WinterTide

by Alexander James Adams

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    The Faerie Tale Minstrel teams up with his predecessor, Heather Alexander in duet for a winter holiday collection of traditional carols and original songs to chase the cold, and unite the faiths

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released October 1, 2007

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Alexander James Adams Muskogee, Oklahoma

From the Land of Fae comes the Faerie Tale Minstrel with songs and stories of days gone by and futures yet to come. Guitar and fiddle support a voice that enchants the ear and comforts the heart. Jigs and reels, lust and lullabye, the magic and music are there for those that believe. ... more

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Track Name: Spirit of the Time
SPIRIT OF THE TIME
Music & Lyrics by Heather Alexander

Heavy bundles within your arms,
Shopping windows of Yuletide charms-
Gloves and mittens, hats and scarves,
A coin for all mankind that starves-

CLAP YOUR HANDS TOGETHER, LET THE BIG BELLS CHIME,
FILL THE COLD WITH LAUGHTER, SING A VERSE IN RHYME-
IN THE SPIRIT OF THE TIME-

Wine and pudding and rack of lamb,
Dine from snitchings off a roasting pan-
With sniffling noses and frost-chilled face,
We'll warm our toeses by the fireplace-

Winter blows down your collar as you walk,
Crystal snows crush beneath your feet-
Joy and good cheer resounding in your talk,
"Happy New Year" to all you meet-

Of long cold days now we need not fear,
The Solstice is the shortest in the year-
Release your troubles, extend your hand,
Let peace and friendship ring through this land-

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Track Name: Wassail, Wassail
WASSSAIL, WASSAIL
Traditional English Carol

WASSAIL, WASSAIL ALL OVER THE TOWN!
OUR TOAST IS WHITE AND OUR ALE IT IS BROWN
OUR BOWL, IT IS MADE OF THE WHITE MAPLE TREE
WITH THE WASSAILING BOWL, WE’LL DRINK UNTO THEE!

And here is to Dobbin and to his right eye,
Pray God send our master a good Christmas pie
A good Christmas pie that we may all see
With the wassailing bowl, we’ll drink unto thee!

And here is to Broad May and to her broad horn
Pray God send our master a good crop of corn
A good crop of corn that we may all see
With the wassailing bowl, we’ll drink unto thee!

And here is to Collie and to her long tail
Pray God send our master a good Christmas ale
A good Christmas ale will bring us good cheer
And our jolly wassail, it’s then you shall hear!

And here’s to the maid in the lily-white smock
Who tripped to the door and slipped back the lock
Who tripped to the door and pulled back the pin
For to let these jolly wassaillers in!

Come Butler, come fill us a bowl of the best
We hope that your master will grant you good rest
And if you do draw us a bowl of the small,
Then down shall go butler, bowl and all!

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Track Name: Jingle Bells
JINGLE BELLS
Traditional Carol
Musical Arrangement: Alexander James Adams

Dashing through the snow,
In a one-horse open sleigh,
O’r the fields we go,
Laughing all the way-
Bells on bob-tail ring,
Making spirits bright,
What fun it is to ride a sing
A sleighing song tonight!

OH, JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS,
JINGLE ALL THE WAY!
OH WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE
IN A ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH!

A day or two ago
I thought I’d take a ride
And soon Miss Fanny Brice
Was seated by my side
The horse was lean and lank
Misfortune seemed his lot
We got into a drifted bank
And then we got upsot!

Now the ground is white
Go it while you’re young
Take the girls tonight
And sing this sleighing song
Just get a bob-tail nag
Two-forty for his speed
Then hitch him to an open sleigh
And “Crack” you’ll take the lead!

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Track Name: The Boar's Head Carol
THE BOAR’S HEAD
Traditional English Carol
Musical Arrangement: Alexander James Adams

CAPUT APRI DEFERO
REDDENS LAUDES DOMINO
(Lo, behold the head I bring
Giving praise to God we sing)


The boar’s head in hand bryng I,
With garlands gay and rosemary
And I pray you all sing merrily,
Qui estis in convivio (Ye who are now at the feast)

The boar’s head as I understand
Is the chief servyce in this land
Look whereever it be fand
Servite cum cantico (Let us serve it with a song)

Our steward hath provided this
In honour of the King of Bliss
Which on this day to be served is
In Reginensi Atrio (In the Queen’s Hall)

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Track Name: Unto Us a Child is Born
A CHILD IS BORN
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander


UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN,
Let us welcome now the gift to all humanity-
UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN,
He's the strength of spirit cloaked in mortal frailty.

