A Christmas Gift For You From Elefant Records

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Hey, do you want me to cancel? Is Christmas too much to handle when the world has passed you by? If you want to I'll show you There's far more to it than your lonely Christmas life Why should Christmas be so hard? There's always the mistletoe in the dark Why should xmas make you cry Look at the snow that hangs in the sky Loving the way that it glistens all over your eyes Hey, why don't you step out and try it? You'll find you need other people to make Christmas come alive So what's the point in being lonely? Come on over I'll show you what this time of year's about All the jingle bells that bring you down There's nothing to it if you hang around Why should Christmas be so hard? There's always the mistletoe in the dark Why should xmas make you cry Look at the snow that hangs in the sky Loving the way that it glistens all over your eyes I hear the carols and the sleigh bells ring I try to fight it cause it's not your thing Let's drink some whisky and we'll do it our own way Why should Christmas be so hard
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Here we are All together on a special day And now we know that there'll be no more time for waiting This is the dream that we're creating now And here we are All together in a special way And in a moment we can be with all our friends To make a line that never ends Put your hand here in mine We're joining in the fun So come on everyone And soon we will be Holding hands All together all around the world And everyone is here from every nation It's a happy celebration We are Holding hands All together all around the world And every single boy and girl is showing That the love just keeps on growing ohh ohh Here we are All together on a special day And now we know that we can reach so many places Another million happy faces saying Here we are All together in a special way And now we know that if we hold on to each other We help our sisters and our brothers Put your hand here in mine And we'll be like the sun We'll shine on everyone And soon we will be Holding hands All together all around the world And everyone is here from every nation It's a happy celebration We are Holding hands All together all around the world And every single boy and girl is showing That the love just keeps on growing ohh ohh Holding hands All together all around the world And everyone is here from every nation It's a happy celebration We are Holding hands All together all around the world And every single boy and girl is showing That the love just keeps on growing growing growing Holding hands All together all around the world And everyone is here from every nation It's a happy celebration We are Holding hands All together all around the world And every single boy and girl is showing That the love just keeps on growing when you're holding hands
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Hand in hand with mulled wine as the snow fell gently down In the oldest square in town, decorations all around Enchanted by the sounds Christmas lights echoing across the human sea of time Like moments in your life, glowing memories Christmas lights ringing in a universal chime When humanity unites temporarily Alcohol and music, friends and love at Christmas time Raise a glass to those who’ve died, though they’re still alive inside As we gaze into the lights Christmas lights echoing across the human sea of time Like moments in your life, glowing memories Christmas lights ringing in a universal chime When humanity unites temporarily Every year it’s just the same At least we hope it stays that way In times of change you need familiar things Then we can face whatever the future brings As we gaze into the lights
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Somos sumerios y babilonios Somos romanos, griegos y egipcios Todos queremos la luz del mundo Nos la regala el Sol invicto Cantan los gallos, llega la Navidad Sacrificamos a corderitos Agradeciendo la luz del mundo Cantando alegres al Sol invicto Que trae la luz del mundo Nos trae la luz Pondré un abeto, bolas de Navidad Que se celebra la luz del mundo Vamos a decorar casas y calles Para conmemorar al Sol invicto Somos sumerios y babilonios Somos romanos, griegos y egipcios Todos queremos la luz del mundo Ganada por el Sol al cielo oscuro Nos trae la luz del mundo Nos trae la luz
