Season of Light, Hope & Peace

by John Farrell

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released January 1, 2004

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John Farrell New York, New York

John Farrell is a 21st century minstrel and an internationally acclaimed, award winning singer,
songwriter, author, and peace educator.

John has received the Parents Choice Award and Dove Foundation Award for his work with children.

He has presented teacher workshops and family concerts at over 1500 schools, conferences, and community events in 20 countries around the world.
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Track Name: It's Snowing!
It’s snowing! It’s snowing! The first flakes of the year
It’s snowing! It’s snowing! Soon winter will be here
It’s snowing! It’s snowing! It’s covering the ground
I hope it snows and snows all night so school will be closed down

So light the lights and sing the songs
The holiday season is here
The air is cold but our hearts are warm
This wonderful time of the year

The cookies are baking, the air is smelling sweet
The first batch is cooling, soon there’ll be some to eat
The chimneys are breathing their smoke into the sky
As flakes fall down and pile up our hopes begin to rise

So light the lights and sing the songs
The holiday season is here
The air is cold but our hearts are warm
This wonderful time of the year

It’s snowing! It’s snowing! The first flakes of the year
It’s snowing! It’s snowing! Soon winter will be here
It’s snowing! It’s snowing! It’s covering the ground
I hope it snows and snows all night so school will be closed down
Track Name: One by One
Thank you for the sun that shines
Thank you for the stars above
Thank you for the rain that falls
And thank you for your love

One by one we count our blessings
As we come to share this bread
Let us gather round the table
May our hearts always be thankful
For each gift that we receive
One by one we count our blessings
With our friends and family

Thank you for the air we breathe
Thank you for the food we eat
Thank you for our families
And thank you for your love
Track Name: Hot Chocolate & Diplomacy
Thanksgiving Day has come and gone
And Christmas is drawing near
So we dress real warm and we pile in the van
Just like we do each year
We’re going to Sam’s, the Tree Man
He lives down a long and a winding road
We’re going to cut one down, tie it on the roof
Turn around and go back home

Yeah, we’re going to get our Xmas tree
It’s a family tradition
Thousands of trees to choose from
So we inspect each ones condition
Everyone wants to be the one
To find that tree that’s chosen
But if we wait until we all agree
Our limbs will end up frozen

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
Calm and gentle evergreen
A symbol of good will and love
But you make us mad and we act real mean
We argue and we disagree
Everyone wants a different tree
How we going to solve this peacefully?
Hot chocolate and diplomacy

How about this one?
It’s really great
Are you kiddin?
That’s way too tall
There’s one over here
It’s round and it’s full
That’s a beauty but it’s kind of small
I found it!
This is the perfect tree
It might be
if the branches weren’t brown
Hey, look over here, this tree is the one
No way! That tree is falling down

Chorus

When we get it home and into the stand

It really doesn’t look so great
There’s a space over here,
it’s leaning over there
Maybe we made a mistake
Then we begin to put the ornaments on
Add the candles and the lights
Put the angel on top,
And the gifts underneath
And our tree is marvelous sight

Some people like their tree
to be just so
The perfect shape and size
Each branch, straight,
each needle the same
And the ornaments -- synchronized
The lights must be spaced symmetrically
And at the top – a crystal star
I’m amazed by trees
that look like that
But I’d rather have a tree like ours

Chorus
Track Name: It's the Christmas Play!
It’s the Christmas play
It’s the Christmas play
Hope I don’t forget
What I’m supposed to say
Here we are at last - -
Standing on the stage
Singing in the Christmas play

Yesterday at practice
Things didn’t go that great
Shepherds were fighting with the sheep
And the wise men came in late
And angels wings got broken
Someone stepped on Joseph’s toes
And the kid who sings “Good will to men”
Went home with a bloody nose

Teacher says “It’s a miracle!”
She cried and then she laughed
Our one hour dress rehearsal
Took two hours and a half
The microphone works - - sometimes
The piano’s not in tune
Rumor is first grade's got lice
And the fourth grade's got the flu

The kindergartners will be cute
If they don’t trip on the stairs
As tangled antlers twist and turn
In restless reindeers hair
Santa called to say he’s late
He’s stuck in a traffic jam
But we’re glad you’re here, it’s another year
Singing in the Christmas play
Track Name: Dear Santa
Something’s been on my mind
I’m wondering how do you do it?
Where do you find the time?
How do you visit every kid
In this great, big, wide old world
I’m wondering how do you do it?
Signed, your good friend, Earl

Dear Earl, Thank you for writing
Those are questions I’m often asked
And although I look old and rather round
I’m actually sort of fast
But it takes more than speed
To make it from Juneau to Japan
I can do it because you love me
And because you believe I can

