Burra Din: A Christmas Record (Pt. 1)

by Ross Breen

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released December 12, 2016

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Track Name: Ring Out, Solstice Bells
Now is the solstice of the year
Winter is the glad song that you hear
Seven maids move in seven time
Have the lads up ready in a line

Ring out these bells
Ring out, ring solstice bells
Ring solstice bells

Join together 'neath the mistletoe
By the holy oak whereon it grows
Seven druids dance in seven time
Sing the song the bells call loudly chiming

Ring out these bells
Ring out, ring solstice bells
Ring solstice bells
Track Name: 1914
At Christmastime in World War One
Soldiers took the chance to put down their guns
And came out from the trenches into No Man’s Land
Exchanged fags and chocolate {and} shook each other’s hand

There were spontaneous renditions of Auld Lang Syne
And friendly football matches played between enemy lines
I see the fog of their breath on the winter’s morning air
As they talk and speculate about how long they might be there

It’s a once-off event from a bygone time
Seeing airstrikes in Allepo and mass migration lines
But maybe the events of the 1914 truce
Can help us bear in mind that there's an ultimate truth:

It's about love, caring, peace , sh-sh-sharing
Get your Christmas groove on, got to love one another right now

I heard there’s a place in an American town
That sells Christmas accessories all year round
As if the way we have it now isn’t bad enough
They can’t wait ‘til Halloween’s over to put the decorations up

Can we get together to stamp this madness out?
There’s no sense in it - that’s not what Christmas is about
So, if you’re feeling under pressure or a little stressed out
You just brush yourself down and you get up and shout

It’s about love, caring, peace, sh-sh-sharing
Get your Christmas groove on, got to love one another right now

To be sure, to be sure, an unnecessary thing
Undermining the special time of year when people gather to sing
I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas at the piano
Or find a lover and take cover under shade of mistletoe

So as A Wonderful Life is on the television
I urge you good listeners to come to a decision

It’s a about love, caring, peace, sh-sh-sharing
Get your Christmas groove on, got to love one another right now
Track Name: Xmas Eve Blues
Now it’s the day before christmas, mama won’t you he~ar me moan
Now it’s the day before christmas, mama won’t you hear me moan
If you take me back baby, I’ll give you anything you (want)

I had a good chance, baby give me just one more
I had a good chance, baby give me just one more
I will change the way i’m loving you to something you never seen before

I know I did do wrong, i’m just as sorry as i can be
Mmmmm, sorry as i can be
It's just the day before christmas, mama, won’t please come back to me

Mama don’t turn me down : on this christmas eve
Mama don’t turn me down : on this christmas eve
I cried about you so hard : done wetted my whole coat sleeve

It’s the day before christmas, let me bring your present tonight
At just the day before christmas, let me bring your present tonight
I’m going to be your santa claus even if my whiskers ain’t white
Track Name: 'Zat You, Santa Claus?
'Zat You, Santa Claus?
Gifts I'm preparing for some Christmas sharing,
But I pause because,
Hanging my stocking I can hear a knocking.
'Zat you, Santa Claus?
Sure is dark out, ain't the slightest spark out.
'Pon my slackened jaw!
Who's there? Who is it stopping for a visit?
'Zat you, Santa Claus?

Are you bringing a present for me,
Something pleasantly pleasant for me?
Then it's just what I've been waiting for.
Would you mind slipping it under the door?

Cold winds are howling, or could that be growling?
My legs feel like straws.
My my oh me my, kindly would you reply?

'Zat you, Santa Claus?
Hanging the stocking, I can hear a knocking.
'Zat you, Santa Claus?
I say, who's there, who is it? Are you stopping for a visit?
'Zat you, Santa Claus?

Oh there, Santa, you gave me a scare.
Now stop teasing cause I know you're there.
We don't believe in no goblins today,
But I can't explain why I'm shaking that way.
Bet I can see ole Santa in the keyhole.
I'll get to the cause.
One peek and I'll try there; oh oh, there's an eye there!
'Zat you, Santa Claus?
Please, please, pity my knees!
Say that's you, Santa Claus!
Track Name: Big Ol' Lasso
Steppin’ out to the precipice
Staring into the void
Standing on the outer edge
Bereft of hope and joy

One more step and it’ll be all be over
The ice and water will take me
There’s a guardian angel at my shoulder
I think of my wife and baby

And it turns me back
From drawing a shade
Over all of my tomorrows

Oh baby, if I had a big ole lasso
I’d throw it round the moon
And pull it down for you

Driving out to meet my girl
Frost in the tarmac twinkling
Winter coats at the cemetery
All the families and I start thinking

Of my own friend and the kin who spend
The first Christmas without him
Slow to a stop, give myself in
To the weight of it and I’m drowning

Then she turns me back
Away from the shade
Toward all of our tomorrows

So baby, if I’d a big ol' lasso…

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And it turns me back
From drawing a shade
Over all of my tomorrows
Oh baby, if I had a big ole lasso…

Back in the shack, sense won’t stack
The wood stove keeps on burning
All adrift, the white won’t shift
And start to feel the yearning

Just to meet my lover
And see the light dance in her eyes, hear the laughter
Flowing from her like the river of time
I know I’ve always been after

It will carry me back
Over the shade
Into all of our tomorrows

My lady, if I had a big ole lasso
I’d throw it round the moon
And pull it down for you
Track Name: Xmas In Prison
It was Christmas in prison and the food was real good
We has turkey and pistols carved out of wood
I dream of her always even when I don't dream
Her name's on my tongue and her blood's in my strings

Wait a while eternity
Old Mother Nature's got nothin' on me
Come to me, run to me, come to me now
I'm rollin' my sweetheart
I'm flowin' by God

She reminds me of a chess game with someone I admire
Or a picnic in the rain after a prairie fire
Her heart is as big as this whole goddamn jail
And she's sweeter than saccharine at a drug store sale

Wait a while eternity
Old Mother Nature's got nothin' on me
Come to me, run to me, come to me now
I'm rollin' my sweetheart
I'm flowin' by God

The search light in the big yard turns 'round with the gun
And spotlights the snowflakes like the dust in the sun
It's Christmas in prison there'll be music tonight
I'll probably get homesick, I love you, Good night

Wait a while eternity
Old Mother Nature's got nothin' on me
Come to me, run to me, come to me now
I'm rollin' my sweetheart
I'm flowin' by God
Track Name: It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
It came upon the midnight clear
That glorious song of old
From Angels playing near the earth
To touch their harps of gold

Peace on the earth could will two men
From Heaven's all-gracious King
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the Angels sing