CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE - 2002


  • Christmas Is Almost Here - Carly Simon
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I'll Be Home For Christmas

Performed on The Caroline Rhea show - Dec. 13, 2002.

The Night Before Christmas

Carly's 2010 Christmas party at her home in Martha's Vineyard - with friends and family, including: Sally Taylor, Ben Taylor, David Saw, John Forte, Julie (through the glass) Simon Levine, Livingston Taylor, Kate Taylor. Photos by: Peter Simon

Liner Notes

Thanks to: Apogee Electronics, Betty Bennett, Amy Burr (& all at Gateway Mastering), Gloria Boyce, Judi Castano, Larry Ciancia, Bob Clearmountain, Gemma Corfield, Rose Mann, Michael Jennings Offen, The Peninsula Hotel, Mark Rothbaum, Arlyne Rothberg, Carole Bayer Sager & Sally Taylor

Merry Christmas to the whole world, and I pray that what John Lennon wrote in "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" comes to pass. And thanks and love to all, to those who have shared Christmases with me over the years, and years of cards - in our living rooms with guitars and pianos and mandolins or plain vocal prowess. How lucky we have been to have one another. So many come to mind. The departed. The lost ones, the ones who are found and will be lost again, and the ones who really may be found. May we all be able to abandon ourselves to higher truths and like our friends with snowflakes in their faces and on a bobtail sled be "laughing all the way."

Credits

Release Date: October 22, 2002 (Re-release with 2 extra tracks 2003 & 1 extra track in 2009)
Label: C'est Music (as of Oct. 21, 2012) - Prior label: Rhino
Album Billboard Peak: n/a

Produced by Don Was & Carly Simon
Recorded , Engineered & Mixed by Don Was
Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, Portland, ME

Recorded in Room 139, The Peninsula Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA
Mixed at The Record Plant, Hollywood, CA
Digital Voodoo by Nick Brophy
Assisted by J. D. Andrew

Recording, Engineering & Mixing on "Twelve Gates To The City", Mixing on "O Come, All Ye Faithful" and "I'll Be Home For Christmas" by Ed Cherney
Recording, Engineering & Mixing on "Heaven", Add'l Recording & Mixing on "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" & "Pretty Paper"; Add'l Recording on "Silent Night" & "Happy X-mas (War Is Over)" by Jimmy Parr at Parr Audio, Martha's Vineyard, MA

Newly Recorded Selections for the 2003 Release:
"White Christmas", Produced by Carly Simon * Engineered by Chris Papastephanou * Mixed by Carly Simon * Recorded & Mixed at Carole's Studio
"Forgive", Produced by Carly Simon, Andreas Vollwenweider & Jimmy Parr * Engineered by Jimmy Parr * Mixed by Carly Simon * Recorded & Mixed on Martha's Vineyard, MA
"The Night Before Christmas", Produced by Frank Filipetti, Carly Simon, Russ Kunkel

Production Coordination: Cindi Peters, Denise Searle & Blue Cullen
A&R Supervision: Robin Hurley & David McLees
Design: Julie Vlasak & Nancy Hopkins
Front Cover, Back Cover & Disc Photographs: Peter Simon
Inside Booklet Photographs: Max S. Gerber
except for Andreas Vollenweider photo by Dude Durst and Burt Bacharach photo courtesy of Linda Dozoretz Communications
Product Manager: Mike Engstrom
Project Assistance: Gary Peterson, Tim Scanlin, Sheryl Farber & Jimmy Edwards
Personal Management: Arlyne Rothberg
Legal Representation: L. Lee Phillips
Carly Simon's Personal Website: www.carlysimon.com
Webmaster: Jodie Wright

Don Was c/o World End (America) Inc.
Willie Nelson appears courtesy of Lost Highway Records

Christmas Is Almost Here
Lyrics & Music by: Livingston Taylor

There's a hand that's old and rough
And it's holding on
To one that's new and small
Whose life has just begun
Hand in hand
Young and old
Calm each others fears
Christmas is almost here

There's a rocky road ahead
Two people walk alone
Wondering in the fading light
If they can find their home
When hope is almost gone
A distant light appears
Christmas is almost here

Almost here for those in doubt
For those who must remain
Left behind when love goes cold
And shifting life makes change

Almost here for dreamers
Who think that there's a chance
That they will find their music
And a partner for the dance

There's a dream that doesn't die
Now we walk as one
Justice has a gentle hand
And love is like the sun

