Midwinter Midnights, Vol. 1

by Emily Ann Peterson

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released November 26, 2015

All Instrumentation by Emily Ann Peterson: Vocals, Piano, Cello, Sparkly Maraca, Glockenspiel, Hot Pink Egg Shaker, Organ, Bass, Ukulele, Tenor Guitar, & Sleigh Bells

Engineering & Tracking by Emily Ann Peterson

Mastering by Chris Mathews Jr.

Album Photography by Cliff Rosson

Cover Design by The Magnolia Agency

Special Thanks to Patrons: Nicholas Herring, Cindy Peterson, and James Lenhardt

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Emily Ann Peterson Tacoma, Washington

Acts of neurological defiance break through creative glass ceilings. This is proof. With roots in Texas & Georgia, Emily Ann Peterson spent over 17 years as a cellist collaboratively writing songs with her colleagues & singing along when asked until 2013 when she was diagnosed with a degenerative tremor in her right hand. Refusing to resign to fate and genetics, she expanded and wrote these songs. ... more

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Track Name: Do You Want To Build A Snowman?
Do you want to build a snowman?
Come on, Let's go and play.
I never see you anymore.
Come out the door.
It's like you've gone away.
We used to be best buddies and now we're not.
I wish you would tell me why.
Do you want to build a snowman?
It doesn't have to be a snowman.
Okay bye.

Do you want to build a snowman?
Or ride our bikes around the halls?
I think some company is overdue.
I'm talking to the walls.
It gets a little lonely, all these empty rooms.
Just watching the hours tick by...

Please I know you're in there.
They're asking where you've been.
They say have courage and I'm trying to.
I'm right out here for you, just let me in.
We only have each other.
It's just you and me
What are we gonna do?

Do you want to build a snowman?
It doesn't have to be a snowman.
Track Name: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Have yourself a merry little Christmas, let your heart be light.
From now on our troubles will be out of sight.
May your heart be full of gladness and the peace that covers sadness
May you have yourself a merry little Christmas now.

Through the years we all will be together if the fates allow.
Hang a shining star upon the highest bow.
May your heart be full of gladness and the peace that covers sadness
May you have yourself a merry little Christmas now.

May your heart be full of gladness and the peace that covers sadness.
May your joy be overflowing and your many blessings growing.
May you have the time you long for with the people that you love.
May you have yourself a merry little Christmas now.
Track Name: In The Bleak Midwinter
In the bleak midwinter, frost wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a wise man, I would do my part;
Yet what can I give him: I can give my heart.
Track Name: Mele Kalikimaka
"Mele Kalikimaka" 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 palms trees sway.
Here we know that Christmas will be green and bright.
The sun will shine by day and all the stars by night.
"Mele Kalikimaka" is Hawaiian's way
to say "Merry Christmas" to you.
Track Name: River
It's coming on Christmas
They're cutting down trees
They're putting up reindeer
Singing songs of joy and peace
Oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on

But it don't snow here
It stays pretty green
I'm gonna make a lot of money
Then I'm gonna quit this crazy scene
I wish I had a river I could skate away on

I wish I had a river so long,
I would teach my feet to fly.
Oh I wish I had river I could skate away on
I made my baby cry

He tried hard to help me
You know he put me at ease
And he loved me so naughty
Made me weak in the knees
Oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on

I'm so hard to handle
I'm selfish and I'm sad
Now I've gone and lost the best baby
That I ever had
Oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on

I wish I had a river so long
I would teach my feet to fly
Oh I wish I had a river
I made my baby say goodbye

It's coming on Christmas
They're cutting down trees
They're putting up reindeer
Singing songs of joy and peace
I wish I had a river I could skate away on
Track Name: Sleep In Peace
Silent Night, Holy Night
Peace is near, take your breath
Rest is found in love's pure light.
There's a way for you, calm and bright.
You can let go, I'll hold your hand
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent Night, Holy Night
Home is near, close your eyes
Time has suffered, I know you tried
Breath will leave, when pain subsides
You can let go, I'll hold your hand
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent Night, Holy Night
Life could not hold you through your strife
Truth is found in space you left
Hope remains in how deep you rest
Holding on won't make you last
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep...
Sleep...