Solstice Carol

by Triune

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Demo album of Triune originally recorded 2000 for the Winter Solstice, acoustic and acapella, featuring traditional carols, re-imagined Pagan variants of traditional carols and Pagan holiday favourites rapidly passing into the realm of tradition. All profits from this album go to support the Pagan Pathfinders Podcast (http://paganpathfinders.webs.com.) Blessed Solstice!

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released December 15, 2012

Triune are Sable Aradia "the Maiden," Raven Brighid "the Mother," and Vichary "the Crone." Instruments by Sable Aradia.

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Sable Aradia Vernon, British Columbia

Independent singer-songwriter, author & composer of New Age, Pagan, filk, acoustic, meditation & goth music. Sable spans numerous musical genres, but her work is inspired by her Wiccan faith and her wild imagination. Her influences include Billie Holiday, Heather Alexander, Leslie Fish, Iron Maiden, Wendy Rule, and Inkubus Sukkubus. ... more

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Track Name: Solstice Carol
The fire is burning
The long night draws near
All who need comfort
Are welcome by here

We'll dance 'neath the stars
And toast the past year
For the spirit of Solstice
Is still living here

We'll count all our blessings
While the Mother lays down
With snow as Her blanket
Covering the ground

Thanks to the Mother
For the life that She brings
She'll waken to warm us
Again in the spring

The poor and the hungry
The sick and the lost
These are our children
No matter the cost

Come by the fire
The harvest to share
For the spirit of Solstice
Is still living here

The fire is burning
The long night draws near
All who need comfort
Are welcome by here

We'll dance 'neath the stars
And toast the past year
For the spirit of Solstice
Is still living here
The spirit of Solstice
Is still living here
Track Name: Joy to the World (Sun Child Hymn)
Joy to the world! The Sun Child comes!
Let Earth receive Her King!
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the world! The Sun returns!
Let all our songs employ!
While field and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glory of His selflessness
And wonders of His love, and wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders of his love.
Track Name: Silver Bells
City sidewalk, busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style.
In the air there's
A feeling of Yuletide.

Children laughing, people passing,
Meeting smile after smile,
And on every street corner you'll hear:

Silver bells, silver bells,
It's Yuletide in the city.
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring,
Soon it will be Solstice Day.

City street lights,
Even stop lights,
Blink a bright red and green,
As the shoppers rush home
With their treasures.

Hear the snow crunch,
See the kids bunch,
This is Santa's big scene,
And above all this bustle you'll hear:

Silver bells, silver bells,
It's Yuletide in the city.
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring,
Soon it will be Solstice Day.

City sidewalk, busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style.
In the air there's
A feeling of Yuletide.

Children laughing, people passing,
Meeting smile after smile,
And on every street corner you'll hear:

Silver bells, silver bells,
It's Yuletide in the city.
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring,
Soon it will be Solstice Day.
Soon it will be Solstice Day.
Track Name: Silent Night (Solstice Hymn)
Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Maiden Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
All folk glad at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Hail, the Sun King is born!
Hail, the Sun King is born!

Silent night, holy night
Goddess-child, love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of renewing grace
Praise the return of light
Praise the return of light

Silent night, holy night
Child of Heaven; O how bright!
Thou didst smile when Thou wast born
Blessed be that happy morn
Full of heavenly joy!
Full of heavenly joy!
Track Name: Holly King
Sing we of a Mystery
Now as long ago
Blood-red holly berry
Blood upon the snow
Oak King shall rise
The Waxing Year to bring
Therefore bid we farewell
To the Holly King

Now in deep midwinter
All seems in a trance
Comes the golden Oak King
In His age-old dance
Comes He to slay
Yet honor He does bring
To His fallen brother
The darksome Holly King

In the bright midsummer
The Year Wheel’s turned around
Then shall be the Oak King’s
Blood upon the ground
Ever it comes
Once more the Year’s Waning
Then shall be victorious
The darksome Holly King

Sing we of a Mystery
Now as long ago
Blood-red holly berry
Blood upon the snow
Oak King shall rise
The Waxing Year to bring
Therefore bid we farewell
To the Holly King
Track Name: Old Toy Trains
Old toy trains, little toy tracks
Little toy drums coming from a sack
Carried by a man dressed in white and red
Little boy, don't you think it's time you were in bed?

