A New England Christmas

by Noel

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1.
Seems like only yesterday We sat around on Christmas Day Drank some eggnog, told a joke Brought some cookies to the older folks Put a log on a roaring fire Watched the flames grow higher and higher Light a candle for us Be of good cheer Merry Christmas to you We wish you were here It's cold in New England The snow's on the ground Evergreen branches bow low all around Walked outside in the cold night air Counted stars when you were there From Boston to Bar Harbor Boats sit frozen in the water Light a candle for us Be of good cheer Merry Christmas to you We wish you were here Kids sit on the stairs Waiting to open presents near Everything will be alright No place I'd rather be tonight We all want to come home Tomorrow is Christmas Day Light a candle for us Be of good cheer Merry Christmas to you We wish you were here Merry Christmas to you
2.
Silent Night 03:35
Silent night, holy night All is calm, all is bright Round yon Virgin Mother and Child Holy Infant so tender and mild Sleep in heavenly peace Sleep in heavenly peace Silent night, holy night Shepherds quake at the sight Glories stream from heaven afar Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia! Christ, the Saviour is born Christ, the Saviour is born Silent night, holy night Son of God, love's pure light Radiant beams from Thy holy face With the dawn of redeeming grace Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
3.
Bring a torch, Jeannette, Isabella! Bring a torch, to Bethlehem come! Christ is born! Tell the folk of the village Mary has laid Him in a manger. Ah! Ah! beautiful is the Mother! Ah! Ah! beautiful is her Child! It is wrong when the Baby is sleeping, It is wrong to speak so loud. Silence, now as you gather around, Lest your noise should waken Jesus. Hush! Hush! see how the Baby slumbers! Hush! Hush! see how the Baby sleeps! Softly now unto the stable, Softly for a moment come! Look and see how charming is Jesus, Look at Him there, His cheeks are rosy! Hush! Hush! see how the Child is sleeping! Hush! Hush! see how He smiles in dreams!
4.
Still, still, still, One can hear the falling snow. For all is hushed, The world is sleeping, Holy Star its vigil keeping. Still, still, still, One can hear the falling snow. Sleep, sleep, sleep, 'Tis the eve of our Saviour's birth. The night is peaceful all around you, Close your eyes, Let sleep surround you. Sleep, sleep, sleep, 'Tis the eve of our Saviour's birth. Dream, dream, dream, Of the joyous day to come. While guardian angels without number, Watch you as you sweetly slumber. Dream, dream, dream, Of the joyous day to come.
5.
Oh, come, little children, oh, come, one and all, O come to the manger in Bethlehem's stall, Come see what our Father in heaven above,
Has sent to us all on this earth with His love. He is born in a stable for you and for me,
Draw near by the bright gleaming starlight to see,
In swaddling clothes lying so meek and so mild,
And purer than angels the heavenly Child. Now "Glory to God!" sing the angels on high.
And "Peace upon Earth!" heavenly voices reply.
Then come little children, and join in the day
That gladdened the world on that first Christmas Day Oh, come, little children, oh, come, one and all, O come to the manger in Bethlehem's stall, Come see what our Father in heaven above,
Has sent to us all on this earth with His love.
6.
Hark the herald angels sing "Glory to the newborn King! Peace on earth and mercy mild God and sinners reconciled" Joyful, all ye nations rise Join the triumph of the skies With the angelic host proclaim: "Christ is born in Bethlehem" Hark! The herald angels sing "Glory to the newborn King!" Christ by highest heav'n adored Christ the everlasting Lord! Late in time behold Him come Offspring of a Virgin's womb Veiled in flesh the Godhead see Hail the incarnate Deity Pleased as man with man to dwell Jesus, our Emmanuel Hark! The herald angels sing "Glory to the newborn King!" Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Son of Righteousness! Light and life to all He brings Ris'n with healing in His wings Mild He lays His glory by Born that man no more may die Born to raise the sons of earth Born to give them second birth Hark! The herald angels sing "Glory to the newborn King!"
7.
Baloo, Lammy 02:31
This day to you is born a Child Of Mary meek the Virgin mild That blessed bairn so loving and kind Shall now rejoice both heart and mind Baloo, lammy And now shall Mary's little boy Forever be our hope and joy Eternal being His reign on earth Rejoice then all people for this Holy birth Baloo, lammy Speak gently King Jesus and know no fear Thy subjects adoring watch over Thee here God's angels and shepherds and kine in their stall And wise men and Virgin lie guardians all Baloo, lammy
8.
O Holy Night 05:25
