Christmas Inspirations

by Dolores Dagenais

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released November 1, 2011

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Track Name: A Small Beginning
A Small Beginning

I was an Innkeepers Daughter
And I gave refugees shelter
On the ground in the barn of my father
A bed of hay
A tankard of water to drink

I rocked a cradle in Bethlehem
One star the only light there
The only song
The lowing of livestock
A lonely song
A small beginning for a king
Sleep child
Don’t weep now
There’s time for that when you’re grown
There’s time enough when you’re older
And everything’s known

I watched as Mary held him
Like she knew right then the end
His only path hard and sharp things
A lonely path
A small beginning for a king
Sleep child
Don’t weep now
There’s time for that when you’re grown
There’s time enough when you’re older
And everything’s known
I was an Innkeepers Daughter
And I gave refugees shelter
On the ground in the barn of my father
A bed of hay
A tankard of water to drink
Sleep child
Don’t weep now


Copyright D.Dagenais 2011
Track Name: Christmas Mexi-Casa
We’re having a fiesta
A Christmas Mexi-Casa
We’re eating taco grande
And jalapeño candy
And you can cucaracha
All through the hacienda
We’re having a fiesta
A Christmas Mexi-Casa
La la la Hey Hey Hey
Feliz Navidad

9 day of Novena
Until its Noche Buena
We’re having margaritas
All the s señoritas
And dancing the flamenco
Everywhere that we go
We’re having a fiesta
A Christmas Mexi-Casa
La la la Hey Hey Hey
Feliz Navidad


Let’s go south of the border
Where the suns a little hotter
And we won’t come back till next year
And they we might not bother
Sipping our Cuervo
Under our sombreros
We’re having a fiesta
A Christmas Mexi-Casa
La la la Hey Hey Hey
Feliz Navidad
We’re having a fiesta
A Christmas Mexi-Casa
La la la Hey Hey Hey
Feliz Navidad



Copyright D.Dagenais 2011
Track Name: Angels are for Everyday
Angels are for Everyday

It use to sit on the window sill
All through the year
With its wings and it’s chipped up face
And I use to ask her
When we’d put it up again
At the top of the tree
It could smile down at me

She’d say
Angels are for everyday
It’s August but why wait
You can never tell what life will bring
If you want to sing that carol
Then just sing it anytime

When she was gone
It came to belong
To me in a box of things
Pictures and frames and books without names
Full of the things she’d think
Things like...

Angels are for everyday
It’s August but why wait
You can never tell what life will bring
If you want to sing that carol
Then just sing it anytime

Now it sits on my window sill
Throughout the year
Watching the sun and rain
And it gathers some dust
Like everything must
But it helps to relieve the pain
That...

Angels are for everyday
It’s August but why wait
You can never tell what life will bring
If you want to sing that carol
Then just sing it anytime



Copyright D. Dagenais 2011
Track Name: Men in Red Suits
I know I said I wouldn’t write
I’m sorry if I wrecked your night
It’s been awhile since you’ve been here
I can only wonder where you disappeared

You use to be my favourite friend
I waited for you at the end of every year I ever spent
Now I’m getting old I wonder where you went
Oh innocence

When I believed
That men in red suit
Magic-ed down chimney flues
And married women with kind faces
I believed
That deer could fly
And no one ever really died
And men in red suits fit in fireplaces

I know I said I don’t believe
But there are times that’s all I need
To know that there is more to life
Than going thru the motions like an exercise

It use to be my favourite time
Before the nickels and the dimes
Meant more to me than feeling good
I’d like to get it back and I think I could
Oh innocence

If I believed in men in red suits
Strongly and without dispute
Maybe I could change this place in
Inside myself that somehow died
When childhood got set aside
Men in red suits became faceless

So I hope you’re doing well
I haven’t been as you can tell
I like to tell you thank you for
All the things you gave me when I was a girl

Though I know you don’t exist
I believe that writing this
Is helping me to get it back
All innocence I lost and now I lack
Oh innocence

If I believed in men in red suits
Strongly and without dispute
Maybe I could change this place in
Inside myself that somehow died
When childhood got set aside
Men in red suits became faceless

Copyright D.Dagenais 2011
Track Name: Merry Christmas Without Me
Christmas Without Me

Oh you, you call me Christmas Eve
Say you’re sitting by your family tree
Oh you
Kids have gone to bed
And the wife is out at some charity gig
Oh you
Say you had to hear my voice
You had to call you didn’t have a choice
Oh you
I listen silently then I whisper
Have a merry Christmas without me

Yeah I should have a home
I should have a love I can call my own
Oh you derail me once again
And I’m so naive I know you’re not my friend
Oh you
Are the last thing that I need
So baby have a merry Christmas without me

Oh you...Go quiet on the line
You thought you had it made
Thought I’d fall in line
Oh you
Got it wrong this time
I’m better off without you on my mind
Oh you
Are the last thing that I need
So baby have a merry Christmas without me
Oh...




