Christmas is Upon Us

by Comrade Hat

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It's that time of the year again! And it's one of the years I've bothered to put songs together, in a festive frenzy.


released December 17, 2012

All songs mostly written almost entirely by Neil Burns. Produced and performed by him too. 'Bills' features Rohan Armstrong on double bass & Gary Raymond on drums. They appear courtesy of themselves.

Cover photo by Ana "Manita" Imbernón. Back photo by me, but you can't see it unless you have the CD. CD cover assistance by Paul Fox. Many thanks to all involved.

For all my friends and family, especially the Crawford Squares, the IGC and 'Spain'. Merry/Londonmerry Christmas / ¡Feliz Navidad! / Nollaig Shona / Hae yersel a guidun /



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Comrade Hat Londonderry, UK

Comrade Hat is Neil Burns when he writes songs.
Electro ballads, piano ballads, jazz ballads, folk ballads, pop ballads, space ballads, not ballads. Moods and swings. Changes and chops. Thin and thran. "Ethereal and inviting" -
He also writes other music as 'Neil Burns'.
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Track Name: Christmas is Upon Us
When I was young
and cynical
I thought I'd reached the pinnacle
but there was so much
more shit to come

Oh I should have seen it coming
As I tired of running
From my dreams
As I tried to play it cool

Now Christmas
Is upon us
And I'm at a loss
that old feeling
like an old friend

The shit will be with us
For as long as there's a Christmas
So I won't curse the darkness
this time

I'll light a candle
Even if I can't handle
The lies that will be spoken
With a smile

Another Christmas
Not another song that says "this,
this is how I feel!"
I know what you're thinking
But hear me out 'til the end

If you're weary
You're not alone
the feeling will pass
and find a new home
Do you hear me?
I know I've no right to say
But this is something I've picked up
Along the way

I'll be young
and foolish
'til I'm old and foolish
And there'll always
be so much more to come
So bring it on.
Track Name: Bills
Why do bills suddenly appear
at this time of year
with such vengeance,
and why all the cheer?

I've enough things to buy
they seem to multiply
I'm not santa
I'm no pie in the sky

I wish that I
could fly
high above the world
on a winter night
high as a kite
like the man
we trust
with our children,
and know that I
will deliver

But I don't have wings
or sleighs and things
Just the ones
that you get from the shop

But I might get it right
If I keep the end in sight
and hope for
A silent night
Track Name: Green Christmas
I'm dreaming of a green one
I don't mean mistletoe
I don't mean christmas trees either
And I don't even mind the snow

I mean an evergreen
That bends with the flow
If you ever saw it
You would even say it glows

Angels we have heard, high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains

Angels we have heard, high
Softly singing o'er the dub
And the mountains in reply
Say pack that bowl, load it up

If I go up in a puff of smoke this Christmas
Like wise men long ago
Don't wake me from my stupor
I'll be more awake than you will know