Christmas Time - Volume 2

by Friend of all the World

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Recorded on the fly over the month of November 2012 with what instruments we had on hand though the ravages of late autumn colds and occasional jack hammering down the road.

Mixed by Tim Gowdy - timgowdy.com
Cover Art by Milo and Greta

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released December 2, 2011

Ben Duval - Guitar, Octave Mandolin, Slide Guitar, Glock, Foot-stomps, Vocals
Celine Bianchi - Vocals, Harmonium, Glock
Robert Cole - Vocals, Banjo, Guitar, Floor Tom, Tambourine, Piano

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Friend of all the World Montréal, Québec

Indie folk-rock five-piece Friend of All the World formed around a Craigslist classified posted by singer-songwriter Robert Cole in 2010. The improbable ensemble has since been cultivating their signature eclectic sound, which has taken a raw and vital turn in their latest and third album called “Rue-St-Louis”. ... more

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Track Name: That Old Year Now Away is Fled
That old year well, away it fled,
A new year's come and entered,
So let us all our old sins downtread,
And joyful let's all appear,

And now we've New Year's gifts each friend,
For each other now to send,
And hope that we might these lives amend,
That truth it might one day appear,

Oh let all good company,
In cheerful manner all agree,
Here a welcome that all might see,
Oh send us a happy New Year,

Come lads come lasses, come everyone,
Come Tom, Jack, Mary, Bess and Joan,
Let's cut the meat down onto the bone,
A welcome you need never fear,

Oh let all good company,
In cheerful manner all agree,
Here a welcome that all might see,
Oh send us a happy New Year,

Come give me liquor when I should call,
I drink to all who are in this hall,
As one year rises, another falls,
So lean in and lend me an ear,

Oh let all good company,
In cheerful manner all agree,
Here a welcome that all might see,
Oh send us a happy New Year!
Track Name: Good King Wenceslas
Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the Feast of Stephen,
When the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even,
Brightly shone the moon that night, tho' the frost was cruel,
When a poor man came in sight, gath'ring winter fuel,

"Bring me flesh, and bring me wine, bring me pine logs hither,
Thou and I shall see him dine, when we bear them thither.",
Page and monarch, forth they went, forth they went together,
Through the rude wind's wild lament and the bitter weather,

In his master's steps he trod, where the snow lay dinted,
Heat was in the very sod which the saint had printed,
Therefore, Christian men, be sure, wealth or rank possessing,
Ye who now will bless the poor, shall yourselves find blessing.
Track Name: The Huron Carol
'Twas in the moon of wintertime when all the birds had fled,
That mighty Gitchi Manitou sent angel choirs instead,
Before their light the stars grew dim and wondering hunters heard the hymn,
Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria,

Within a lodge of broken bark the tender babe was found,
A ragged robe of rabbit skin enwrapped his beauty round,
But as the hunter braves drew nigh the angel song rang loud and high,
Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria,

The earliest moon of wintertime is not so round and fair,
As was the ring of glory on the helpless infant there,
The chiefs from far before him knelt with gifts of fox and beaver pelt,
Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria,

O children of the forest free, O seed of Manitou,
The holy Child of earth and heaven is born today for you,
Come kneel before the radiant boy who brings you beauty peace and joy,
Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria,

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