Christmas Chimes

by Rosa Francesca



A Christmas EP featuring my original song Dressing Up for Christmas and covers of some of my favourite Christmas songs.

Tracks 1 and 4 were recorded in 2012 at home in Leamington Spa, and tracks 2, 3 and 5 were recorded (with a bad throat) in 2014 at my homes in Lancaster and Leamington Spa.

Many thanks to Rachel Mhoon for contributing album artwork!

I hope everyone has a merry Christmas and a happy new year.


released December 21, 2014



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Track Name: Dressing Up for Christmas
I want to dress you up this Christmas.
I want to wrap you up all warm,
and never let you go,
and walk out in the snow-
So darling, let's go

I want to take you out this Christmas,
in some cafe,
where frost lines every ledge of every old window,
and candles all are a-glow.
So darling, when can we go?

Two mitten gloves, two turtle doves
upon each shoulder of your coat.
The warmest warmth inside your scarf
across your heart, across your throat.
I do adore you,
and I can't ignore
that at this Christmastime this is what I want...

The darkest night can seem so bright,
just because it's this time of year.
A heart of coal, a hard, cold soul
can lighten, just knowing it's near-
the time undoing
the days once ruined
and replacing them with happiness.

So dear, let's enjoy this time together,
and try and make it last forevermore,
that's all that I require-
you're all that I desire,
so let us go.
Track Name: Christmas Time Seems Years and Years Away
There is nothing dear
that I have to fear
tf I can't afford the ring.
Santa Claus is kind
and I'm sure he'll find
gust a plain gold band to bring.
It's been just a year
since I met you, dear,
but it seems just like a day.
If I only could,
oh my dear, I would
turn December into May.

Christmas time means happy chimes
for you and me, sweetheart.
Winter time means you'll be mine
and never more to part.
Honeymoon can't shine too soon-
I wish it were today.
Darling mine, don't Christmas time
seem years and years away?
Track Name: Once in Royal David's City
Once in Royal David's City
stood a lowly cattle-shed
where a mother laid her baby
in a manger for his bed.
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ her little child.

And our eyes at last shall see Him
through His own redeeming love,
for that Child so dear and gentle
is our Lord in heav'n above,
and He leads His children on
to the place where He is gone.
Track Name: The Child With the Star on His Head
Once in a while, you may think you see better than the others
Scrambling around in the dark with your drum
There is a time when young men must grow up and be brothers
Are you afraid of growing too fast?

And the child with the star on his head
All of the world rests on his shoulders
And the mother with the child on her breast
Blessed is she among women

And the trust we put in things
In small ideas, in engineering
The world of sports and second best
In consequences we will not put to rest

Why crawl around in the snow
When you know I am right here
Waiting for you to expect something more?

For I am warm, I am calling you close to my table
Where I have made us a feast
For the year of troubles, they have gone
The winter brings a Christmas song

And the child with the star on his head
All of the world rests on his shoulders
And the mother with the child on her breast
Blessed is she among women

Does all the world know better than
When Christmas comes the troubles end
The troubles end, the troubles end

And by the time there’s nothing left
An empty tree, a winter vest
A winter vest, a winter vest

And all the trust we put in things
In dictionaries, in engineering
In calendars, and television
In father's friends, in consequences
Track Name: Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
Jolly Old Saint Nicholas,
Lean your ear this way;
Don't you tell a single soul
What I'm going to say,
Christmas Eve is coming soon;
Now my dear old man,
Whisper what you'll bring to me;
Tell me if you can.
When the clock is striking twelve,
When I'm fast asleep,
Down the chimney broad and black
With your pack you'll creep;
All the stockings you will find
Hanging in a row;
Mine will be the shortest one;
You'll be sure to know.
Johnny wants a pair of skates;
Susy wants a dolly
Nellie wants a story book,
She thinks dolls are folly
As for me, my little brain
Isn't very bright;
Choose for me, dear Santa Claus,
What you think is right.