Noble Fir

by Forest Creatures

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1.
I'll be home for Christmas You can count on me Please have snow and mistletoe And presents on the tree Christmas Eve will find me Where the love light gleams I'll be home for Christmas If only in my dreams
2.
Backing up the car to put a Noble Fir atop Wrapped in rope and twine to keep the branches safe After finding just the tree to fit our living room Our noble friend lays down her life for our gathering place Packing up the car to make our way back into town Stacks of unwrapped presents fill the empty space The row of children laying down to rest on our backseat Laughter giving way to snores as music fades Underneath a blanket carefully crocheted
3.
Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy "Do you hear what I hear Ringing through the sky shepherd boy Do you hear what I hear A song, a song High above the trees With a voice as big as the sea With a voice as big as the sea" Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king "Do you know what I know In your palace wall mighty king Do you know what I know A child, a child Shivers in the cold Let us bring him silver and gold Let us bring him silver and gold" The child, the child Sleeping in the night He will bring us goodness and light He will bring us goodness and light He will bring us goodness and light
4.
With a hey and a hee and a hoo-hoo With a hee and a hoo and a hah-hah With a hoo and a hah and a hee-hee I'm the happiest Christmas tree Hoo-hoo-hoo, hee-hee-hee Someone came and they found me And took me home with them Oh, I'm the happiest Christmas tree Hoo-hoo-hoo, hee-hee-hee Look how pretty they dressed me Oh, lucky, lucky me I got shiny bells that jingle And tiny lights that tingle Whenever anyone passes by I blink my lights and I wink my eye Oh, I'm the happiest Christmas tree Christmas day, wait and see I'll be laughing happily With a hoo-hoo-hoo-hee-hee
5.
Old toy trains, little toy tracks Little boy toys coming from a sack Carried by a man dressed in white and red Little boy don't you think it's time you where in bed? Close your eyes, listen to the skies All is calm, all is well Soon you'll hear Kris Kringle and the jingle bells Bringing old toy trains, little toy tracks Little boy toys, coming form a sack Carried by a man dressed in white and red Little boy don't you think it's time you where in bed?
6.
03:30
Tread softly down the stairs as I Try not to wake the babes Deep breath in the silence but I’m Still worried about the day The tree and all of its baubles Soft glow pushing back the dark I settle myself in the shadows They’re also in my heart Treats to bake and the wreaths, they can wait Treasures to buy, cards to write For neighbours and friends, I should really get ahead I’ll wait here instead for the light All is calm, All is quiet, and then A still small voice God with us, Amen! Amen! Inwardly I rejoice Silent Morn, Holy Morn Come, Long Expected Jesus Silent Morn, Holy Morn Emmanuel, God with us Your Spirit hangs heavy and sweet Your voice, whispers life Enliven and radiate Brighter than these Christmas lights
7.
Kling, Glöckchen, klingelingeling, kling, Glöckchen, kling Laßt mich ein, ihr Kinder, ist so kalt der Winter Öffnet mir die Türen, laßt mich nicht erfrieren Kling, Glöckchen, klingelingeling, kling, Glöckchen, kling Kling, Glöckchen, klingelingeling, kling, Glöckchen, kling! Mädchen, hört, und Bübchen, macht mir auf das Stübchen Bring euch viele Gaben, sollt euch dran erlaben Kling, Glöckchen, klingelingeling, kling, Glöckchen, kling Kling, Glöckchen, klingelingeling, kling, Glöckchen, kling Hell erglühn die Kerzen, öffnet mir die Herzen Will drin wohnen fröhlich, frommes Kind, wie selig Kling, Glöckchen, klingelingeling, kling, Glöckchen, kling
8.
What on earth shall I take thee? How bad I am at baking What good are treats for making when I'll eat them on my way? Why shant I simply bring you what I feel that I should cling to? Who cares if I'll agree to when I'll throw them all away? I pick and choose my morals singing Bach and Handel chorals Keeping what I feel is best and like torn paper burn the rest Traditions of the heathens, mindlessly hanging my wreath and Pagan bells upon a tree while singing songs to baby Jesus I check my shipping waybill for the mini plastic stable For my second coffee table in the corner in the dark The calendar is flipping, plastic snowman clock is ticking Stacking circled flyer clippings while we worship two-day shipping We sing of Light and Life but live on time and online Buying crap from Indonesia as a moral anesthesia The to: and from: are printed in pencil, not in pen So that they can be re-gifted after this year's giving ends It could be worth a mention that perhaps misapprehension Might be stealing our attention like a shiny question mark Why shant I simply bring you what I feel that I should cling to? Who cares if I agree to when I throw them all away?
9.
It's in the singing of a street corner choir It's going home and getting warm by the fire It's true, wherever you find love it feels like Christmas A cup of kindness that we share with another A sweet reunion with a friend or a brother In all the places you find love it feels like Christmas It is the season of the heart A special time of caring The ways of love made clear It is the season of the spirit The message if we hear it Is make it last all year It's in the giving of a gift to another A pair of mittens that were made by your mother It's all the ways that we show love that feel like Christmas A part of childhood we'll always remember It is the summer of the soul in December Yes, when you do your best for love it feels like Christmas It is the season of the heart A special time of caring The ways of love made clear It is the season of the spirit The message if we hear it Is make it last all year It's in the singing of a street corner choir It's going home and getting warm by the fire It's true, wherever you find love it feels like Christmas It's true, wherever you find love it feels like Christmas It's true, wherever you find love it feels like Christmas It feels like Christmas It feels like Christmas It feels like Christmas
10.
Born thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a King Born to reign in us forever, now thy gracious kingdom bring By thine own eternal spirit, rule in all our hearts alone By thine all sufficient merit, raise us to thy glorious throne Come to earth to taste our sadness, he whose glories knew no end By his life he brings us gladness, our redeemer, shepherd, friend Leaving riches without number, born within a cattle stall This the everlasting wonder, Christ was born the Lord of all Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free From our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee Israel's strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art Dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing... Joy of every longing heart
11.
Waiting for Nathan to lace up his boots Skating on spray painted lakes made of wood Fighting with Jake as we play in the sun White has gone grey as the day is done A-frame filled with film memories we took Floral curtains and brown carpet adorn this scrapbook Tasting stale marshmallows melting away Mug on the rust coloured cupboard buffet Picking the slivers from my woolen socks We talk and we talk as we sip chocolate hot

