Happy Christmas, I Suppose

by Ardie Collins

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released December 15, 2012

All songs written and recorded by some guy called Ardie Collins except for Hide The Whole Deck (Silent Night) which has vocals from Christina Neuwirth.

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Ardie Collins Cardiff, UK

I'm a songwriter from Cardiff.

In 2011 I released a song a day. In 2014 I released a song a week. By 2017 I'm aiming to release half a song every three months.

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Track Name: There's Always Christmas
A hush runs through this house, it's growing louder
You clinch inside your coat against the winter
But all I can assume is that your pride was on the line
All I can assume is that you're just taking some time

And as we find ourselves in other worlds again
Another year divided by trivial events
I remember when you turned to me to say
There's always Christmas

I hung up all this sparkly crap for us again
It glistens in the dark December night
But all I can assume is that you're denying it's December
You are just as stubborn as I remember

And as we find ourselves in other worlds again
Another year divided trivial events
I remember when you turned to me to say
There's always Christmas

I'm sure that this one beer won't go and hurt someone
I can't believe the pub turned into a song
But all I can assume is that your pride was on the line
All I can assume is that you're just taking some time

And as we find ourselves in other worlds again
Another year divided trivial events
I remember when you turned to me to say
There's always Christmas
Track Name: So Many Lights
So many lights in this alabaster night
Where the darkest parts have all just drained away,
So many voices, I can hear the past make noises
But it’s getting harder to know what they say
But this street can hear the call of Christmas Day

If I lose my place in this rough and tumble race
That is filling me with horror and dismay
Will you pick me up and make sure I don’t give up?
I never ask for any help in any way
But there’s just something in my bones this Christmas Day

I’ve always said that the voices in our heads
Were deliberately leading us astray
But that’s a lie, a filthy lie
They’re just figuring it all out along the way
Just like everybody else on Christmas Day

I went for a walk through the evening song
I went for a drive through the crumbling day
I went for a swim in your lie, “there’s nothing wrong”
I have vowed to turn this ‘round on Christmas Day
I have swallowed all my pride on Christmas Day
I have run to win you back on Christmas Day
I don’t say it that much
I don’t say it enough
I don’t say it at all
But I hope it’s enough
I love you, you know.
Track Name: Hard To Say
I can see it unfold, maybe this year we'll work some of the creases out
No more of those blinkered old sneers, what did we even quarrel about?
But now the movie's up loud, we've run out of things to say
We're too hard on ourselves, put pressure on one single day

'Cause you found a home in the way that my voice cracks when there's something I find hard to say
Come on in, How've you been, Lovely day

We'll stifle our thoughts for fear that they might make a sound
And we'll gorge on the day, the smacking of lips getting loud
'Til our bellies are full and our hearts have climbed up to our mouth
And we'll nap by the fire, act like nothing is dragging us down

You found a home in the way that my voice cracks when there's something I find hard to say
Come on in, How've you been, Lovely day
You found a home in the way that my voice cracks when winter just steals it away
Welcome Home, How've you been, Lovely day
Track Name: Happy Christmas, I Suppose
We'll start afresh and let it go we were together and alone
Inside a one-track frame of mind that made our thoughtfulness unkind
To every other soul we know, I swear that we were promised snow
The kind that clings to paving stones and makes the sky a smiling glow
By now a change is what we need another way to move and breath
Another town to float around with fresher sights and fresher sounds
So Happy Christmas, I suppose, I hope that you have one of those
And Happy New Year while I'm here, we'll become lost inside a cheer
As all the voices swill around and make a booming joyful sound
Of remembering what they've got and forgetting all that rot

And the creak on the stairs will always sound the same
Knowing he was there but not saying anything
Our limbs are always tighter in the winter
Ready to be thawed out in the spring

And just as change is a good thing so is how we try to sing
A whining bawl made out of words that squack like petulant blackbirds
And all the tunes come reeling out 'round a piano that we found
How is it that a slice of time can hold a place so high
That we are wrapped inside a moment like a movie's closing lines
So Happy Christmas, I suppose, I hope that you have one of those
And Happy New Year while I'm here, we'll become lost inside a cheer
As all the voices swill around and make a booming joyful sound
Of remembering what they've got and forgetting all that rot

And the creak on the stairs will always sound the same
Knowing he was there but not saying anything
Our limbs are always tighter in the winter
Ready to be thawed out in the spring

But for now we say Happy Christmas, I suppose, I hope that you have one of those
And Happy New Year while I'm here, we'll become lost inside a cheer
As all the voices swill around and make a booming joyful sound
Of remembering what they've got and forgetting all that rot
Track Name: Hogmanay
Too bad you had it all, you lost the hunger
You stared out at the stars with little wonder
I am lost for words again as I am tired and among friends
Another year just ends

And so we’re sprawled like this is war
Old toy soldiers on the floor
“They had it in for us,” you said
“You have a lack of trust,” I said
“Hogmannay is not the night for your strange, misguided fight.
No, let’s just kiss instead”

Losing half our hearts to rust
Using every hour up
I am lost for words again as I am tired and among friends
Another year just ends
“We’ll take the same again.”
Track Name: Ardie Collins & Christina Neuwirth - Hide The Whole Deck (Silent Night)
Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
We stayed close as the storm grew outside
Buttered toast and a painful goodbye
Pull together a smile
Pull together a smile

I can't speak, I feel weak
Went for glib, came out bleak
If we're sinking all that's left is hope
Make a raft of it, see if it floats
We'll find ourselves lost at sea
We'll find ourselves lost at sea

Press on still, lungs to fill
Distant words, linger still
They echo through from when you leaned in,
They say, "This world's a bastard, but don't let it win.
Hide the whole deck up your sleeve.
Hide the whole deck up your sleeve."

Quench this thirst with sounds and words
Lies creep in to aid this blur
I dream of a time when I'll dream in my sleep
Make my voice crack to seem tortured and deep
In truth I prefer your deceit
In truth I prefer your deceit

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
We stayed close as the storm grew outside
Buttered toast and a painful goodbye
Pull together a smile
Pull together a smile