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"Winter Songs" is a collection of winter/festive themed songs created by various artists associated with the Songsmiths Anonymous Forum between October 19 and December 19, 2011.

This is our second such collective venture. The first was Wicked Songs wickedsongs.bandcamp.com from Sept/Oct 2011.


Songwriters of all genre are invited to join us for year round songwriting support and encouragement! To find out more, please visit: www.dragondreams.org.uk/SAforum/


For lyrics and artist info see individual song title links above

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released December 19, 2011

For artist participation notes and lyrics to individual songs please see song title links in list above.

All songs included with express permission of performers and copyright holders.

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Wintersongs 2011 by Songsmiths Anonymous Forum Iceland

This is the 2nd collective album created by Songsmiths Anonymous forum. All available for free download
The first album is Wicked Songs: October 2011. wickedsongs.bandcamp.com ,
Album #3 is Valentunes: February 2012 valentunes.bandcamp.com
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Track Name: Nadia Cripps + Gerry Callaghan - So Cold
so cold

In the frosted window
She writes his name
In the cold of winter
Her breath it does the same
He could make it warmer
By the calling of her name
Winters are now colder
They will never
Be the same

So cold and lonely
Ever since
She told him
She did
Break the spell
Cold and lonely

So cold and lonely
Ever since
She told him
She did . . . . .

When she wakens
In the morning
He's not by her side
Restless dreams
Of yesterdays
And sweet caresses
How she loves him!
Oh! she loves him
And it hurts her
To remember

She was warm
Inside the spell

From the frozen window
The world still looks the same
Lovers walking hand in hand
And children playing games
Soft the snow that's melting
Gently on their face
She breaths upon the window

And she writes his name
She writes his name

Calls his name
She calls his name

So cold and lonely
Ever since
She told him
She did
Break the spell

So cold and lonely
Ever since she told him
She did . . . . .

Break the spell.
Track Name: Michael Karns - Walking Through November
Walking Through November by Michael Karns

The wind is kickin up the leaves around my feet
The sun was out this mornin but now it's gone to sleep.
I'm on my way through November.
I'm walkin through November.
I'm walkin through November,
I'm on my way to Winter's door.

The shocks are layed up in my daddy's field
and up above the geese they flyin still.
The dusty road is now all soaked in mud
and now my heart is pumpin
and now my heart is pumpin
and now my heart is pumpin
November's restless blood.

You told me you don't want my easy love.
You turned away and left me all alone.
I'm walkin to December
I'm walkin once more
I'm walkin through November to Winter's door.

copyright 2011
Track Name: gerrybhoy ft. Miss Sophia - Here Comes Mr. Winter
Here Comes Mr. Winter
by Gerry Callaghan.

Here comes Mr Winter
He never does forget
To appear as Autumns
Calling
Miss Summer
Home to bed

Gone the long
Nights playing
In the fields
Of happiness
Sharp his breath
His icy words
To fill us all
With dread

But there's
A fire glowing
No signs of regret
Dusted mince pies
Clementines
And colours
Green and red

Rosy cheeks
In wooly hats
Won't let
Mr Winter in
For here
There's cheer
Anytime of year
In your home
Where the year begins

So raise a glass
And drink a toast
For winter's surely here
To absent friends
As this year ends
That another
May appear

Keep the fire glowing
No sign of regrets
Dusted mince pies
And clementines
And colours
Green and red

Keep the fire glowing
No sign of regrets
Dusted mince pies
Clementines
And colours

Green and red

Here comes Mr Winter.
Track Name: Wolf Kier - Is It Winter Again?
is it winter again?

etc
Track Name: Nadia Cripps + Michael Karns - Once Upon a Time in Winter
Once Upon A Time In Winter
Before the silent snow
there was a little bird named White Wing
up in the freezing North
She had hatched with
her brothers and sisters
in her mother's loving nest
Watched so many new birds
and learned from all the best

Oh before she could even fly herself
she was losing crafty cats
and before she knew how
to make a tool
she was hunting very fast
In the days and weeks that followed
her blue eyes soon would see
the ground from very far away
as she and friends would
loop the loop with glee.

