Daniel Ingram
Lyrics by Merriweather Williams
Daniel Ingram (additional lyrics)
Length 2:16
Album It's a Pony Kind of Christmas
Season Season 2
International versions
[Full Choir]
As dawn shines on us every morn
The fire of friendship is reborn
And all the friendships we have made
We cherish in every way
Loyalty binds us and makes us strong
Honesty shows that we belong
And kindness shared will unite us through each day
The fire of friendship lives in our hearts
As long as it burns, we cannot drift apart
Though quarrels arise, their numbers are few
Laughter and singing will see us...
[Sopranos]
...through
[Altos, Tenors and Basses]
Will see us through
[Full Choir]
We are a circle of pony friends
A circle of friends we'll be to the very end
[Tenors and Basses]
Though the winter brings all its cold and storm
The glow in our hearts keeps us warm
The friends we now call our family
Will always see us through
[Full Choir]
Loyalty binds us and makes us strong
Honesty shows that we belong
And kindness shared will unite us through each day
The fire of friendship lives in our hearts
As long as it burns, we cannot drift apart
Though quarrels arise, their numbers are few
Laughter and singing will see us...
[Sopranos]
...through
[Altos, Tenors and Basses]
Will see us through
[Full Choir]
We are a circle of pony friends
A circle of friends we'll be to the very end

Other versions

MLP Friendship is Magic - "The Heart Carol" Music Video01:13

MLP Friendship is Magic - "The Heart Carol" Music Video


Music Video

References

  1. Michelle Creber on Facebook (2012-02-19). Retrieved on 2012 February 19.
  2. Daniel Ingram mentioning Ron Passaro as orchestrator and Paul Shatto as mixer (2011-12-17). Retrieved on 2012 April 6.
  3. Daniel Ingram asking his Facebook visitors what they call "The Heart Carol" (2011-12-17). Retrieved on 2011 December 18.
  4. Daniel Ingram posting the lyrics for "A Circle of Friends" (2011-12-17). Retrieved on 2011 December 18.
  5. Kevin Rutherford (2012-04-20). Behind the Music of Pop Culture Smash 'My Little Pony Friendship is Magic'. Retrieved on 2012 April 20.

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