Dear Santa I’m writing a letter
There’s something I’d like to know
Where do you live? Where do you work?
Is there really a North Pole?
How do you make all those toys
And dolls and games and clothes?
I’m wondering how do you do it?
Signed, yours truly, Rose

Dear Rose, I’m glad that you wrote to me
Now I’m writing back to you
I live and I work all over the world
From the North Pole to Spain to Peru
I have lots of help making the gifts
But you’re also a part of the plan
I can do it because you love me
And because you believe I can

Dear Santa I’m writing a letter
There’s something I’d like to ask
I know you work hard all year long
Do you ever find time to relax?
Make sure you take a vacation
Play baseball or go for a swim
And remember to take good care of yourself
Signed, your best friend, Slim

Dear Slim, I enjoyed your letter
It was real nice of you to ask
I do work hard but I play some too
If you don’t time goes too fast!
Next summer when you’re on vacation
If you see a fat bearded man with a tan
Remember that anything’s possible
If you love and believe that you can
Track Name: Let's Go Caroling
Let’s go caroling, Christmas caroling
Let’s go singing songs of the season
Call on the neighbors
and bring them a song
Let’s go caroling now
Track Name: A Little Bit of Scrooge
There’s a little bit of Scrooge in everyone
A touch of Ebenezer underneath that grin
There’s a little bit of Scrooge in everyone
So open up the door and let him in

Christmas is a happy time, a time for reverie
A time for celebrating with friends and family
A time for giving gifts, for sharing love and joy
But it also is a time for getting grumpy and annoyed

The days are short, the lines are long,
I dont know what to get
I was gonna shop early, I havent started yet
The dinner party might be fun but I don’t want to go
A white Christmas would be great without the snow

(chorus)

Lights and decorations appearing everywhere
As songs of the season float through the air
Boxes from the attic, memories of the past
But it’s hard to enjoy it when you’re going so fast.

We buy too much, we want too much,
we eat too much too
We throw stuff away just because it isn’t new
We only want the latest, the biggest, and the best
It’s no wonder that so many are lonely and depressed.

(chorus)

The ghost of Christmas past, recalls the deeds weve done
I should’ves and I would’ves that cannot be undone
Christmas yet to come Well it’s just a crystal ball
It’s the present that’s our present it’s greatest gift of all

So when youre feeling grouchy, when you’re feeling down
Remember Ebenezer and the fortune that he found
He bought that that prize turkey, and then gave it away
He learned that life’s treasures are all within today.

(chorus)
Track Name: Christmas is Coming
In a small village way up in the mountains
The snow falls so silent and white
Children are drifting on ships made of dreams
Their whole world is magic tonight

Down in the city the bustling continues
As last minute work’s being done
Just one more present or one final call
To reach out to one more loved one

Christmas is coming, yes Christmas is coming
It’s bringing us hope, turning darkness to light
Christmas is coming all over the world
Christmas is coming tonight

In a large house that sits high on a hill
A fireplace burns warm and bright
Laughing and singing, exchanging fine gifts
Their spirits are joyful and light

In a third floor apartment a family of eight
Hold each other to keep themselves warm
They say a prayer thanking God for His gifts
And ask Him to help them be strong

In a home for the elders who don’t have a home
An old man hums old Christmas tunes
He smiles and remembers when he was a boy
Reindeer flew right across the moon

Just down the road in a hospital bed
A child hears his mother’s first song
She sings “Silent Night” and they feel the same light
That was felt on that first Christmas morn
Track Name: I Should Close My Eyes
After waiting for so long
Now the time has finally come
And I lie here in the darkness
Knowing I should close my eyes
But I can’t, there’s too much excitement
Too many sounds on this silent night

What’s that?
That’s the clock upon the wall
Are those footsteps in the hall?
Is that the sound of
sleigh bells jingling?
I think I hear the angels singing
In the distance church bells are ringing
Sounds of hope are everywhere tonight

Quiet voices somewhere
Something’s moving on the stairs
But now my eyes are feeling heavy
And the sounds are fading away
Now I’m drifting like a snowflake
To a quiet, quiet place, quiet place...
Track Name: Gotta Get Going
Gotta get going, gotta keep moving

I’ve got miles to go before I sleep

Gotta get going, gotta keep moving

I’ve got places to go and promises to keep


All year long we’re waiting
For this special night to come
We’re working and we’re planning
There’s so much that must be done
Making gifts, checking lists of addresses and names
We load the sleigh – - We’re on our way
It’s Christmas Eve again!!

Each year things get hectic as the seasons roll around
Days fly by like shooting stars
Leaves fall to the ground
Weeks just seem to disappear like snowmen in the sun
Until that bright and magic night
When time stands still again!

