Jewish Family Christmas Tree!

by Jonathan Mann

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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
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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
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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
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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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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 Jersey City, New Jersey

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

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