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A West Coast Carol

by Amy Stephen Christmas Album

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A West Coast Carol : words and music by Amy Stephen Woeful the soul of Wintertime, when the cold wind blows in the bay And the dark and gloomy, falling rain sorrows all the day Grey and heavy blanket moves across the sky Leaving sun and moon alike hidden from the eye, Chorus But Christmas Night brings shining light The angels bringing joyful singing In the darkest time of year the light of the love of God appears Deep in the living forest, beneath the towering trees Suspended shadows hang in the air, full of mysteries Everything path is shaded, green and black and brown Up ahead, the frost and snow falls on higher ground, Chorus Vast the icy waters roll, roll in ocean deep And the lighthouse keepers toss and turn, troubled in their sleep Out along the shoreline, crested waves crash down Echoing through the steely blue, everywhere the sound, Chorus
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Hark! The herald angels sing, glory to the new-born king Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled. Joyful all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skies With the angelic host proclaim "Christ is born in Bethlehem" Hark! The herald angels sing, glory to the new-born king Christ by highest heaven adored, Christ the everlasting Lord Late in time, behold Him come, offspring of a virgin's womb Veiled in flesh the God-head see, hail the incarnate deity, Please as man with man to dwell, Jesus our Emmanuel Hark! The herald angels sing, glory to the new-born king Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace, hail the Son of Righteousness Light and life to all He brings, risen with healing in His wings Mild He lays His glory by, born that man no more may die Born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth Hark! The herald angels sing, glory to the new-born king
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How far is it to Bethlehem? Not very far. Shall we find the stable room lit by a star? Can we see the little child, is he within? If we lift the wooden latch, may we go in? May we find the creatures there, oxen and sheep? May we peep like them and see Jesus asleep? If we touch his tiny hand, will he awake? Will he know we've come so far just for his sake? Great kings have precious gifts, and we have not Our smiles and our tears are all that we've brought For all weary children Mary must weep Here on his bed of straw, sleep, children, sleep How far is it to Bethlehem? Not very far. Shall we find the stable room lit by a star? God in his mother's arms, babe's in the byre, Sleep as they sleep who find their heart's desire.
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Words & Music by Corlynn Hanney Oh how I wish I could sing like an angel I'd sing carols so high and sweet Oh if I could sing like an angel I'd be singing that sweet child asleep Oh how I wish I had the wings of an angel Shining with glory bright Oh if I had the wings of an angel I'd be rocking that sweet child at night Christmas angel, so long ago, you saw the Christ Child in the star's glow You sang to Jesus on his bed of hay, on that first Christmas Day Oh how I wish I had the wings of an angel Shining with glory bright Oh if I had the wings of an angel I'd be rocking that sweet child at night Christmas angel, so long ago, you saw the Christ Child in the star's glow You sang to Jesus on his bed of hay, on that first Christmas Day Oh how I wish I could sing like an angel I'd sing carols so high and sweet Oh if I could sing like an angel I'd be singing that sweet child asleep
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Patapan 01:55
Willie take your little drum, with your whistle, Robin, come When we hear the fife and drum Tu re lu re lu, pata pata pan When we hear the tune you play bringing joy on Christmas Day Thus the men of olden days loved the king of kings to praise When they hear the fife and drum Tu re lu re lu, pata pata pan When they hear the tune you play bringing joy on Christmas Day God and man are now become more as one than fife and drum When you hear the fife and drum Tu re lu re lu, pata pata pan When you hear the tune you play, dance and make the village hum
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When Joseph was an old man, an old man was he He married Virgin Mary, in the land of Galilee He married Virgin Mary, in the land of Galilee And as they went a-walking through an orchard so cool There were cherries and berries as red as any blood There were cherries and berries as red as any blood Then bespoke Mary in words meek and mild, "Gather me a cherry, Joseph, for that I am with child
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Silent Night 02:18
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 the Saviour is born, Christ the Saviour 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.
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Christmas Night - words and music by Amy Stephen The road was long and dusty, the donkey plodded on When they arrived in Bethlehem, the daylight had all gone The crowds and the confusion, and no place to stay Still its true they made it through to Christmas Day Chorus: God gave us hearts so we could dream our dreams of magic But sometimes hearts grow weary and they crave a little light But if we need a star to guide us through a dark and lonely time We can always remember Christmas Night. The hills were cold and empty, the shepherds kept their sheep Worried that the silence of the night would make them sleep And wondering if their quiet lives would always be that way, Just then an angel band began to play Chorus The desert is forbidding, the journey seems so long Its hard to keep on moving when you're just not feeling strong You don't know where you're going, because you're following your heart But you know that its Hope that shines out from that western star... Chorus

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Amy plays harp, whistles, & piano and sings, along with the West Coast Carollers to create a beautiful album of songs to celebrate Christmas.

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released December 10, 2016

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Amy Stephen & Amir Haghighi Vancouver, British Columbia

Amy is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. She plays accordion, penny whistle, celtic harp and piano. Amir is a singer and composer from Iran. Together, Amy & Amir create a musical embrace of East and West.

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