Hearth and Fire

by Matt Walton

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Winter is a great time of year. A time for feasting and merriment, long cosy nights snuggled up with the cat, and it's also when traditional music crawls out of the woodwork and takes centre stage in the form of Christmas carols. This album is a collection of experiments with those songs, and may grow over time.

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released December 13, 2009

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Track Name: All In The Morning
It was on Christmas Day
And all in the morning
Our saviour was born, our dear heavenly King
And was not this a joyful thing?
And sweet Jesus they called him by name

It was on the same day
And all in the morning
That shepherds were led to our heavenly King
And was not this a joyful thing?
And sweet Jesus they called him by name

It was on the seventh day
And all in the morning
That wise men were led to our heavenly King
And was not this a joyful thing?
And sweet Jesus they called him by name

'Twas Holy Wednesday
And all in the morning
That Judas betrayed our dear heavenly King
And was not this a woeful thing?
And sweet Jesus they called him by name

For thirty silver pieces
He sold our saviour
And Peter thrice denied our dear heavenly King
And was not this a woeful thing?
And sweet Jesus they called him by name

'Twas Sheer Thursday
And all in the morning
They laid a crown of thorns on our heavenly King
And was not this a woeful thing?
And sweet Jesus they called him by name
Track Name: The Holly and the Ivy
The holly and the ivy when they are full grown
Of all the trees in the wood the holly bears the crown
Oh the rising of the sun and the running of the deer
The playing of the organ sweet singing in the choir

The holly bears a blossom as white as any flower
And Mary bore Jesus Christ to be our saviour
Oh the rising of the sun and the running of the deer
The playing of the organ sweet singing in the choir

The holly bears a berry as red as any blood
And Mary bore Jesus Christ to do sinners good
Oh the rising of the sun and the running of the deer
The playing of the organ sweet singing in the choir

The holly bears a prickle as sharp as any thorn
And Mary bore Jesus Christ on Christmas Day in the morn
Oh the rising of the sun and the running of the deer
The playing of the organ sweet singing in the choir

The holly bears a bark as bitter as any gall
And Mary bore Jesus Christ to save us all
Oh the rising of the sun and the running of the deer
The playing of the organ sweet singing in the choir
Track Name: The Gloucestershire Wassail
Wassail! Wassail all over the town!
Our toast it is white and our ale it is brown
Our bowl it is made of the white maple tree
With the wassailing bowl we'll drink to thee!

So here is to Cherry and to his right cheek!
Pray God send our master a good piece of beef
And a good piece of beef that we all may see
With the wassailing bowl we'll drink to thee!

And here is to Dobbin and to his right eye!
Pray God send our master a good Christmas pie
And a good Christmas pie that we may all see
With our wassailing bowl we'll drink to thee!

So here is to Broad May and to her broad horn!
May God send our master a good crop of corn
And a good crop of corn that we may all say
With the wassailing bowl we'll drink to thee!

And here is to Fillpail and to her left ear!
Pray God send our master a happy new year
And a happy new year as e'er he did see
With our wassailing bowl we'll drink to thee!

And here is to Colly and to her long tail!
Pray God send our master he never may fail
A bowl of strong beer; I pray you draw near
And our jolly wassail it's then you shall hear

Come butler come fill us a bowl of the best
Then we hope that your soul in heaven may rest
But if you do draw us a bowl of the small
Then down shall go butler, bowl and all!

Then here's to the maid in the lily-white smock
Who tripped to the door and slipped back the lock
Who tripped to the door and pulled back the pin
For to let these jolly wassailers in.
Track Name: Gaudete!
Gaudete! gaudete! Christus est natus
Ex Maria Virgine: gaudete!

Tempus adest gratiae
Hoc quod optabamus
Carmina Laeticiae
Devote reddamus

Gaudete! gaudete! Christus est natus
Ex Maria Virgine: gaudete!

Deus homo factus est
Natura mirante
Mundus renovatus est
A Christo regnante

Gaudete! gaudete! Christus est natus
Ex Maria Virgine: gaudete!

Ezechielis porta
Clausa pertransitur
Unde Lux est orta
Salus invenitur

Gaudete! gaudete! Christus est natus
Ex Maria Virgine: gaudete!

Ergo nostra concio
Psalat jam in lustro
Bendicat Domino
Salus Regi nostro

Gaudete! gaudete! Christus est natus
Ex Maria Virgine: gaudete!