Christmas Tree Island

by The Rosebuds

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about

Christmas Tree Island is a place where all Christmas stories go to be bathed in sunshine and to remember themselves as happy.

In between releasing several studio albums on Merge Records, Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp love Christmas songs so much that for several years, they’ve tinkered with different ways to celebrate this tricky medium. First it was putting together a compilation of songs from young artists in their own community and making these available at the local record shop. There were no real rules to being on the compilation, but surprisingly, most artists submitted wildly original, brave songs. In the years of perpetual releases by pop stars savaging once-poignant 50s Christmas classics, this compilation was evidence that musicians still had new things to say.

This grew into even more projects. The Rosebuds began contributing holiday music to various releases to benefit children’s charities, friend and family albums and concerts, and had the joy of seeing their music appear in Christmas-themed television shows, which communicated back to the band that this music had a popular context and could be explored further.

They continue promoting the idea that the spirit of the medium is alive and well, treating it as more than a novelty, as its own genre with traditions and characteristics that are strong and rich in history and meaning, even if they were not studied in academia. With its specific chords, melodies and sounds evoking feelings of magic and warm nostalgia, it invites you in, to share them, even if you weren't fortunate enough to experience those sentiments in the first place. But you know that feeling, everyone does. It's there already. You see, Christmas music is more than just changing the lyrics to a non-holiday themed song. It's about creating a world of its own specifically for the Holiday and capturing those feelings for a moment. Everyone knows a great Christmas song within the first few seconds of hearing it.

In this collection of all new, original songs, The Rosebuds explore some classic holiday themes, and try to find that natural nostalgia for a time of year that, though weighty with stressful situations, is a time to give ourselves permission to remember kinship and togetherness the way it makes sense for each of us. The nostalgia in these songs, then, is for once relate-able.

Christmas Tree Island is a thirteen-song, fresh and sparkling Christmas pop celebration.

credits

released 20 November 2012

Tom Beaujour, Mixing
Nuthouse Recording - Hoboken, NJ
www.nuthouserecording.com
BJ Burton

Jeff Carroll, Mastering Engineer
Bluefield Mastering Inc. - Raleigh, NC
www.BluefieldMastering.com

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Track Name: I Hear (Click, Click, Click)
I hear (click click click)

I hear, -- On the ceiling tonight

We hung the stocking and went to bed but I cannot sleep at all
rainbow lights hangin’ right outside dane cheerful on my wall
butter fIies In my stomach smile at any noise down the hall
and there's Christmas songs running through my head, hey! Come one, Come all

I hear, -- on the ceiling tonight

When I wake up I throw on my clothes I don't even comb my hair
follow the trail on tinsel to the Christmas tree where my families meeting there
we open gift and laugh out loud and throw the wrapping paper In the air
tell each other tales of just what we heard last night while laying there

I hear, -- On the ceiling tonight
I hear, -- On the ceiling tonight
I hear, -- On the ceiling tonight
I hear, -- On the ceiling tonight
Track Name: Thru That Door
I don't want to feel loved on Christmas, Christmas don't want to come no more
I don't want to feel loved on Christmas, cause Christmas just went walking thru that door

I don't care who's right or wrong, I won't try it, even with salt
Silence snows thru the cracks, it came unglued and it wont go back

I don't want to feel loved on Christmas, Christmas don't have to come anymore
I don't want to feel loved on Christmas, cause Christmas just went walking thru that door

No one gets time off from love, and all these colored lights here burn my eyes right up
You said I loved ya, I told you that no bodies right or wrong, and I don't care who's side their on

I don't want to feel loved on Christmas, Christmas don't have to come anymore
I don't want to feel loved on Christmas, cause Christmas just went walking thru that door
Christmas just went walking thru that door
Track Name: Hold Me Tight
Hold me tight on Christmas night this year

The snowflakes fall, but the wind is calm
The sounds of peace on our city streets
Just hold me tight on Christmas night this year

We can melt the snow, with two hearts aglow
Light our family tree, sleep in the leaves
So hold me tight on Christmas night this year

Instrumental verse:

We could both sleep late, tell our jobs to wait
No kids to mind, if we skip gifts this time

Just hold me tight on Christmas night this year
Just hold me tight on Christmas night this year
Just hold me tight on Christmas night this year
Just hold me tight on Christmas night this year

Just hold me tight on Christmas night this year
Just hold me tight on Christmas night this year
Just hold me tight on Christmas night this year
Just hold me tight on Christmas night this year
Track Name: When It's Cold
When we get home, the porch lights on
We step inside, next to the iron stove
And Christmas time is about to start
The tree's lit up with all the broken hearts

So all night long we dig to find
Up in the attic where all the boxes hide
The lights and cheer, for another year
And the kids are jumping from the arms of the chairs