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Santa Claus llegó a mi ciudad Pero a casa nunca llegó Se quedó bebiendo en el bar Con mi regalo de Navidad Sonríe y él se ve muy feliz Volando por el cosmos en su trineo espacial Santa Claus es bien informal Va a bailar a la discoteque Pincha vinilos de los Beach Boys Os Mutantes y los Bee Gees Sonríe y él se ve muy feliz Volando por el cosmos en su trineo espacial Es Navidad Tengo un regalo para vos Es muy especial Los duendes del hongo están Todos para vos Renos mágicos de luz Viajan hasta el Sol Vi volar al gran Santa Claus Cruza aldeas, pueblos y el mar Lleno de buena vibración Va sembrando un poco de paz Sonríe y él se ve muy feliz Volando por el cosmos en su trineo espacial Santa Claus es bien informal Va a bailar a la discoteque Pincha vinilos de los Beach Boys Os Mutantes y los Bee Gees Sonríe y él se ve muy feliz Volando por el cosmos en su trineo espacial
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I was packing up my things I don't know what this winter brings Forecast says there's a blizzard on the way I'll go home and you will too But I won't stop thinking of you Won't you call me up on Christmas Day? Everything will be alright Just please please please stay here tonight I can't sleep when you're far away Everything just goes to fast I just want to stay in the past I can't face this world alone
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Every flake of snow that falls Every time the postman calls How I long to hold you close, hold you near Every time a sleigh bell rings Every song the children sing How I long to see your face, to have you here But baby you’re too far away Tomorrow’s just another day But still I sit and hope and pray That you’ll come home tonight I just wanna see you I just wanna hold your hand on Christmas Day Every advent calendar day Every tune the radios play Makes me miss your smile like never, like never before Every ribbon tied so tight Every little card I write Makes me wish for your sweet love, so much more But baby you’re too far away Tomorrow’s just another day But still I sit and hope and pray That you’ll come home tonight I just wanna see you I just wanna hold your hand on Christmas Day I just wanna see you I just wanna see you I just wanna to feel your loving arms around my heart I just wanna see you I just wanna hold your hand on Christmas Day I just wanna see you I just wanna hold your hand on Christmas Day I just wanna see you I just wanna hold your hand on Christmas Day
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Cuddly toys and Christmas trees Stockings filled with sweets for me Rollers, sparklers, Eastenders Same old presents wait and see Breaking down on the M4 Only fog no sign of snow I don't know where I'm going to But I'm hoping I'll bump into you Christmas bells were calling out your name And the stars were writing out the same Let me be the fairy on your Christmas tree tonight Let me be the fairy on your Christmas tree tonight Let me be the fairy on your Christmas tree tonight Or maybe until New Year's Eve Jingle bells and the hit parade Twinkling stars and sparkly shoes Office parties with mulled wine Glitzy dresses, my head held high I just want someone to stay in Watching Brucie's special with No-one should be alone tonight Especially a girl like me Christmas bells were calling out your name And the stars were writing out the same Let me be the fairy on your Christmas tree tonight Let me be the fairy on your Christmas tree tonight Let me be the fairy on your Christmas tree tonight Or maybe until New Year's Eve
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La nieve empieza a caer El aire hiela la calles sin piedad No hay mucho más por hacer El viejo mundo (espera) prepara su final La luz es de otro color La gente corre entre el tráfico hacia el bar En las noticias de hoy Anuncian que algo increíble va a pasar El contacto estelar Esta Navidad en plena catarsis galáctica Esta Navidad la nave nodriza fundacional Aterrizará en el centro de Montmartre Los visitantes te desean una feliz Navidad Desde Electra, desde Alcyone Traemos la luz del cosmos Estoy perdiendo el control Me falta el aire y comienzo a divagar Ya siento la radiación Ondas Schumann en plena actividad Ellos apagan el Sol La nueva era celeste universal Los anillos de Alcyone Anuncian nuestra escalada dimensional El contacto estelar Esta Navidad en plena catarsis galáctica Esta Navidad la nave nodriza fundacional Aterrizará en el centro de Montmartre Los visitantes te desean una feliz Navidad Desde Electra Traemos la luz del cosmos
