Christmas Tree Island

by The Rosebuds

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...
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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
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Lonely Light 06:28
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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released November 20, 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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