Now flying seemed so natural,
and hunting even more so.
finding insects, and berries
and bagels, and jelly candies.
That was how she met him
her favorite friend Dodger.
He showed her all around the park
where they loved to watch the people.

But one day she found a special nut
to present to her lifelong mate
and was struck by a speeding car
while diving down to fetch it.
There on the street she lay
breathing her very last
Dodger hurried to her
but soon her time had passed.

And up in all the trees.
Every bird on earth did gather
What did White Wing say?
The other birds did wonder.
"Watch out for passing cars
when watching all those people."
Then in solemn silence
The birds paid their respect
and ascended to the heavens
remembering her words.
Track Name: Wolf Kier - I See a Snowflake
i see a snowflake by wolf kier

i see a snowflake
i watch it float down to the ground
it is not lonely
soon it's followed by
many more

etc
Track Name: Nadia Cripps + Michael Karns - Singing Snowflakes
You can't hear us
but we are out here
imperceptable, but present
my friends and I
are in the sky
we have traveled far
to be in your presence

and now we come
to celebrate
to show our joy
in being one
once we were drops
now particles
but in our way
we support your life

even in the coldest night
you look up to us
and we are honored
to sing our song
and be delivered
so here we sing
in highest pitch

Copyright 2011 Michael Karns
Track Name: Wolf Kier - The Dark of Winter
The dark of Winter falls across my eyes
etc
Track Name: Gerry Callaghan | gerrybhoy - Choose The Perfect Moment
choose a perfect moment by gerry callaghan (gerrybhoy)

We made angels in the snow
We had mulled wine cups to go
Picked up chestnuts from a stall
Walked in the park we had it all

Rode the carousel till dark
Under Christmas lights we laughed
Watched the world go flying by
Time stood still for you and i

Choose a perfect moment
From somewhere in your life
And bathe in all it's glory
Let that moment fill your mind

Fill your mind

A single moment frozen in time
Postcard painting, winter sublime
Wrapped in love the perfect kind
And all the goodness our hearts could find

When the snow did melt away
And winter's calling began to fade
I saw you less and less each day
Like the snow we turned to grey

I chose the perfect moment
We shared in our life
To bathe in all it's glory
i let that moment fill my mind

Fill my mind

A heart on fire cannot maintain
White hot passion, causes pain
You were snow and i was rain
I guess we both got washed away

So choose a perfect moment
From somewhere in your life
And bathe in all it's glory
Let that moment fill your mind

Choose a perfect moment
From somewhere in your life
And bathe in all it's glory
Let that moment fill your mind

Fill your mind

We made angels in the snow
We had mulled wine cups to go
Picked up chestnuts from a stall
Walked in the park we had it all
Track Name: Cassie Truman + T.C. Elliott - Strong Porter
There's a chill in the air by the Churchill's front door
And outside the pavement is lashed by the rain
But we've got a few hours afore we must go
Back to hauling our cargo again

BMW say that we're slow on the job
But our hard work's something they never will know
For we drag all their cars through the storm and the gale
With a porter before we're to go

CHORUS
The Diamond's too old and too weak in the beam
They're to leave her for dead at the end of this run
But we'll have us a glass of strong porter for her
And we'll pray she delivers in sun
/CHORUS

The hold now is empty, so a tiger-like roar
Fills our ears every time the waves buffet her bones
But we still carry on, for we're making for Kiel
And we won't ever leave her alone

Curse the fog and the downpour, the skipper can't see
And the forelight is broken, something they won't repair
I remember the time she was gleaming and new
Never saw you a hauler so fair

CHORUS

At a quarter to six we all heard a great crash
And the rushing of water prevailed o'er the blow
So we rushed to the pumps and swore blue at the ship
Who'd struck us and left us a hole

Oh, we worked as though we had each one been possessed
Every second that passed brought us closer to Hell
But the sea's in our blood and the ship is our home
So we grafted and fought with the swell

