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The Heart Carol
MLP FiM Music The Heart Carol (A Circle of Friends) HD00:44

MLP FiM Music The Heart Carol (A Circle of Friends) HD

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
Key signature D major
International versions

The Heart Carol, or A Circle of Friends,[3][4] is a song featured in the season two episode Hearth's Warming Eve and in Enterplay's collectible card game. In the episode, it is sung at the end of the play by a choir consisting of the seven main characters and an audience of ponies including the Cutie Mark Crusaders. In the CCG, it is sung by Lyra Heartstrings, Golden Harvest, Dr. Hooves, Octavia Melody, and Sweetie Drops on their respective Defenders of Equestria cards #7 C, #20 C, #34 C, #44 C, and #48 C.[5] The show version 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. Both versions' singers include Dr. Hooves.

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 track on the holiday album It's a Pony Kind of Christmas, making it the only track from the show to appear on the 2015 edition of the album.

According to a Rolling Stone article, "Ingram considered [The Heart Carol] to be a 'real brony anthem' when he wrote it."[6]

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)
MLP Friendship is Magic - "The Heart Carol" Audio Track02:15

MLP Friendship is Magic - "The Heart Carol" Audio Track

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
Key signature D major
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

CCG version

The Heart Carol
(CCG version)
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Character(s) Lyra Heartstrings
Golden Harvest
Dr. Hooves
Octavia Melody
Sweetie Drops
Lyrics by Merriwether Williams
Appears in Defenders of Equestria
International versions
[Lyra Heartstrings]
The fire of friendship lives in our hearts!
[Golden Harvest]
As long as it burns, we cannot drift apart!
[Dr. Hooves]
Though quarrels arise, their numbers are few!
[Octavia Melody]
Laughter and singing will see us through!
[Sweetie Drops]
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. MLP: CCG on Twitter: "A circle of pony friends to the very end! #mlpccg https://t.co/Z8TrD6Aw5i". Twitter (2017-06-02). Retrieved on 2017 June 3.
  6. Kevin Rutherford (2012-04-20). Behind the Music of Pop Culture Smash 'My Little Pony Friendship is Magic'. Retrieved on 2012 April 20.