The Christmas We Hoped For

by Vanessa Peters

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Out in the harbor The ships come in, it's Christmastime The kids all holler carols 'cross the water Stars that shine All that I want, all that I want Above the rooftops The full moon dips its golden spoon I wait on clip-clops, deer might fly Why not? I met you All that I want, all that I want And when the night is falling Down the sky at midnight Another year is stalling Far away a good bye, good night All that I want., all that I want, all that I want So small a turning The world grows older every day An ache, a yearning Soften when I hear you say All that I want, all that I want And when the cold wind's blowing Snow drifts through the pine trees In houses lights are glowing Likewise in your eyes that find me here With all that I want. Out in the harbor The ships come in, it's Christmastime It's Christmastime It's Christmastime.
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Bells will be ringing this sad sad news Oh what a Christmas to have the blues My baby's gone I have no friends To wish me greetings once again Crowds will be singing Silent Night Christmas carols by candlelight Please come home for Christmas Please come home for Christmas If not for Christmas by New Years night Friends and relations send salutations Sure as the stars shine above But this is Christmas yes Christmas my dear The time of year to be with the ones you love So won't you tell me you'll never more roam Christmas and new Years will find you home There'll be no more sorrow no grief and pain And I'll be happy once again And I'll be happy once again
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Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping on your nose, Yuletide carols being sung by a choir, And folks dressed up like Eskimos. Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe, Help to make the season bright. Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow, Will find it hard to sleep tonight. They know that Santa's on his way; He's loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh. And every mother's child is going to spy, To see if reindeer really know how to fly. And so I'm offering this simple phrase, To kids from one to ninety-two, Although its been said many times, many ways, A very Merry Christmas to you
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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, 'Til He appear'd 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! O hear the angels' voices! O night divine, O night when Christ was born; O night divine, O night, O night Divine. Truly He taught us to love one another; His law is love and His gospel is peace. Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother; And in His name all oppression shall cease. Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, Let all within us praise His holy name. Fall on your knees! O hear the angels' voices! O night divine, O night when Christ was born; O night divine, O night, O night Divine.
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This will be the year that we are here This will be a Christmas lived in the present tense Held together by the string of lights around the house That cast out their glow on the faces of our friends And every year The season of cheer Is tinged with a slight hint of gray But we carry on in the hopes that the Christmas we’ve wanted for so long would come our way And this will be the year that we are here The phone lines stay open, the cards are in the mail No grievances past from long ago The memory of hurt has grown dim and frail And every year The season of cheer Is tinged with a slight hint of gray But we carry on in the hopes that the Christmas we’ve wanted for so long would come our way And this will be the year that we are here Surrounded by love and firmly in the now The Christmas we had hoped for we had all along But just overlooked somehow Somehow...
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Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Let your heart be light From now on, our troubles will be out of sight Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Make the Yule-tide gay, From now on, our troubles will be miles away. Here we are as in olden days, Happy golden days of yore. Faithful friends who are dear to us Gather near to us once more. Through the years We all will be together, If the Fates allow Until then we'll have to muddle through somehow, And have yourself A merry little Christmas now.
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Take back the holly and mistletoe Silver bells on string If I wrote a letter to Santa Claus I would ask for just one thing I don't need sleigh rides in the snow Don't want a Christmas that's blue Take back the tinsel, stockings, and bows 'Cuz all I want for Christmas is you I don't need expensive things They don't matter to me All that I want, can't be found Underneath the Christmas tree You are the angel atop my tree You are my dream come true Santa can't bring me what I need 'Cuz all I want for Christmas is you I don't need expensive things They don't matter to me All that I want, can't be found Underneath the Christmas tree You are the angel atop my tree You are my dream come true (dream come true) Santa can't bring me what I need 'Cuz all I want for Christmas is you 'Cuz all I want for Christmas is you 'Cuz all I want for Christmas is you
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What Child is this who, laid to rest On Mary's lap is sleeping? Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet, While shepherds watch are keeping? This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing; Haste, haste, to bring Him laud, The Babe, the Son of Mary. God rest ye merry, gentlemen Let nothing you dismay Remember, Christ, our Saviour Was born on Christmas day To save us all from Satan's power When we were gone astray O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy O tidings of comfort and joy Why lies He in such mean estate, Where ox and ass are feeding? Good Christians, fear, for sinners here The silent Word is pleading. Raise, raise a song on high, The virgin sings her lullaby. Joy, joy for Christ is born, The Babe, the Son of Mary. We three kings of Orient are Bearing gifts we traverse afar Field and fountain, moor and mountain Following yonder star Glorious now behold Him arise King and God and Sacrifice Alleluia, Alleluia Earth to heav'n replies O Star of wonder, star of night Star with royal beauty bright Westward leading, still proceeding Guide us to thy Perfect Light So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh, Come peasant, king to own Him; The King of kings salvation brings, Let loving hearts enthrone Him. This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing; Haste, haste, to bring Him laud, The Babe, the Son of Mary.
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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day Their old familiar carols play, And wild and sweet the words repeat Of peace on earth, good will to men. I thought how, as the day had come, The belfries of all Christendom Had rolled along the unbroken song Of peace on earth, good will to men. And in despair I bowed my head: "There is no peace on earth," I said, "For hate is strong and mocks the song Of peace on earth, good will to men." Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: "God is not dead, nor doth he sleep; The wrong shall fail, the right prevail, With peace on earth, good will to men."
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Sleigh bells ring, are you listening, In the lane, snow is glistening A beautiful sight, We're happy tonight. Walking in a winter wonderland. Gone away is the bluebird, Here to stay is a new bird He sings a love song, As we go along, Walking in a winter wonderland. In the meadow we can build a snowman, And pretend that he is Parson Brown He'll say: Are you married? We'll say: No man, But you can do the job When you're in town. Later on, we'll conspire, As we dream by the fire To face unafraid, The plans that we've made, Walking in a winter wonderland. In the meadow we can build a snowman, And pretend that he is Parson Brown We'll have lots of fun with mister snowman, Until the other kids knock him down. Later on, we'll conspire, As we dream by the fire To face unafraid, The plans that we've made, Walking in a winter wonderland.
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It's the most wonderful time of the year With the kids jingle belling And everyone telling you "Be of good cheer" It's the most wonderful time of the year It's the hap-happiest season of all With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings When friends come to call It's the hap-happiest season of all There'll be parties for hosting Marshmallows for toasting And caroling out in the snow There'll be scary ghost stories And tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago It's the most wonderful time of the year There'll be much mistltoeing And hearts will be glowing When love ones are near It's the most wonderful time of the year It's the most wonderful time of the year There'll be much mistltoeing And hearts will be glowing When love ones are near It's the most wonderful time of the year
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The sun is shining, the grass is green, The orange and palm trees sway. There's never been such a day in Beverly Hills, L.A. But it's December twenty-fourth And I am longing to be up North 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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released November 1, 2011

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Vanessa Peters Austin, Texas

Indie singer/songwriter from Texas. Musician, Italophile, Virgo, coffee nerd, food lover, bossy-pants, big ol' softie.
I've released 10+ albums and played over 1000 shows in 11 countries. I'm not done yet.

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