Christmas Incandescence

by Joel Dobbins

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1.
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire Frostbite nipping at your nose Yuletide carols being sung by a choir And folks dressed up like Eskimos Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe Can help to make the season bright Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow Will find it hard to sleep tonight They know that Santa’s on his way He’s loaded lots of toys and goodies on his slay And every mother’s child is gonna spy To see if reindeer really know how to fly And so I’m offering this simple phrase To kids from one to ninety-two Although it’s been said many times, many ways Merry Christmas to you Although it’s been said many times, many ways Merry Christmas Merry Christmas Merry Christmas to you
2.
Ice had frozen the storm screen tight I tried rattling it free On our way out the door that night Off to church on Christmas Eve Something ran ‘cross the road so dark Gone as fast as was seen Full moon followed us from afar In the car on Christmas Eve All those songs that I knew so well Sweet refrains I would sing Chiming loud like a steeple bell Through the night on Christmas Eve All that light they once shined on me When I needed it most It went dark like an air-starved flame Silent as the Holy Ghost You won’t know who your heroes are Till they let you down Empty home, the front door ajar Letting all the warm air out The fire is slowly dying And my dear, we're still goodbying But as long as you love me so... The fire is slowly dying And my dear, we're still goodbying But as long as you love me so... Ice had frozen the storm screen tight I tried rattling it free On our way out the door that night Off to church on Christmas Eve
3.
Oh little town of Bethlehem How still we see thee lie Above thy deep and dreamless sleep The silent stars go by Yet in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting light The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight It came upon a midnight clear That glorious song of old Of angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold Peace on the earth, goodwill to all From Heaven’s all-gracious king The world in solemn stillness lay To hear the angels sing On a clear night in a small town On a clear night in a small town On a clear night in a small town On a clear night in a small town Midnight clear (On a clear night in a small town) Midnight clear (On a clear night in a small town) Midnight clear (On a clear night in a small town) Midnight clear (On a clear night in a small town)
4.
A Baby Born 04:20
They witnessed the choir That lit up the sky And they ran through town to spread the word Of angels heard on high And captives found comfort In a land occupied At the mention of the message of The new and glorious light And it wasn’t from the government Or the empire at war It wasn’t from a hero with a sword But from a baby born From a baby born Lift up your eyes All you who mourn And feel the joy Of a baby born We’re searching the heavens Like Magi of old And we’re seeing just how small we are And how much we don’t know From somewhere there’s an answer There’s a fire in our souls Between Capricorn and Cancer There’s a star to guide us home And it isn’t from a law we’ve set Like a path that’s tired and worn But a brand new world that’s never been explored It’s from a baby born From a baby born Lift up your eyes All you who mourn And feel the joy Of a baby born
5.
Jesus, unborn son of an unwed girl You'll fit in well in this world Like the womb, there's no more room in the inn Oh, what a way to begin And I just arrived In the town tonight And there’s nowhere left to stay Is there room near the manger for me? Is there room near the manger for me? I have been wandering these Bethlehem streets I'm just a homeless son of David this Christmas Eve I, like You, am son of the poet king – I came, my taxes to bring Heard the shepherds, and followed their lively lead They led me here to your heed And I'm far from home And I'm on my own And I think you understand Is there room near the manger for me? Is there room near the manger for me? I have been wandering these Bethlehem streets I'm just a homeless son of David this Christmas Eve Foxes have dens Birds have their nests But the King of Heaven and I We have no place to lay our heads We’re just a couple of homeless sons of David Without a bed Is there room near the manger for me? Is there room near the manger for me? I have been wandering these Bethlehem streets I'm just a homeless son of David this Christmas I have been wandering these Bethlehem streets I'm just a homeless son of David this Christmas Eve
6.
Silent night, lonely night Angels gone, out of sight Shepherds back at their graveyard shift jobs Magi still on the road miles off Eat your dinner now please Eat your dinner now please Sleepless night, painful tooth Nothing calms, nothing soothes Overtired and needing your rest Who was that who said I am most blessed? Cries and lullabies sing Cries and lullabies sing Silent night, holy night Sacred work, precious time Small apartment, the rent is not cheap Beats a stable that smells like wet sheep Finally got him to sleep Finally got him to sleep
7.
Some say the world is growing darker But it seems to me it’s always been this way Sounds like everybody has the answer But their solutions are just more of the same Another man proved the truth that we’re all capable Of causing overwhelming harm When he broke the rules we wish could be unbreakable Now pain comes easy, and hope comes hard But I still see the light I still hear the angels sing I believe that peace on earth means something And we’re not alive for nothing Even when the tears flood my eyes And my spirit has run dry I still feel the fire that burns by night I still see the light On these overcast nights, it’s hard to believe That the yonder star is still out there While the wise men go their separate ways And some no longer even seem to care But I still see the light I still hear the angels sing I believe that peace on earth means something And we’re not alive for nothing Even when the tears flood my eyes And my spirit has run dry I still feel the fire that burns by night I still see the light I still see the light I still hear the angels sing I believe that peace on earth means something And we’re not alive for nothing Even when the tears flood my eyes And my spirit has run dry I still feel the fire that burns by night I still see the light I still see the light I still see the light

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Thank you for listening! Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and may all your dumpster fires be extinguished promptly.

Because this EP features material outside of the public domain ("The Christmas Song" and the sound byte from "A Baby Born"), I can't sell it, but you are welcome to download it for free, and if you want, you can purchase the other songs individually. Proceeds might just go to a certain aspiring career-musician's college fund featured on the third track!

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released December 11, 2020

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