A High Life Holiday

by Riverview Studios

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Recorded & Produced in 2 weeks by Sam Margolis and Andrew Kramer, "A High Life Holiday" is the first compilation release from Riverview Studios in Waltham, MA.

Featuring performances from some of the Boston area's finest Roots, Americana, Alt Country, and Gypsy Jazz acts, this compilation pays a tribute to the holidays through both old (15th Century) and new songs (written 1 week ago). "A High Life Holiday" is a testament to the community spirit that is pervasive among roots musicians in Boston and shines through in the collaboration that took place during the making of this album.

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released 20 December 2011

Recorded at Riverview Studios, Waltham, MA
Produced, Engineered, Mixed, & Mastered by:
Sam Margolis & Andrew Kramer
Album Art by Karin Hansen

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Track Name: Comanchero - Desert Sand
I cannot recall
If there were chestnuts on the fire
As it warmed us every winter
It's like a splinter in my minds eye.

I can't remember if the songs they sing are true.
Peace on earth, good will to men.
Could it all have been pretend or just another lie?
Told to keep the fire in the belly of the beast,
At least as long as winter's breath survives

Chorus:
And they don't believe in Jesus in this dusty land.
I can see the star that points the way to Bethlehem.
Tell all the folks back home I'm giving everything I can
As I waste another Christmas in the desert sand

When I was a child, I just did as I was told.
I never thought about tomorrow,
Or knew that sorrow was a common thing.

I counted on the warm embraces of a mother.
Who never knew of any other way to raise a boy up
And his brother who could run from dawn
To dusk around the neighborhood and
Trust the air to lift him up and
thrust him as he soared upon his wings.

Chorus
And they don't believe in Jesus in this dusty land.
I can see the star that points the way to Bethlehem.
Tell all the folks back home I'm giving everything I can
As I waste another Christmas in the desert sand.

I am beaten I am broken.
I have lost the cost of every subway token that
Ever took me uptown to find your door.

It was a snowy New Years Eve when
I believe you said to me
That there couldn't be a distance that would ever sever
Any of the love we built together.
And I know I heard those words
But its been so long since I knew
I'm the man that they were for.

Chorus
But they don't believe in Jesus in this dusty land.
I can see the star that points the way to Bethlehem.
Tell all the folks back home I'm giving everything I can.
As I waste another Christmas in the desert sand.
Track Name: Three Day Threshold - Santa Claus Express
Here comes the Santa Claus Express. Toot! Toot!
It is the train we love the best! Ding! Dong!
With its carload of toys, for the girls and the boys
Toot! Toot! Here it comes!

Greetings to you old Santa dear! Hello!
You fill our hearts with Christmas Cheer! Hurrah!
Here are old toys for you, which you'll fix just like new
Hello, Santa dear!

Santa Claus is dressed all in red! Jolly!
A conductor’s hat upon his head! Ho! Ho!
Try to be good and do the things you should
Santa is coming your way!

What’s in his bag of Christmas toys? Cling Clang!
Presents for all the girls and boys! Who, me?
A kite, a sled, a ball, we’re going to bring them all
Hold on here we come!

The elf said a polar bear is loose! Oh no!
Santa is locked in the caboose! Oh boy!
We’ll have to set him free, Blitzen has the key
Rudolph lead the way!

Santa is driving once again! Zoom Zoom!
The polar bear is back inside his pen! Woohoo!
Let’s drive on straight ahead, the kids are all in bed
Zoom Zoom here we come!

Here comes the Santa Claus Express! Choo! Choo!
It is the train we love the best! Yahoo!
A toy for you and me, spreading Christmas glee
Santa Claus is here!
Track Name: The Resurrectionists - The Cherry Tree Carol
When Joseph was an old man, an old man was he,
He married Virgin Mary, the queen of Galilee,
The queen of Galilee,
He married Virgin Mary, the queen of Galilee.

Joseph and Mary went walking through an orchard green,
There were berries and cherries as thick as might be seen
As thick as might be seen
There were berries and cherries as thick as might be seen

And Mary spoke to Joseph, so meek and so mild,
"Gather me some cherries, for I am with child,
For I am with child,
Gather me some cherries, for I am with child."

And Joseph flew in anger, in anger flew he,
"Let him gather cherries who fathered that baby,
Who fathered that baby
Let him gather cherries who fathered that baby."

Then up spoke the baby Jesus from in Mary's womb,
"Bend down the tallest tree that mother might have some."
Mama, gonna get you some.
Bend down the tallest tree that mother might have some."

And bent down the tallest branch, 'til it touched her hand,
Cried she, "Look thou Joseph I have cherries by command,
Cherries by command."
Cried she, "Look thou Joseph I have cherries by command."
Track Name: The Whiskey Boys - Light One Candle
Light one candle for the Maccabee children
With thanks their light didn't die;
Light one candle for the pain they endured
When their right to exist was denied;
Light one candle for the terrible sacrifice
Justice and freedom demand;
And light one candle for the wisdom to know
That the peacemaker's time is at hand!

Don't let the light go out,
It's lasted for so many years!
Don't let the light go out!
Let it shine through our love and our tears!

Light one candle for the strength that we need
To never become our own foe;
Light one candle for those who are suffering
A pain we learned so long ago;
Light one candle for all we believe in,
That anger not tear us apart;
And light one candle to bind us together
With peace as the song in our heart!

(chorus)

What is the memory that's valued so highly
That we keep it alive in that flame?
What's the commitment to those who have died?
We cry out "they've not died in vain,"
We have come this far, always believing
That justice will somehow prevail;
This is the planet, This is the promise,
This is why we will not fail!

(chorus)

Don't let the light go out!
Don't let the light go out!
Don't let the light go out!