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Your love is a pretense Now I see it clearly I’ve got a box of evidence Of how you feel about me It’s full of broken bells and things You should have taken more care What good’s a fairy without wings This Christmas tree looks so bare You trashed my Christmas You broke my heart at Christmas Your love is a pretense Now I see it clearly I’ve got a box of evidence Of how you feel about me The decorations are all smashed You should have taken more care And Santa’s sleigh looks like it’s crashed This Christmas tree looks so bare You trashed my Christmas You broke my heart at Christmas (You trashed my) Christmas
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Ha pasado otro año Me sigues sin mirar Yo te sigo esperando Bajo el muérdago en Navidad Todos son muy felices Y yo me pongo a llorar Porque te sigo esperando Porque es Navidad La gente camina sonriendo  En el centro comercial Las calles se iluminan Es tiempo de Navidad Y aunque no me hagas caso Tú me haces suspirar Quedémonos un rato Bajo el muérdago en Navidad Necesito verte una vez más Vuelve conmigo esta Navidad Vuelve conmigo esta Navidad Ya se ha ido el verano El viento empieza a soplar Por favor hazme caso Esta noche de Navidad
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So happy we go That you and me  And every day of sorrow Are gonna be alright Until we know That we are free And there's nothing else To be afraid in life We can find the way of love to grow Everyone should try and carry on Some bright stars are guiding all the way Bells to ring and jingle Bells to ring and jingle Under the moonlight is time to celebrate For today's a blessed holy day With hope we go That you and me And every new tomorrow  Are gonna be so fine Until we grow and feel complete Staying side by side We're gonna dream so high Smiling my soul out I sing this song The Santa is on his way let's carry on Some bright stars are guiding all the way Bells to ring and jingle Bells to ring and jingle Under the moonlight is time to celebrate For today's a blessed holy day Let's open our minds And raise our hearts  In peace, in love and have A Merry Christmas life Embrace a world of magic Of hope, dreams and full delight So bright Some bright stars are guiding all the way Bells to ring and jingle Bells to ring and jingle Under the moonlight is time to celebrate For today's a blessed holy day
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Es curioso esto de volver A las calles que dejé A amigos que olvidé El reloj no ha vuelto a funcionar Aquí todo sigue igual Desde el día que me marché Esta tarde he ido a pasear Entre bolas de cristal Y campanas de papel He visto a los chicos en el bar Y aunque estaba él también No te has de preocupar Cada Navidad La misma ciudad Vuelvo a reencontrar Lo que costó olvidar Esta noche antes de cenar Mi padre querrá charlar De política social Tengo ganas de volverte a ver En dos días llegaré Mientras tanto, cuídate
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Even though we're far apart And all alone for Christmas It don't matter where you are You're coming home tonight And in the streets the snow is falling on the ground I hope you get to see it soon The city lights shine bright and glisten all around And I can't wait til you're beside me once again
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The weather outside isn't really nice see I'm frightened the cold might make you ill And the path to the bus stop's gone all icy You could so easily take a spill Your nose and your cheeks are a little rosy outside the north wind blows We're inside where it's warm and cosy, let's make Christmas love At this time you really shouldn't be naughty (don't leave me love) But we're being both naughty and nice (nice) It's too early for you to be leaving (don't leave me love) Keep warm and listen to my advice
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Here at Elefant, we have always been huge fans of Christmas albums, so we finally decided to get our act together, and we’ve put a lot of energy and excitement into our first Christmas album. “A Christmas Gift For You From Elefant Records” is full of previously unreleased songs that look toward that luminous side of life, a fantastic excuse to feel optimistic, colorful, and, why not, irony and a sense of humor, to help us get through the hard times. And since we want nothing less than the best, it’s wrapped up in the marvelous design work of the great Duprez, always full of that unmistakable pop spirit that was already his in his own right. This is a gift from Elefant Records for all of our fans.