Copyright D.Dagenais 2011
Track Name: Cold
Cold

Cold it’s so cold then it snows and I’m freezing
Cold it’s so cold Christmas Eve and you’re leaving
I could say that I don’t mind but I do
You’re out the door you don’t look back and it’s true
That you are cold

Cold you’re so cold my lips turn blue when you kiss me
Cold it’s so cold you never say that you miss me
364 other nights to spend
You fly around the world because
Everyone depends on you

But you’re cold you’re so cold
You work so hard I never see you
Cold it’s so cold
I don’t believe I’d like to be you
Everyone looks up to you as a jolly little elf
I know the workaholic truth that you’ve never been yourself
Except with me

Cold it’s so cold
Here’s your coat don’t forget your hat
Cold it’s so cold
Yes I’ll be here wherever you get back
I’ll be by the fireside and I’ll bring it to a roar
So I think it might be best if you come in by the door
And close it fast
Because it’s cold

Cold it’s so cold
Cold
Track Name: Two Hours In Line
Two Hours In Line

Let’s decorate
our petroleum trees
With these plastic bobbles
these chains of greed
The very same things that make it pretty
Are the very same things that are killing the city
Where Jesus was born

Let’s head down to the local mall
In the Christmas traffic
That slithers and crawls
Through a city that’s made of smoke
We scowl at each other
Until we choke

Two hours in line
To buy what we can buy
On plastic cards that bind
Better than chains
Two hours in line
Another Visa slip to sign
It’s the Devils game
Does that make you happy?
Oh we’re so happy

So we take our faded spoils
With the bright green garlands
Of modified oil
And we won’t notice the rain coming in
The cracks in the walls that are paper thin

We confess to the local priest
With his hands that wander
His eyes like a thief
who says it’s all for charity
Puts his hand in your pocket
But it’s all for greed

Two hours in line
To find what we need to find
Plastic idols that remind us
Better than chains
Two hours in line
Another bell another chime
It’s a losing game
Does that make you happy?
Oh we’re so happy

Last night I watched the news
With the bombs and the babies and the people abused
And I’m not sure what it’s all about
But it would be nice if peace broke out

Two hours in line
A broken jaw a broken sign
A politicians joke and mime
Better than chains
Two hours in line
To say your piece
And speak your mind
It’s anybody’s game
Does that make you happy
Oh we’re so happy .
Track Name: Sad Piano
She use to play Silent Night, Silent Night
He use to sing along
Now these keys gather dust in the den
He hasn’t played since she’s been gone
Oh these holidays, they don’t mean much to him
Since she’s been laid below
Not peace on earth, good will to men
Just a sad piano

She use to go to the church on the hill
He use to go along
Now he only looks in at the lights
Cause he knows that God is gone

And Christmas Eve he drinks himself to sleep
In the dark before first light
He wakes to hear sweet and clear
The haunting chords of Silent Night

Oh this holiday
This one is not the same
And morning finds him gone
And all that’s left are the last notes she pressed
Lingering on

She use to play Silent Night



Copyright D. Dagenais 2011
Track Name: The Ghost of Bing Crosby
The snow it is falling
The lights on the tree
And I am sipping on rum and eggnog
Just you and me
On Christmas Eve
The mistletoe is built for two
And I am listening to
Bing Crosby go Rum Pa Pa Pum

The children are sleeping
With dreams floating by
The last of the presents are all wrapped up
It’s us you and I
On Christmas Eve
The fireside is meant for two
And crackling
And I am happily in tune
With Bing Crosby Rum Pa Pa Pum


Baby this years been better than most
So God bless the father the son and the ghost of
Bing Crosby Rum Pa Pa Pum
Rum Pa Pa Pum

It’s late in the eveing and the candle burns low
And I am slipping off to sleep now
But before I go
On Christmas Eve lets play it one more time
I can see that he’s never sounded this fine
Bing Crosby Rum Pa Pa Pum

Baby this years been better than most
So God bless the father the son and the ghost of
Bing Crosby Rum Pa Pa Pum
Rum Pa Pa Pum
Track Name: Empty Pocket
Empty Pocket

Sarah watches snow begin to fly
She remembers this time last year
The missions were closed
No place to go in broken boots and threadbare clothes
Andy said...
(chorus)
“Never mind, we both know what it means
You can sleep on the street but I’ve still got our dreams
In my pocket”

Andy took her underneath his wing
Found her a doorway and a corner to sleep
When Sarah was cold he said
“Here take my coat”
Generosity is not lost on those who know
But Andy said... (chorus)

“No one can take anything they can not see
No one can take your love away from me
It’s in my pocket ...In my empty pocket”

