Jewish Family Christmas Tree!

by Jonathan Mann

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All of these songs were written over the course of Song A Day, across 4 or 5 Christmas' at my in-law's house in suburban Maryland. They have a really warm, nice sounding piano. We're usually there for about a week and a half, so leading up to Christmas, I sit down at the piano each day and, surrounded by 3 different Christmas trees and elves and nutcrackers and lights and everything, I write Christmas music.

I've produced these songs out and collected them here because these are the ones I really like.

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released December 1, 2019

Played, produced and engineered by Jonathan Mann
Mixed and lightly mastered by Daniel Brummel (of Sanglorians and Ozma)

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Jonathan Mann Brooklyn, New York

I'm a songwriter best known for writing a song a day. I've been at it for 10 years.

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Track Name: Happy Birthday Jesus!
Happy birthday Jesus
You would have been 2,019
And you saw all of this coming
Didn’t you my dude?
You did your best
You had your message of radical love
How’d that work out for you?
Just kidding, you know you’re my boy
And I’ve got a favor to ask

People down here see Obi Wan
Kenobi and they think it’s you
We’re a little lost so I was wondering…
Could you remind me:

What were we supposed to do for the homeless?
What were we supposed to do for the Immigrant?
What were we suppose to the greedy
And the powerful?

Happy Birthday Jesus
My dreams are getting wild
Rotting supermarkets
And parking lots of blood
Bombs that break the sunset
And deep fakes of you
Selling iodine tablets
On Amazon

And if Bob Dylan and Kanye West
Both woke up one day came to you and said
Could you please come back

What were we supposed to do for the poorest people?
What were we supposed to do for the left behind?
What were we supposed to do to the greedy
And the powerful?

What were we supposed to do to the billionaires
What were we supposed to do to the politicians
What were we supposed to do for the least among us
Track Name: Sledding
You take the red one, I’ll take the toboggan
This hill is so huge I had almost forgotten
One year older and my snow pants are tight
All my brother and I do is fight

Down the hill
The wind in the trees
My limbs start to freeze
A million foot drop
And back to the top

Dodge that bush and look out for that stump
Pack the snow tight and lets make a jump
Faster and faster don’t give it much thought
Did you see how much air Gary just got

Down the hill
The sky is grey
I could do this all day
Keep your hat on your head
Let’s go all on one sled

My lungs are on fire and my boots are soaked
Let’s go home where the fire is stoked
Put on pajamas and play Mario
Slide down the hill killing Goombas as we go

Down the hill
Faster and faster
We barely stave off disaster
A million foot drop
And back to the top
Track Name: Jewish Family Christmas Tree
Our feet will go crunch in the snow
And tho I'm cold I'll just keep walking
Pulling the sled behind
I tied my boots with stands candy cane twine
I know these woods like the back of my hand
and I'm looking for the perfect tree

Though we're a Jewish family
we get a tree, a tree from the woods
And we decorate it with blue and white
and Christmas lights
and the Star of David goes on top

We come to a clearing of snow
And I know
that we found the place
Long needle evergreens
everything seems
to be still and silent
Dad has got the ax and
he's chopping away and
I'm on the lookout for
the man who owns this land
I hope he doesn’t mind

We get the tree up in the house
I’m pulling icicles out
of dads beard
We turn it this way and that
trying to find the side
Where the needles are thick
And it may be
A sad excuse for a Christmas tree
Yeah but it’s ours
The only Jewish family
For miles

Though we're a Jewish family
we get a tree, a tree from the woods
And we decorate it with blue and white
and Christmas lights and the Star of David goes on top
Track Name: Let It Snow! (In the year 2063)
Christmas was in the winter, in a cold you’ve never known
We’d gather around something called a fireplace, and laugh and sing to keep warm
You’ve seen trees in your picture books, well, we’d chop one down, keep it right there inside
We’d cover it with bits of foil, little pictures, they were called ornaments and we also had hundreds of glowing lights

I wish I could build a snow fort with you
Where the plow’s made the snow so high
I wish you could smell the air after
A blizzard fell from the sky
I wish for so very many things
But wishing won’t make it so
I’
Let it snow let it snow let it snow

Have I ever told you about Hannuka
See this this menorah, poor things cracked and split
And you’ve learned about the fire of 39, right?
That’s why we can’t keep any candles lit
Most of all I wish you could feel
How it felt to be topside and young and free
I wish I had done so much more
But there was just so much good TV

I wish I could build a snowman with you
On January first
I wish we could slide down a hill
On a day so cold it hurts

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