The darkest night is past
And by the stars we steer
Christmas is almost here
Christmas is almost here

Acoustic Guitar: Dean Parks
Electric Guitar: Mark Goldenberg
Synthesizer: Deron Johnson
Bass: Chris Chaney
Drums: Jim Keltner

© 2002 C'est Music ASCAP
White Christmas
Lyrics & Music by: Irving Berlin

l'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

Piano & Add'l Vocals: Burt Bacharach

© Copyright 1940, 1942 by Irving Berlin

O Come, All Ye Faithful
Lyrics & Music by: Traditional

O come, all ye faithful
Joyful and triumphant
O Come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem

Come and behold Him
Born the King of angels

O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

Come and behold Him
Born the King of angels

O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

Acoustic Guitar: Dean Parks
Electric Dobro: Joel Shearer

© 2002 C'est Music ASCAP
The Land of Christmas (Mary)
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

Take me into your hands
Make me into your prayer
Take me away to the land of Christmas
And dismiss my fear
Show me the way

You see I need a way to pass
through the pain
Breathe it and bear it and rise up again
Take me away to the land of Christmas
Where I can receive your kiss
Feel the strength in my heart

And wail like a baby
And sail through the storm
Be tender as Mary
With her newborn son

Is feeling small a very good thing?
Is feeling big really very small?
Take me away to the land of Christmas
Where I won't question your love at all

And when I kneel to you
It doesn't mean I'll get the message right
Take me away to the land of Christmas
Where I can't resist surrendering

And I'll wail like a baby
And sail through the storm
Be tender like Mary
With her newborn son
On Christmas morn
Tender as Mary
With her newborn son

Acoustic Guitar: Carly Simon
Bass: Chris Chaney
Drums; Jim Keltner

© 2002 C'est Music ASCAP

Silent Night
Lyrics & Music by: Joseph Mohr / Franz Gruber

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin, mother and child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories streams from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia
Christ, our Savior is born
Christ, our Savior is born

Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Acoustic Guitar: Carly Simon
Guitar: Joel Shearer
Bass: Chris Chaney
Harmony vocals: Arnold McCuller, Ben Taylor

© 2002 C'est Music ASCAP
Twelve Gates To The City
Lyrics & Music by: Traditional

Oh, what a beautiful city
Oh, what a beautiful city
Oh, what a beautiful city
Twelve gates to the city
Hallelujah

There are three gates in the east
And three to the west
There's three to the north
And three to the south
There's twelve gates to the city
Hallelujah

Oh, what a beautiful city
Oh, what a beautiful city
What a beautiful city
Twelve gates to the city
Hallelujah

Who are those children all dressed in red?
Twelve gates to the city
Must have been the children that Moses led
There's twelve gates to the city
Hallelujah

Oh, what a beautiful city
Oh, what a beautiful city
Oh, what a beautiful city
Twelve gates to the city
Hallelujah

Acoustic Guitar: Carly Simon
Organ: Billy Preston
Electric Guitar: Mark Goldenberg
Drums: Jim Keltner
Harmony vocals: Billy Preston

© 2002 C'est Music ASCAP

I'll Be Home For Christmas
Lyrics & Music by: Kim Gannon, Walter Kent, Buck Ram
Add'l Lyrics by: Carly Simon

I'll be home for Christmas
You can count on me
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents under the tree

Christmas eve will find me
Where the love light gleams
I'll be home for Christmas
But only in my dreams

I won't have to wait in the driveway
I'll be welcome back inside
Please ask the kids
To put on their pretty things
But do not give away my surprise

Destiny has it's reasons
And sometimes the ride is free
I'll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams

Acoustic Guitar: Dean Parks

© 2002 C'est Music ASCAP
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Lyrics & Music by:Traditional

God rest ye merry gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ our Savior
Was born on Christmas day

To save us all from Satan's power
When we were gone astray
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy

In Bethlehem and Israel
This blessed babe was born
And laid within a manger
Upon this blessed morn
Which his Mother Mary did nothing take in scorn

Oh, tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy

God rest ye merry gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ our Savior
Was born on Christmas day

To save us all from Satan's power
When we were gone astray
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy

Vocals: Carly Simon, Ben Taylor
Acoustic Guitar: Joel Shearer
Electric Guitar: Mark Goldenberg
Electric Piano: Benmont Tench
Bass: Chris Chaney
Drums: Jim Keltner
Harmony vocals: Arnold McCuller

