Antlers

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released December 4, 2016

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Melanie Nashville, Tennessee

Pieces of a career, scattered by the winds of experience and assembled again by the force of love into the most personal and brilliant moments of her musical journey. Melanie is poised to enlighten new generations about what it means to sing with both passion and eloquence, to write at once with intelligence and emotion, and to inspire through song. Nobody does this better.
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Track Name: Ships In The Harbor
SHIPS IN THE HARBOR

When the ships are in the harbor
And when all this fighting’s done
And when Christmas comes once and for all
And lovers never roam


For love’s the consolation
And there’s hope when love is done
And a prayer in everybody
For life till Kingdom comes
Track Name: Virgin Mary-God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
VIRGIN MARY (PRETTY LITTLE BABY)

Virgin Mary had a baby
Oh oh, had a little baby
Oh yes, pretty little baby
Glory to the newborn king

How you gonna call that pretty little baby?
Oh oh, glory hallelujah
Oh yes, pretty little baby
Glory to the newborn king

Some will call him Jesus but I'll call him Saviour
Oh oh, glory hallelujah
Oh yes, pretty little baby
Glory to the newborn king

Out of the east there came three wise men
Oh oh, glory hallelujah
Oh yes, pretty little baby
Glory to the newborn king

Virgin Mary had one son
Oh oh, glory hallelujah
Oh yes, pretty little baby
Glory to the newborn king

God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan's power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

From God our Heavenly Father
A blessed Angel came;
And unto certain Shepherds
Brought tidings of the same:
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by Name.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas
All other doth deface.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy
Track Name: It's Christmas
IT'S CHRISTMAS

I can remember back when we were small
We would start counting the days 'till it all
Would begin once again, the most magic of times
That started us dreaming of wonders we'd find

The down from the attic our father would bring
Boxes of ornaments, tinsel and things
Like old family treasures, a wreath for the door
It was almost like we'd never seen them before

IT'S CHRISTMAS
We'll put up the holly and mistletoe
IT'S CHRISTMAS
See the soft coloured lights through the falling snow
IT'S CHRISTMAS
Cards to be sent, carols to be sung
IT'S CHRISTMAS

With each passing day, the excitement would rise
When no one was looking, my brother and I
Would peek at the presents wrapped so prettily
And carefully put them back under the tree

When Christmas Eve came, we could finally say
That morning would only be one sleep away
We were so excited by what lay ahead
That Timmy and I would go straight off to bed

IT'S CHRISTMAS
We'll put up the holly and mistletoe
IT'S CHRISTMAS
See the soft coloured lights through the falling snow
IT'S CHRISTMAS
Cards to be sent, carols to be sung
IT'S CHRISTMAS

Then we'd get up early and run down the hall
To wake up our parents, and then we would all
Still in our pyjamas, pass the gifts out
While wrappings and ribbons were thrown all about

IT'S CHRISTMAS
We'll put up the holly and mistletoe
IT'S CHRISTMAS
See the soft coloured lights through the falling snow
IT'S CHRISTMAS
Cards to be sent, carols to be sung
IT'S CHRISTMAS

Repeat chorus twice
Track Name: I Saw Three Ships
I SAW THREE SHIPS
Traditional, arranged by Melanie Safka

I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day.
I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And what was in those ships all three
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day?
And what was in those ships all three
On Christmas Day in the morning?

The Virgin Mary and Christ were there
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day.
The Virgin Mary and Christ were there
On Christmas Day in the morning

I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day.
I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day in the morning.
Track Name: Tin Star
OLD TIN STAR


How old was I, five or six or so
The innocent years, long ago
My father on his chair reaching up so far
Crowning the tree, with that old tin star

And it shines so pretty like diamonds in the sun
Nothin' but good things will ever come
Little girl don't grow up, stay as sweet as you are
May you always find the wonder of that old tin star

When I grew up and I found a place to live
As I unpacked my things I found a gift
And it felt like home, though I'd travelled so far
For there in my hands was that old tin star

