Christmas

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One evening in October, after a year of endless roads, we finally came home. We remembered that we really liked this place where our furniture had gathered dust for the greater part of 2011. We wanted to celebrate being home, so we called our nearby friends and family, put an order in for Spaten Dunkel at Surdyk’s, prepared a table of tasty morsels and worked up a few Christmas songs. This recording is from that evening in our living room and a few other nights in November. It is, by far, the quickest project we’ve ever produced, and we are glad to say that what it lacks in production (there just wasn’t time for the 27 Ebow parts Joel would have liked to add, and the...) it makes up for in emotion. It’s our hope that this music finds you with a steaming cup of cider in hand and wrapped up in something (or someone) warm, that these tunes help bring you home, if only for a moment between endless roads.

Peace to you this Christmas.
Under the Mercy,
Aimée & Joel

More of our music, photos, and booking information is at tangledblue.com. We’d love to hear from you!

Special thanks goes to Martin Kretzmann for lending us his truly wonderful Kretzmann Acoustic Guitar. It’s part of what you’re listening to on this recording. You can find out more about the instruments Martin is making at kretzmannguitars.com.

Photos were taken by our friend, musician, and photographer Micah Taylor. More at micahtaylor.com. This project would not have been possible without the speedy work of our friends at Noiseland Industries. They are the best folks in the duplication business: noiseland.com.

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released December 16, 2011

Aimée Pakan sang and played drums and bass
Joel Pakan sang and played guitars and organ

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Tangled Blue Minneapolis, Minnesota

Since June of 2000, Aimee and Joel have been making music together. Their first CD was completed in 2003. Recorded at a farm house in Wisconsin, it is a caffeinated, folk-rock blend of songs that have shown their durability as the duo traveled with them over 500,000 miles of highways. With a new home in Minneapolis, Tangled Blue recorded "Advent" in 2008 and will finish a third project this year. ... more

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Track Name: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Come Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free
From our fears and sins release us
Let us find our rest in Thee
Israel’s strength and consolation
Hope of all the earth Thou art
Dear Desire of every nation
Joy of every longing heart

Born Thy people to deliver
Born a child and yet a king
Born to reign in us forever
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring
By Thine own eternal spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone
By Thine all sufficient merit
Raise us to Thy glorious throne
Track Name: In The Bleak Midwinter
In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
in the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain;
heav'n and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign;
in the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
the Lord God almighty, Jesus Christ.

What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd I would bring a lamb;
if I were a wise man I would do my part;
yet what I can I give him - give my heart.
Track Name: Go Tell It On The Mountain
Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and ev’rywhere;
Go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born!
While shepherds kept their watching o’er silent flocks by night,
behold, throughout the heavens there shone a holy light.

Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and ev’rywhere;
Go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born!
The shepherds feared and trembled when, lo, above the earth
rang out the angel chorus that hailed our Savior’s birth.

Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and ev’rywhere;
Go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born!
Down in a lonely manger the humble Christ was born;
and God sent us salvation that blessed Christmas morn.

Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and ev’rywhere;
Go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born!
Track Name: Silver Bells
City sidewalks busy sidewalks 
Dressed in Holiday style 
In the air there's a feeling of Christmas 
Children laughing people passing 
Meeting smile after smile 
And on every street corner you hear 
 
Silver bells (silver bells), silver bells 
It's Christmas time in the city 
Ring-a-ling hear them ring 
Soon it will be Christmas day 
 
Strings of street lights even stop lights
Blink a bright red and green 
As the shoppers run home with their treasures 
Hear the snow crunch see the kids bunch 
This is Santa's big scene 
And above all the bustle you hear

Silver bells (silver bells), silver bells 
It's Christmas time in the city 
Ring-a-ling hear them ring 
Soon it will be Christmas day 
Track Name: O Come O Come Emmanuel
O Come O Come Emmanuel
and ransom captive Israel
that mourns in lowly exile here
until the Son of God appear
Rejoice, Rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to thee O Israel

O Come O Wisdom from on high,
who orderest all things mightily
to us the path of knowledge show,
and teach us in her ways to go
Rejoice, Rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to thee O Israel

O come blest Dayspring come and cheer,
our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
and death’s dark shadow put to flight
Rejoice, Rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to thee O Israel

O come O King of all please come,
unite us with Thy creation
bid Thou our sad divisions cease
and be thyself our King of Peace.
Rejoice, Rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to thee O Israel
Track Name: Mary Had A Baby
Mary had a baby (My Lord)
Mary had a baby (Oh My Lord)
Mary had a baby (My Lord)
The people keep a-comin' an' the train done gone.

Where did she lay him (My Lord)
Where did she lay him (Oh My Lord)
Where did she lay him (My Lord)
The people keep a-comin' an' the train done gone.

Laid him in a manger (My Lord) 

Laid him in a manger (Oh My Lord) 

Laid him in a manger (My Lord) 

The people keep a-comin' an' the train done gone.

What did she name him? (My Lord) 

What did she name him? (Oh My Lord) 

What did she name him? (My Lord) 
T
he people keep a-comin' an' the train done gone.

Named him King Jesus (My Lord) 

Named him King Jesus (Oh My Lord) 

Named him King Jesus (My Lord) 

The people keep a-comin' an' the train done gone.

Who heard the singing? (My Lord) 

Who heard the singing? (Oh My Lord) 

Who heard the singing? (My Lord) 

The people keep a-comin' an' the train done gone.

Shepherds heard the singing (My Lord) 

Shepherds heard the singing (Oh My Lord) 

Shepherds heard the singing (My Lord) 

The people keep a-comin' an' the train done gone.

Star keeps shining (My Lord) 

Star keeps shining (Oh My Lord) 

Star keeps shining (My Lord) 

The people keep a-comin' an' the train done gone.

Angels went around him (My Lord) 

Angels went around him (Oh My Lord) 

Angels went around him (My Lord) 

The people keep a-comin' an' the train done gone.
Track Name: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
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 Yuletide gay
From now on, our troubles will be miles away

Here were 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.
Track Name: Silent Night
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 your holy face,
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord at thy birth, Jesus, Lord at thy birth