CHORUS

Now there came up the biggest wave I've ever seen
A freak caused by gales more like hurricanes
And it smashed us all down and the Diamond's capsized
And we're not making Ramsgate again

CHORUS
For my family's left back in Thanet alone
I can hear my bairns crying, my wife starts to run
As the radio says that a ship has gone down
And I drift to the light of the sun
/CHORUS
Track Name: Rittmo' - Winter Sunrise
Winters Sunrise

after the stars have gone to bed
and the moon has left the old homestead
the first crack of dawn, alights the land
and the early birds begin to chant
and sing of winters homecoming
brighter than the summer sun
with naked branches, their shadows cast
like a mirror of time, so vast
the motion picture, stilled for a frame
a time of remembering
warmer days, and dust clouds of stars
and how they would enrich our hearts
yet there's something enchanting,
about romancing the cool morning air
a breeze of life, to let you know
we are still here
to sit by the fire,
and sing along, with the birds
of good winter cheer

rittmo'
Track Name: Michael Karns | jamkar - Winter Walk
Winter Walk

The wooded walk opens
Before you and I
The towering oaks
Are naked now

Two feet once kicked pine cones
Now they stand upon sod
Where the air filled with passion
There is none.

While Lent progresses
We’ve given something up
The leaves meet our dim gaze
From the grounds cover slip.

Yet through designed care
Under leathery coats
Emerge green and bare
Daffodil shoots

Chorus:
We were one
Now we are two.
We had romance
Now there is none, there is none.

Copyright 2011 Michael Karns
Track Name: Nadia Cripps + Michael Karns - Winter Lake
Winter Lake
lyrics by Michael Karns
copyright 2011

Like a woodcut from olden days
The cat tails are our silent witness
Robin has left for the South islands
Cardinal hangs around with us
one last turn to the place we like
there she is, our Winter Lake

Chorus:
In just a short time
the cider's mulling

But first its time to hike
down to a cove where
We are on Winter Lake

A deer couple nearby
watches us in passing by

Bridge/Chorus
Now after a pleasing dinner
popcorn and a game will see us through
a lovely view of
moonrise over Winter Lake
Track Name: Michael Karns - Roses In Winter
Roses in Winter by Michael Karns
Copyright 2011

Sun is setting low, the fire is burning bright
The moon is coming up o’er freshly fallen snow.
The table is set, glasses filled with wine
Now the time approaches, for us to dine

But first just let me gaze, at your earrings in the light.
Your beautiful dress, the one I Liked.
Remember how we danced, you floated in my arms.
A jewel box dancer, in life size

Chorus:
I don’t recall, when you got weak.
I don’t remember the painful splinter.
Of losing you, my world moved down and down
And now all I have are roses in Winter.

So lets us drink a toast, bring the candles close
Let me think only, of who I love the most
I only see your face, only hear your laugh
Feel your warming hands, all around our place
A part of me can see, that this is all a sham.
But never enough to, let me be the same.

Chorus:
Track Name: Wolf Kier - That Wretched Winter
that wretched winter by wolf kier

you will be judged
you will be known
for the grace
that you showed
in the cold
and the snow
that wretched winter

etc
Track Name: Nadia Cripps + Rittmo - Winter's Mood
Winter's Mood
lyrics by Rittmo' © 2011

-

cabin fever can be fustrating
the days get dark so fast, and the night is long
it gets better when you sit beside me by the fireplace
or when we're by a pictire window, watching the snow flakes

-

see how easy it is to change winter's foreboding mood
here's food for thought, let's hope we get snowed in
perhaps you'll let me into your heart, should I dare to intrude
and in advance we could experience spring's new beginning

-

we'll cellebrate with a pinch of sweet vermouth
winter's mood, has become so enticing
outside it snows, inside our love knows the truth
winter's mood has become so inviting

-

rittmo'
Track Name: Nadia Cripps + Rittmo + Michael Karns - Winter's Mood v2
lyrics
Winter's Mood
lyrics by Rittmo' © 2011

