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Klondike Christmas

Words and music by Robbie Smith

The moon paved a road cross the lake
And the snow covered ground
While an old man with a dog-team and a sleigh
Made his way to the town

In the course of his travels he’d seen better days
His clothes were in tatters and his whiskers all grey
He’d been travelin’ hard now for many long days
Tired but still whistling away

I brushed off the snow from my mittens
And walked to his side
I’d been splitting firewood for the party
And dinner that night

The music of Chrismas was all that we heard
A tear caught the moonlight from the joy it had stirred
We had met and were friends without saying a word
As we welcomed him in to our home

Instrumental

The night was spent singing and telling
The stories of old
And the candles and the fire and our warm hearts
Had kept out the cold

But when morning had blossomed the old man had gone
His leaving un-noticed in the cold wintery dawn
In my dog’s little stocking some hard tack he’d hung
And in mine was a nugget of gold

 

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Angels in the Snow

Music: Robbie Smith
Words: Robbie Smith, Kath Glauser and Rosemary Wall

Snow minted branches bowed to us through frosted light
A raven welcomed us and led us through a world of white
A meadow glistened, we wonder-watched what we were shown
And, christening the fields, the only footsteps were our own

We spent a day with only laughter now we know
It’s not only children who make angels in the snow

Dry powder drifting from valleys to sun-splashed hills
New sunlight shifting its shadows in radiant spills
We found a pond that the wind had been sweeping clean
And soon our skates sent us gliding through our wintery scene

We spent a day with only nature now I see
My city fortunes mean so little now to me
We spent a day with only laughter now we know
It’s not only children who make angels in the snow

We crossed a bridge where the shoreline shed its icy shawl
Ice droplet wind chimes echoed from a waterfall
I held your warm gloved hand imagining your fingertips
We tasted snowflake kisses drifting down upon our lips

The North wind bestilled it’s mournful song
The rushes whispered by the river long…

We stoked a bonfire – wood smoke curled from melting snow
Our faces underlit like moving paintings all aglow

We spent a day with only nature now I see
My city fortunes mean so little now to me
We spent a day with only laughter now we know
It’s not only children who make angels in the snow

 

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Christmas Wish, A

Words and music by Robbie Smith

My brothers are all fishermen – they jig and tend their trawl
While I alone must stay at home the youngest of them all
But each and every Christmas they leave early from the banks
When I see their boats returning well I stop and I give thanks

Oh, how the wind blows whistling along
Isn’t it fine when the wind blows to sing a Christmas song
Oh, when the storms grow wild upon the sea
Isn’t it fine to be together gathered ‘round the Christmas tree

Well, I recall a Christmas time way back in ‘83
When my brothers said I’m sorry but we’ll have to put to sea
There’s nets to set traps to pull and cargo to be run
But what would Christmas morning be without some Christmas fun

Oh how the wind blows cold and wet and strong
Isn’t it fine when the wind blows to sing a Christmas song
Oh when the storms grow wild upon the sea
Isn’t it fine to be together all in gladsome company

Now, Christmas meant a lot to me for I was only young
There were presents to be opened and carols to be sung
And so I wished a storm to come BEFORE they left the shore
Then they’d have to stay at home as in Christmases before

Oh how the wind blows whistling along
Isn’t it fine when the wind blows to sing a Christmas song
Oh when the storms grow wild upon the sea
Isn’t it fine to be together gathered ‘round the Christmas tree

Well, all at once the wind began to rant and rave and roar
And soon my eldest brother ordered everyone ashore
And they grumbled and they quarrelled though nothing could be done
But sing a hearty Christmas song and have some Christmas fun

Oh, how the wind blew – it rose on Christmas day
Wasn’t it fine how the wind blew – it blew my tears away
Oh, how the storm grew – I knew they couldn’t leave
Wasn’t it fine how the wind blew – it blew til New Year’s Eve!

