Winter Lullaby: Songs for the Christmas Child

by Bett Butler & Joël Dilley

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1.
LYRICS Angels we have heard on high Sweetly singing o’er the plains, And the mountains in reply Echoing their joyous strains. Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong? What the gladsome tidings be Which inspire your heav’nly song? Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Come to Bethlehem and see Him Whose birth the angels sing; Come, adore on bended knee, Christ the Lord, the newborn King. Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo! See Him in a manger laid, Whom the choirs of angels praise; Mary, Joseph, lend your aid, While our hearts in love we raise. Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
2.
LYRICS Are you alone for Christmas Day? Funny, so am I. Sometimes it just turns out that way. Doesn’t matter why. Maybe you’re just far away from home or family didn’t work out as you’d planned. No matter—you don’t have to be alone. You could spend the day with me. If you’d like some company, please don’t hesitate to take my hand. Won’t you spend Christmas day with me? Maybe take a walk together or just sit and talk together. Spend the day with me, ‘cause in the end, maybe all you need for Christmas is a friend. Won’t you spend Christmas day with me? A gentle word, a kindly touch, the little things that mean so much. Spend the day with me, ‘cause in the end, maybe all you need for Christmas is a friend.
3.
LYRICS I’ve been away so long and the holidays are never like they were at home There are people all around me yet I’m all alone There are artificial Christmas trees and artificial snow and plastic kisses under plastic mistletoe I’m longing to be back with the people that I know There’s no place like home, no place like home for Christmas There’s no place like home, no place I’d rather be It may not be a mansion, but I don’t care I know, no matter what, I’ll be welcome there In this wide, wide world, of all the places I’ve ever been There’s no place like home, and this Christmas I’ll be home again. There’s no place like home, no place like home for Christmas There’s no place like home, no place I’d rather be It may not be a palace, but I don’t care It’s the grandest place on earth, ‘cause love lives there In this wide, wide world, of all the places I’ve ever been There’s no place like home, and this Christmas I’ll be home again I’ll be home again I’ll be home I’ll be home for Christmas
4.
Pat-a-Pan 04:42
LYRICS (English lyrics ©2016 by Bett Butler) Guillaume, prends ton tambourin
 Toi, prends ta flûte, Robin 
Au son de ces instruments 
Turelurelu, patapatapan
 Au son de ces instruments
 Je dirai Noël gaîment William, bring your little drum
 Robin, bring your flute and come 
Come be merry while we play
 Tu-re-lu-re-lu, pat-a-pat-a-pan Come be merry while we play on a lovely Christmas day 

C’était la mode autrefois
 De louer le Roi des rois
 Au son de ces instruments 
Turelurelu, patapatapan
 Au son de ces instruments
Il nous en faut faire autant As they did in olden days 
to the King of Kings sing praise 
Sing his praises while we play
 Tu-re-lu-re-lu, pat-a-pat-a-pan Sing his praises while we play on a glorious Christmas day

 L’homme et Dieu sont plus d’accord
 Que la flûte et le tambour 
Au son de ces instruments 
Turelurelu, patapatapan 
Au son de ces instruments 
Chantons, dansons, sautons en
 Just as God and man are one
 So we are with flute and drum
 one in spirit as we play
 Tu-re-lu-re-lu, pat-a-pat-a-pan Rise and sing and dance and play on a joyful Christmas day
5.
Gesu Bambino 06:19
LYRICS Nell'umile capanna
 nel freddo e povertá 
é nato il Santo pargolo
 che il mondo adorerá 

Osannna, osanna cantano
 con giubilante cor 
i tuoi pastori ed angeli
 o re di luce e amor

 Venite adoremus Venite adoremus 
Venite adoremus
 Dominum When blossoms flowered 'mid the snows Upon a winter night, Was born the Child, the Christmas Rose, The King of Love and Light. The angels sang, the shepherds sang, The grateful earth rejoiced; And at His blessed birth the stars Their exultation voiced. Venite adoremus Venite adoremus 
Venite adoremus
 Dominum 

O bel bambin non piangere,
 non piangere, Redentor!
 la mamma tua cullandoti
 ti bacia, O Salvator. 