-

cabin fever can be fustrating
the days get dark so fast, and the night is long
it gets better when you sit beside me by the fireplace
or when we're by a pictire window, watching the snow flakes

-

see how easy it is to change winter's foreboding mood
here's food for thought, let's hope we get snowed in
perhaps you'll let me into your heart, should I dare to intrude
and in advance we could experience spring's new beginning

-

we'll cellebrate with a pinch of sweet vermouth
winter's mood, has become so enticing
outside it snows, inside our love knows the truth
winter's mood has become so inviting

-

rittmo
Track Name: Rittmo' + Michael Karns - Blue Flame Girl
I’ve got antifreeze in my blood
They say it’s poisonous that might be true
But my engine is always warm for you
My blue flame girl

I know that journey may be hazardous
Hail storms dangerous ice daggers and blizzards
On a bed of snow under Winter’s pine,
My blue flame girl

Chorus:
Blue flame girl
With steel grey eyes
Blue flame girl
Meet me, where frost and thaw collide

Bear witness blue flame girl
This is risky business, we may be frozen in time
Artifacts of an ancient love
Taken to the nines

And though the history will record
us as fools A pair of loons
when lovers walk this ancient path
they’ll be warmed by the blue flame
on Winter’s moon.

Chorus
Track Name: Nadia Cripps + Rittmo' - I Dream of Christmas
I Dream Of Christmas
-
when I dream of Christmas
it's not the Christmas tree
though I love the Christmas tree
it's not the children
but they're all so pretty
and I love them too
it's not the presents we give
though the unwrapping
is so much fun
what I love most about Christmas
is when day is done
is to lie alone with you
with an exhausted smile,
a sigh, and a love so true
-
rittmo'
Track Name: Kevin Emmrich - Red Fire Truck
Red Fire Truck
(c) Emmrich 2011

Back long ago,
I remember a Christmas season
my dad always saying that
things happen for a reason

one year I prayed and hoped,
besides a GI Joe,
I would get my heart's desire in that toy store window

I said "God, I know you're near
please tell Santa I was good this year,
and can you ask him for me please...

(chorus)
bring me that red fire truck
with the dalmatian and bells
and ladders and a siren
and you'll never hear me crying
if you do this for me
you'll have no regrets
cause I'll never ask for anything else

(verse)
Dad got laid off in November
tough to pay bills in December
mama cried, Dad said, don’t worry, it’s time for gifts
went to joe's last chance junkyard
scrounged for wheels and truck parts
we spent the week fixing,
painting, making it look sleek

(lift)
As I sanded, my daddy hummed
His favorite Christmas tune
while in my mind the words went

(chorus again)

(bridge/lift)
although I knew what was coming
I still ran down to unwrap
I swear it was my best Christmas ever

now 30 years later, my son’s request
brought back that memory.
I guess I could just buy it,
but my son deserves a better gift from me

You see, he asked me please:

(chorus again and tag)
Track Name: T.C. Elliott - Christmas Prayer
Christmas Prayer by T.C. Elliott
copyright 2011 T.C. Elliott


Born on a winter's day
But what date she just can't say
Always thought she had it rough
But now she thinks she has enough

She's livin in her second home
She's by herself but never alone
She shares a room with two boys
they share their food, clothes and toys

Her mother said she'd come back for her some day
Soon as she got set up somewhere
That girl can only think about her mom tonight
As she says her Christmas prayer

There's a girl who is all alone
There's a lot of pain in this home
They tease her cuz she's got one hand
She wonders. She can't understand.