And it shines so pretty, diamonds in the sun
Nothing but good things, will ever come
Little girl don't grow up, stay as sweet as you are
May you always gaze in wonder at that old tin star

I have kids of my own and troubles I've had some
I've cried some tears and I've had my fun
I climb that chair and I reach out so far
And my child looks up at that old tin star

'Cause it still shines so pretty, diamonds in the sun
Nothing but good things will ever come
Little girl don't grow up, stay as sweet as you are
May you always gaze in wonder, at that old tin star

Little girl don't grow up, stay as sweet as you are
May you always gaze in wonder, at that old tin sta
Track Name: Silent Night
SILENT NIGHT
Traditional, arrangement by Melanie Safka


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 stream from heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing alleluia;
Christ the Savior is born!
Christ the Savior is born!

Silent night, holy night,
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face,
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth
Track Name: True Believers
TRUE BELIEVERS


When I was just a little kid
Peeking around the corner
Mom and Dad would pull in the Christmas tree
Decorate it before morning
And I’d look for Santa in the Christmas Eve sky
And the Angel, did I see her
With the King of Kings and the Ghost of Christmas past
A True Believer


And I kept believing till one year came
I saw no reason for the season
The outstretched hand of my humanity
Couldn’t find the hope or the meaning
I think I sipped a little more than a cup
Sang the songs to keep me breathing
With the King of Kings and the Ghost of Christmas past
And True Believers


I can’t help choking up at the face of wonder
Giving away more than I am earning
It’s a Christmas folly
It’s a passion play
The life in my soul returning
And I still look up at the Christmas Eve sky
For the Angel, do I see her
With the King of Kings and the Ghost of Christmas past
And True Believers
Track Name: Come All Ye Faithful
COME ALL YE FAITHFUL
Traditional, arranged by Melanie

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.

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation;
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God, all glory in the highest;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to Thee be glory given;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

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.
Track Name: Hallelujah
HALLELUJAH
Music George Frideric Handel, lyrics from The King James Bible
adapted by Melanie Safka

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

And He shall reign forever and ever
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Track Name: Christmas Lullaby
CHRISTMAS LULLABY


And I remember how good your love feels
The real world goes slipping away
And though it’s just dreaming I make your love true
And I trade in this real world
For Christmas with you


I go to a wonderland in the moonlight glow
When most of me’s feeling alone
And we’ll make snow angels in the new fallen snow
And make tracks from our heaven
To the place we call home


And though it’s just Christmas is there anything else
Sometimes I awaken to question myself
What fools what children to follow the heart
For a dream that might last just one night
But something that doesn’t speak English says do
And I trade in this real world for Christmas with you


And something with wings
And speaks only in blues
Tells me trade in this real world
For Christmas with you
Track Name: Tonight's The Kind Of Night
TONIGHT'S THE KIND OF NIGHT
Writer: Melanie Safka

Tonight's the kind of night
Where all things come together
Tonight's the kind of night
Where nothing need be said
Tonight's the kind of night
Where all the lamps are burning
And nobody wants to go to bed

Some will have crackers and
Some will have pudding
Soup and crispies and home made bread
And no one will go hungry
And lovers will be faithful
We'll sip a little cup and
Then we'll sip another and we'll sing

Come all ye faithful tonight, sing out
Merry Christmas, oh yeah!
Ave Maria we'll try, one more time
Merry Christmas

Mommy's and Daddy's are loving all their children
And from a distant room
We can hear then giggling
One of them is dreaming
The world a little brighter
And everyone is listening
To the song in their head, and they sing

Come all ye faithful tonight, sing out
Merry Christmas, oh yeah!
Ave Maria we'll try, one more time
Merry Christmas

Tonight's the kind of night
The world won't hold us down here
From planet to planet
From star to star
We'll shire our little light
That everyone can follow
Tonight's the kind of night
Where all the lamps are burning
And no one will go hungry
And lovers will be faithful
Tonight's the kind of night
Where all things come together
Tonight I make a promise
That I will sing forever
Tonight the kisses fly from all out little fingers
And nobody wants to go to bed

Come all ye faithful tonight, sing out
Merry Christmas, oh yeah!
Ave Maria we'll try, one more time
Merry Christmas

Come all ye faithful tonight, sing out
Merry Christmas, oh yeah!
Ave Maria we'll try, one more time
Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas
Track Name: Marvelous Toy
MARVELLOUS TOY


When I was just a little girl
Full of health and joy
One Christmas morning I received
A marvellous little toy
A wonder to behold it was
With many colours bright
And the moment I laid eyes on it
It became my heart's delight.