Osannna, osanna cantano
 con giubilante cor 
i tuoi pastori ed angeli
 o re di luce e amor

 Venite adoremus Venite adoremus 
Venite adoremus
 Dominum Again the heart with rapture glows To greet the holy night, That gave the world its Christmas Rose, Its King of Love and Light. Let ev'ry voice acclaim His name, The grateful chorus swell. From paradise to earth He came That we with Him might dwell. Venite adoremus Venite adoremus 
Venite adoremus
 Dominum
6.
LYRICS Minuit, chrétiens, c'est l'heure solennelle, Où l'Homme Dieu descendit jusqu'à nous Pour effacer la tache originelle Et de Son Père arrêter le courroux. Le monde entier tressaille d'espérance En cette nuit qui lui donne un Sauveur. Peuple à genoux, attends ta délivrance. Noël, Noël, voici le Rédempteur, Noël, Noël, voici le Rédempteur! Le Rédempteur a brisé toute entrave: La terre est libre, et le ciel est ouvert. Il voit un frère où n'était qu'un esclave, L'amour unit ceux qu'enchaînait le fer. Qui lui dira notre reconnaissance, C'est pour nous tous qu'il naît, qu'il souffre et meurt. Peuple debout! Chante ta délivrance, Noël, Noël, chantons le Rédempteur, Noël, Noël, chantons le Rédempteur! O holy night! The stars are brightly shining, It is the night of our dear Saviour's birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining, 'Til He appear'd and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices! O night divine, O night when Christ was born; O night divine, O night, O night Divine.
7.
LYRICS Long ago and far away, three noble kings, with quiet grace, travelled to a humble place, bearing gifts for someone's child lying in a manger. Important men they were, and wise. They took the time from busy lives to follow a star. And they followed a star to someone's child that night. They gave the gift of love. They gave the gift of time. They let their hearts be light. They let their spirits shine. Let their spirits shine. Everyone is someone's child, and every child is yours and mine, especially at Christmas time. Can we take the time to see that no child is a stranger? To light a glow in children's eyes, take the time from busy lives to follow a star. Wherever you are, you can follow a star to someone's child tonight. Give the gift of love. Give the gift of time. Let your heart be light. Let your spirit shine. Let your spirit shine.
8.
LYRICS (English lyrics ©2016 by Bett Butler) La virgen bajo a lavar sus blancas manos al rio el sol se quedo hechizado la luna se ha oscurecido riete niño, no llores mas que ha mi me aflije verte llorar Ay si si si el verte llorar ay si si si el verte llorar The virgin goes to the river to wash her hands in the water The sun is stunned by her splendor the moon hides its face in wonder hush little baby, don't you cry mama will comfort you by and by hush little baby, don't you cry mama will sing you a lullaby Este niño que aqui esta durmiendo sobre unas pajas tan pobre y humilde es nuestro supremo monarca riete niño, no llores mas que a mi me aflije verte llorar Ay si si si el verte llorar Ay si si si el verte llorar This baby, here in the manger To whom all glory is given This baby, so poor and humble is king of earth and heaven hush little baby, don't you cry mama will comfort you by and by hush little baby, don't you cry mama will sing you a lullaby
9.
LYRICS (English lyrics by Bett Butler) Un flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle! Un flambeau! Courons au berceau! C'est Jésus, bonnes gens du hameau. Le Christ est né; Marie appelle! Ah! Ah! Ah! Que la Mère est belle, Ah! Ah! Ah! Que l'Enfant est beau! Bring a torch, Jeanette, Isabelle! Bring a torch, to the cradle run. Christ has come, good folk of the village. Jesus is born and Mary's calling. Ah! Ah! beautiful is the Mother! Ah! Ah! beautiful is the son. Qui vient la, frappant de la porte? Qui vient la, en frappant comme ça? Ouvrez-donc, j'ai posé sur un plat Des bons gateaux, qu'ici j'apporte Toc! Toc! Toc! Ouvrons-nous la porte! Toc! Toc! Toc! Faisons grand gala! Who is that at the portal, comes knocking? Who comes clattering at the door? Open so I can put on a platter All of these lovely cakes I'm bringing. Knock! Knock! Let's have a celebration. Knock! Knock! Let's open up the door. C'est un tort, quand l'Enfant sommeille, C'est un tort de crier si fort. Taisez-vous, l'un et l'autre, d'abord! Au moindre bruit, Jésus s'éveille. Chut! chut! chut! Il dort à merveille, Chut! chut! chut! Voyez comme il dort! It's a shame, while the baby is sleeping It's a shame to be shouting so loud. Quiet now as you gather around. The tiniest sound will waken Jesus. Hush! Hush! Marvelous is his slumber. Hush! Hush! See how the baby sleeps. Doucement, dans l'étable close, Doucement, venez un moment! Approchez! Que Jésus est charmant! Comme il est blanc! Comme il est rose! Do! Do! Do! Que l'Enfant repose! Do! Do! Do! Qu'il rit en dormant! Softly, now, to the stable come stealing. Gently, now, for a moment, come. Come and see how charming is Jesus. Fair is he, the fairest rose, oh Hush! Hush! See how the baby slumbers. Softly laughing in his sleep.
10.
LYRICS (English lyrics ©2016 by Bett Butler) Què li darem an el Noi de la Mare? Què li darem que li sapiga bo? Panses i figues i nous i olives, panses i figues i mèl i mató What shall we give to the son of the mother? What shall we give for the baby to please? Raisins and figs and the ripest of olives, figs and sweet raisins and honey and cheese. Què li darem al fillet de Maria? Què li darem a l'hermós Jesuset? Jo li voldria donar una cosa que l'abrigués ara que fa tant fred What shall we give to the child of Mary? What shall we give to the baby just born? Shelter to shield from the cold of the night, the softest of cover to keep the babe warm. Angels del cel són els que l'en breçolen, angels del cel que li fan venir sòn, mentres li canten cançons d'alegria, cants de la gloria que no són del món. Angels of heaven are now in the cradle, making sleep come with their sweet lullabies, while we sing carols of joy and gladness, hymns of the glory beyond the skies.
11.
Shine 03:36
LYRICS A silver thread is broken So much left undone So much left unspoken Longing, clinging Finally letting go to find the song itself is singing Now I hear your music in the skies your laughter in the leaves your whisper in the wind I feel your arms enfold me when the sunlight warms my skin When all that’s less than love has died away you’ll find your place among the stars and you will shine through night and day Shine through space and time Shine
12.
LYRICS The night is so dark and so long And it will be lonely for some But there will be stars, whispers of sunlight Reminding us morning will come Soon all the shadows will fall But it isn't as sad as it seems For safe in this house, surrounded by love We’ll have the sweetest of dreams But why is it dark at the end of the day Why does the sunlight steal away I don’t know the answer except to say Even angels have to sleep sometime Even angels have to sleep sometime Even angels have to sleep sometime But they’re never far away The trees have grown empty and bare And the flowers have faded away But in a blanket of gold, the fallen leaves hold the promise of spring some day The winter comes bitter and cold But we'll see the most beautiful sights Crystalline days of magic and wonder And silent and sacred nights But why do the autumn skies turn grey Why do the songbirds fly away I don’t know the answer except to say Even angels have to sleep sometime Even angels have to sleep sometime Even angels have to sleep sometime But they’re never far away