PRAISE HIM, HONOUR HIM,
WELCOME HIM INTO THE LIGHT-
PRAISE HIM, HONOUR HIM,
BRING HIM OUT OF ENDLESS NIGHT-
UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN

UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN,
See we now the babe of beauty and of innocence-
UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN,
Let us fill the night with smoke of myrrh and frankincense.

UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN,
He's the lordling of light and of all earthly green-
UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN,
May he shine a light far brighter than we've ever seen.

UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN,
May he fill our hearts with love and everlasting light-
UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN,
We will keep his fire burning through the darkest night.

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Track Name: The Holly and the Ivy
THE HOLLY AND THE IVY
Based on the Traditional Carol
Lyrical variations: Alexander James Adams
Musical Arrangement: Alexander James Adams

The Holly and the Ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all the green that is in the wood,
The holly bears the crown-

OH THE RISING OF THE SUN,
AND THE RUNNING OF THE DEER-
AND THE TURNING OF THE WINTERTIDE,
SWEET SINGING ALL CAN HEAR-

The holly grows a berry,
As red as any blood,
And the ivy grows on the solid rock,
Evergreen through winter’s flood-

The holly bears a prickle,
As sharp as any thorn,
And the ivy bears all the life of Spring,
Til the sun has been reborn-

The holly and the ivy,
The Lady and the Lord,
They will comfort and protect us all,
As the Cauldron and the Sword-

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Track Name: We Three Kings
WE THREE KINGS
Traditional Carol
Musical Arrangement: Alexander James Adams


We three kings of Orient are,
Bearing gifts, we traverse afar-
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star-

STAR OF WONDER, STAR OF NIGHT-
STAR WITH ROYAL BEAUTY BRIGHT-
WESTWARD LEADING, STILL PROCEEDING-
GUIDE US TO THY PERFECT LIGHT-

Born a king, on Bethlehem plain
Gold I bring, to crown him again-
King forever, ceasing never,
Over Mankind to reign-

Frankincense to offer have I,
Incense owns a Deity nigh-
Prayer and praising, Mankind raising,
Worship him God on high-

Myrrh is mine, it’s bitter perfume,
Breathes a life of gathering gloom-
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding , dying,
Sealed in a stone cold tomb-

Glorious now, behold him arise!
King and God and sacrifice!
Heaven sings, “Hallelujah!”
“Hallelujah!” the Earth replies!

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Track Name: The Lord's Prayer
THE LORD'S PRAYER
Matthew 6:9-13 King James Version
Musical Arrangement: Ben-Oni Alexander Adams

Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
For ever.
Amen

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Track Name: Deck the Halls
DECK THE HALLS
Traditional Carol
Arrangement: Alexander James Adams

Deck the halls with bows of holly!
FA-LA-LA-LAH, LA-LA-LA-LAH!
Tis the season to be jolly!
FA-LA-LA-LAH, LA-LA-LA-LAH!
Don we now, our gay apparel
FA-LA-LAH, LA-LA-LAH, LA-LA-LAH!
Troll the ancient Yuletide carol!
FA-LA-LA-LA-LAH, LA-LA-LA-LAH!

See the blazing Yule before us!
Strike the harp and join the chorus!
Follow me in merry measure,
While I tell of Yuletide treasure!

Fast away the old year passes
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses!
Sing we joyous, all together,
Heedless of the wind and weather!

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Track Name: Little Drummer Boy
LITTLE DRUMMER BOY
Traditional Carol
Arrangement: Alexander James Adams

“Come,” they told me,
PAH RUM-PA-PUM PUM
“A newborn king to see”
PAH RUM-PA-PUM PUM
“Our finest gifts we bring”
PAH RUM-PA-PUM PUM
“To lay before our king!”
PAH RUM-PA-PUM PUM,
RUM-PA-PUM PUM,
RUM-PA-PUM PUM-
“So to honour him,”
PAH RUM-PA-PUM PUM
“When we come!”

Baby Jesu,
I am a poor boy too-
I have no gift to bring,
That’s fit to give a king-
Shall I play for you
On my drum?

Mary nodded,
The ox and lamb kept time-
I played my drum for him-
I played my best for him-
And He smiled at me-
Me and my drum

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Track Name: Here We Come A'Wassailing
HERE WE COME A’WASSAILING
Traditional English Carol
Arrangement: Alexander James Adams

Here we come a-wassailing among the leaves so green
Here we come a-wandering so fair to be seen!