© 2002 C'est Music ASCAP

Heaven
Lyrics by: Lucy Simon / Carly Simon
Music by: Lucy Simon

I can almost touch the stars
Filling up the night
On their way around the world
They stop their flight

I can see the brightest star
Dazzling in the west
Three wise men follow
With no time for rest

And heaven can't be far
From where we lie
Heaven can't be far
From where we lie

Follow, follow
Pilgrims follow
To see the carpenters' child
Born the king of angels
He is meek and mild
Son of Joseph
Son of Mary
Son of love
He is born
Son of all believers
On this Christmas morn

And heaven can't be far
From where we lie
Heaven can't be far
From where we lie

Acoustic Piano: Rob Mathes
Bass: Chris Chaney

© 2002 C'est Music ASCAP
Pretty Paper
Lyrics & Music by: Willie Nelson

Pretty paper
Pretty ribbons of blue
Wrap your presents to your darling from you
Pretty pencils to write “I love you”
Pretty paper
Pretty ribbons of blue

Crowded streets
Busy feet hustle by him
Downtown shoppers
Christmas is nigh
There he sits all alone on the sidewalk
Hoping that you won’t pass him by

Should you stop?
Better not, much too busy
You'd better hurry
My how time does fly
And in the distance the ringing of laughter
And in the midst of the laughter he cries

Pretty paper
Pretty ribbons of blue
Wrap your presents to your darling from you
Pretty pencils to write “I love you”
Pretty paper
Pretty ribbons of blue

Vocals: Carly Simon, Willie Nelson
Guitar: Willie Nelson
Acoustic Guitar: Dean Parks, Judd Fuller
Mandolin: Judd Fuller
Acoustic Piano: Adam MacDougal
Harmonica: Mickey Raphael
Bass: Chris Chaney
Drums: Jim Keltner

© 2002 C'est Music ASCAP

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Lyrics & Music by: Hugh Martin / Ralph Blane

Christmas future is far away
Christmas past is past
Christmas present is here to stay
Bringing joy that will last

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on our troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Make the Yule-tide gay
From now on our troubles will be miles away

Here we are as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more

Through the years
We all will be together
If the fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough
And have yourself
A merry little Christmas now

12 String Guitar: Mark Goldenberg

© 2002 C'est Music ASCAP
Happy X-mas (War Is Over)
Lyrics & Music by: John Lennon / Yoko Ono

So this is Xmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun

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

A very Merry Xmas
And a happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Xmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The road is so long

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

A very Merry Xmas
And a happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Xmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun

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

A very Merry Xmas
And a happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear

War is over, if you want it
War is over now

Acoustic Guitar: Carly Simon
Guitar: Joel Shearer
Bass: Chris Chaney
12 string Guitar: Mark Goldenberg
Electric Piano: Benmont Tench
Drums: Jim Keltner
Harmony vocals: Arnold McCuller, Ben Taylor

© 2002 C'est Music ASCAP

Forgive
Lyrics by: Carly Simon
Music by: Andreas Vollenweider

Let me be before the world
What I am when I'm alone
And when my vision falls below
Let there be forgiveness

Let me answer when I'm called
Let me know the voice is right
And when it's deep inside my soul
I'll know it by it's light

And when it's deep inside my soul
I'll know it by it's light
Help me to make the loving choice

Let me answer when I'm called
By the mighty and the small
In the service of my soul
Let there always be forgiveness
Forgive

Harp: Andreas Vollenweider

© 2003 C'est Music ASCAP
The Night Before Christmas
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

Children carry through the streets
A brightly painted star
Angels gather 'round the hearth
Strumming on guitars
Men of great renown and faith
Say prayers on boulevards
It's the night before Christmas

But you don't have to be an angel
To sing harmony
And you don't have to be a child
To love the mystery
And you don't have to be a wise man
On bended knee
The heart of this Christmas is in you and me

The night before Christmas
The night before Christmas

If you're heart's been longing
And you've been afraid to try
Sorrow's kept you company
And the dance has passed you by
I'll lift you up and blaze with you
Across the moonlit sky
On the night before Christmas

'Cause you don't have to be an angel
To sing in harmony
And you don't have to be a child to love the mystery
And you don't have to be a wise man
On bended knee

The heart of this Christmas is in you and me
The heart of this Christmas is in you and me

The night before Christmas
The night before Christmas

© 1992 C'est Music ASCAP