Bill Jardine's Home For Christmas!

by Bill Jardine

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released December 19, 2019

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Track Name: Home For Christmas
The train is rolling down the track I look ahead I don't look back
I've got some presents in my pack I'm coming home for Christmas
There's a light up on the hill there's a town that lies so still
There's a house that waits for me I'm coming home for Christmas

I'm coming home for Christmas It's where I want to be
I'm coming home for Christmas To be with family
We're going to hold together Gather around the tree
Were going to share a story I’m going to fill my heart
with love and peace

This whole world keeps spinning round but soon I'll be touching down
There’s someone there that waits for me I’m coming home for Christmas
Driving to the old hometown familiar sites familiar sounds
I was lost but now I'm found I'm home for Christmas

I'm coming home for Christmas It's where I want to be
I'm coming home for Christmas To be with family
We're going to hold together Gather around the tree
Were going to share a story I’m going to fill my heart
with love and peace

And every year it feels the same
When Christmas time comes round again
I get this feeling in my heart
I just want to be a part

I'm coming home for Christmas It's where I want to be
I'm coming home for Christmas To be with family
We're going to hold together Gather around the tree
Were going to share a story I’m going to fill my heart
with love and peace
Track Name: Little Drummer Boy
Come they told me pa ra pa pum pum
A new born king to see pa ra pa pum pum
Our finest gifts we bring pa ra pa pum pum
To lay before the king pa ra pa pum pum
Ra pa pum pum _________Ra pa pum pum
So to honor him ______ pa ra pa pum pum
When we come ____________O whoooo

Little baby _ __________pa ra pa pum pum
I am a poor boy too _____pa ra pa pum pum
I have no gift to bring___ pa ra pa pum pum
That's fit to give our king pa ra pa pum pum
Ra pa pum pum ______ Ra pa pum pum
Shall I play for you ___ pa ra pa pum pum
On my drum _________who whooo
(Key changes)
Who ______________who whoooo
Mary nodded___________pa ra pa pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time pa ra pa pum pum
I played my drum for him pa ra pa pum mum
I played my best for him __pa ra pa pum pum
Ra pa pum pum _____Ra pa pum pum
Then he smiled at me pa ra pa pum pum
Me and my drum ______Ho whoo ___ who whoo
Then he smiled at me pa ra pa pum pum
Me and my drum ______Ho whoo ___ ho whoo
Track Name: It's Christmas Time Again
There's a buzz out on the street With the people that you meet
It's a wave goodbye It's a look in your eye "It's Christmas time again!"
The trim is on the tree There's a stocking there for me
I'm going to look up high For that star in the sky
It's Christmas time It's Christmas time It's Christmas time in our own time
Christmas Time It's Christmas time It's Christmas Time Again!
Planes that fly the ocean Boats out on the sea
Well people all around the world Sing in harmony
Children staying up to late Just wondering what might be
And people gather all around With their families

The train is on the track (toot Toot) There’s a grandchild on a lap
It’s a homemade pie It's a fancy tie
It's Christmas time It's Christmas time It's Christmas time in our own time
It's Christmas Time It’s Christmas time It's Christmas Time Again
musical turnaround.. It's Christmas Time Again
Planes that fly the ocean Boats out on the sea
Well people all around the world Sing in harmony
Children staying up to late Just wondering what might be
And people gather all around With their families

The train is on the track (toot Toot)
There's a grandchild on a lap
It's a joyful cry It’s a natural high
It's Christmas time It's Christmas time
It's Christmas time in our own time
Christmas Time It's Christmas time
It's Christmas Time Again

Oh..Christmas time It's Christmas time It's Christmas time in our own time
Christmas Time It's Christmas time

It's Christmas Time Again Oh Christmas time Agaaaaaaiiinnn!
(short musical interlude)
Oh Christmas time It's Christmas time It's Christmas time in our own time
Christmas Time It's Christmas time It's Christmas Time Again
Merry Christmas Everybody!!
Track Name: Oh Holy Night
O holy night! The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear saviour's birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining  
Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices 
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn 

Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices! 
O night divine, O night when Christ was born; 
O night divine! 
O night, O night divine! 