Thanks for the milk and cookies
They really tasted great
I’d like to stay and visit but the hour is getting late
Sometimes I’m like a candle
Burning at both ends
Then I look at you and it pulls me through
I’m like a kid again
Track Name: The Birthday of a Child
When you wake up Christmas morning
Filled with love and hopes so high
Remember what we celebrate
Is the birth day of a child

A baby born to parents
Who were far away from home
They were hungry, they were tired
They were scared and all alone
And then a light came shining
And all their cares were gone
For like every child that’s ever born
He made their hearts a home

Two thousand years have passed
Since that first wondrous Christmas morn
When the world was changed forevermore
Cause a baby child was born
And still that light keeps shining
It has blessed us all today
So like a child let’s live in peace
And follow in His way
Track Name: Christmas in the Trenches
My name is Francis Tolliver. I come from Liverpool.
Two years ago the war was waiting for me after school.
To Belgium and to Flanders, to Germany to here,
I fought for King and country I love dear.

It was Christmas in the trenches where the frost so bitter hung.
The frozen field of France were still, no Christmas song was sung.
Our families back in England were toasting us that day,
their brave and glorious lads so far away.

I was lyin' with my mess-mates on the cold and rocky ground
when across the lines of battle came a most peculiar sound.
Says I "Now listen up me boys", each soldier strained to hear
as one young German voice sang out so clear.

"He's singin' bloddy well you know", my partner says to me.
Soon one by one each German voice joined in in harmony.
The cannons rested silent. The gas cloud rolled no more
as Christmas brought us respite from the war.

As soon as they were finished a reverent pause was spent.
'God rest ye merry, gentlemen' struck up some lads from Kent.
The next they sang was 'Stille Nacht". "Tis 'Silent Night'" says I
and in two toungues one song filled up that sky.

"There's someone commin' towards us" the front-line sentry cried.
All sights were fixed on one lone figure trudging from their side.
His truce flag, like a Christmas star, shone on that plain so bright
as he bravely strode, unarmed, into the night.

Then one by one on either side walked into no-mans-land
with neither gun nor bayonet we met there hand to hand.
We shared some secret brandy and wished each other well
and in a flare-lit soccer game we gave 'em hell.

We traded chocolates, cigarettes and photgraphs from home
these sons and fathers far away from families of their own.
Young Sanders played his squeeze box and they had a violin
this curious and unlikely band of men.

Soon daylight stole upon us and France was France once more.
With sad farewells we each began to settle back to war.
But the question haunted every heart that lived that wonderous night
"whose family have I fixed within my sights?"

It was Christmas in the trenches where the frost so bitter hung.
The frozen fields of France were warmed as songs of peace were sung.
For the walls they'd kept between us to exact the work of war
had been crumbled and were gone for ever more.

My name is Francis Tolliver. In Liverpool I dwell.
Each Christmas come since World War One I've learned it's lessons well.
That the ones who call the shots won't be among the dead and lame’
and on each end of the rifle we're the same.
Track Name: Season of Light
Moments of stillness
Moments of Peace
Call us to remember
The star in the east
Shining so brightly
All through the night
Calming our fears
In this season of light

Watching in wonder
Giving in Hope
Waiting for the child
To welcome us home
Rest for the weary
All through the night
Joy in our hearts
It’s the season of light
Track Name: Holidays Around The World
There are holidays There are holidays
All around the world All around the world
All around the world All around the world
There are boys and girls There are boys and girls
There are boys and girls There are boys and girls
And holidays And holidays
All around the world

Some of us celebrate Christmas Christmas
Some of us celebrate Hannukah Hannukah
Some of us celebrate Ramadan Ramadan
Some of us celebrate Kwanzaa Kwanzaa

Christmas, Christmas Hannukah Hannukah
Ramadan, Ramadan Kwanzaa Kwanzaa
We celebrate Light and Hope
All around the world

Some of us celebrate Diwali Diwali
Some of us celebrate The Solstice The Solstice
Some of us celebrate New Year New Year
Some of us celebrate the Harvest the Harvest

Diwali Diwali The Solstice, The Solstice New Year New Year the Harvest the Harvest
We celebrate Peace and Love
All around the world
Track Name: It's the Little Things
It’s the little things that you do
It’s the little things that I do too
It’s the little things we do together
That make this world a little better
It’s the little things that we do

There’s a little light inside of you
There’s a little light inside me too
And when we put our lights together and
Do the little things together
We make this world a little better…

There’s a little song inside of you
There’s a little song inside me too
And when we sing our songs together and
When we put our lights together and
Do the little things together
We make this world a little better…

Even on the coldest morning a little fire warms
Even on the darkest night the little stars still shine
And even in the dead of winter beneath the frozen ground
The little seeds lie waiting to start their upward climb

It’s the little things that you do
It’s the little things that I do too
It’s the little things we do together
That make this world a little better
It’s the little things that we do

There’s a little song inside of you
There’s a little song inside me too
And when we sing our songs together and
When we put our lights together and
Do the little things together
We make this world a little better