Under a Christmas Tree

by Hides A Well

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Collection of Christmas / Winter Time songs written for the annual NotRock Holiday Compilation.

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released December 5, 2016

Adam Kaniper - bass on 3 and 7
Bryan Kwasnik - air organ, bass, cuatro, drums, glockenspiel, guitars, keyboards, melodica, melodigrand, percussion, vocals, wurlitzer
John Fisher - drums on 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8

all songs written by Hides A Well except 6 where Bridgette Frank helped with the lyrics.
recorded and mixed by Bryan Kwasnik at Blue Comet Recording 2009-2016

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Track Name: Why Don't We Just Stay Up?
the ornaments are weighing down the branches,
you can barely see the tree but you know it's there
you can hear the lights humming
not to mention the stockings with our names that our grandma made
we're watching the same movies as last year, but we don't care one bit
it's just as exciting
and each night that comes it gets harder to sleep

why don't you let me stay up?
I wanna meet Santa Claus
why don't we just stay up?
I wanna meet Santa Claus

the lights on the roof keep going out but if you hold the ladder I'll check each one
so we can light up the neighborhood
the neighbors won't get any sleep if I have something to say about it
and each night that comes it gets harder to sleep

why don't you let me stay up?
I wanna meet Santa Claus
why don't we just stay up?
I wanna meet Santa Claus
build a fort next to the tree
leave the light on so I can see
'cause I don't think I'll be able to fall asleep
why don't you let me stay up?
I wanna meet Santa Claus
Track Name: Snow Angels
got enough layers on,
gonna go out
climb the top of the mountain,
now i'm the king of the mountain till you push me off
slide down together and the snow is falling

you move your arms, you move your legs
i move my arms, i move my legs
and our wings are touching, there's no place i'd rather be.
Track Name: Snowstorm
my coat pocket hides your hand
keeps you from shivering

it's much less risky to stay inside
but we'll tread the snow side by side

and as we walk sometimes we slide
on thin ice and skin our hides
we may break our backs but we'll be fine
with blankets and bandages, wrapped up tight

i'll keep you warm as possible

the power's out, the trees are down
safe refuge cannot be found
we may have bit more than we chew
thinking the storm would let us through

we have to try and make it home
or build an igloo and sleep till dawn

ever since the dawn of time
build a shelter, stay inside
it's a fool that remains and dies
nestled in a sea of white

winter's coming, got to face it
don't know which direction we're facing
feet are cold, need a blanket
got a feeling, but don't know how to place it
days like this make you question the reason
you live so far north of the equator
but even still i can't help but love this
'cause in winter snow covers all the bull shit.
Track Name: Throughout December
people are climbing up to make night lights from their homes
and when they're one they show a safe way through the cold
people are humming songs from their youth as we approach that day
everyone's wondering why it can't stay this way

we'll promise this month that the things that matter to us
are actually things that matter, swear we won't forget by the new year

we'll kill a nice pine tree, sure hope that it don't mind
we'll dress it up nicely, he'll help to remind
that some things don't freeze no matter how cold it gets
will it last till new year's? place your bets
don't count it out just yet

i want to make some new traditions with you

and when christmas comes we'll stay in our pajamas all day
because we're not gonna get out of this bed without the promise of hot chocolate
to keep us warm and alive in a season most things die
and we'll remember throughout december to look for the best in each other
because we get let down the rest of the year

on christmas eve make me believe that this feeling can last.
Track Name: Gifts
I don't know what to get you for Christmas this year
I hope I think of something good
I want to make you laugh, I want to make you cry
The good cry, not the bad one
I hope I think of something good
Track Name: Under a Christmas Tree
i'll pick out your favorite color yarn
knit a scarf to keep your neck warm
for when cold winds come down
and the sun doesn't like to stick around
but why stop there?
i'll knit you into a cocoon

and when the snow if falling down
i know that you'll be safe and sound
wrapped up so tight you can barely breathe
like a present under a christmas tree

we'll stitch up all the cracks
the dry air leaves in our skin
i'll sew you some new bones
knit veins filled with hot cocoa
you won't freeze at all

and when the snow if falling down
i know that you'll be safe and sound
wrapped up so tight you can barely breathe
like a present under a christmas tree
protect your ears from frostbite
prevent you hearing your family fight
tangled in a blanket, just you and me
like a present under a christmas tree
Track Name: Decorations
the decorations stay the same
but we can't say that about the things we decorate
something gets lost every year
and when the end of December comes
it doesn't feel like Christmas
doesn't feel like Christmas anymore

the surprises lack real wow
replaced by stress and debt as we sink into the red
magic's lost every year,
melting on the lawn by salt thrown from passing cars
it doesn't feel like Christmas
doesn't feel like Christmas anymore

when was the last time i couldn't close my eyes on this winter night,
wake up at 6am on the dot, and race down the stairs?
oh, one more time
i want it to feel like Christmas
i want it to feel like Christmas way back when
Track Name: Countdown
this resolution is wearing out
dissolving like last year
and the year before
hang it up unfinished
piled high like a snow bank
melting under it's own weight
counting down to the next year

the snow weighs down the empty branches
until they collapse onto the roof