Ornaments

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Ornaments was a Christmas project dreamed up by my friend Jeremy Cordy. He approached me in early November 2009 with the idea of gathering the various musically talented friends we had to try to put together something beautiful. I couldnʼt be more pleased with the results.

Comprised of almost entirely original songs, the project was an attempt to fill a few gaps in the Christmas music we were used to hearing all the time and explore some different scenarios and ideas.

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released December 20, 2009

Michael Edwards, Shelby Edwards, Jeremy Cordy, Rachel Cordy, Brett Horner, Jane Davenport, Greg Jenkins, Joel Manahan, Benji Robinson, Mark Dally, Dan Lyon, Ben Lucas, Andrew Bair, Stuart Clark, Bree Manahan, Emily Haye

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Michael Edwards Columbus, Ohio

Graphic designer, animator and podcaster. Co-founder of Sunrise Robot. Sometimes musician. Miss my dad.

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Track Name: Christmas Party
All our friends are waiting for us
Hurry up ʻcause I canʼt wait to get there
Why donʼt I go start the car while
You put on your Christmas sweater?

Gonna have some fun tonight
Hurry up ʻcause I canʼt wait to get there
This old clunkerʼs gonna make it
Donʼt worry about the weather

Weʼll be playing in the snow
Our cheeks a rosy glow
Our favorite time of year is here!

Pulling right up to the house
Hey look thereʼs Joel heʼs waving out the window!
(“Hey guys!”)
Hold my hand, itʼs slick outside
The sidewalkʼs like a slip ʻn slide! (A slip ʻn slide! Wheee!)
Feel the warmth from the front door
See all the presents on the floor
Where should ours go?
Whatʼs your favorite Christmas song?
Everybody sing along!

Weʼre playing in the snow
Our cheeks a rosy glow
Has anybody seen
that picture of Michael Eugene? (hahahha!)
Our favorite time of year is here
Track Name: Pouty Kid (I See No Reason For The Season)
In a quiet suburb, unwrapping Christmas gifts
Hoping for all good ones, all thatʼs on his wishlist
Ornery and obnoxious, throwing tantrums and fits
Asking questions rudely, “Why youʼd even buy this?”
“Do you even know me?” “Thatʼs all for this Christmas!?”

Two years more the wiser, brother starts to speak up
“Why are you unhappy? At least you got some presents,
Though it doesnʼt matter. If youʼve got to hear this
I have to be honest and put this into context

Christmas doesnʼt matter, and this isnʼt the worst part
Presents might be fleeting but brother donʼt you know?
Thereʼs no reason for the season, no reason for this life
Terminal this body, transient this strife

Trust me Iʼve been looking but sadly thereʼs no answers

Just lay there and pretend that everything is great when
Everybody dies and no one will remember
Everybody dies and no one will remember you
Track Name: The Devil's Nativity
When the baby took his first breath
I pictured the day heʼd take his last
In time I will rise and this runt they adore is gonna die

I got skin on my teeth
and I spit when I speak
Iʼve seen a thousand babies just like he
...doesnʼt seem that special to me

Fires, fleas and all kinds of disease
are the only gifts youʼll get from me
Love and grace canʼt set you free
ʻcause hellʼs beneath your feet

You think this kidʼs a king
thatʼll draw all men to him?
I think those chances are pretty slim
Heʼll teach and heʼll laugh and heʼll cry
but this son of man is gonna die

Fires, fleas and all kinds of disease
are the only gifts youʼll get from me
Fires, fleas and all kinds of disease
and hell beneath your feet
Track Name: We Pick Up Our Instruments
Find your feet!
Come on! Move to the beat!
Get off that seat!
Come on! Move to the beat!
Pick up your instrument and join in the song!
Donʼt stop playing ʻtill that negative spirit is gone!

Alleluia

Will you pick up your instruments?
Will you play from your soul?
Will you fight for your happiness?
Have you got hope in your bones?
Youʼve got too much to be thankful for
to let this mood take control
So like the music of David let it fill up your soul!

Son of man born in Bethlehem Son of man bringinʼ joy!
Son of man born in Bethlehem Son of man bringinʼ joy!
Track Name: Wake Up, It's Christmas
What can light a tree with no electricity?
Who can give a gift with pockets that are empty?
Who can bring me all the joy that I could need?
What can bring you here in time for Christmas eve?

Itʼs Christ in you
Itʼs Christ in me
and through His love weʼre a family

When children pure and happy pray to the blessed child
When misery cries out to the son of the mother mild
When love stands watching and faith holds wide the door
What glory brings Christmas here to us once more?

Itʼs Christ in you
Itʼs Christ in me
and through His love...
Itʼs Christ in you
Itʼs Christ in me
and through His love weʼre a family

Christ in you... Christ in me...
Track Name: Trois Paquebots
I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas day, on Christmas day
I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas day in the morning

Oh what was in those ships all three?
On Christmas day, on Christmas day
Oh what was in those ships all three?
On Christmas day in the morning

The virgin Mary and Christ were there
On Christmas day, on Christmas day
The virgin Mary and Christ were there
On Christmas day in the morning
Track Name: Where We're Loved Best Of All
Carrying gifts from afar
Donʼt even know where you are
Left our party so early
Wandering streets in the morning
...Christmas morning

Found our familyʼs house (where we used to live)
Strangers inhabit it now (with their own festivities)
Smiles big and true
People sayinʼ “I love you.”
...Christmas morning

Helping me find the place (where weʼre loved best of all)
Where we donʼt hide our shame (where we confess it all)
Where forgiveness sinks deep
Where our hope is complete
...Christmas morning