Music For December

by Sarah Hiltz

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released November 29, 2011

All tracks performed, recorded and mixed by Sarah Hiltz at home and at Eyrespace Studios in November 2011.

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Sarah is emerging as a singularly talented songwriter with a voice all her own. In a modern blend of two classic and very different genres, echoes of Billie Holiday, Joni Mitchell and Feist ring out faintly through the structure of Sarah’s artistry.

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Track Name: It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
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, goodwill to men,
From heav'n's all gracious king
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing

Still through the cloven skies they come
With peaceful wings unfurled
And still their heavenly music floats
O'er all the weary world
Above its sad and lowly plains
They bend on hovering wings
And ever o'er its Babel sounds
The blessed angels sing

Yet with the woes of sin and strife
The world has suffered long
Beneath the angel-strain have rolled
two thousand years of wrong
And man at war with man hears not
The love song which they bring
O hush the noise ye men of strife
And hear the angels sing

And ye, beneath life's crushing load,
Whose forms are bending low
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow
Take heart for comfort, love, and hope
Come swiftly on the wing
O rest beside the weary road
And hear the angels sing

For lo the days are hastening
by prophet bards fortold
When with the ever circling years
Comes round the age of gold
When peace shall o'er all the earth
Its ancient splendours lay
And the whole world give back the song
Which now the angels sing
Track Name: Christmas Song
It's coming up to December
Time to bring out the old family quarrels
Time for you to take off and ruin the season again

When all I'm asking you for
Is a bit of respect for our reason
You certainly do find it hard to extend

Joy to the world
I've lost my sister
What peace on earth
Is there to be found
But if I were to tell you
What I honestly want
I still hope she comes home for Christmas

Our childhood in my head:
You and me in a world made of light
Everything an adventure, everything alive

The shadow cast over your eyes
Turning light into dark into spite
Everything something backwards, everything a lie

Joy to the world
I've lost my sister
What peace on earth
Is there to be found
But if I were to tell you
What I honestly want
I still hope she comes home for Christmas
For Christmas
Track Name: Still, Still, Still
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.