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The Moody Blues

DECEMBER

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December album
 LIST OF SONGS

  1. DON'T NEED A REINDEER
  2. DECEMBER SNOW
  3. IN THE QUIET OF CHRISTMAS MORNING
  4. ON THIS CHRISTMAS DAY
  5. HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER)
  6. A WINTER'S TALE
  7. THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS
  8. YES I BELIEVE
  9. WHEN A CHILD IS BORN
10. WHITE CHRISTMAS
11. IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER

Don't Need A Reindeer
Justin Hayward


Do you remember long ago?
And how we loved when we were children
Let's be like children
This Christmas time

And if you say that you'll be mine
Then all the stars will shine around us
Love will surround us
This Christmas time
(Ahhhh, ahhhh)

I don't need a reindeer
I don't need the snow
Tell me you love me
And I'm ready to go
Out of the darkness, into the light
This is the Christmas where we make it all right
Make it all right

I hear you talking in my dreams
Of nights of love and days of wonder
I still remember each Christmas time

So if you see me on the street
No need ask me what would please me
It's your love, believe me
This Christmas time
(Ahhhh, ahhhh)

I don't need a reindeer
I don't need the snow
Tell me you love me
And I'm ready to go

Out of the darkness, into the light
This is the Christmas where we make it all right
Yeah, don't need the snow
Yeah, I'm ready to go
This is the season of beauty and light
Love, love, we can make it all right
Make it all right

I don't need a reindeer
Don't need the snow
Tell me you love me
And I'm ready to go
Out of the darkness into the light
This is the Christmas where we make it all right

Yeah, people will sing 
Sing of the new life and the joy it will bring
This is the season of beauty and light
Love, love we can make it all right
Yeah...
Love, love we can make it all right

'Cause all the world over, the people will sing
Yeah, the joy it can bring

December Snow
Justin Hayward



Like December snow
That lays in the wood
You're gone too soon
I knew you should

With October skies 
You brought your love
But November came 
Taking all I have and
Time, take this sadness from me
Time, bring my heart back safely
Hold on to warm September
'Cause life can be like December snow

With your touch of love
in this Autumn world
The Sun was bright
The songs were heard

And maybe fools like me
Are under your spell
But with leaves that fall
I hear you callin'

Time, take this sadness from me
Time, bring my heart back safely
Hold on to warm September
'Cause life can be like December Snow

Time, take this sadness from me
Time, bring my heart back safely
Hold on to warm September
'Cause life can be like December Snow

In The Quiet Of Christmas Morning
(Bach 147)
Traditional
Arranged by Justin Hayward and Danilo Madonia


In the quiet of Christmas morning
In the peace of Christmas dawn
The child that is the future
Will see the earth reborn

When we take our Christmas journey
In the steps that went before
With hands across the water
In peace forever more

In the quiet of Christmas morning
In the peace of Christmas dawn
The child that is the future
Will see the earth reborn

On This Christmas Day
John Lodge


I saw your picture in the paper
I didn't know your name
But the pain was there for all to see
As the snow turned to rain

I saw your picture didn't know what to do
A lonely face in the crowd
In that moment when the world stood still
And tears lay on the ground

Wherever I go, I will think of you
Whatever I do, whatever I say on this Christmas Day

A silent a prayer on the street
Is it Heaven that has the final word? 
With the world at your feet

Wherever I go, I will think of you
Whatever I do, whatever I say on this Christmas Day
On this Christmas day

Wherever I go, I will think of you
Whatever I do, whatever I say on this Christmas Day

Wherever I go, I will think of you, I will be with you
On this Christmas Day
On this Christmas Day

Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
John Lennon and Yoko Ono


So this is Christmas
And what have you done?
Another year over
A new one just begun

And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear ones
The old and the young

Very, merry Christmas
And a happy new year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Christmas
The weak and the strong
The rich and the poor ones 
The road is so long

And so happy Christmas
For black and for white
The yellow and red ones
Let's stop all the fight 

A very, merry Christmas
And a happy new year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear

A Winter's Tale
Mike Batt and Tim Rice


The nights are colder now
Maybe I should close the door
And anyway the snow has covered all your footsteps
And I can follow you no more

The fire still burns at night
My memories are warm and clear
But everybody knows 
It's hard to be alone at this time of year

It was only a winter's tale
Just another winter's tale
And why should the world take notice
Of one more love that's failed?