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The third yuletide album from Forest Creatures

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released December 1, 2018

Performed by Forest Creatures and Friends

Forest Creatures are Alissa Chojnacki, Cailey Morgan, and Jordaniel Bennett

Our friends are:
Stephen Barnhouse (Train Conductor - Track 5)
Jennifer Bennett (Vocals - Tracks 4, 9, 10)
Malcolm Bennett (Vocals - Track 4)
Brianna Miller (Vocals - Track 7)
Kyson Morgan (Vocals - Tracks 4, 9, Whistling - Track 9)
Dan Stewart (Piano - Tracks 5, 7, 10, Lead Guitar - Track 10)
Harley Small (Vocals - Tracks 2, 5)
Natalie Warkentin (Violin - Tracks 2, 3, 8)

Produced, Recorded, and Mixed by Jordaniel Bennett
Assistant Engineer - David Gurtina (Track 11)
Album Photo by Linda Wilkinson
Logo, Layout, and Lettering by Alissa Chojnacki

Recorded at home(s) and The Space Studios, Vancouver BC.

Special thanks to Dan Stewart for production advice and notes, and Daniel Klenner for the use of his tape machine.

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Forest Creatures is Alissa Chojnacki, Cailey Morgan, and Jordaniel Bennett - an eclectic trio of siblings and friends making lo-fi folksy music with their friends.

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