Close your eyes
Listen to the skies
All is calm, all is well
Soon you'll hear Kris Kringle and the jingle bells

Bringin' old toy trains, little toy tracks
Little toy drums coming from a sack
Carried by a man dressed in white and red
Little girl, don't you think it's time you were in bed?

Close your eyes
Listen to the skies
All is calm, all is well
Soon you'll hear Kris Kringle and the jingle bells

Bringin' old toy trains, little toy tracks
Little toy drums coming from a sack
Carried by a man dressed in white and red
Little boy, don't you think it's time you were in bed?

Close your eyes
Listen to the skies
All is calm, all is well
Soon you'll hear Kris Kringle and the jingle bells

Bringin' old toy trains, little toy tracks
Little toy drums coming from a sack
Carried by a man dressed in white and red
Little girl, don't you think it's time you were in bed?

Close your eyes
Listen to the skies
All is calm, all is well
Soon you'll hear Kris Kringle and the jingle bells

Bringin' old toy trains . . .
Track Name: Deck the Halls
Deck the halls with boughs of holly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Tis the season to be jolly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Don we now our gay apparel,
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.
Troll the ancient Yule tide carol,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

See the blazing Yule before us,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Strike the harp and join the chorus.
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Follow me in merry measure,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
While I tell of Yule tide treasure,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Fast away the old year passes,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Sing we joyous, all together,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Heedless of the wind and weather,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Track Name: To Drive the Cold Winter Away
All hail to the days that merit more praise
Than all the rest of the year,
And welcome the nights that double delights
As well for the poor as the peer!
Good fortune attend each merry man's friend,
That doth but the best that he may;
Forgetting old wrongs, with carols and songs,
To drive the cold winter away.

Tis ill for a mind to anger inclined
To think of small injuries now;
If wrath be to seek do not lend her thy cheek
Nor let her inhabit thy brow.
Cross out of thy books malevolent looks,
Both beauty and youth's decay,
And wholly consort with mirth and with sport
To drive the cold winter away.

This time of the year is spent in good cheer,
And neighbours together do meet
To sit by the fire, with friendly desire,
Each other in love to greet;
Old grudges forgot are put in the pot,
All sorrows aside they lay;
The old and the young doth carol this song
To drive the cold winter away.

When Christmas's tide come in like a bride
With holly and ivy clad,
Twelve days in the year much mirth and good cheer
In every household is had;
The country guise is then to devise
Some gambols of Christmas play,
Whereat the young men do best that they can
To drive the cold winter away.

All hail to the days that merit more praise
Than all the rest of the year,
And welcome the nights that double delights
As well for the poor as the peer!
Good fortune attend each merry man's friend,
That doth but the best that he may;
Forgetting old wrongs, with carols and songs,
To drive the cold winter away.
Track Name: Lord of the Dance
(Chorus): Dance, dance, where ever you may be
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!
I will live in you if you live in Me
And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said He!

I dance in the Circle when the flames leap up high
I dance in the Fire, and I never, ever, die
I dance in the waves of the bright summer sea
For I am the Lord of the wave's mystery

I sleep in the kernel, and I dance in the rain
I dance in the wind, and in the waving grain
And when you cut me down, I care nothing for the pain;
In the Spring I'm the Lord of the Dance once again!

I dance on the Sabbat when you dance out the Spell
I dance and sing that everyone be well
And when the dancing's over do not think that I am gone
To live is to Dance! So I dance on and on!

When She danced on the water, and the wind was Her horn
The Lady laughed, and everything was born
When She lit up the sun and the light gave Him birth
The Lord of the Dance first appeared on Earth

The horn of the Lady cast its song 'cross the plain;
The birds took the notes and gave them back again
'Till the sound of Her music was a song in the sky;
And to that song there is one reply

They danced in the darkness and They danced in the night
They danced on the Earth and everything was light
They danced out the darkness and They danced in the dawn
And the day of that dancing still goes on

The Moon in Her phases and the tides of the sea
The movement of the Earth and the seasons that will be
Are the rhythm of the dancing and a promise through the years
That the dance goes on through our joy and tears

I gaze on the Heavens and I gaze on the Earth
I feel the pain of dying, and re-birth
I lift my head in gladness, and in praise for the day
Of the Dance of the Lord, and the Lady gay