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Julia Wade and Friends – A Christmas Album

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This being Julia Wade’s 14th Album, we’ve long been talking about doing a Christmas Album. Julia and I think that Julia Wade And Friends – A Christmas Album is one of our best works together. We’re excited to share it with you!

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What Child Is This?
Original Melody: Greensleeves
Lyrics by William C. Dix
Additional Music & Lyrics by Peter Link

What Child is this who, laid to rest
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?

This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christians, fear, for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.

Nails, spear shall pierce Him through,
The cross be borne for me, for you;
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

What Child is this whom angels greet
This is the Christ, the king

So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh,
Come peasant, king to own Him;
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.

Raise, raise a song on high,
The virgin sings her lullaby;
Joy, joy for Christ is born,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

What Child is this whom angels greet
This is the Christ, the king
What child is this
On Mary’s lap lay sleeping

Bird Song
Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

Silver bird fly
Spiritual bird sing
Bird song
The Christ is born
Spread the word
Let fly
The song of peace
Sweet release
Sail on silver bird
Across the world
Spread the word
A new age dawns
As the silver bird streaks
Across the red sun
Across the rising sun

Sail on silver bird
Across the world
Sail on little bird
And take this message
That the son of God
Has joined us on this earth
And brings us nothing but the good word

It’s the word of God
He brings to all
It’s a kind of peace
That lasts forever
It’s a love that radiates
From one to one another
Never fading away

Sail and sing your song, Bird
As you soar among the mountains
As you wind along the rivers of life
Sing it to each heart
Sing into the mind of mankind

Silver bird fly
From this stable
Humble
Where Christ is born
Spread the word
Go forth
His Kingdom come
A pendulum
Back and forth between
The prophesy
And the unforeseen
The time has come
A new age dawns
And the world will now change
From one of sorrow
To one abounding hope

Sail on silver bird
Across the world
Sail on little bird
And take this message
That the son of God
Has joined us on this earth
And brings us nothing but the good word

Sail and sing your song, Bird
As you wing your way through cities
Through the masses and the chaos of life
Sing it to each soul
Sing it to the shambles of man

Silver bird fly
Unto the people
Tell them
The Christ is born
Silver bird fly
And sing your song
The Christ is born
This Christmas morn
The Christ is born
This Christmas morn
The Christ is born
This Christmas morn
The Christ is born

Jingle Bells
Original Music and Lyrics by James Lord Pierpont
Additional Music and New Lyrics by Peter Link

Dashing through the snow
In a one-horse open sleigh
O’er the fields we go
Laughing all the way

Bells on bob tail ring
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to ride and sing
A sleighing song tonight

Oh jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh

Hey! jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh

A night or two ago
We thought we’d take a ride
Dashing through the snow
Across the countryside

The moonlight through the trees
And all the wintry white
Was such a wondrous sight to see
We forgot it was the night

Oh what a night it was
Oh what a time it was

We lost all time that night
But finally turned around
Exhausted by the night’s delight
And sadly homeward bound

The air was cold and grey
The quiet most profound
The clip clop of the horse’s hooves
And bells the only sound

Ooooooh jingle bells, jingle bells,
They jingle all the way;
Oh my what a great night it was to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh

Jingle bells, jingle bells,
Laughing all the way
Oh what fun it is to ride
As we slide across the countryside
Oh what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh

Oh what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh

The Night I Met St. Nick
Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

I was hiding ‘hind the sofa
When he came down the chimney
Cuz I did not believe
He could ach-ally come down the chimney
But he came down the chimney
Just like they always said he would
Uh hum yeah
With a grunt and a whoosh … and kerplop!

It amazed me so, I forgot I was hiding
So, I stood up in amazement at a fat man in a red suit
With a scowl upon his face.
“What in tarnation are you doing up now
At this ungodly hour, young lady?”
He said as he texted on his iPhone back up North to his elf

“Well, Mr. Claus,” I replied, most polite,
“I guess I just had to see for myself!”

“Well now you’ve gone an’ done it!”
As he pulled out his list.