It went zip when it moved
Ba when it stopped
Burr when it stood still
I never knew just what it was
and I guess I never will

The first time that I picked it up
I had a big surprise
For right on the bottom were two big buttons
That looked like big green eyes
I first pushed one and then the other
And then I twisted its lid
And when I set it down again
Here is what it did

It went zip when it moved
Ba when it stopped
Burr when it stood still
I never knew just what it was
and I guess I never will

It first marched left, then marched right
Then marched under a chair
And when I looked where it had gone
It wasn't even there
I started to cry but my Daddy laughed
He knew that I would find
When I turned around my marvellous toy
A chugging from behind

It went zip when it moved
Ba when it stopped
Burr when it stood still
I never knew just what it was
and I guess I never will

Well the years have passed too quickly it seems
I have my own little boy
And Yesterday I gave to him
My marvellous little toy
His eyes nearly popped right out of his head
He gave a squeal of glee
Neither one of us knows just what it is
But he loves it just like me

It still goes zip when it moved
Ba when it stopped
Burr when it stood still
I never knew just what it was
and I guess I never will

I never knew just what it was
and I guess I never will
Track Name: What Child Is This
WHAT CHILD IS THIS
Traditional, arranged by Melanie Safka

What child is this, who, laid to rest,
On Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?

This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring him laud,
The babe, the son of Mary.

So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh,
Come peasant, king, to own him.
The King of Kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone him

This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring him laud,
The babe, the son of Mary.

This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring him laud,
The babe, the son of Mary.
Track Name: The First Noel
THE FIRST NOEL
Traditional, arranged by Melanie Safka


The first Noel, the angel did say,
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep,
On a cold winter's night that was so deep.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the East, beyond them far;
And to the earth it gave great light,
And so it continued both day and night.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.

And by the light of that same star,
Three wise men came from country far;
To seek for a King was their intent,
And to follow the star wherever it went.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.
Track Name: O Holy Night
O HOLY NIGHT
Traditional, arranged by Melanie Safka


O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O holy night, O night divine!
Track Name: Coventry Carol
COVENTRY CAROL
Traditional, arranged by Beau-Jarred Schekeryk

Though performed as an instrumental these are the words to this carol:

Lullaby, thou little tiny child,
By, by, lullaby, lullaby
Lullaby, thou little tiny child,
By, by, lullaby, lullaby.

O sisters too, how may we do,
For to preserve this day,
This poor youngling for whom we sing,
By, by, lullaby, lullaby.

Herod the king in his ragin,
Charged he hath this day,
His men of night, in his own sight,
All children young to stay.

Then woe is me, poor child, for thee,
And ever mourn and say,
For thy parting not say, nor sing,
By, by, lullaby, lullaby.
Track Name: Good King Wenceslaus
GOOD KING WENCESLAS
Traditional, arranged by Melanie Safka


Good King Wenceslas looked out on the feast of Stephen,
When the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even.
Brightly shown the moon that night, though the frost was cruel,
When a poor man came in sight, gathering winter fuel.

Hither, page, and stand by me, if thou know it telling:
Yonder peasant, who is he? Where and what his dwelling?
Sire, he lives a good league hence, underneath the mountain,
Right against the forest fence by Saint Agnes fountain.

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

Sire, the night is darker now, and the wind blows stronger.
Fails my heart, I know not how, I can go no longer.
Mark my footsteps my good page, tread thou in them boldly:
Thou shalt find the winter's rage freeze thy blood less coldly.

In his master's step he trod, where the snow lay dented.
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.