 

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Painter of Wintertime

Words and music by Robbie Smith

Snow drift, fresh powder peaceful
Ice diamond aspen tree, tasting the wind
Snowflake, cotton and crystal
Candy cane Christmas tree, ornament sky

Painter of wintertime of smooth wispy swirl
Painter of wintertime, your canvas the world

Dawning, marshmallow morning
Blue tinted ice-cream fields, silent and clean
Moon glow, silver and shadow
Star-mirrored icicles, clear distant bells

Painter of wintertime of smooth wispy swirl
Painter of wintertime, your canvas the world

 

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When the Carols Began

Music: Robbie Smith and Mike Appelboom
Words: Robbie Smith and Rose Wall

Take the words make the words fill the hearts of men
Though words are mere shadows of what happened then
When heaven’s great treasure descended to man
That time-honoured night when the carols began

Seek the words speak the words time has been long
Since the world danced to the angels’ glad song
But each year brings closer that first year anew
The older the mem’ry the more it rings true

He inspired the carols that we humble mortals
Could sing in choirs sounding like angels…
Sounding almost like angels

But in love’s bright music we honour his birth
Scarcely believing he once graced this earth

Lend the words blend the words turn them into song
Then set them to music where they best belong
Exalting in wonder that first glimpse of him
From manger a radiance the world could not dim

Take the words make the words fill the hearts of men
Though words are mere shadows of what happened then
When heaven’s great treasure descended to man
That time-honoured night when the carols began

That time-honoured night when the carols began

 

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Caroling On

Written by Robbie Smith and Kathleen Glauser

Spirit of music – Bach and Brahms
Pay homage to them in parables and psalms
Lo, tho-o they are sadly gone
They through our voices go caroling on

With humble strength we sing good cheer
Let joy replace despair and fear
Sweet minstrel sounds to draw you near…
With humble strength we sing good cheer

Spirit of music souls aflight
Vivaldi and Handel lend us light
Blessed by the muses that grace the night
Freed from the shadows, emerging so bright

Hearts unencumbered we shall sing
Clear harmonies will richly ring
Dispelling winter’s icy sting…
Hearts unencumbered we shall sing

Instrumental

Spirit of music – Bach and Brahms
Pay homage to them in parables and psalms
Lo tho-o they are sadly gone
We through their music go caroling on

And so we bid you join in song
We bid you rise and sing along
Though weak alone – together strong…
And so we bid you come join in song

With humble strength we sing good cheer
Let joy replace despair and fear
Sweet minstrel sounds to draw you near…
With humble strength we sing good cheer
With humble strength we sing good cheer
Ah-ah-ah-alleluja, Caroling, Caroling on
Ah-ah-ah-alleluja, Caroling, Caroling on

Repeat and fade

 

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Winter Awakening

Words and music by Robbie Smith

The wind awakens winter in me
And it leaves my spirit bleak & barren
Yearning for fond moments to be
And the spring in all its fragrant finery

The skies are dressed in dull shades of gray
And the farmland fields lie sleeping fallow
A lone bird call takes me away
To future promise far away from today

Through the chill – still will we sing
Sweet transitions winter to spring
Spur the seasons on ‘til they change
The bleakness the blackness
The bitter winter rains… winter rains

The wind bestirs the last of the leaves
Decaying dancing ghosts of summer
The gales return and sweep thru the trees
Seeking brittleness and frailty

The snows begin to blanket the dawn
The twigs and branches creak and quiver
While I retreat where dreamers belong
To find pleasure in a hearth-fire song

Through the chill – still will we sing
Sweet transitions winter to spring
Spur the seasons on ‘til they change
Believe ‘til belief turns the cold snows to warm rains…
Warm rains

The flames return new hope to my heart
Though the grip of frost grows tighter
But brighter thoughts from each thrown spark
Join the kindle-glow dispelling the dark

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One Storm From Home

Words and music by Robbie Smith

Ice on the railing and snow in my eyes
Too rough for sailing and too late to hide
Lower the canvas, we’ll ride out the storm
One storm away from our families and home

This old girl is creaking, she’s nearing her time
The side planks are leaking, but she’ll come through just fine
Our provisions are low and there’s no keeping warm
But remember good lads we’re just one storm from home

One storm away from our home
Lashed by the waves, stung by the spray
With the wind cutting clean to the bone
But soon we’ll be safe
We’re one storm away from our home

Reciting old letters from loved ones and friends
Stained by the weather or lost to the wind
My mem’ry is clear, but the night’s getting black
There’s no moving forward, there’s no turning back

A glimpse of a lighthouse that blinks in the west
A beacon that guides us to a well deserved rest
The wind’s getting greedy and gathering foam
But just keep your heads boys, we’re one storm from home…

One storm away from our home – from our home
Lashed by the waves, stung by the spray
With the wind cutting clean to the bone
But soon we’ll be safe
We’re one storm away from our home
We’re one storm away from our home
Just one storm away

A storm ridden voyage to the ends of the earth
Stretching our courage and testing our worth
Well, we’ve known worse than this one, we’re holding our own
And this is the last one, we’re one storm from home