Her mother said she'd come back for her some day
Soon as she got set up somewhere
That girl can only think about her mom tonight
As she says her Christmas prayer
Track Name: Wolf Kier - Not Everyone's Home For Christmas
not everyone's home for christmas by wolf kier
copyright 2011

not everyone's home for christmas
some of us gotta drive these big old trucks alone
deliver toys for the children
while our children are alone at home

etc
Track Name: Rittmo' - Christmas Creativity
Christmas Creativity

snow on a tuesday morning
came with no warning
I said it feels like Christmas
and sure enough
the calender on the wall
said it was time
to deck the halls

here in my retreat
it's easy to lose track of time
but looking at the white pines
even I could see
reindeer outlining the clouds
and for the child in me
that's what Christmas
is all about

imagination running wild
giving off the widest of smiles
the gift of Christmas creativity
is my most cherished reality

me and my beau
celebrating mistletoe
a cabin in the woods
everything better than good

the whole world unwrapping presents
isn't that the essense of Christmas

here in my retreat
it's easy to lose track of time
but looking at the white pines
even I could see
reindeer outlining the clouds
and for the child in me
that's what Christmas
is all about

imagination running wild
giving off the widest of smiles
the gift of Christmas creativity
is my most cherished reality

rittmo'
Track Name: Rittmo' + Shakey Dave - Christmas is For The Children
Christmas Is For The Children
-
there's a lot of talk
most of it true
about how the sanctity
Of Christmas
has become a mad rush
to human indecency
-
but I say hush
-
stop all the bah humbug
what good can come from it
give your child a hug
and listen to the outpouring of love
-
of all the things your child will forget
there's one thing they should remember
without the slightest inkling of regret
and that's the 25'th of December

in the history of earth
counting seconds by the millions
for all that we are worth
Christmas is for the Children
-
Michigan sleigh rides
in California kites that fly
a southern belle all dolled up
kids by the tree like wide eyed pups
-
colourful lights adorn the night
the sidewalks a caroling serenade
high pitched voices reaching new heights
please don't rain on a child's parade
-
Michigan sleigh rides
in California kites that fly
a southern belle all dolled up
kids by the tree like wide eyed pups
-
in the history of earth
counting seconds by the millions
for all that we are worth
Christmas is fo the Children
-
rittmo'
Track Name: Michael Karns + Nadia Cripps - Feeling Lonely in Christmas
Feeling Lonely In Christmas
Lyrics by Michael Karns copyright 2011

Everywhere people
Are struggling in the street
While over at the mall
We have everything we need

Some of them are kids
Without a home
All of them
Are looking for Christmas
With their wistful hope

Still the pain is
Heavy in their heart

I am feeling lonely in Christmas
Thinking of those who have lost
A job or a retirement
Or a soldier fighting in a cause

Still the pain is
Heavy in their hearts

I am feeling lonely
I am feeling lonely
I am feeling lonely in Christmas
Wondering where Christmas is at all
I am feeling lonely in Christmas
Why can’t Christmas be for all?
Track Name: Rittmo' + Michael Karns - On This Christmas Eve
On This Christmas Eve

-
On this Christmas Eve
I sit here wishing
I was alive in the times of John
to be a deciple
to he who bore witness
to be among the few
who were chosen
to do the business
the sacred business
of protecting
baby Jesus

-
to smell the air
to taste the water
that He did breathe
that He did drink
to think in the moment
of absolute purity
to know with complete surety
the world was changing
an amazing rearranging
in the name of the Lord

-
to be a part of the miracle
of the opening of heaven's gate
where life wasn't at the end of a sword
where the persecuted would recieve
their just reward
to be certain that eternal life
was there for the taking
to awaken in Eden's simple splendor
to know I was loved
by he who I adored
by he who I adored

-
time unfortunately hasn't changed much
evil too easily finds the hearts of men
I wonder out loud, why all haven't felt His touch
but I truly believe, it's not a matter of time, but when

-
On this Christmas Eve
I sit here wishing
I was alive in the times of John
to be a deciple
to he who bore witness
to be among the few
who were chosen
to do the business
the sacred business
of protecting
baby Jesus

