The Merry Innocents (Remastered 2013)

by Chelsea Coleman & Madeline Tasquin

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released 01 December 2012

Recorded by Madeline Tasquin
Mixed & mastered by Matthew Powell
Chelsea Coleman ~ Guitar & Vocals
Madeline Tasquin ~ Ukulele, vocals, piano, glockenspiel, percussion
Dan Cantrell ~ Musical saw (#1)
Graham Patzner ~ Violin (#3,5,7)
Special thanks to Prince Street House, Fairview House and GrizzlyDick2.0 for being our recording studios, and to Dan Cantrell for lending us your beautiful microphone for the project!

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Track Name: The Merry Innocents
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
Track Name: Petit Papa Noel
C'est la belle nuit de Noel
La neige etend son manteau blanc
Et les yeux leves vers le ciel
A genoux, les petits enfants
Avant de fermer les paupieres
Font une derniere priere.

Petit papa Noel
Quand tu descendras du ciel
Avec des jouets par milliers
N'oublie pas mon petit soulier.
Mais avant de partir
Il faudra bien te couvrir
Dehors tu vas avoir si froid
C'est un peu a cause de moi.

Il me tarde que le jour se leve
Pour voir si tu m'as apporte
Tous les beaux joujoux que je vois en reve
Et que je t'ai commandes.

Et quand tu seras sur ton beau nuage
Viens d'abord sur notre maison
Je n'ai pas ete tous les jours tres sage
Mais j'en demande pardon.

Petit papa Noel
Quand tu descendras du ciel
Avec des jouets par milliers
N'oublie pas mon petit soulier.
Mais avant de partir
Il faudra bien te couvrir
Dehors tu vas avoir si froid
C'est un peu a cause de moi.

Je suis prêt a recevoir
Track Name: The Friendly Beasts
Jesus our brother kind and good
Was humbly born in a stable of wood
And the friendly beasts around him stood
Jesus our brother kind and good

"I" said the donkey shaggy and brown
I carried his mother up hill and down
I carried him safely to Bethlehem town
"I" said the donkey shaggy and brown

And "I" said the cow all white and red
I gave him my manger for a bed
I gave him my hay for to pillow his head
"I" said the cow all white and red

"I" said the sheep with a curly horn
I have him my wool for his blanket warm
And he wore my coat on that Christmas morn
"I" said the sheep with a curly horn
"I" said the sheep with a curly horn

"I" said the dove from the rafters high
Cooed him to sleep that he should not cry
We cooed him to sleep my love and I
"I" said the dove from the rafters high

Thus every beast remembering it well
In the stable dark was so proud to tell
Of the gifts that they gave Emmanuel
The gifts that they gave Emmanuel
Track Name: Silent Night
Silent night, holy night

All is calm, all is bright

Round yon Virgin Mother and Child

Holy Infant so tender and mild

Sleep in heavenly peace

Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!

Shepherds quake at the sight

Glories stream from heaven afar

Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!

Christ, our brother is born

Christ, our brother is born

Silent night, holy night

Son of God, love's pure light

Radiant beams from Thy holy face

With the dawn of redeeming grace

Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth

Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth

Silent night, holy night

All is calm, all is bright

Round yon Virgin Mother and Child

Holy Infant so tender and mild

Sleep in heavenly peace

Sleep in heavenly peace
Track Name: What Child is This?
What child is this who laid to rest on Mary's lap is sleeping, whom angels greet with anthems sweet, while shepherds watch are keeping?

Raise, raise the song on high! A mother sings her lullaby. Joy, joy, for Christ is born, the babe, the son of Mary.

What child is this who lays so sweet while ox and ass lay at his feet. Come have no fear God's children hear, the silent word is pleading.

Raise, raise the song on high! A mother sings her lullaby. Joy, joy, for Christ is born, the babe, the son of Mary.
Track Name: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Let your heart be light

Next year all our troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,

Make the yuletide gay
Next year all our troubles will be miles away

Once again, as in olden days,

Happy golden days of yore

Faithful friends who are dear to us

Will be near to us once more.


Someday soon we all will be together
If the fates allow

Until then we’ll have to muddle through somehow

So have yourself a merry little Christmas now.  
Track Name: O Come O Come Emmanuel
O come, O come, Emmanuel

And ransom captive Israel

That mourns in lonely exile here

Until the Son of God appear

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel

O come, thou dayspring, come and cheer

Our spirits by thine advent here

And drive away the shades of night

And pierce the clouds and bring us light

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, thou rod of Jesse, free

Thine own from satan's tyranny

From depths of hell thy people save

And give us victory o'er the grave

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.



O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,

Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai's height,

In ancient times did give the Law,

In cloud, and majesty and awe.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel
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Track Name: O Tannenbaum
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Wie treu sind deine Blätter!
Du grünst nicht nur zur Sommerzeit,
Nein, auch im Winter, wenn es schneit.
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Wie treu sind deine Blätter!

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Du kannst mir sehr gefallen!
Wie oft hat schon zur Winterzeit
Ein Baum von dir mich hoch erfreut!
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Du kannst mir sehr gefallen!

Here's a literal translation:

O evergreen, o evergreen
How loyal are your leaves/needles!
You're green not only in the summertime,
No, also in winter when it snows.
O evergreen, o evergreen
How loyal are your leaves/needles!

O evergreen, o evergreen
You can please me very much!
How often has not at Christmastime
A tree like you given me such joy!
O evergreen, o evergreen
You can please me very much!
Track Name: All Through the Night
Sleep, my child, let peace attend thee
All through the night
Guardian angels God will lend thee
All through the night
Soft the drowsy hours are creeping
Hill and veil and sunlight sleeping
I my loving vigil keeping
All through the night

While the moon her watch is keeping
All through the night
While the weary world is sleeping
All through the night
O'er thy spirit gently stealing
Visions of delight revealing
Breathe a pure and holy feeling
All through the night

Hark, a solemn bell is ringing
Clear through the night
Thou, my love, art heavenward winging
Home through the night
Earthly dust from off thee shaken
Soul immortal shall awaken
With thy last dim journey taken
Home through the night