The Night Before Christmas Was Invented

by Ah, Venice

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Each track will be added as they are completed, there will be no physical album this year so watch for more tracks added right up to Christmas.

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released December 6, 2013

Chris Thompson - Vocals, ukulele, guitar, synths, percussion, etc

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Track Name: Sleep Tight
rest well, little soul, may you always walk in sunshine
sleep well, little soul, may you never know the cold
make light, little soul, & may it all be lit up for you
sleep tight.
drink deep, little soul, heaven knows there's much to offer
be seen, little soul, heaven knows there's much to share
be missed, little soul, but remain in our thoughts
and prayers.
may you always keep a feast before you,
& may your hunger never cease,
may you always know the joy of christmas morning,
and the night before.
rest well.
Track Name: How To Live in the Cold
I appreciate your attempts to see me at my best,
& I wanted to say thinks for the handprint on my chest.
The good fight wasn't over, but we both had gone,
you were trying to get my bad parts warm, & put your hand on my heart.
snow fell down
to meet me and show
me how to live in the cold
as if I didn't know
I was alone.

I was getting good a desolation, at being broken & broke,
staying knee-deep in smoke as if I deserved it,
and I'm in no hurry to get back there again
taking punches just to roll with them, taking in all in.
snow fell down
to meet me and show
me how to live in the cold
as if I didn't know
I was alone.
Track Name: Lit Up
It's getting a little late and it's well past last call and we never got to have that talk,
the pipes froze open and I wanted to apologize, and still will if you want.

Yeah it was a hell of a winter but what'd we learn?
By the time you left for good I already thought you were gone.

It's true that when we got lit up that we got lit up to forget, but couldn't tell you now what all that was about.
It's true that when we walked that we would carry one-another but that just not the way we walk anymore.

And yeah it was a hell of a party but what'd we learn?
By the time you left for good I already thought you were gone.
And it used to be true, we'd bite the bullet & shoot the moon
but honestly you and me we are no longer little bobbysoxer stars.
Track Name: It's Coming Down (Like a Motherfucker)
I beat the lines, you walk right through
the bullshit I keep telling you
and I do not want to wait again
so I bear my teeth and walk right in.

You try to read between the lines
but it's hard to read by christmas lights
I drink the rain and it's alright
so let's hunker down and say goodnight.

And when it's comin' down like a motherfucker
then I know what to do
I'm staying right here next to you.

We can stay home all december
we can be snowed in
we can keep warm on each other
we can watch Die Hard again

I'll show you how to beat the lines
& keep you warm, I promise
we're right on time, no need to rush
we can stay home for christmas


And when it's comin' down like a motherfucker
then I know what to do
And when it's comin' down like a motherfucker
then I know what to do
I'm staying right here next to you.

...you never knew that I was good at desolation, oh
the time right I think for asking you a question, oh
'cause you and I we got a holiday conception, oh
but maybe that's not what is actually important

so hole up, hunker down
brace and against and say goodnight,
try our best to read by the light of christmas lights
I know that I can't go back
but I feel that I can do better
or maybe do it again
wanna give you something to believe in

so get your warm gloves
I guess I gave mine away
don't remember to whom,
actually it might've been you.
Track Name: Tomorrow or Christmas Eve
It's alright if you don't pick up
it's just me again
it's alright if don't call me back right away
i'm cool to wait
'til whenever or eventually

Warming up these hands of mine
found a peppermint
you gave to me in a Japanese restaurant
maybe I'll go back
tomorrow or Christmas eve.

I know we drank to forget
couldn't tell you what
I know we carried one another home
something to think about
tomorrow or christmas eve.