Have A Merry Christmas

by Hiram Ring

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All profits and proceeds from this album on Bandcamp and elsewhere (iTunes, Amazon, etc..) through January 2014 went towards typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda relief efforts in the Philippines, via Gawad Kalinga (translates to “Give Care’), a Philippine-based poverty-alleviation and nation-building movement/non profit-organization. See: www.gk1world.com - Thanks for being part of the effort!

Why?
1. I have a lot of friends from the Philippines who are working in Singapore - they are some of the kindest and most giving people you'll ever meet, and this is a chance for me to give back to them. This is an opportunity for you to get some great music for the holidays while helping people who really need it.
2. Gawad Kalinga has a very wide and deep reach in the Philippines. Their capacities include relief operation and rehabilitation, which will be more sustainable for the Philippine economy in the long run.
3. The reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts need assistance just as much as relief work does: this is the stage that usually doesn't get much help after the rescue/relief efforts are over. This has been true for the earthquake victims of the October 2013 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit the central region of the Philippines, a double whammy for some towns as they were hit also by the typhoon after not even a month had passed.

To learn more and donate directly, visit the donation portals of Gawad Kalinga for these efforts: gk1world.com/typhoon-yolanda
*Scroll down the page to find the reconstruction and rehabilitation donation options.

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released November 27, 2012

Cover by Janina Aritao

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Hiram Ring Lancaster

Hiram was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa. A globe-trotting musician, his music has been compared to a mixture of Jack Johnson and Bob Dylan. He moved to Singapore in 2010 and is currently working on a PhD in Linguistics, documenting an unwritten language in India. ... more

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Track Name: Have A Merry Christmas
Sometimes Christmas seems so far away
Even though the season's come
The clouds are heavy and the sky is gray
You cannot see the sun

Tis the season to be jolly,
Fa la la la la, la lay
When the season seems more like folly,
That's when I hear them say

Have a merry Christmas

This is the season when a baby came
Upon the earth to roam
Heavenly wanderer, the star-struck child
To bring us to our home

Born in a stable with the sheep and goats
There on the straw he lay
And angels visited - a heavenly host
They were the first to say

Have a merry Christmas

I haven't traveled like the wise men did
To reach the baby's side
Maybe if I had seen the star that night
I wouldn't run and hide

It's hard to face the world - this much is true
It's truer every day
But when I think upon the Christmas child
At least I still can say

Have a merry Christmas

If you're a wanderer in a far-off land
Or stranger in your home
You have a friend in the Christmas child
Who came to earth to roam

When Christmas season feels like folly
Fa la la la la, la lay
Remember there's a reason to be jolly,
A reason you can say
Track Name: White Christmas
I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops 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

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
Track Name: Just A Single Season
There is just a single season that can bring this kind of cheer,
just a single season - but it can last throughout the year.

There is frost upon the windows and music in the hall,
and joy that touches hearts of children big and small.

For the holly wreath is on the door, the welcome mat is on the floor,
kids may dream of chimney sweeps, but the greatest gift of all -

is the hope that comes this season, a little baby boy
born to us in Bethlehem upon a bed of straw.

So as you go this season, just wish upon a star
For the light that glows in Bethlehem can live within us all.
Yes, the Light that glows in Bethlehem can live within us all.
Track Name: I'll Be Home For Christmas
I'll be home for Christmas
You can plan on me
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents on the tree

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

I'll be home for Christmas
You can plan on me
Let there be snow and mistletoe
And presents under the tree

Christmas Eve will find me
Where the love light gleams
I'll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams
If only in my dreams
Track Name: Remember You Remember Me
Remember you, remember me

Every year around this time
I wonder if you're doing fine
I remember love we shared
And red ribbons in your hair

Ah ah ah, ah ah ah

Winter season chilled our skin
But warmth filled our hearts within
The sky was blue, the air was clear
Not a thing for us to fear

Ah ah ah, ah ah ah

I, I, I remember you
You, you, you remember me too

In the house to share a meal
Fire lights the joy we feel
Cider warm to ease our cold
Kiss you 'neath the mistletoe

Now the memories they fade
Unfinished all the plans we made
Will we meet? I know not where
With red ribbons in your hair
Track Name: The Christmas Song
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire,
Jack Frost nipping on your nose,
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir,
And folks dressed up like Eskimos.

Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe,
Help to make the season bright.
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow,
Will find it hard to sleep tonight.

They know that Santa's on his way;
He's loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh.
And every mother's child is going to spy,
To see if reindeer really know how to fly.

And so I'm offering this simple phrase,
To kids from one to ninety-two,
Although its been said many times, many ways,
A very Merry Christmas to you