O holy night! The stars are brightly shining, It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining. Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices! O night divine, O night when Christ was born; O night, O holy night, O night divine! O night, O holy night, O night divine! Led by the light of faith serenely beaming, With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand. So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming Here came the wisemen from the Orient land. The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger; In all our trials born to be our friend. He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger, Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend! Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend! Truly He taught us to love one another, His law is love and His gospel is peace. Chains shall He break, for the slave is our brother. And in His name all oppression shall cease. Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, Let all within us praise His holy name. Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we, His power and glory ever more proclaim! His power and glory ever more proclaim!
9.
Masters in this Hall,
 Hear ye news today
 Brought from overseas,
 And ever I you pray Noel Noel Noel
 Noel, sing we clear
 Holpen are all folk on earth,
 Born is God's Son so dear. 
 Noel Noel Noel Noel, sing we loud
 God today hath poor folk raised
 And cast a-down the proud. Going o'er the hills,
 Through the milk-white snow,
 Heard I ewes bleat
 While the wind did blow Masters in this Hall,
 Hear ye news today
 Brought from overseas,
 And ever I you pray This is Christ the Lord,
 Masters be ye glad!
 Christmas is come in,
 And no folk should be sad
10.
O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear. Rejoice, rejoice!  Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer Our spirits by Thine advent here. Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, And death's dark shadows put to flight. Rejoice, rejoice!  Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel O come, Thou Key of David, come, And open wide our heavenly home. Make safe the way that leads on high, And close the path to misery. Rejoice, rejoice!  Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel Veni, veni, Emmanuel Captivum solve Israel. Qui gemit in exilio, privatus Dei filio. Rejoice, rejoice!  Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel
11.
In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, In the bleak midwinter long ago. Angels and archangels may have gathered there, Cherubim and seraphim filled the air; But only His mother, in her maiden bliss, Worshipped the beloved with a kiss. What can I give Him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb; If I were a wise man, I would do my part; Yet what can I give Him? I'd give to Him, I'd give to Him my heart.
12.
Angels we have on heard high Sweetly singing ore the plains And the mountains in reply Echoing their joyous strains Gloria in excelsis Deo Gloria in excelsis Deo Come to Bethlehem and see Christ whose birth the angels sing Come adore on bended knee Christ the Lord the newborn King Gloria in excelsis Deo Gloria in excelsis Deo See Him in a manger laid Whom the choirs of angels praise Mary, Joseph, lend your aid While our hearts in love we raise Gloria in excelsis Deo Gloria in excelsis Deo Gloria in excelsis Deo
13.
Sleep, little Jesus, my treasure, my blessing While Mary comforts Thee, tender, caressing. Lullaby, little one, in loving arms lying, Guarding my darling and stilling Thy crying. When Thou awakenest, Jesus, my treasure, Raisins and almonds I have for Thy pleasure. Lullaby, little one, in loving arms lying, Guarding my darling and stilling Thy crying. High in the heavens a lovely star sees us, But like the shining sun, my little Jesus. Lullaby, little one, in loving arms lying, Guarding my darling and stilling Thy crying.
14.
Winter nights A star shines brightly Christmas can't be far away. Falling snow Excitement growing Families gather Friends are stopping by May these moments come to stay On this Christmas Day Fires burn A nation's yearning Peace and plenty, love and joy Hearts beat strong And people long for Kindness given each in his own way Faith and courage we display On this Christmas Day Let the children sing Hear the caroling Let the bells ring Everywhere today A kingdom for us all A home for you A home for me A place we all can stay On this Christmas Day Mary, Joseph Baby Jesus Needn't seem so far away. Raise your voice And sing this song Together we will find a better way Hope and kindness this I pray On this Christmas Day On this Christmas Day
15.
It came upon the midnight clear That glorious song of old, From angels bending near the earth, To touch their harps of gold; Peace on the earth, good will to men, From heaven’s all gracious king. The world in solemn stillness lay, To hear the angels sing. For low the days are hastening on By profit bards fortold, When with the ever circling years Comes round the age of gold. When peace shall over all the earth Its ancient splendors fling. And all the word send back the song Which now the angels sing.

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released October 23, 2009

All vocals and acoustic piano by Noel
All song arrangements by David Grimes (except O Come, O Come Emmanuel)

Produced by John Weston
Engineered by John Weston
Recorded and mixed at Futura Productions, Roslindale MA USA

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Noel Boston, Massachusetts

Noel is a singer-songwriter who combines angelic soprano vocals with a unique fusion of piano based ethereal pop, electronica and classical orchestration. Her voice and songs have been featured in numerous Hollywood films and AAA video games from Europe and Japan. She has released two critically acclaimed albums, Defenseless and A New England Christmas. ... more

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