And Lo​.​.​.

by Forest Creatures

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And Lo... The debut yuletide album from Forest Creatures and other Friendly Beasts.

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released December 2, 2016

Performed by Forest Creatures and other Friendly Beasts

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

Other Friendly Beasts are:
Dan Bennett - Vocals
Daniel Klenner - Vocals
Luke Agawin - Vocals, Guitar
Jennifer Bennett - Vocals, Percussion
Natalie Warkentin - Vocals
Stephen Barnhouse - Vocals

Produced, Recorded, and Mixed by Jordaniel Bennett
Recordings Assisted by Jennifer Bennett

Album Art and Layout by Hudson Chojnacki, Jennifer Bennett, and Jordaniel Bennett
Logo and Lettering by Alissa Chojnacki - www.feistandflourish.com

Special thanks to Southside Community Church and The Shire Music Centre

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Forest Creatures Vancouver, British Columbia

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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Track Name: O Come
Lo, star-led chieftains, Magi Christ adoring
Offer him incense, gold, and myrrh
We to the Christ child bring our hearts' oblations

See how the shepherds, summoned to His cradle
Leaving their flocks, draw nigh to gaze
We too will thither bend our joyful footsteps

O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

For He alone is worthy
For He alone is worthy
For He alone is worthy
Christ the Lord

We'll give You all the glory
We'll give You all the glory
We'll give You all the glory
Christ the Lord
Track Name: Paper Jesus Dioramas
Gathered 'round the old piano
Uncle bass and Aunt soprano
Grandpa croons out of tune
'O Holy Night' fills the room

Tinsel hanging from the rafters
Halls filled with children's laughter
Candles gleaming in our eyes
This is where cookies come to die

On tarts and cakes and sweets we dine
Sipping hot cocoa and mulled wine
The warm aroma and food coma
Remind us of a better time

Socks and sweaters, new pyjamas
Paper Jesus dioramas
Light and life and songs to sing
And joy and justice He will bring

Joy and justice He will bring
Track Name: Can't Believe It's Christmas
Ho ho, away we go
With rosey cheeks and hearts aglowin'
Hey hey, our favorite day
It makes us want to cheer
Yo ho, we love the snow
At least we know we won't be mowing
Ya hey, we're glad to say
That Christmas time is here

I can't believe it's Christmas
Been waiting for a million hours
Can't believe it's Christmas
Oh what a nifty day
I can't believe it's Christmas
Took 14,018 showers
Can't believe it's christmas
And now it's time to play

I can't believe it's Christmas
I think I'm finally gettin' something
Can't believe it's Christmas
My favorite time of year
I can't believe it's Christmas
Been dreaming of a sugar plum thing
Can't believe it's Christmas
Oh boy, it's finally here
Track Name: It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go
Take a look in the five-and-ten, glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Toys in every store
But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be
On your own front door

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go
There's a tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well
The sturdy kind that doesn't mind the snow

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Soon the bells will start
And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you’ll sing
Right within your heart

And the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be
On your own front door
Track Name: The Friendly Beasts
Jesus our brother, kind and good
Was humbly born in a stable rude
And the friendly beasts around him stood
Je...
Jesus our brother, kind and good

I said the Camel, yellow and black
Over the desert upon my back
I carried the gifts in a wise man’s sack
I said the Camel, yellow and black

I said the Sheep with curly hair
I made him a cozy sweater to wear
I knit it myself! With utmost care
I said the Sheep with curly hair

I said the Cow with the big white head
I ate too much food to clear off his bed
Why don’t you stick ‘im in the pig trough instead?
I said the Cow with the big white head

I said the Dove from rafter high
I cooed him to sleep that he should not cry
We cooed him to sleep, my mate and I
I said the Dove from rafter high
Track Name: It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
O ye! Beneath life’s crushing load
Whose forms are bending low
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow
Look now, for glad and golden hours
Come swiftly on the wing
O rest beside the weary road
And hear the angels sing

Sing! Sing! Sing! Sing!

For lo! The days are hastening on
By prophets seen of old
When with the ever-circling years
Shall come the time foretold
When the new heav’n and earth shall own
The Prince of Peace, their King
And the whole world send back the song
Which now the angels sing

Sing! Sing! Sing! Sing!
Track Name: Up In The Mountains (With Amnesia)
Feet bare and snowblind
Over rocks and ice I climb
Will I be here until the end?
Am I alive? Am I alive?

White ahead and white behind
The snow of sleep and fog of time
Are you my family or my friends?
Who am I? Who am I?
Track Name: Winter Wonderland
Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?
In the lane snow is glistening
A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland

Gone away is the blue bird
Here to stay is the new bird
He sings a love song as we go along
Walking in a winter wonderland

In the meadow we can build a snowman
And pretend that he is Parson Brown
He'll say "Are you married?", we'll say "No man!
But you can do the job while you're in town"

Later on we'll conspire
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid the plans that we've made
Walking in a winter wonderland

In the meadow we can build a snowman
And pretend that he's a circus clown
We'll have lots of fun with Mr. Snowman
Until the other children knock him down

When it snows ain't it thrilling?
Though your nose gets a chilling
We'll frolic and play the Eskimo way
Walking in a winter wonderland

Later on we'll conspire
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid the plans that we've made
Walking in a winter wonderland

To face unafraid the plans that we've made
Walking in a winter wonderland

To face unafraid the plans that we've made
Walking in a winter wonderland
Track Name: Cheery And Gay
Children play in the glow
Of the snow though it’s 20 below

I look down into the night
And see twinkling lights in a sea of white

Chimneys write rhymes of smoke
Above kin and folk, sharing jokes

Families share a sense of peace
Carving the beast for their feast

Everyone is cheery and gay
On this holiday
Everyone is cheery and gay
On this holiday
Track Name: Angels Rejoice
A power to King Herod a threat
The wise men from the east do speak
To pay by sword a peasant’s debt
The King convince the Magi seek

Would Mary hold close to her breast
The gift from the Father, the Jesus infant
Herod all newborns laid to rest
But could not erase the divine imprint

When angels rejoice in holy song
A love expands as eternity long
To Magi who Herod never tell
Peace to all nations

Emmanuel! Emmanuel! Emmanuel! Emmanuel!