Gift for Me

by Elijah & Jesse

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released December 22, 2012

Recorded from September - December of '12

All instrumentation (not excluding: magazines, rulers, shakers, snaps, stomps, candles and slinkies) performed by Elijah Herrell and Jesse Eckard*

Guest Harmonies on "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" by Hanna Herrell
Piano on "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" by Freda Herrell
Lyrics, composition and arrangement for "Little Babe" was written by Jesse Eckard
Lyrics, composition and arrangement for "Gift For Me" was written by Elijah Herrell
Christmas Carpet Angel accomplished by Grace Eckard
Arrangement of "Unto Us, A Son" by Elijah Herrell

*"Unto Us, A Son" was a duet performed by Elijah and Freda Herrell

"Little Drummer Boy" was written by Katherine Kennicott Davis, Henry Onorati and Harry Simeone
"O Come, O Come Emmanuel" and "Silent Night" fall under public domain but many thanks to their respective writers.

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Track Name: The Little Drummer Boy
Come they told me
Pa rum pum pum pum
A new born King to see,
Pa rum pum pum pum
Our finest gifts we bring
Pa rum pum pum pum
To lay before the King
Pa rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum
So to honor Him
Pa rum pum pum pum,
When we come.

Little Baby
Pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too,
Pa rum pum pum pum
I have no gift to bring
Pa rum pum pum pum
That's fit to give our King
Pa rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum
Shall I play for you!
Pa rum pum pum
On my drum.

Mary nodded
Pa rum pum pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time
Pa rum pum pum pum
I played my drum for Him
Pa rum pum pum
I played my best for Him
Pa rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum
Then He smiled at me
Pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum.
Track Name: O Come, O Come Emmanuel
O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee O Israel

O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
And drive away the shades of night
And pierce the clouds and bring us light

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee O Israel

O come, Desire of nations, bind
All people in one heart and mind
Bid envy strife and quarrels cease
Fill all the world with heaven's peace

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee O Israel
Track Name: Little Babe
Evergreens, all covered with snow
Christmas lights, with their shine to bestow
Presents, underneath the tree
All those Christmas gatherings

And of all the things that remind you
He's the one that should come to mind
The reason for the season
The joy to the world
His name is Jesus Christ

Born of a virgin, laid in a manger
Innocent, soon to be slain
There he lay, asleep on the hay
The sinless, helpless, little babe

Sentenced to die
for nothing more than being disliked
He laid down his life just for you and I
His disciples ran to hide
When they nailed His hands and pierced his side

And of all the things that remind you
He's the one that should come to mind
The reason for the season
The joy to the world
His name is Jesus Christ

Born of a virgin, laid in a manger
Innocent, soon to be slain
There he lay, asleep on the hay
The sinless, helpless, little babe
Track Name: Gift for Me
the cold, it burns my throat
the snow, it numbs my toes
the death I face will not erase
it's the ice that fills my veins

these woods I've called my home
the trees and I alone
no hope, no love that I can see
this will be the death of me

but stranger, is this gift for me?
it's foggy and I can barely see
your son and you stand with a coat and a key
my kind reply says that "I'd rather freeze"

he sat down his gift in the snow
faced his son and whispered words clearly and slow
"protect him with your life and with your pocket-knife"
I'll be back soon to rescue you both"

the stranger left into the wood
and the boy's arms wrapped me up quite good
with the coat he brought and the boy's own lot
he gave to me as much as he could

but child, it this gift for me?
it's freezing and my lungs can barely breathe
you've given all you can while in this cold you won't stand
I'm warmer now but your heart will surely cease

the man returned with carriage just behind
his lantern showed that I was sadly quite fine
but his son had grown so white
and I watched him die
the stranger knew and then began to cry

he grabbed us both and took us to his home
and buried his son, I heard each sob and groan
the man, he smiled, and said that I was his child
with grief he owned, he said that I was his own

but father, is this for me?
your son to die but I'm allowed to breathe
the love you've shown has risen and grown
let's go and fetch the lost to come home
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 Saviour is born
Christ, the Saviour is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth

Silent night, holy night
Wonderous star, lend thy light
With the angels, let us sing
Allelujah to our King
Christ the savior is born
Track Name: Unto Us, A Son
"For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this."

Isaiah 9:6-7