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Songs for Christmas

by Sufjan Stevens

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O come, O come, Emmanuel And ransom captive Israel That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appears Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! O come, Thou Day-Spring, 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! Rejoice! Emmanuel And ransom captive Israel. Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! O come, O come, Thou Lord of might, Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai's height, In ancient times did'st give the Law, In cloud, and majesty and awe. Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice!
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If you seek a pillow for your head Or a fitted sheet for Christmas bed If you see your shadow on the snow Is it from the baby Jesus glow? He's going to the country Find a tree and put in your house Put a misletoe upon your mother's blouse If you see woman dressed in black Give her up a song and then ask for it back We're going to the the country We're going to the country You're going to the country We're going to the country The country
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Since it's Christmas, let's be glad Even if your life's been bad There are presents to be had Take a walk out in the snow And hear Santa's "Ho ho ho!" He's got a million miles to go La la la la la la ah Sing a carol to your mom Because she knows what's going on And she knows if you've been bad or good And if you get what you deserve To be graded on the curve Oh, you got a lot of nerve La la la la la la ah Since the year is almost out Lift your hands and give a shout There's a lot to shout about today Since it's Christmas, let's be glad Even if the year's been bad There are presents to be had A promotion for your dad
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Amazing grace, how sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me I once was lost but now I'm found Was blind but now I see 'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear And grace my fears relieved How precious did that grace appear The hour I first believed Through many dangers, toils, and snares I have already come 'Tis grace that brought me safe thus far And grace will lead me home When we've been there ten thousand years Bright shining as the sun We've no less days to sing God's praise Than when we first begun
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Put the lights on the tree (Put them on the tree) Put the ribbon on the wreath (Put it on the wreath) Call your grandma on the phone (Call her on the phone) If she's living all alone (If she's all alone) Tell her Jesus Christ is here (Tell her He is here) Tell her she has none to fear (There is none to fear) If she's crying on the phone (Crying on the phone) Tell her you are coming home (You are coming home) La la la la la la la
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I saw three ships come sailing in On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day I saw three ships come sailing in On Christmas Day in the morning And what was in those ships all three On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day? And what was in those ships all three On Christmas Day in the morning? Mary mild and Christ were there On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day Mary mild and Christ were there On Christmas Day in the morning And all the bells on earth did ring On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day And all the bells on earth did ring On Christmas Day in the morning And all the angels in heaven did sing On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day And all the angels in heaven did sing On Christmas Day in the morning Then let us all rejoice again On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day Then let us all rejoice again On Christmas Day in the morning!
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Only to bring you peace Only at Christmas time Only the King of Kings Only what once was mine It takes the end of time It takes a long, long time Only one thought of mine Only at Christmas time He brings us peace He brings us joy He brings all thoughts to destroy (Only at Christmas time) To brings us peace To brings us joy To brings all thoughts to destroy (Only at Christmas time) Only at Christmas time Only a tree to climb Only at Christmas time If you can read the sign Only at Christmas time Everything lost will find Only at Christmas time Only at Christmas time
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Once in royal David's city Stood a lowly cattle shed There a mother laid her baby In a manger for His bed Mary was that mother mild Jesus Christ her little child He came down to earth from heaven Who is God and Lord of all And His shelter was a stable And His cradle was a stall With the poor, oppressed and wholly Lived on earth our Savior holy And our eyes At last shall see Him Through His own redeeming love For that child, so dear and gentle Is our Lord in heaven above And He leads His children along To the place that He is gone
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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!" 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 the song on high The Virgin sings her lullaby "Joy, joy, for Christ is born The Babe, the Son of Mary!"
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Bring the torch Jeanette, Isabelle Bring the torch Come swiftly and run Christ is born Tell the folk of the village Jesus is sleeping In his cradle Ah, ah Beatiful is the mother Ah, ah Beatiful is her son Hasten now Good folk of the village Hasten now The Christ child to see You will find him Asleep in the manger Quietly come Whisper softly Hush, hush Peacefully now he slumbers Hush, hush Peacefully now he sleeps
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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 Day-Spring, 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! Rejoice! Emmanuel And ransom captive Israel Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! O come, O come, Thou Lord of might Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai's height In ancient times did'st give the Law In cloud, and majesty and awe Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice!