But it's cold, outside, and sitting here next to the lights

So let's go out into the ice and snow and wait on the roof until away we go
Put on our scarves, breath in the cold and just hold on tight until away we go

When the family comes, we smile and smile some more
The white sand turns into a dirty floor,
It's Christmas time, kids wrestle outside
And the older cousins all smoke and hide

Uncles eat, and watch the TV set
And the waiting dogs are there to steal what's left
It's half a song, then they're moving on
And the sweet tea's got em all singing along

But it's cold, outside, sitting here next to the lights

So let's go out into the ice and snow and wait on the roof until away we go
Put on our scarves, breath in the cold and just hold on tight until away we go
Track Name: Xmas In New York
Let's spend Christmas in New york, along the snowy streets
And hide from all the noise, and both our families
I hear Christmas in New York can be a lonely place
But our lights will never come down, let them burn out instead

And I call, and you dig in,
And the snow falls, and covers the sidewalks again
And I call, and you begin
And the lights on the wall, dance from the drafts in the wind

Let's spend Christmas in New York, just you and me
Glue wrapping paper to the floor, sleep under our tree
Watch the old folks spin and twirl or just decide to sleep
Cause Christmas in New York is all we'll ever need

And I call, and you dig in
And the snow falls, and covers the sidewalks again
And I call and you begin
And the lights on the wall, dance from the drafts in the wind

And I call, and you dig in
And the snow falls, and covers the sidewalks again
And I call and you begin
And the lights on the wall, dance from the drafts in the wind

Let's spend Christmas in New York, and take cabs instead
Look out the windows at all the stores, and hold each others hands
I'll wipe the sugar from your face, and lint from my chin
And ride around all thru the lights, till you're asleep again

Let's spend Christmas in New York, in our own little space
Let's spend Christmas in New York, along the snowy street
Let's spend Christmas in New York, and never leave our place
Let's spend Christmas in New York Just you and me and me and you...
Track Name: I'm Coming Home
Baby this Christmas I'm coming home, I wanna tell ya it won't be long, baby this Christmas don't give up
Baby this Christmas I'm coming home, I wanna tell ya it won't be long, baby this Christmas don't give up

My eyes are tired, and I need to sleep, But tonight I'm sliding thru the snow on these empty streets
See my baby's cold, waiting all alone, But I'm not gonna stop till Christmas eve

Baby this Christmas I'm coming home, I wanna tell you it won't be long, baby this Christmas don't give up
Baby this Christmas I'm coming home, I wanna tell you it won't be long, baby this Christmas don't give up

The wind's turned white, and broke the power lines, but I'm busting thru the tolls, and man sparks are flying
See my baby's glows, under the mistletoe, and the closer that I get, the more my heart knows

Baby this Christmas I'm coming home, I wanna tell you it won't be long, baby this Christmas don't give up
Baby this Christmas I'm coming home, I wanna tell you it won't be long, baby this Christmas don't give up

An we try, each of us, and we've been taught to love is love
So our babies try, in the colored lights, to remind us what we know and to not let it go oh

(And I don't want to stop the car, I don't care about no ice, and I'm not gonna let this storm, ruin Christmas tonight
Cause I don't want to miss no more, got to make it in time, she's an ornament in the door, and I do see a light)

Baby this Christmas I'm coming home, I wanna tell you it won't be long, baby this Christmas don't give up
Baby this Christmas I'm coming home, I wanna tell you it won't be long, baby this Christmas don't give up
Baby I told ya, I'm coming home, I wanna tell you it won't be long, baby this Christmas don't give up
Baby this Christmas I'm coming home, I want to tell you it won't be long, baby this Christmas don't give up
Baby this Christmas I'm coming home, I want to tell you it won't be long, baby this Christmas don't give up
Baby this Christmas I'm coming home, I want to tell you it won't be long, baby this Christmas don't give up on me
Track Name: Lonely Light
Holding back the tears, on Christmas morning
Sleeping through the years, a silver beard is showing

A lonely light, on the snowy side, I leave it on always
For nothing else, but to remind myself, I am still here

Waking up confused, with tape stuck to my fingers
The lights have blown a fuse, causing the darkness to linger

And in my yard, by fence of locks, the golden rods are starting the fade
This endless road, curved like your smile, is holding me here, so close

But here we are, under the blinking stars, I feel you near
We could hide and dance in their light, lift up your heals
You and I, it's all that I know

But baby I'll be fine, I found the wrapping paper
And I think you would smile, at how I tied those ribbons together

And you and I, on the snowy side, holding back the tears
We could hide, in the lonely light, lift up your heels

You and I, on the snowy side, on Christmas morning
And here we are, two hearts apart, I'm holding back the years

You and I, on the snowy side, on Christmas morning
We could hide and dance in the lights, lift up your heals