“Let’s see here uuuuuuhhhhh, you must be young Julie
Is that right?”
“Well, that’s right!” said I.
“Well you’re now in big trouble, sure as pie”

“I got a most busy schedule now you’re makin’ me late
Right now I oughta be back in my sled instead
So go ahead now … an’ go back to bed!
And doncha be peekin’ through the keyhole.”

When I got up that morning — that Christmas morning—
There was nothing in my stocking but a lump of coal
Rats

I woulda cried my eyes out, but remember, good people
It was just a dream
Just a dream …
It was just a dream about the night I met St. Nick

I donno if he was a saint, but he sure was cute!
OK, don’t go away. There’s more to this story.

Next Christmas Eve I was hidin’ again ‘hind the sofa
As he whooshed down the chimney
“I remember you,
You’re that girl, you’re Julie,”
That’s right, cutie pie.
“You were trouble from the git go
An’ now you’re back again, my friend.
Uh hum yeah
This ain’t right an’ it’s just got to stop”

“Only this time ach-ally I’m kinda glad ta’ see ya’,
I’m a little bit stuck here
Got a flat tire on a reindeer
An’ I’m plum done outa spares.”

Who ever heard of such a thing like that?
Well now remember, good people
It was just a dream
Just a dream…
It was just a dream about another night I met St. Nick

I never promised it would make much sense.

So I grabbed him my ol’ trusty bicycle pump
An’ we went swoosh up the chimney in a flash

And there stood Dasher, Dancer, Prancer an’ the others
I fixed that ol’ flat tire in the blink of a lash
An’ old Saint Nick was off like a shot

He’s shoutin’ “Merry Merry Christmas” across the sky
“To all a Happy Happy New Year”
He never looked back
He never said thanks
He just disappeared into the clouds

Hold on, just wait a minute, Santa!
Here I am stuck on the roof!
An’ no way I’m goin’ back down that chimney
It’s too darn dirty an’ I just don’t have it in me
An’ besides you never even said thank you

When I got up that morning — that Christmas morning —
My stocking was filled to the brim and overflowing
Presents in the kitchen
Presents in the bath tub
Presents in the attic and presents in the shed
And even one more under the pillow in my bed.

I coulda cried my eyes out
At all the presents he left me
But then again my friend
It was just a dream
It was just a dream about the night I met
Or was it?
Nah…

It was just a dream about the night I met St. Nick

I Live The Joy
Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

I live the joy of Christmas
I feel it every day
I keep the Christ in me
Tucked away

And when the mountain comes my way
I climb with him
I feel the joy
I live it
I reach right down inside
To touch the Christ
I live the joy

I live the joy of Christmas
I feel the hope within
I know the rush of life
Under my skin

I feel the angels in the air
They watch over me
They gather ’round me
They ground me
They remind me of
Just who I am
I live the joy

Joy joy joy joy
I’m livin’ the joy of Christmas
I’m feelin’ it all here inside of me
I’m feelin’ the joy hmmm

Oh it’s joy
Joy joy joy joy
Oh it’s joy
I’m livin’ the joy of Christmas
Livin’ the joy of Christmas
I’m feelin’ it all here inside of me
All here
I’m feelin’ the joy hmmm
Joy

I live the joy
I live the joy of Christmas
I live the joy

Do You Hear What I Hear?
Music by Gloria Shayne
Lyrics by Noel Regney

Do you see
Do you hear
Do you know
Listen

Said the night wind to the little lamb
Do you see what I see
Way up in the sky little lamb
Do you see what I see

A star, a star
Dancing in the night
With a tail as big as a kite
With a tail as big as a kite

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 warm 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

Said the king to the people everywhere
Listen to what I say
Pray for peace people everywhere
Listen to what I say

The child, the child
Sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light
He will bring us goodness and light

Do you hear what I hear
He will bring us goodness and light

I Remember Christmas
Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

Names and moments and faces and words
Names and moments and faces and words
Names and moments and faces and words
The things of my past now a little bit blurred

Ya’ see sometimes my mind gets hung up in the fluff
Yeah it’s mostly superfluous useless stuff
But occasionally something of note gets lost
My neurons and synapse and wires get crossed
And it drives me a little bit crazy
When it’s all a little bit hazy
Then is gone in the blink of an eye

Now the ol’ mem’ry’s usua’ly pretty good I trust
Most of the time
It works just fine
But some of the time
Well, it just turns to dust

But I remember Christmas
And I remember tinsel
And I remember stockings hung with care
I remember children and bells
And angels with wings and ribbons of silk
And chimneys and cookies and milk

I remember mistletoe
And men of snow
And reindeer prancing on tiptoe
French toast a’toasting and chestnuts a’roasting,
And silent night
Oh what a night!