(just choir)
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices! 
O night divine, O night when Christ was born; 
O night divine! 
O night, O night divine! 

instrumental
Cello - Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices! 
Keys- O night divine, the night when Christ was born; 
O night divine! 
O night, O night divine! 
Track Name: Jesus The Christ
A star in the sky A sign from on high
A baby is born tonight It’s Jesus the Christ
Oh Jesus the Christ Oh Jesus the Christ
(BABY) A baby is born tonight It’s Jesus the Christ

A babe and his mom Our lord and his son
A saviour to heal the world It’s Jesus the Christ
Oh Jesus the Christ Oh Jesus the Christ
(SAVIOR) A saviour to heal the world It’s Jesus the Christ

And wise men from the east awakened in the night
Bearing gifts they travelled following the light
There they found the baby lying in the hay
A brilliant light of a brand new day and then
Getting closer felt the power of his love
Reining down from above

It’s Jesus the Christ Oh Jesus the Christ
(LAY DOWN) Oh lay down your earthly things It’s Jesus the Christ

Oh Jesus the Christ Our Jesus the Christ
(BABY) A baby is born tonight It’s Jesus the Christ

Oh Jesus the Christ Our Jesus the Christ
(SAVIOUR) A saviour to heel the world It’s Jesus the Christ
A saviour to heal the world It’s Jesus the Christ
Track Name: Christmas In My Mind
The train has left the station the air is crisp and clean
The snow that’s found my little town is colored red, blue and green
I see the old church steeple it's ringing through the pines
I'm coming home for Christmas in my Mind

I walked beneath the street lamps that once took care of me
I gaze into the windows and see the Christmas trees
The moon lights up the meadow I see the back porch light
I'm coming home for Christmas in my mind

I'm coming home for Christmas I'll be right there with you
We'll gather around the Christmas tree we’ll sing-a-Song or two
We'll all join hands together we'll share some family time
I'm coming home for Christmas in my mind

(Spoken) It’s cold here on the battlefront the men have layed down their arms
It's Christmas eve for both sides here among these fields and farms
I hear the men they're singing it's raining through the pines
They take home for Christmas in my Mind

I see Mom in the kitchen She's picking us a pie
And Daddy's in the living room he's building us a fire
My brothers and my sisters were having a good time
I'm coming home for Christmas in my mind

I'm coming home for Christmas I'll be right there with you
We'll gather around the Christmas tree we’ll sing-a-Song or two
We'll all join hands together we'll share some family time
I'm coming home for Christmas in my mind

This war will soon be over and soon you'll all be mine
I'm coming home for Christmas if only in my
mind
Track Name: Silver Bells
City sidewalks, busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style
In the air there's a feeling of Christmas
Children laughing, people passing
Meeting smile after smile
And on every street corner you hear
Silver bells, (Silver Bells)
Silver bells, (Silver Bells)
It's Christmas time in the city
Ring-a-ling, ( Ring-a-ling)
Hear them ring, (Hear them ring)
Soon it will be Christmas day

Strings of street lights, even stoplights
Blinkin' bright red and green
As the shoppers rush home with their treasures
Hear the snow crunch, see the kids bunch
This is Santa's big day
And above all this bustle you hear
Silver bells, (Silver Bells)
Silver bells, (Silver Bells)
It's Christmas time in the city
Ring-a-ling, ( Ring-a-ling)
Hear them ring, (Hear them ring)
Soon it will be Christmas day
Soon it will be Christmas day
Track Name: The Story That's Behind
Well it was Christmas time in Collingwood Elementary 1-6
And the teachers were all buzzing round excited for the kids
And underneath my Christmas tree were gifts from kids piled high
And there was one gift that really caught my eye

Instead of Christmas paper it was wrapped in the Sunday news
And instead of pretty ribbon it was laces from some shoes
And stuck there on the cover with black tape was a sign for me
Merry Christmas Mrs. Jollymore from Johnny Reid

Well Johnny was the kind of kid a teacher learns to hate
He'd acted a fool Disrupt my class and always come in late
And when he wasn't bugging me for supplies he should have had
He was demanding of the time I never had

CHORUS: Do you ever stop and wonder why
Do you ever think about the story that's behind
If only we could open up our hearts to really see
What a wonderful world this could be

Well the day to open presents came - it would be that afternoon
And I got thinking about Johnny and his gift back in my room
So I went down to the office to investigate his file
I sat down to read for a while...

