The Christmas Squirrel EP

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One cover, one original, all Christmas.


released December 25, 2014

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year written by Edward Pola and George Wyle
Stay Warm written by J.J. Hameister

J.J. Hameister - All the instruments



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Track Name: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
It's the most wonderful time of the year
With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you be of good cheer
It's the most wonderful time of the year

It's the hap-happiest season of all
With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings
When friends come to call
It's the hap-happiest season of all

There'll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting
And caroling out in the snow
There'll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of the
Christmases long, long ago

It's the most wonderful time of the year
There'll be much mistltoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When love ones are near
It's the most wonderful time of the year
Track Name: Stay Warm
I remember rows of houses, rooves strung up with lights/more than the sum of their parts shining together so bright/ornaments in trees/everything green red and gold/I could feel the spirit of the season everywhere I would go/

And while I used to see entire neighborhoods aglo/now I maybe only see every fourth house or so/

I wanna feel it like I used to/I wanna feel the love/I want a Christmas like when I was young/

I remember rooms filled with food and family/I remember more everybody seemed happy/everybody found their way back through the cold and the snow/I felt warm, I felt safe, in my heart I felt home/

Now every event is treated like a chore, a stress, a pain/and kids have kids of their own and lives and plans pulling them away/


And the beautiful drifts I remember shimmering brightly/are half melted piles of brown and black shoved by the roadside/

Part of me knows that the disappointment comes from remembering nostalgia more than fact/and part of me knows that I probably should try if I ever want to get that feeling back/

the good put out in turn will be the good that is returned/Christmas' meaning exactly is what you want it to be/