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"A cast of top-notch musicians….Fresh new arrangements….A great jazz vibe… Bett's vocals are simply beautiful, Joel Dilley's soft accompaniment on guitar is perfect, and the lyrics excel....WINTER LULLABY fits as the soundtrack for a serene winter evening, lights dim, where one can enjoy the stillness and tranquility of the night.”–Aaron Henton, merryandbright.blogspot.com

In her fourth eclectic album, singer/songwriter Bett Butler mixes originals with beloved holiday standards in multiple languages, many with her own English translations.

Her bouncy bossa nova “Are You Alone for Christmas Day” recalls Astrid Gilberto and Stan Getz, with an elegant sax solo by Rene Saenz; and Coltrane meets Clooney (Rosemary, not George) in “No Place Like Home for Christmas,” also featuring Saenz. “Pat-a-Pan” veers firmly into Klezmer territory, and Butler’s four-octave range becomes a boys’ choir on “Gesu Bambino.” “O Holy Night” and “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella” blend classical and jazz in intimate, lively chamber ensembles.

Producer/arranger Joël Dilley sets the album’s title song “Winter Lullaby” in the kind of ethereal and rhythmic landscape familiar to fans of his Mandala Meditation Series, lushly underpinning the chorus: “Even angels have to sleep sometime, but they’re never far away.” Peace on Earth. Joy to the World.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:

"Thank you for one of the most beautiful Christmas albums I have ever heard." ~ Judi E.

"Really LOVE it! Thank you, Bett and Joel!" ~ Cassandra W.

"Beautiful!" ~ Dianne B.

"Wonderful unique music!" ~ Carl S.

"The new CD is SO beautiful! Filled with wonder and childlike joy." ~ Tom O.

"I. AM. BLOWN. AWAY. This is a fabulous album. I'm ordering 6 copies for friends." ~ Janis H.

"Love it. Totally what I needed to hear." ~ Paulino R.

"This is a real stocking stuffer. Love it! Did you guys write 'Are You Alone for Christmas?' Wish I'd penned it. Great." ~ Ron Y. (songwriter)

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released November 6, 2016

Bett Butler: piano, vocals :: Joël Dilley: basses, guitars, keyboards, percussion, drums :: Johnathan Alexander: drums :: Rene Saenz: saxophones :: Nina Rodriguez: percussion :: Karen Dickens Emerson: flute :: Produced, arranged, mixed & mastered by Joël Dilley at Mandala Music Production :: Piano & vocal arrangements by Bett Butler

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