Winter Wish 2019 digital EP

by S. J. Tucker

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By turns witchy and sassy, folkloric and festive and fierce, all that passes for holiday music in Sooj's ever growing catalogue as of December 2019.

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released December 25, 2019

All songs & mixes by S. J. Tucker

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Track Name: Welcome Mari Lwyd (Winter Wish demo version)
Ghostly white, she comes by night
Open wide the door
Bells gaily ringing, laughter and singing
Old misfortune, come no more
Welcome Mari Lwyd

Best the mare in a game of rhymes
(Open your door)
Whimsy born of ancient times
(Open your door)
Best the beast, or she'll drink her fill
(Open your door)
Wake your wit and show your skill
(Open your door)
Drums and fiddles in the snow
(Open your door)
In song we come, in song we go
(Open your door)
Sing to earn your bread and beer
(Open your door)
Hearth fire feast and winter cheer
(Open your door)

Comes the dusk and comes the song
Bring a light; the night is long
Spar with words and be ye blest
Fill her cup and earn your winter's rest

Ghostly white, she comes by night
Open wide the door
Bells gaily ringing, laughter and singing
Old misfortune, come no more
Welcome Mari Lwyd

Comes the Gray Mare with the snow
(Open your door)
Bold she comes and glad she'll go
(Open your door)
Bells in winter sweetly ring
(Open your door)
Good fortune find us all in spring
(Open your door)
Sing to earn your beer and bread
(Open your door)
She brings good luck, I've heard it said
(Open your door)
Bless her now, be blest in turn
(Open your door)
Ale that's given, ale that's earned

Welcome now the winter's queen
of nightmare mien and ancient need
Let her in and be ye blest
Mighty spirit, come and take your rest!

Ghostly white, she comes by night
Open wide the door
Bells gaily ringing, laughter and singing
Old misfortune, come no more
Welcome Mari Lwyd
(Open your door)
(Come, and open up your door!)
Track Name: Solstice Night (single version)
Now comes the solstice night
I wish you safe and sound
Whether snow be light
Or heavy on the ground

Our hearts bring back the light
As all the earth must do.
May stars fill up our sight
With wishes coming true.

My wish this solstice night
Is grace and peace to you.

Now comes the time of year
When shadow yields the throne
The Lords of Oak and Holly
The dance that must be done

Keep faith and keep your candle
The sun is sure to rise
O'er the sleepy fields of winter
Bringing beauty to our eyes

Upon this solstice night
I wish you safe and sound
Whether snow be light
Or heavy on the ground

Our hearts bring back the light
As all the world must do
May stars fill up our sight
With wishes coming true.

My wish this solstice night
Is grace and peace to you.
Track Name: The Feast of Krampus (single version)
Out where the darkness lingers
Out where the cold wind blows
Someone dreadful waits his turn.

Better do better next year
If you're hoping for reindeer games
He's already got your number and your name

Teeth and claws and switches and chains
For the wicked kinder there is no escape
The feast of Krampus comes but once a year
It begins tonight. Krampus walks
And he will not be denied.

Some say he rises from below
But not from the hell that little angels know
Loki's grandchild comes by night.

Far more than an empty threat
Far worse than a lump of coal
If he hasn't found you yet, sit tight.

He'll skin you slowly or he'll swallow you whole
Perhaps you'll get off easy, perhaps you won't.
Stinking breath and pointed tongue
It begins tonight. Krampus comes
and he will not be denied.

Ice and fire hunting,
terror and regret
No gentle ghost of Christmas past

Across the frozen mountains
Through the howling snow
I'm sure he'll save the worst for last
I'm sure he'll save the worst for last.

Teeth and claws and switches and chains
For the wicked hearted there is no escape
The feast of Krampus comes but once a year
It begins tonight. Krampus walks
And he will not be denied.
Track Name: Hail to the Oak and Holly (2019 mix)
Hail to the Oak and Holly Kings!
Solstice comes around again.
Winter's giving way to spring, as Samhain yields to snow.

Hail to the Oak and Holly Kings,
Annwn to Abred & back again!
To the brothers wild & strong we sing,
Hail to the Oak & Holly!

Holly feeds the winter birds and sets a fever right.
Winter makes us laud the spring
and mull the wine to mark the Longest Night.
Two brothers war unseen and each will come to yield in his turn.
Thus we thrive, as the foxes in the field.

In Oaken shelter, sun and shade, we live and work and play.
Summer labors fill our stores, and so we celebrate the Longest Day.
Two brothers bow and turn again, trading blows and marking time, all unseen, in truth and tale and rhyme.

Blessings on your house at Wintertide as on the other side our kindred watch the summer sun sweetly rise.
Blessings on your house at bright midsummer as on the other side our kindred gather close to bide the long winter's night
Track Name: The Feast of Krampus, Acoustic
Out where the darkness lingers
Out where the cold wind blows
Someone dreadful waits his turn.

Better do better next year
If you're hoping for reindeer games
He's already got your number and your name

Teeth and claws and switches and chains
For the wicked kinder there is no escape
The feast of Krampus comes but once a year
It begins tonight. Krampus walks
And he will not be denied.

Some say he rises from below
But not from the hell that little angels know
Loki's grandchild comes by night.

Far more than an empty threat
Far worse than a lump of coal
If he hasn't found you yet, sit tight.

He'll skin you slowly or he'll swallow you whole*
Perhaps you'll get off easy, perhaps you won't.
Stinking breath and pointed tongue
It begins tonight. Krampus comes*
and he will not be denied.*

Ice and fire hunting,*
terror and regret*
No gentle ghost of Christmas past

Across the frozen mountains
Through the howling snow
I'm sure he'll save the worst for last
I'm sure he'll save the worst for last.

Teeth and claws and switches and chains*
For the wicked hearted there is no escape*
The feast of Krampus comes but once a year*
It begins tonight. Krampus walks
And he will not be denied.*