Christmas Lights

by Martha's Trouble

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released November 1, 2002

Produced by Chris Rosser
Recorded at Hollow Reed Studios, Asheville, NC
Engineered by Chris Rosser
Mixed by Chris Rosser and Martha's Trouble
Mastered by David Glasser, Airshow Mastering, Boulder, CO

Design Illustration by Carol Norton, Decatur, GA

Jen Slocumb-vocal, djembe, bodhran, tambourine, sticks, bells, ashiko, shaker, recorder on "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", zils, brushes

Rob Slocumb-acoustic guitar, back bowl mandolin, 12-string guitar on "Little Drummer Boy", claves

Chris Rosser-glockenspiel, 12-string guitar, cumbus oud, wurlitzer, electric piano, recorder, kanjira, dotar, slide guitar, 2nd acoustic guitar, fender rhodes, harmonium, pennywhistle, electric guitar, percussion, banjo

Jerry York-bass guitar

Joe Ebel-5-string violin

Mike Alexander-cello

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Track Name: O Come All Ye Faithful
O Come All Ye Faithful
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

O Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing all that hear in heaven God's holy word.
Give to our Father glory in the Highest;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

All Hail! Lord, we greet Thee,
Born this happy morning,
O Jesus! for evermore be Thy name adored.
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.
Track Name: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan's power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

In Bethlehem, in Israel,
This blessed Babe was born
And laid within a manger
Upon this blessed morn
The which His Mother Mary
Did nothing take in scorn
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

From God our Heavenly Father
A blessed Angel came;
And unto certain Shepherds
Brought tidings of the same:
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by Name.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

"Fear not then," said the Angel,
"Let nothing you affright,
This day is born a Saviour
Of a pure Virgin bright,
To free all those who trust in Him
From Satan's power and might."
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

The shepherds at those tidings
Rejoiced much in mind,
And left their flocks a-feeding
In tempest, storm and wind:
And went to Bethlehem straightway
The Son of God to find.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

And when they came to Bethlehem
Where our dear Saviour lay,
They found Him in a manger,
Where oxen feed on hay;
His Mother Mary kneeling down,
Unto the Lord did pray.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas
All other doth deface.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy
Track Name: Christmas Song
There was a present that was sent on Christmas morn
It didn’t come under the tree, it came in baby form
And every time he cried it was for you and me
And there in Bethlehem he grew as a carpenters son

And when he was 10 he learned the trade of his dad
And he love his mother Mary
Find him in the synagogue listening to the Rabbi’s telling

Oh but did they know this boy
He was one the one they had said would come
And at the age of 30 years he healed the sick, raised the dead and walked on water

Walking down that dusty road in Galillee
People would come from all around to see so that they would believe
That this little baby who was not a baby anymore
Was now the image of his father from his virgin birth

And at 33 he died upon a cross and fulfilled what his father desired
And now he’s seated on the throne
In heaven with the angels in glory

And he is the peace the joy and the love
We sing about at Christmas time
Not just hear and gone for the Holiday
He’s the way, the truth, and the light

There was a present that was sent on Christmas morn
It didn’t come under the tree it came in baby form
Track Name: Silent Night
Silent Night holy night all is calm
All is bright round yon virgin mother and child
Holy infant so tender in mild sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night holy night shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heavan a far
Heavenly host sing alleluia
Christ the saviour is born
Christ the saviour is born

Silent night holy night son of God loves pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus Lord at thy birth
Jesus Lord at thy birth
Track Name: The Little Drummer Boy
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 the 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,

Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum.
Track Name: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Let your heart be light
From now on,
our troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Make the Yule-tide gay,
From now on,
our troubles will be miles away.

Here we are as in olden days,
Happy golden days of yore.
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more.

Through the years
We all will be together,
If the Fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.
And have yourself A merry little Christmas now.