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My Christmas Plea

by Matt Dorrien

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1.
Every year around this time When the trees all lose their leaves And department stores fill up with lines I’m filled up with this need For falling snow My childhood home All the hugs and the kisses I don’t know Where the time goes But I sure miss those days at Christmas Long ago when I was eight I can still remember My parents fought all holiday That one cold December The falling snow My childhood home All of the broken dishes Despite these ghosts Left unatoned I still miss those days at Christmas Vince Guaraldi plays in the car My Dad rolled the windows down Though it’s snowing hard We picked up a tree at our local tree lot Wait til Mom sees what we got We passed the lake on our way home from town Rescued a labrador who almost drowned The ice wasn’t solid in this one little spot Wait til Mom sees what we got Ring the bells of Christmas Guide us all back home It’s been forever since I’ve been in this place It’s so good to see your face Every year around this time When the trees all lose their leaves And department stores fill up with lines I’m filled up with this need For falling snow My childhood home All the hugs and the kisses I don’t know Where the time goes But I sure miss those days at Christmas
2.
When will we learn how to live here in peace? And when will we learn from our own history? Oh that Christmas would change our hearts But we’re stuck in place just like snow globes and stars Prisoners of our greed When will we see with the eyes of a child And look out our windows at snowstorms and smile? Someday Christmas will open our eyes And we’ll see life clearly for the very first time This is my Christmas plea And the angels sing hallelu Hallelu Hallelujah Merry Christmas So give up your coat to one on the street And give back to those who have never been free I hope this Christmas we open our hearts And no more we’ll be trapped in snow globes and stars This is my Christmas plea
3.
Burrowed 02:30
Sky steel grey Windows cold as ice We’ve burrowed away Underground like mice And until next spring that’s where we plan to stay Sometimes it seems Like only yesterday We were kids with dreams Big enough to break And I still miss you every single Christmas Day As seasons pass We try to hold on But soon lose our grasp We are fleeting as the snow under the sun So make the memories last Patches of snow Smell of old pitch pine We U-Hauled, car in tow I counted the bridges crying Everything I loved we left in ‘89 Skyscrapers pass Tunnels and tolls Turnpike at last We are fleeting as the snow under the sun So make the memories last As seasons pass We try to hold on But soon lose our grasp We are fleeting as the snow under the sun So make the memories last
4.
I'm dreaming of a white Christmas Just like the ones I used to know Where the treetops glisten and children listen To hear sleigh bells in the snow I'm dreaming of a white Christmas With every Christmas card I write "May your days be merry and bright And may all your Christmases be white" I'm dreaming of a white Christmas Just like the ones I used to know Where the treetops glisten and children listen To hear sleigh bells in the snow I'm dreaming of a white Christmas With every Christmas card I write "May your days be merry and bright And may all your Christmases be white"

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Produced by Ryan Oxford & Matt Dorrien
Recorded & Mixed by Ryan Oxford
Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk
Cover Photo by Eric J. Loeffler
Design by Darryl Norsen

All songs composed by Matt Dorrien, except "White Christmas" (Irving Berlin)
All strings written & arranged by Matt Dorrien

Matt Dorrien - Vocals & Piano
Andrew Jones - Upright Bass
Mike Lockwood - Drums & Percussion

Kyleen King - Violin
Patti King - Violin
Amanda Lawrence - Viola
Skip von Kuske - Cello
Noah Bernstein - Tenor Saxophone
Charles Crabtree - French Horn
Lisa Lipton - Clarinet
Denzel Mendoza - Trombone
Seth O'Malley - Alto Saxophone
Noah Simpson - Trumpet

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released December 18, 2020

© & ℗ 2020 Mama Bird Recording Co.
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All selections Matthew Dorrien Music (BMI), except "White Christmas" (Irving Berlin Music Company)

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