One storm away from our home – from our home
Lashed by the waves, stung by the spray
With the wind cutting clean to the bone
But soon we’ll be safe
We’re one storm away from our home
From our home
One storm away, one storm away…from our home

(Well, we’re one storm)
(well, we’re one storm from home)
(Well, we’re one storm) With the wind cutting clean to the bone
(Well, we’re one storm) One storm, one storm
(Well, we’re one storm) With the wind cutting clean to the bone
(Well, we’re one storm) One storm, one storm
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Christmas On The Shrimp Boats

Music: Robbie Smith
Words: Robbie Smith & Kath Glauser

It’s Christmas on the shrimp boats, not as bad as you might think
Papa Noel the Captain soon be buyin’ us each a drink
And the crew they’re just like family, they only fight three times a day
So say, just sail away, but sing me a carol today

It’s Christmas on the shrimp boats – ya know bills don’t pay themselves
We’ve all been jugglin’ double shifts – as busy as Santa’s elves
There’s palm fronds waving from the shoreline – fair tradewinds on the bay
So say, just sail away, but sing me a carol today

You can play it on accordion or through a rusty harp
Don’t mind if you’re singin’ flat or if you’re singin’ sharp

It’s Christmas on the shrimp boats – we’re celebrating like we should
The cook he tells the same old jokes, but his jambalaya’s good
Each time someone rings that ship’s bell, I think of reindeer and a sleigh
So say, just sail away, but sing me a carol today

We’re heading for a fais do do, we’re gonna pass a good time there
Yes it won’t be long til we’ve anchored be the weather foul or fair
We’ll go from sand bars to tiki bars – til we’ve spent all of our pay
So say, just sail away, but sing me a carol today

“How’s ya mama an’ them?” And all your friends?
Ya know I bought them all some Christmas cards
I haven’t had a chance to send… oh…

It’s Christmas on the shrimp boats – I’m sure we all look a fright
But hey I’ve got my dice out and I feel like they’re rollin’ right
So take the oar now I see the shore now all lit up with Christmas lights
Alright – such a cheery sight – so sing me a carol tonight

(Instrumental Verse)

You can play it on accordion or through a rusty harp
Don’t mind if you’re singin’ flat or if you’re singin’ sharp…

We’ll finish up the last round, with a dark and stormy silent night
Alright, my head’s feelin light, so sing me a carol tonight
Sing me a carol (sing me a carol) tonight (all is calm all is bright)
Sing me a carol (sing me a carol) holy night (sing me a carol)
Sing me a carol tonight (all is calm all is bright)
Sing me a carol, Silent Night

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Sing the Winter Away

Words and music by Robbie Smith

Oh, the winter frost is settling in
And I know the snows will soon begin
Into the air the leaves are swirled
The world goes ‘round – ‘round goes the world

And the sun’s so slow to brighten the dawn
The autumn harvest time has long since gone
And in the field a scarecrow stands
No crops to guard – just lonely lands

But we’ve got mem’ries so kind and clear
Gathered in warmer times to bring good cheer
To fill our hearts and souls with mirthful song
To keep us safe and glad all winter long

And we’ll sing the winter away, sing the winter away
Though it may be cold and gray outside it’s warm within
So let’s sing the winter away, sing the winter away
In our hearts we’ll dance and play and soon it’ll be spring

Lah lah lah lah lah…Lah lah lah lah lah
Lah lah lah lah lah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Lah lah lah lah lah…Lah lah lah lah lah
Lah lah lah lah lah

Aye, a wint’ry pall has covered the hill
The wind grows strong and then grows stronger still
And the shutters quake with every gust
The storms must come as come they must…

But we’ve got mem’ries so kind and clear
Gathered in warmer times to bring good cheer
To fill our hearts and souls with mirthful song
To keep us safe and glad all winter long

And we’ll sing the winter away, sing the winter away
The glow of summer yet will stay if to the light we cling
So let’s sing the winter away, sing the winter away
In our hearts we’ll dance and play and soon it’ll be spring

And we’ll sing the winter away, sing the winter away
Though it may be cold and gray outside it’s warm within
So let’s sing the winter away, sing the winter away
In our hearts we’ll dance and play and soon it’ll be spring
Yes, in our hearts we’ll dance and play and soon
And soon – it’ll be spring

Lah lah lah lah lah… Lah lah lah lah lah
Lah lah lah lah lah…..lah lah lah