-

rittmo'
Track Name: Rittmo' - Christmas Moon
Christmas Moon

we ride, we ride, we ride
weaving through the streets
on this and every Christmas eve

we observe the festival of lights
blue, yellow, red, and white

look over there
frosty and he's life sized
even bigger my oh my

all under the watchful gaze
of a Christmas Moon
the big round smiling face
of a Christmas Moon

and dawn it seems
comes all too soon
but something has to make way
for the light of Christmas day

as we turn the car around
and head homeward bound
we leave a trail of songs and stars
as long and as wide as our hearts

all under the watchful gaze
of a Christmas Moon
the big round smiling face
of a Christmas Moon

rittmo'
Track Name: Rittmo' + TWH - Christmas Moon v2
Christmas Moon

we ride, we ride, we ride
weaving through the streets
on this and every Christmas eve

we observe the festival of lights
blue, yellow, red, and white

look over there
frosty and he's life sized
even bigger my oh my

all under the watchful gaze
of a Christmas Moon
the big round smiling face
of a Christmas Moon

and midnight it seems
comes all too soon
but something has to make way
for the light of Christmas day

as we turn the car around
and head homeward bound
we leave a trail of songs and stars
as long and as wide as our hearts

all under the watchful gaze
of a Christmas Moon
the big round smiling face
of a Christmas Moon

rittmo'
Track Name: Rittmo' + TWH - Christmas Quilt
Christmas Quilt

it was a waffle sky
with balloon clouds
I thought it would snow
but the sun popped out
there would be no whitened pines
no sleigh rides down winding hills
but those memories still shine
from when you and I made that Christmas quilt
straight one hundred percent wool
no polyester, not then, not ever
and it warmed our souls till empty was full
of every seed we would ever need

one of these years the white will light our way again
but we need not be waiting, anticipating, cause that Christmas, way back when has no end

and though the Christmas sun looks fine reflected in your eyes
I can still see the snowman we built, standing next to that Christmas quilt

it was a waffle sky
with balloon clouds
I thought it would snow
but the sun popped out
and a winter rose with a smile never to wilt
fell smack dab in the middle of our Christmas quilt

rittmo'
Track Name: Rittmo + TWH - Yesterday Was Christmas
Yesterday Was Christmas

yesterday was Christmas
and i just want to say
thank you to everybody
for your kindhearted ways

your gifts were overwhelming
your generosity undeserved
hope you like what i gave
hope i rocked your universe

like you did mine

yesterday was Christmas
and i just want to say
thank you to everybody
for your kindhearted ways

the stores will be crowded
with folks returning gifts
but no not me, i wont be going
today even the wrong size fits

yesterday was Christmas
and though my presents to you
in all honesty, didn't amount to much
I did the best I could, while in my pockets
there was nothing more than love

I did like they say to do in church
and I sure hope I rocked your universe
like you did mine

yesterday was Christmas
and i just want to say
thank you to everybody
for your kindhearted ways

rittmo
Track Name: SA Forum Choir - A Chirstmas Carol For You
More fun with Nadia's piano piece, lot's of additional voices , all fellow songsters from the Songwriters Anonymous web site, a good place to be, just a little bit of lighthearted Christmassy stuff. Thanks to all who lent their voice once you have heard it I will ask you if you would like to be named. : )
Massive thanks to Nadia Cripps for allowing us to have such great fun with her music, Lang May Yer Lum Reek Nadia,
Gerrybhoy.

++++

Christmas Carol For You

We wrote these songs
Just for you to hear
And we hope they'll bring you
Joy and good cheer
Some will make you stop
And make you think
How blessed are we
Who have time to sing
How blessed are we
Who have time to sing

For Christmas time
Is a time to sing
Raise your beautiful voice
And all join in
Be in tune with yourself
For one moment in time
Close your eyes and sing
And sing with pride

Let the angels take
The higher parts
Like a snowflakes melts
They melt our hearts
Hear the sleigh bells ring
And the band of brass
Playing just for us
For it's Christmas

We wrote these songs
Just for you to hear
And we hope they bring you
Joy and good cheer
Some will make you stop
And make you think
How blessed are we
Who have time to sing
How blessed are we
Who have time to sing

For Christmas time
Is a time to sing
Raise your beautiful voice
And all join in
Be in tune with yourself
For one moment in time
Close your eyes and sing
For it is
Christmas time