Merry Christmas​.​.​.

by Paul Bell

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released November 25, 2016

Recorded at The Old Chapel, Nutborne, UK.
Produced and mixed by Dan Weeks and Matt Weeks

Copyright Paul Bell (C) 2016

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Paul Bell Nottinghamshire, UK

"I like that, I like that very much - Clare Balding, BBC Radio 2.

Paul is a singer/songwriter based near Nottingham. Featured on BBC Introducing, toured the UK with Cafe Nero.

Gigs in Coffee Shops, Churches, Pubs, Festivals.

Four independently released solo albums.
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Track Name: Joy to the world
Joy to the World , the Lord is come!
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 Saviour reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields 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 glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

Tag: Joy to the world!
Track Name: Christmas to the men
Poor Mary, almost due.
In the festive rush hour queue
Waiting for the miles to pass
Sitting on her tired... donkey

This journey's no short hop
Imagine all the toilet stops
Joseph, this is Virgin on the ridiculous...

Miles from home, has Caesar taken leave of his census?
I guess it's as true now as as it was then
You can't leave Christmas to the men

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Parked outside another inn
The time has come for checking in
Mary sends old Joe a look
Seems like he forgot to book

Imagine her frustration
He could have arranged some accommodation
See Mary roll her eyes
“I don’t care if this was prophesied"

They never planned to be... the original stable family
And they couldn't stay with Joseph's folks
You can't leave Christmas to the blokes

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Following a special star
Melchior, Caspar, Balthasar
Heading off on a whim
To find the child and worship him

Their gifts, though valuable
Weren't exactly practical
So when you buy that Christmas treat
"Always include the receipt"

Don't you know... you can't go wrong with a voucher
I thought you said these men were wise
You can't leave Christmas to the guys

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So this song’s for every man
Doing the very best he can
Buying gifts the night before
From the 24 hour convenience store

God rest ye! Merry Gentlemen
Once the washing up’s been done
And Tonight across the world
Let's hear it for the girls

Don't you know, we'd be lost without them
I guess it's as true now as as it was then
You can't leave Christmas to the men
Track Name: Under Bethlehem skies
Under the light of a billion stars
It’s easy to feel small
On the streets of Bethlehem
It’s easy to go unnoticed

Heaven is closer than you know

Under the light of a billion stars
A baby boy is born
Lying safe in his mother’s arms
The promise of salvation

Heaven is closer than you know
Heaven is closer than you know

Chorus:
See the son of God arrives
Under Bethlehem Skies
He is right before your eyes
Under Bethlehem Skies
All our hopes and fears are met in him tonight
See the son of God arrives
Under Bethlehem Skies

Echoing over a thousand years
A father whispers love
The Saviour can still be found
In unexpected places

Heaven is closer than you know
Heaven is closer than you know

Chorus

Bridge
You are the great light
Jesus our Saviour
Out of the darkness
We see you shining

Chorus
Track Name: The Bounty and the Snickers
The Bounty and the Snickers
Are always left til last
Of all the Celebrations
The bounty is the worst

The rustling of the wrappers
The shaking of the tin
I wish that I'd bought Heroes
For they are all quite nice

The Bounty bears a texture...
Quite like a Milky Way
That has been mixed with sawdust
Scraped from a stable floor

The rustling of the wrappers
The shaking of the tin
I wish that I'd bought Heroes
For they are all quite nice

The Bounty bears a flavour
Like Aldi shower gel
It tastes of disappointment
And the feeling of regret

The rustling of the wrappers
The shaking of the tin
I wish that I'd bought Heroes
For they are all quite nice

The Snickers is a Mars bar
That someone's spoiled with nuts
It holds within the potential
For an anaphylactic shock

The rustling of the wrappers
The shaking of the tin
I wish that I'd bought Heroes
For they are all quite nice

The Bounty and the Snickers
Are always left til last
Of all the Celebrations
The bounty is the worst

The rustling of the wrappers
The shaking of the tin
I wish that I'd bought Heroes
For they are all quite nice
Track Name: Starting small
Starting small
The acorn that gently falls
Grows into a tree so tall
Starting small

Starting small
Lay the first brick of the wall
It's somewhere to begin, that's all.
Starting small

Away from palaces and power
Out of the spotlight, off the stage
Everything has changed

Starting small
The king of kings and Lord of Lords
A baby in a cattle stall
Starting small

Starting small
It may not seem like much at all
But heaven’s looking on it all
Starting small

Away from palaces and power
Out of the spotlight, off the stage
Everything has changed