Grade one : Johnny’s a happy child he knows his ABC's
He gets along with others and loves to learn to read
You'll often see him drawing -he's developed quite a style
His mother got sick this year... she'll be in the hospital for a while
: Grade Two
Johnny's a quiet boy he finds it hard to learn
Doesn't play with others and he'll often miss his turn
He get confused and is sometimes frightened and sometimes he is sad
His Mother died this year- he lives now with his dad

Grade three : Johnny’s a boisterous child who draws on hallway walls
He shouts out loud, bullies the crowd, and when running often falls
And when it comes to schoolwork - you'll often hear "I can't "
His father works away from home - he bunking in now with his aunt.

CHORUS

Well I put Johnny's file away and headed back to class
We opened up some chocolates, an apron and a glass,
And when it came to Johnnies gift he placed it on my knee
He said, "This is for you Mrs Jollymore - it's from me!"
I slowly opened up the box and gently reached inside
There I found a bracelet that his mother wore with pride
Then a half empty bottle of chanel #5
And he said, "now you can smell like mom when she was alive"

Instrumental…
With trembling hands I put the items back into their place
I looked up at a little boy with tears on his face
How could I have been so blind to not see who he was
Just a little boy who needed love

CHORUS
Well I had Johnny all that year and for two years after that
I took him under way wing and gave him all I had
It was lunch time and after school and sometimes weekends too
I wanted to show him what he could do
Well Johnny he looked up to me he'd smile with every pat
He graduated high school and went on after that
To grad school his masters a doctor he would be
I wondered if he remembered me

CHORUS

20 years since we last met a letter can me
Hello Mrs. Jollymore I hope you remember me
I'm getting married and you don't know it but you're like family
My dad died a year ago - would you stand with me?

I never have forgotten the attention that you paid
You taught me to be a decent boy and that men could be made
And when I was lost and lonely - you were my shining star
I sure hope you can come from where ever you are
Well I wrote Johnny back and told him that I would
But he had been my shining star - my little boy who could
For he had giving me something that my heart could not forget
It was the biggest lesson that I've learned yet
Track Name: Melakiliki Maka
Melakiliki Maka

Mele Kaliki Maka is the thing to say
on a bright Hawaiian Christmas day
That's the island greeting that we send to you
From the land where palm trees sway

Here we know that Christmas
will be green and bright
The sun will shine by day
and all the stars at night

Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii's way
to say Merry Christmas to you

Then Choir alone sings a verse
Then Cellist sings a verse
Then audience member sings a verse
Then everyone songs a verse
(Bill ends the singing alone with )
well merry merry merry merry Christmas to you!
Track Name: Poem - Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep
Track Name: The Christ Child is Born
In the night the angels came from heaven
Down to shepherds in their fields so blessed
Telling of the baby born in Beth le hem
Go and see and tell the world about him

In the night a brilliant light was shining
Wise men from the east they followed blindly
There they found a baby softly sleeping
Bowing to his grace they heard the singing
Haaaaaaal lay looooou yah,
Haaaaaaal lay looooou yah,
Haaaaaaal lay looooou yah,
A baby ... the christ child ... is born

Now we know his life and what he gave us
Bearing sins upon the cross to save us
No where in this world you will not find his love
Can you hear the angels singing high above
Haaaaaaal lay looooou yah,
Haaaaaaal lay looooou yah,
Haaaaaaal lay looooou yah,
A baby ... the christ child ... is born
Haaaaaaal lay looooou yah,
Haaaaaaal lay looooou yah,
Haaaaaaal lay looooou yah,
A baby ... the christ child ... is born
Track Name: I'll Be Home For Christmas
I'll be home for Christmas
You can plan on me
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents on the tree

Christmas Eve will find me
Where the love light gleams
I'll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams

(Bills gives credit to musicians and singers over the ooowwws and aahhhhs over this next next verse)

I'll be home for Christmas
You can plan on me
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents on the tree

Christmas Eve will find me
Where the love light gleams
I'll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams
If only in my dreams

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