The album opens with one of Elefant Records’ new groups, the Scottish group ATTIC LIGHTS, who already knocked our socks off with their incredible harmonies (up to 4 voices) on their debut album “Friday Night Lights”. And as you might expect, they remind us of the exciting sweetness of the Wilson brothers’ vocals, and small details of the sonic landscape evoke the bitterness that often end up associated with Christmas-time. The second track is one of the songs that Guille Milkyway made for the children’s TV show “Jelly Jamm”, and which was put out under the name GUILLE MILKYWAY AND THE JELLY JAMM SOUND ORCHESTRA, with the unmistakable mark of our beloved Guille, and a precious children’s choir giving a special color to “Holding Hands Around The World” – a total hit. THE MAGIC THEATRE is another of Elefant’s new groups; they are a duo formed by Dan Popplewell and Sophia Churney, who formed OOBERMAN at the end of the 90’s. That group split up in 2003, and now, years later, they are beginning a new adventure – THE MAGIC THEATRE – together. Elefant Records will soon release their second album, after that fantastic orchestrated story that was “London Town”, and here they give us a precious and delicate “Christmas Lights”, somewhere between the theatrical and the sweetest side of Bobbie Gentry, Blossom Dearie or THE PARIS SISTERS.

The presence of a group like SINGLE on an album like this a must. They distance themselves from all Christmas clichés both sonically and lyrically in “La Luz Del Mundo”. Musically, they have some of that electronic pop with dub airs that Ibon likes so much, and lyrically, they put everything into an ambiguous view, so personal, like only they can do. MODULAR also does things their own way. On “El Viaje Mágico De Santa Claus”, they appeal to all those things that have made them such a special band: that cosmos that any fantastic persona that exists feels so at home in follows their gravitational pull, this time it’s Santa Claus himself, between tropical choruses, analogical synthesizers, and dazed vibes. With them, Christmas takes on a whole new dimension.

From Edine and Lisle Mitnik we were able to get a take from their marvelous new project EDINE AVEC LISLE MITNIK ET SON ORCHESTRE which they debuted with the latest release from New Adventures in Pop. The revisited “X-mas Song” is a great example of the fantastic results: a playful and delicious sweetness that only they can achieve. Dreamy. THE YEARNING has been one of our biggest discoveries in 2012, and we just had to ask them to contribute to our Christmas album. On it, they once again show their wonderful taste for arrangements and melodies on their incredible “I Just Wanna Hold Your Hand (On Christmas Day)”, a song that, once again, makes us think of Phil Spector, who is definitely one of the strongest influences on the whole album, starting with the title of this Christmas album, which is a clear homage to that marvelous album he released in 1963.

THE SCHOOL’s “Let Me Be The Fairy on Your Christmas Tree Tonight” is the only previously released song on the album, and it bears all the marks of the group: fifties spirit and a really catchy, fascinating chorus. Either way, these guys from Wales make up for being the only previously released song with another song, this time previously unreleased, and just as wonderful as the other song: “You’re Coming Home Tonight”. LA CASA AZUL coincides with MODULAR to give a Christmas a touch of outer-space on “Los Anillos De Alcyone (21-12-2012)”, a mid-tempo that shows so much compositional versatility. As he himself says, “a galactic catharsis”, a science fiction Christmas tale with an extraterrestrial visit and all, with the visitors bringing us light from the cosmos. THE PRIMITIVES once again give a good dose of electricity and disappointment with “You Trashed My Christmas”, one of those unforgettable punk-pop hymns, with their trademark incandescent riffs and a fantastic chorus, and an especially inspired Tracy Tracy.

The AXOLOTES MEXICANOS are one of the surprises we have ready for 2013, and here we have their first song for Elefant Records, before even their first single which will come in a few short weeks on the new release from our New Adventures In Pop collection. Four young Asturians, fresh and full of energy, who make their energetic, highly addictive pop, as this “Te Espero En Navidad” shows. The Brazilian duo YOUDOMETOO also gives us their own perspective within the parameters they showed on their fantastic debut for New Adventures In Pop: playful, slippery, almost low-fi, but full of energy and vitality, as they clearly show us on “Bells To Ring And Jingle”. BAND À PART show their passion for northern soul and sunshine pop on a fantastic “Donde Todo Sigue Igual”, probably one of their best songs so far, with really special and surprising arrangements. Another of our big groups this year, Duglas T Stewart and his BMX BANDITS, couldn’t be left out of the party, and they gave us the precious “Let’s Make Christmas Love”, showing us their great creative abilities with compositions and arrangements, a wonderfully delicious piece of work. And to pleasantly wrap up this album, FITNESS FOREVER leave their Italian behind and close with a beautiful, intimate instrumental piece, delicate and lovely with extraordinary arrangements.

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released November 4, 2013

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