Andy wandered all the way down town
And no one knew his name when he was found
But Sarah she dreamed of warm angel wings
And a voice that said “you’ll be far away from me”
It said...(chorus)

“No one can take anything they can not see
No one can take your love away from me
It’s in my pocket
In my empty pocket”

Sarah watches snow begin to fly
And she remembers this time last year…
Track Name: COD
Dear Santa
Could you send me a ball cap?
Dear Santa
I’d like a train and a train track
Dear Santa
Last year I asked you for a brother
And I got Sally. Why’d you bother?
Must have got me mixed up
With another Jimmy Landry
If you want her back I’ll send her COD
Another year goes by and then it’s Christmas time
Another year goes by and then it’s Christmas time

Dear Santa
I got the ball and the new mitt
Dear Santa
I got the ice skates and they fit
Dear Santa
Last year I asked you about Sally
Maybe we could trade her for puppy?
If that’s ok then you should to write me Jimmy Landry
And maybe we could send her COD
A couple years go by and then it’s Christmas time
A couple years go by and then it’s Christmas time

Dear Santa
I grew half foot this year
Dear Santa
A little old for this it’s clear
Dear Santa
My mom is making me help Sally
Write you this letter it’s so silly
I’m signing off Yours Insincerely Jimmy Landry
I wish that I could send her COD
A few more years go by and then it’s Christmas time
A few more years go by and then it’s Christmas time

Dear Santa
I am now way too old for this
Dear Santa
My mother makes me babysit
Dear Santa
I’m only doing this for Sally
To shut her up, she makes me crazy
This is the last you’ll hear from me Jimmy Landry
If you were real I’d send her COD
15 years go by and then it’s Christmas time
15 years go by and then it’s Christmas time

Dear Sally there are some things I need to say
Dear Sally and some apologies to make
Dear Sally Sorry for every unkind thing
For saying things I didn’t mean
You can write me anytime you need Jimmy Landry
In Halifax and send it COD

All those years went by between Christmas times
All those years went by between Christmas times
All those years went by between Christmas times
All those years went by between Christmas times
Track Name: To Every Woman and Man
To Every Woman and Man

If i had a Christmas tree
The only present under it would be
Peace on earth it’s all we need
Love to every woman and man

If i had a Christmas song
It would be easy just to sing along
In Harmony thoughout the land
Peace to every woman and man
And if i had a Christmas prayer
I’d throw it high into the air
And hope it landed everywhere
Joy to every woman and man

Peace and love and harmony
All these presents underneath my tree
They add up to one mystery
Joy to every woman and man



Copyright D.Dagenais 2011
Track Name: Fragile Light
Fragile Light – Copyright D.Dagenais 2009

Green mittens, black boots
White beard, red suit
These are some of the parts
But not the heart

Short bread and cold milk
Children fed and lights put out
These are some of the scenes
But not what it means

When Mary bore her child she knew where he was going
and when the baby smiled how could she go on knowing
there’s no shelter for a king
his mother’s arms won’t save from anything
fragile light
fragile light

white snow and red sleigh
coloured lights cast a blinding glaze
it’s not surprising when it fades beneath the haze

when Mary bore her boy
she knew about tomorrow
and when the baby laughed
all she felt was sorrow
there’s no shelter for a king
his mother’s arms won’t save from anything
fragile light
fragile light

there’s no shelter for a king
his mother’s arms won’t save from anything
fragile light
fragile light
Track Name: Joe & The Laid Off Elf Blues
This is a story 'bout a great depression
on the North Pole
the caps were melting
and Santa he had to let some elves go
he said "Hey Joe you know it's gonna break my heart"
"but these days you just can't compete with Walmart"
and their low low everyday prices
ooohhh..

Joe hitched a ride with a tanker out of Texas
to the new world
thinking he could get by on the kindness of strangers
and a good word
soon found he'd been a little misinformed
and no one wants to hire a creepy little guy in a uniform
with pointy yellow shoes.

Got the laid off elf blues
Joe Got the laid off elf blues
the laid off elf blues
the laid off elf blues

the welfare lady told Joe what he needed was a resume
with his skills and his training and his higher education
a curriculum vitae
Joe wrote down 20 years on a candy cane line
fly a sled and stop the reindeer on a dime
...those skills aren't really needed in Texas


laid off elf blues
the laid off elf blues
the laid off elf blues
the laid off elf blues

Joe got a interview went nervous in his necktie
and his new shoes
the boss was impressed with his
cheerful manner and his attitude
Joe thought it's not much but it's a start
So he works 9 to 5 pushing the shopping carts
saying "Welcome to Walmart...thank you for shopping"

laid off elf blues
the laid off elf blues
the laid off elf blues
the laid off elf blues


laid off elf blues
the laid off elf blues
the laid off elf blues
the laid off elf blues

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