Yes I remember Christmas
And I remember angels
And I remember light in Bethlehem
I remember Mary and Joseph
And that little babe that lay in the hay
And the shepherds and the wise men three

And I know that God was there
And hope was there
And the music came down from the heavens
And the star above sang
Of the promise of peace
In a silent night
And all was so bright

Well ya’ know I must have forgotten more than I know
But at least I know what I’ve not forgotten
The insignificant lost long ago
The mostly unnecessary lost long ago

But I remember Christmas
I remember tinsel
And I remember stockings hung with care
I remember children and bells
And angels with wings and ribbons of silk
And chimneys and cookies and milk
I remember mistletoe and men of snow

Yes I remember Christmas
I remember Christmas
Yes I remember Christmas

And That’s Enough
Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
But they weren’t ringing them for me
I woke that morning just like any other kid
Knowing it would be right there, under the tree
Dressed in silver and gold with red ribbons
Waiting there
Waiting there just for me

But as the day went by
And time ran out
The hope inside my heart just slipped away
Cuz I didn’t get what I wanted
And I kinda felt cheated
I thought this was to be my special day

I knew my ma was watching me
I know she knew just how I felt
Since Dad had left us it was only just us two
It was tough enough to deal with all we were dealt
Mama said, “Darlin’, oh girl I wanna talk to you
You know,
Now we’re just scraping by and oh baby
If I could, I would buy you the world” she cried.

“But now it’s time for truth
Ya’ know, it’s just not your day
This day is really all about another child
An’ I’m so sorry

“So ya’ didn’t get what cha wanted
But ya’ got what you needed
We got love in our life and that’s enough”

We got love in our life
And that’s enough
Love in our life
And that’s enough
That’s enough
That’s enough for us

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
And they were ringing just for us
For us
For us
And that’s enough

My Friend Gabriel
Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

My friend Gabriel
As long as I have known him
Could play that trumpet
Oh yes, he could play

I would hear him in the night
Soaring
Oh Lord he could play that horn

I would hear him in the day light
Pouring out those brilliant notes
And sounding forth the music of God

Oh my
Oh yes
That Gabriel
He could play

My friend Gabriel
Was also quite the angel
Besides that trumpet
Oh yes, he could speak

He was always God’s first call
That Gabriel
To bring the word of God unto the world

And whenever God had something
Something mighty big to say
My friend Gabriel was the messenger of God

Why I remember way back when,
His immortal words,
As he changed the face of the world

He said, “I am Gabriel
And I stand in the presence of God;

“Oh fear not, Mary: for thou hast found God’s favor
And, behold, thou shall conceive,
And bring forth a son,
(Oh yeah
I wish I could play my horn)
And you shall call his name JESUS.”

“And of his kingdom there shall be no end.”

It was Gabriel spoke these words
That live on today
Yes the night I remember most
Was the night I heard him play
On the night the child was born
And I got so excited
They had to carry me away

I remember that night
Oh my that Gabriel he could play
Yes the night I remember most
Was the night I heard him play
The night the child was born

Doncha know that angel could play that horn
Oh my that Gabriel could play

Heaven In His Eyes
Lyrics by Dora Redman
Music by Peter Link

The star hovered above a stable
And the light from the star lit up the space
I just stood there at a distance
Above this meek and lowly place
This wasn’t what I expected to find
And I wondered why the savior of mankind
Would come to us in this humble way
Just lying there on a mere bed of hay