LOVE AND JOY COME TO YOU!
AND TO YOU GLAD TIDINGS TOO!
AND GODS BLESS YOU AND SEND YOU
A HAPPY NEW YEAR
AND GODS SEND YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We are not daily wanderers that beg from door to door,
We are neighbor’s children whom you have seen before!

Good Master and good Mistress as you sit there by the fire
Think of us poor children who wander in the mire!

Gods bless the master of this house, likewise the mistress so,
And all the little children that ‘round the table go!

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Track Name: Sword and Staff
SWORD AND STAFF
Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander

KYRIE ELEISON!
MAIDEN, MOTHER, CRONE OF HOSTS
KYRIE ELEISON!
FATHER, SON, AND HOLY GHOST
KYRIE ELEISON!
WIND AND LIGHTNING, RAIN AND MOSS
KYRIE ELEISON!
SWORD AND STAFF, CAULDRON AND CROSS

A circlette of the Sacred Thorn
The rising of the Sun reborn
A sacrifice for all Mankind
A tree with root and branch entwined
God will grant His blessing still
Though we call Her what we will
We can name it what-so-ere
A spell is nothing but a prayer

Holy water, sacred spring
Angel fire, faerie ring
Different, and yet still the same
Acceptance lies beyond the name
Each and all are tied as one
There should be no comparison
This one law is rudiment
Our faith's defined by our intent

Stone and statue bless this ground
Different faiths, together bound
Back to back we share one fight
To stand against the Dark with Light
Mother Earth, God above
Unify us all in Love
Unite us through diversity
For fear is our true enemy

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Track Name: The Christmas Wish
THE CHRISTMAS WISH
Music & Lyrics: Danny Allen Wheetman
Used with Permission
Arrangement: Alexander James Adams

I don't know if you believe in Christmas,
Or if you have presents underneath a Christmas tree
But if you believe in love
That will be more than enough
For you to come and celebrate with me

For I have held the precious gift that love brings
Even though I never saw a Christmas star
I know there is a light
I have felt it burn inside
And I have seen it shining from afar

CHRISTMAS IS A TIME TO COME TOGETHER
A TIME TO PUT ALL DIFFERENCES ASIDE
AND I REACH OUT MY HAND
TO THE FAMILY OF MAN
TO SHARE THE JOY I FEEL AT CHRISTMAS TIME

For the truths that bind us all together
I would like to say a simple prayer
That at this special time
You will have true peace of mind
And love to last throughout the coming year

That at this special time
You will have true peace of mind
And love to last throughout the coming year
And peace will reign throughout the coming year.

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Track Name: It's in Everyone of Us
IT’S IN EVERYONE OF US
Music & Lyrics: David Pomeranz
Used with Permission
Arrangement: Alexander James Adams

IT'S IN EVERYONE OF US,
TO BE WISE-
FIND YOUR HEART,
OPEN UP BOTH YOUR EYES-
WE CAN ALL KNOW EVERYTHING,
WITHOUT EVER KNOWING WHY-
IT'S IN EVERYONE OF US,
BY AND BY--

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Track Name: WinterTide
WINTERTIDE
Music & Lyrics: Alexander James Adams

The bitter bite of the winter cold
Brings memories of days of old-
When running from the shadows long
We sing ourselves a winter song-
Now we’re too diverse, we’re too advanced
There’s no song left that we’ve not danced-
Yet there remains one thing to learn-
To Perfect Love we must return!

REJOICE, REJOICE STANDING HAND IN HAND,
RAISE ONE VOICE ALL ACROSS THE LAND!
WHILE THE SNOW WHITE STAG WITH THE SILVER TINES,
WILL DANCE IN A CIRCLE OF SIX-AND-NINES,
FORWARD, BACK, SIDE TO SIDE-
ALL CELEBRATION OF THE WINTERTIDE!

I don’t know you, you don’t know me
But we are kin in humanity-
We can laugh, we all can cry,
We strive to live, yet still we die-
Let’s all seek shelter from the storm
With different faiths to keep us warm-
Side by side, around the fire,
Trust and love are what Gods require!

We need to keep the Dark at bay-
We need to watch the words we say-
Comparisons keep us at odds-
There’s room inside for all our Gods-
Embrace the things that we all share,
For then we find compassion there-
To those that thirst, you offer drink,
It’s not as hard as you might think!

So ring the bell and sound the horn,
Celebrate our love reborn!
Back to back, or eye to eye,
We stand as one against the sky-
Different and yet still the same,
Acceptance lies beyond the name-
You live and breathe the same as me
Respect of this brings unity!


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