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Uno, dos, tres, quatro Tie up your boots Jump off the ladder Pack up your clothes Nothing's the matter Mistletoe hangs Up in the bedroom Your sister's bangs She cut them herself Santa is here Sleighbells are ringing Twenty-one elves They are all singing K-Mart is closed So is the bakery Everyone's at home Watching TV Santa Claus is coming Hear the banjo strumming Santa Claus is coming Hear the banjo strumming Chestnuts and fire Holly and hay Jesus and Mary What a great day Evergreen tree Covered in snow Tower of Babel Tower of glow There's Aunt Marie Hand on the fire They give us good gifts Like mittens and socks Hijack a snow plow Clear out the streets Tell all of the neighbors There's cookies to eat Off the floor and give a shout There's a lot to shout about Santa Claus is coming to town He's got the greatest gifts around Away in a manger No crib for a bed The little Lord Jesus Laid down his sweet head The stars in the bright sky Looked down where he lay The little Lord Jesus Asleep on the hay The cattle are lowing The baby awakes But little Lord Jesus No crying he makes I love you, Lord Jesus Look down from the sky And stay by my cradle Until morning is nigh Be near me, Lord Jesus I ask you to stay Close by me forever And love me, I pray Bless all the dear children In your tender care And fit us for heaven To live with you there Santa Claus is coming Hear the banjo strumming Santa Claus is coming Hear the banjo strumming Santa Claus is coming Hear the banjo strumming Santa Claus is coming Hear the banjo strumming Off the floor and give a shout There's a lot to shout about Santa Claus is coming to town He's got the greatest gifts around
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We three kings of Orient are Bearing gifts we traverse afar Field and fountain, morr and mountain Following yonder Star O, star of wonder, star of might Star with royal beauty bright Westward leading, still proceeding Guide us to the perfect light Born a babe on Bethlehem's plain Gold we bring to crown Him again King forever, ceasing never Over us all to reign O, star of wonder, star of might Star with royal beauty bright Westward leading, still proceeding Guide us to the perfect light Frankincense to offer have I Incense owns a deity nigh Prayer and praising, all men raising Worship Him, God on high O, star of wonder, star of might Star with royal beauty bright Westward leading, still proceeding Guide us to the perfect light Myrrh is mine; its bitter perfume Breathes a life of gathering gloom Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying Sealed in the stone-cold tomb O, star of wonder, star of might Star with royal beauty bright Westward leading, still proceeding Guide us to the perfect light Glorious now behold Him arise King and God and sacrifice Heaven sings, "Hallelujah!" Hallejujah!" Earth replies O, star of wonder, star of might Star with royal beauty bright Westward leading, still proceeding Guide us to the perfect light
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O holy night, the stars are brightly shining It is the night of our Savior's birth Long lay the world in sin and error pining Until He appeared and the soul felt its worth A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices For yonder breaks a new and glorous morn Fall on your knees, O hear the angel's voices O night divine, O night when Christ was born O night divine, O night divine, O night divine
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O holy night, the stars are brightly shining It is the night of our Savior's birth Long lay the world in sin and error pining Until He appeared and the soul felt its worth A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices For yonder breaks a new and glorous morn Fall on your knees, O hear the angel's voices O night divine, O night when Christ was born O night divine, O night divine, O night divine
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One mother rises Pulling the sheets from the crib All the disguises Wandering stars, what she did All the king's horns All the kings men Saddled and worn Raise the dead Holy, an infant He came to raise up the dead Wandering wise men What did you bring to his bed? Shapeless surprises Incense to bring to the dead Nothing is wrong It's what she did All the king's horns And the king's men Nothing is wrong It's what she did All the king's horns And the king's men Nothing is wrong It's what she did All the king's horns Raise the dead Nothing is wrong It's what she did All the king's horns
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Jesus our brother, strong and good Was humbly born in a stable rude And the friendly beasts around Him stood Jesus our brother, strong and good "I," said the donkey, shaggy and brown "I carried His mother up hill and down I carried His mother to Bethlehem town" "I," said the donkey, shaggy and brown "I," said the cow, all white and red "I gave Him my manger for His bed I gave Him my hay to pillow His head" "I," said the cow, all white and red "I," said the sheep with curly horn "I gave Him my wool for His blanket warm He wore my coat on Christmas morn" "I," said the sheep with curly horn "I," said the dove from the rafters high "I cooed Him to sleep so that He would not cry We cooed Him to sleep, my mate and I" "I," said the dove from the rafters high Thus every beast by some good spell In the stable dark was glad to tell Of the gift he gave Emmanuel The gift he gave Emmanuel
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Come they told me Pa rum pum pum pum A new born King to see Pa rum pum pum pum Our finest gifts we bring Pa rum pum pum pum To lay before the kIng Pa rum pum pum pum Rum pum pum pum Rum pum pum pum So to honor Him Pa rum pum pum pum When we come Little baby Pa rum pum pum pum I am a poor boy too Pa rum pum pum pum I have no gift to bring Pa rum pum pum pum That's fit to give our King Pa rum pum pum pum Rum pum pum pum Rum pum pum pum Shall I play for you Pa rum pum pum pum On my drum Mary nodded Pa rum pum pum pum The ox and lamb kept time Pa rum pum pum pum I played my drum for Him Pa rum pum pum pum I played my best for Him Pa rum pum pum pum Rum pum pum pum Rum pum pum pum The He smiled at me Pa rum pum pum pum Me and my drum