But I saw heaven in his eyes
It’s not a distant place way up in the skies
Above the moon and stars
With pearly gates and streets of gold
And all the other wondrous things that I’ve been told
But much to my surprise
I found that Heaven is within
It’s a home inside my heart where I’ve always been
And I carry it with me
Yes I carry it with me everywhere I go
Yes I found Heaven
When I saw heaven in his eyes

So I stood there right there before the manger
Only stillness and calm could be found
Even though I’m called a wise one
I was too moved to voice a sound
Anticipation led me right to my knees
And the sweetest of moments
Filled me with such ease
And lifted my perception so I could see
When the Christ child in delight looked at me

Then I saw heaven in his eyes
It’s not a distant place way up in the skies
Above the moon and stars
With pearly gates and streets of gold
And all the other wondrous things that I’ve been told
But much to my surprise
I found that Heaven is within
It’s a home inside my heart where I’ve always been
And I carry it
Yes I carry it with me everywhere I go
Yes I found heaven
When I saw heaven in his eyes
Then I saw heaven in his eyes

Christmas Eve
Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

On this night the world is blue
Snow light and frosting bring a silent
Anticipation of dreams

Oh night thou flows so slowly
When I awake in the morning
Will all be as promised?
Will there be peace on Earth?
And what will there be for me beneath the tree?

On this night before this day
Children are sleeping with their sox on
Waiting for Christmas to begin

The stockings are hung
The sleigh bells jingle
Outside
Then up on the roof
I’ll hear the footsteps
So lightly they prance
While sailing through the sky

Oh what a night is Christmas Eve
Oh what a long long night
And oh how I ache for Christmas morning
Wishing the night goodbye

Listening for the signs of him
Squeezing his belly down our chimney
How does he manage the fire?

Mom told me
“Santa’s quite magic”
He can go back up
Through the chimney
Even after he eats
All the cookies we left for him

On this night the world is blue
Moonlight keeps falling through my window
Making me wonder how reindeers fly

And how will he know of all my wishes
And grant them?
And what if he knows I lie here waiting
And can’t go to sleep?
Will he just pass me on by?

Oh what a night is Christmas Eve
Oh what a long long night
And oh how I ache for Christmas morning
As the child in me is waiting
And waiting
And waiting
And waiting
And waiting
And waiting…

Quite A Time
Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

Isn’t it quite a time
Holy
Isn’t it quite a day
Christ is born
Isn’t it quite a place
This manger
Here in the Father’s house
On this day

Isn’t he quite the child
Sleeping
Feel the peace he brings
Child of God
Isn’t it quite a thing
Of wonder
Here in the miracle
Of this day

In this simple backcountry stable
The Father’s son, the savior is born
Born into this humble straw cradle
And now the world awaits the promise of this
Glorious morn

Isn’t it quite a time
Hosanna
We welcome ascendant man
This sweet child
Here in our Father’s house
Holy
And oh how the world will change
From this day forth

It’s time to sing hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelu
Hallelujah
Isn’t it time to sing hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelu
Hallelu

Here beneath a star we have gathered
Here in that manger
Here to celebrate this moment sublime
Knowing that we stand on this threshold
Glorifying God in this moment in time

Isn’t it quite the hour
Holy
Isn’t it quite the time
To celebrate
Gloria
It’s a new day of promise
Isn’t it quite the day
Of promise
Isn’t it quite a time
The Christ is born
Isn’t it quite a time
Isn’t it quite a time
Isn’t it quite a time for Heaven
To come and visit Earth
Isn’t it quite a time
Whoo Whoo Whoo Whoo

All I Want For Christmas
Music and Lyrics by Donald Yetter Gardner

Petey:
Hi. I’m Petey.
Julia:
OK, Petey, time for bed. Santa’s on his way. He’s bringin’ all your new toys!

Petey:
I don’t care…
Julia:
You don’t care? How can you say that?

Petey:
Well,…

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth
My two front teeth
Ooooooohhhhh
My two front teeth
All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth
So I could wish you Merry Christmas

Julia:
Oh, that was beautiful, Petey!
Petey:
Thank you! Merry Christmas, everybody!
Julia:
Merry Christmas, Petey.