You and I, on the snowy side, on Christmas morning
You and I, on the snowy side, lift up your heels

You and I on Christmas morning, on the snowy side
Track Name: Melt Our Way Out
If they don't know, then we could go out through the snow now
and tie the lights into your hair and melt our way out

There is time, but the snow is falling , sitting indian style on Christmas morning
And there's a path laid out, at the side of the house, there's a window slightly up, I'll be there when the white wakes up

If they don't know, then we could go out through the snow now
and tie the lights into your hair and melt our way out

So come outside, but come out slowly, the curtains been tied back but the ice is slippery
And I'll be waiting here, where the embers cheer, and if the fire goes out we can laugh, cause we just won't need it

If they don't know, then we could go out through the snow now
and tie the lights into your hair and melt our way out

If they don't know, then we could go out thru the snow now
and tie the lights into your hair and melt our way out

If they don't know, then we could go out thru the snow now
and tie the lights into your hair and melt our way out

If they don't know, then we could go out thru the snow now
and tie the lights into your hair and melt our way out
Track Name: Christmas Dan
Strutting around in this lonesome town, he's got his own holiday
His pedals down in his old Trans Am that he turned into a sleigh

He wears an earring made from candy canes, eats cookies straight from the pan
So sit right back let's hear the tale of a man called Christmas Dan

The kids hang swing-sets from his beard and use his belly as a trampoline
And Dan knows every single word to the Chipmunks Family

He finds all the lonely - lost snowballs and turns em into big snow men
So sit right back let's hear the tale of a man called Christmas Dan

(One Winter night, it snowed way, way too long)
(But Dan dug out the entire town and decorated everybody's lawn)

He's wading his way through the wrapping paper all the way up to his knees
His hair looks just like shiny tinsel hanging from an old Christmas tree

He can start a fire in your fireplace, just from a single wink
And the only stocks he's worried about are hanging from his chimney

Dan eats chocolate from the calendar, right before he falls to sleep
And uses cinnamon as deodorant, and garland to floss his teeth

He runs around the town caroling and shaking everybody's hands
And now everybody knows the tale of a man called Xmas Dan
And now everybody knows the tale of a man called Xmas Dan
I said now everybody knows the tale of a man called Xmas Dan
Track Name: Christmas Clown
Hello there Christmas eve, the stains set on my feet
curled up in my wounds, the snow comes down in flumes
Surely you would know, a light under the snow
a handles frozen fate, a lovers lonely sleigh

And you could see me walking, and I'll never turn around
they said I'm a clown, a Christmas clown

Bags over my shoes, my scarf's in tattered twos
the hum beneath the lights, where I held you Christmas night
A family seated there, I won't what I always fear
my grandma used to say, it's good on Christmas eve

But surprise I'm always talking talking and never listening
you think I'm a flea, a Christmas flea

I could smell the snow, under the slope of my red nose
these new clothes made me a man, but the time carved up my hands
So I strive off in the night, another Christmas won't be right
and when we meet under the lights, just promise to drive on by

Cause I was only stopping by for a little while in your life
oh Christmas tonight, Christmas tonight

So we turned upside down, in the lifeboat we have found
And you tucked away the sails, and I feel back down the stairs

But that was my last Christmas and I'll lay right here on the ground
oh you think I'm a clown, the Christmas clown
Track Name: Blackout Choir
The leaves around us start to swirl on Christmas morning
They're running circles round our bed up thru the chimney smoke
And all the lights have all gone off without a warning, warning warning

The owls lay quiet in their homes inside the oak trees
We're writing backwards in the snow, the smell of kerosine
And we were trying to get up, but I was falling, falling, back to sleep
Falling back to sleep

And all the lovers on the rugs, trying to stay warm
They're holding hands, forgetting words, and stumbling down the halls

And everyone is cheering up without trying trying trying
And everyone is looking up outside their windows windows windows
windows
Track Name: Oh It's Christmas
Well it's about that time of year, oh when jingle jangle flakes of snow appear
We can go driving thru the ice and snow, so just hold on tight and sing with me my dear

Well Christmas day is here at last, all the boys and girls play and laugh
Another holiday has come our way
Well every boy and every girl, spread Christmas cheer throughout the world, another holiday has come our way, oh it's Christmas

Well I hope this cheer will last, we can sit relax and talk of Christmas past
Me and you, all the things we've been through, you know i must admit the years go by so fast

Well Christmas day is here at last, all the boys and girls play and laugh
Another holiday has come our way
Well every boy and every girl, spread Christmas cheer throughout the world, another holiday has come our way, oh it's Christmas

Oh it's Christmas, a holiday
Oh it's Christmas, a holiday
Oh it's Christmas, it's Christmas, it's Christmas, it's Christmas