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Away in a manger, no crib for a bed The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes But little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes I love you, Lord Jesus; look down from the sky And stay by my side until morning is nigh Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask you to stay Close by me for ever, and love me, I pray Bless all the dear children in your tender care And fit us for heaven, to live with you there
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We can walk out after dark Because it's Christmas time Colored lights glow from the park Because it's Christmas time And the bells on the reindeer sled say It's Christmas time And the quilts on the back of the bed say It's Christmas time I think about how we could run away Now that it's Christmas time We travel in a one-horse open sleigh Now that it's Christmas time There's your father with his pipe He says it's Christmas time He might let us stay up all night Because it's Christmas time I might wish you all the best Because it's Christmas time I might kiss you on the back of your neck Because it's Christmas time I think about how we could run away Now that it's Christmas time We travel in a one-horse open sleigh Now that it's Christmas time
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The first Noel the angel did say Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay In fields where they lay a-keeping their sheep On a cold winter's night that was so deep Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel Born is the King of Israel They looked up and saw a star Shining in the east, beyond them far And to the earth it gave great light And so it continued both day and night Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel Born is the King of Israel And by the light of that same star Three wise men came from the country far To seek for a King was their intent And to follow the star wherever it went Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel Born is the King of Israel This star drew nigh to the north-west Over Bethlehem it took its rest And there it did both stop and stay Right over the place where Jesus lay Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel Born is the King of Israel Then entered in those wise men three Fell reverently upon their knee And offered there in his presence Their gold and myrrh and frankincense Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel Born is the kind of Israel Then let us all with one accord Sing praises to our heavenly Lord That hath made heaven and earth of nought And with his blood mankind has bought Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel Born is the King of Israel
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This time of year you always disappear You tell me not to call You tell me not to call And when the door is closed you're wearing different clothes Or hiding in the paper, pretending not to hear Inexpensive wine I buy it all the time You tell me take it back You say you'll take a nap But I can see it now You always tell me how I could do so much better You said it in your letter Did I make you cry On Christmas day? Did I let you down Like every other day? Did I make you cry On Christmas day? Did I let you down On Christmas day? The bed that isn't made The broken window shade The radiator's on I loved you along But I can see it now You always tell me how I could do so much better You said it in your letter I stay awake at night After we have a fight I'm writing poems about you And they aren't very nice I didn't mean to yell I said I couldn't tell I only grabbed your wrist Or would you rather we kissed? Did I make you cry On Christmas day? Did I make you cry Like every other day? Did I make you cry On Christmas day? Did I make you cry?
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Joy to the world! The Lord is come Let earth receive her King! Let every heart prepare him room And heaven and nature sing Joy to the earth! The Saviour reigns Let men their songs employ While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains Repeat the sounding joy No more let sins and sorrows grow Nor thorns infest the ground He comes to make his blessings flow Far as the curse is found He rules the earth with truth and grace And makes the nations prove The glories of his righteousnes And wonders of his love
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Once in royal David's city Stood a lowly cattle shed There a mother laid her baby In a manger for His bed Mary was that mother mild Jesus Christ her little child He came down to earth from heaven Who is God and Lord of all And His shelter was a stable And His cradle was a stall With the poor, oppressed and wholly Lived on earth our Savior holy And our eyes At last shall see Him Through His own redeeming love For that child, so dear and gentle Is our Lord in heaven above And He leads His children along To the place that He is gone
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I know what you're doing to me, boy You move so fast like a psychopathic color TV With your Christmas bag and your jolly face And the reindeer stomping all over the place Take it easy, what you got to be so absurd? You make it sound like Christmas is a four-letter word Its a fact of life whether you like or not So put your hands together and give it a shot I hope that you take it to heart, boy It's Christmas time, ain't no clowning around And if you think you got something to prove, boy Santa Claus is coming to town I don't care about family and shopping malls Candy canes or the carolers decking the halls I don't care about what you say, Santa Claus You're a bad brother breaking into people's garage Jeez! You got it wrong Because I'm just another regular guy Super powers and a penchant for the Yuletime Is it a crime to give a little once in a while? I travel around the world trying to make people smile I know that you take it too hard, boy It's Christmas time, ain't no clowning around And if you think you got something to prove, boy Santa Claus is coming to town C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S Christmastime, Christmastime Christmastime Magic of Christmas Christmas, Christmastime Christmastime Have a good time!