A love that can never be
Though it meant a lot to you and me
On a world-wide scale
We're just another winter's tale

While I stand alone
A bell is ringing far away
I wonder if you're here
I wonder if you're listening
I wonder where you are today
Good luck, I wish you well
For all that wishes may be worth
I hope that love and strength
Are with you for the length 
Of your time on earth

It was only a winter's tale
Just another winter's tale
And why should the world take notice
Of one more love that's failed?

It's a love that can never be
Though it meant a lot to you and me
On a world-wide scale
We're just another winter's tale

It was only a winter's tale
Just another winter's tale
And why should the world take notice
Of one more love that's failed?

It's a love that can never be
Though it meant a lot to you and me
On a world-wide scale
We're just another winter's tale

We're just another winter's tale

The Spirit of Christmas
John Lodge


The star of Bethlehem was shining
Across a Palestinian sky
The Church of the Nativity was crying
And we looked on, who can tell me why?
Where are the wise men when they're wanted?
Nowhere to be seen, like thieves in the night
The desert is drifting every closer
The world won't sleep well tonight

Where did the spirit of Christmas go?
Lost in the desert or covered in snow
Where did the spirit of Christmas go?
If you can find it, please let me know

The shepherds are in the fields sleeping
Waiting for a sign to light up the sky
Heaven is moving ever closer
The promise of a child born on high

Where did the spirit of Christmas go?
Lost in the desert or covered in snow
Where did the spirit of Christmas go?
If you can find it, please let me know

Looking for an answer that escapes me (Love set me free!)
If there is a reason let me know (Whoa!)
Drifting slow through time and space not knowing where we are
How did we ever get this far?

Where did the spirit of Christmas go?
Lost in the desert or covered in snow
Where did the spirit of Christmas go?
If you can find it, please let me know

Where did the spirit of Christmas go?
Lost in the desert or covered in snow
Where did the spirit of Christmas go?
If you can find it, please let me know

Yes I Believe
Justin Hayward


The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love
Still there when the innocence has gone
But we have each other we laugh and we cry
The cares of the world still carry on

Yes I believe in a better world
And like the rest of us I pray
For peace on this earth and a better life
With every beautiful day

I once met a holy man who showed me the way
The road to tranquility at last
The more he was listening, the more he would say
With the tales of the days of future passed

He said "Yes I believe in a better world
And like the rest of us I try
To hold on to hope for a better life
With every day that goes by"

And if we dare to dream of Paradise unseen
It might come true
And if you stand by me
I swear with all my heart 
I'll stand by you

Yes, I believe in a better world
A world where my sisters can be free
And I have a place in my brother's heart 
For everybody to see

I dream of my destiny, my days in the sun
To live in the garden of our love
I search for some happiness
I search for my soul
I pray for some strength from God above

Yes, I believe in a better world
And like the rest of us, I pray
For peace on this earth and a better life
With every beautiful day
With every beautiful day

When A Child Is Born
Zacar, translation by Fred Jay


A ray of hope flickers in the sky
A tiny spark lights up way up high
All across the land dawns a brand new morn
This comes to pass when a child is born

A silent wish sails the seven seas
The winds of change whisper in the trees
And the walls of doubt crumble, tossed and torn
This comes to pass when a child is born

A rosy hue settles all around
You've got the feel you're on solid ground
For a spell or two, no one seems forlorn
This comes to pass when a child is born

It's all a dream, an illusion now
It must come true, sometime soon, somehow
All across the land dawns a brand new morn
This comes to pass when a child is born

White Christmas
Irving Berlin


I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the tree tops 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

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

May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white

In The Bleak Midwinter
Christina Rossetti and Gustav Holst


In the bleak midwinter 
Frosty wind may blow
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, 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 I can, I give him
Give my heart

Snow had fallen, snow on snow 
Snow on snow on snow
In the bleak midwinter
Long, long ago

Album Information:
Released October 28, 2003 by Universal Records, Inc
Front Cover Artwork: Lucio De Giuseppe

Produced by Justin Hayward and John Lodge

Recorded at Mulinetti Studios, Italy by Alberto Parodi.
Pre-production at Danworks, programming, keyboards and orchestrations by Danilo Madonia.
Mixed at Mulinetti Studios, Italy by Alberto Parodi and Danilo Madonia and Absolute, London by Danilo Madonia.

Flute on "In The Quiet of Christmas Morning" and "The Spirit of Christmas": Norda Mullen.

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