chelsea coleman - the merry innocents

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Songbird-songwriters Chelsea Coleman & Madeline Streicek (Mana Maddy) have teamed up to create a beautiful collection of winter and Christmas songs. Enjoy!

lyrics

We've set Ogden Nash's poem "A Carol For Children" to the familiar tune of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.
lyrics
God rest you merry, Innocents,
Let nothing you dismay,
Let nothing wound an eager heart
Upon this Christmas day.
Yours be the genial holly wreaths,
The stockings and the tree;
An aged world to you bequeaths
Its own forgotten glee.
Soon, soon enough come crueler gifts,
The anger and the tears;
Between you now there sparsely drifts
A handful yet of years.

Oh, dimly, dimly glows the star
Through the electric throng;
The bidding in temple and bazaar
Drowns out the silver song.

The ancient altars smoke afresh,
The ancient idols stir;
Faint in the reek of burning flesh
Sink frankincense and myrrh.

Gaspar, Balthazar, Melchior!
Where are your offerings now?
What greetings to the Prince of War,
His darkly branded brow?

Two ultimate laws alone we know,
The ledger and the sword --
So far away, so long ago,
We lost the infant Lord.

Only the children clasp His hand;
His voice speaks low to them,
And still for them the shining band
Wings over Bethlehem.

God rest you merry, Innocents,
While innocence endures,
A sweeter Christmas than we to ours
May you bequeath to yours.

Ogden Nash

credits

from seaweed sway songs for a new year, released November 23, 2012
from The Merry Innocents, released 01 December 2012
lead vocal & guitar: Chelsea Coleman
harmony, ukulele, tamborine: Madeline Streicek
saw: Dan Cantrell

mixed & mastered by Trevor Bahnson

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SeaweedSway is a collaborative evolving project by Jessie Woletz & friends, encouraging community through music, yoga, & nature gatherings.

SeaweedSway presents shows in the SF Area: 3rd Sundays @ the Make-Out Room, a variety @ Amnesia, & every 4th Saturday @ the Starry Plough in Berkeley.

"SeaweedSway" sprouted in a convo between Karl Blau & Jessie in 2007 at BrightBlack Morning Light's show.
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