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If I miss my chance, I didn't even try I'm not one to regret Christmas in July If my timing is bad, like a fish on a bike Would you let me pretend Christmas in July? I'm not one to admit, I'm not one to fight Maybe I was wrong, but maybe I was right Like when I went to school Drinking coffee at night And I did what I did, now I do what I like Open the champagne Party and dancing You'll know that sadness Very expensive Do what you want to Don't even ask us Wear it without sin Family Damascus Maybe it's the snow, the endless winter nights And the winter coat, the one you never liked But I'll take the sun and I'll take my kite Christmas on the beach, Christmas in July And I love my friends even if they fight Christmas in July Just to keep them quiet And I love you too, I love you through the night But now you're awake, Christmas isn't right Don't take offenses Come to your senses Your confidences straddling fences If I miss my chance, I didn't even try I'm not one to regret Christmas in July
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Lo! How a rose e're blooming From tender stem hath sprung Of Jesse's lineage coming As those of old have sung It came, a flowerth bright Amid the cold of winter When half-spent was the night Isaiah twice foretold it The rose I have in mind And so then we behold it The Virgin Mother kind To show God's love aright She bore to us a Savior When half-spent was the night
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Oh, Father Christmas Come to us, come to us Perfect and with us Come to us, come to us Oh, Mother Mary Celebrate, celebrate Brave sanctuary Come to us, come to us Explorations end in Christ Decorations left behind Where will you go, where will you go, where will you go? Troubled heart, troubled heart, here with all Oh, Christian winter Call to us, call to us Jupiter Winter Regulus, Regulus Oh, star of wisdom Light of life, light of life Casperous prism Bride of life, bride of life Disappointment to be had Hold your temper too, my friend Where will you go, where will you go, where will you go? Troubled heart, troubled heart, here with all
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Oh my friends I've Begun to worry right Where I should be grateful I should be satisfied Oh my heart I Would clap and dance in place With my friends I have so Much pleasure to embrace But my heart is Returned to sister winter But my heart is As cold as ice Oh my thoughts I Return to summertime When I kissed your ankle I kissed you through the night All my gifts I gave everything you Your strange imagination You threw it all away Now my heart is Returned to sister winter Now my heart is As cold as ice All my friends, I've Returned to sister winter All my friends, I Apologise, apologise All my friends, I've Returned to sister winter All my friends, I Apologise, apologise All my friends, I've Returned to sister winter All my friends, I Apologise, apologise La la la la la . . . And my friends, I've Returned to wish you all the best And my friends, I've Returned to wish you all the best And my friends, I've Returned to wish you all the best And my friends, I've Returned to wish you a happy Christmas To wish you a happy Christmas To wish you a happy Christmas To wish you a happy Christmas
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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 Day-Spring, 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! Rejoice! Emmanuel And ransom captive Israel Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! O come, O come, Thou Lord of might Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai's height In ancient times did'st give the Law In cloud, and majesty and awe Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice!
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I call you From the comet's cradle I found you Trembling by yourself When the night falls Lightly on your right-wing shoulder Wonderful know-it-all Slightly where the night gets colder Oh, conscience, Where will you carry me? I found you Star of terrifying effigies When the night falls I carry myself to the fortress Of your glorious cost Oh, I may seek your fortress When the night falls We see the star of wonder Wonderful night falls We see you We see you I see the stars coming down there Coming down there to the yard I see the stars coming down there Coming down there to my heart [Repeat x 10] I see the stars coming down there Coming down there to the yard These days, days, days run away Like horses over the hills
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Recording traditional favorites alongside unique originals, Sufjan has, over the course of five years, constructed an odd, impressive, and compelling collection of Christmas hits (and some misses) that will either warm your heart or make you throw up eggnog all over the bath mat (depending on your constitution).

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released November 21, 2006

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Sufjan Stevens is a singer-songwriter living in New York City.

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