Under The Christmas Tree

UTCT

A wonderful Christmas song including everything a christmas song needs. It is a waltz driven by a simple slaybell drum beat and picked orchestral strings.

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WORDS

Cold starry nights
A white crescent moon
Sugar and spice
On a long wooden spoon

Snow flakes and snowballs
Ice skates and sleighs
Mulled wine and mince pies
Fires all ablaze

Round shining eyes
Pink little cheeks
“Is that present mine?”
But no child must peek

Pine cones and candles, snow on the roof
The sound up above of a reindeer hoof
So many parcels, what can they be?
Under the skirts of a glittering tree

Piles of gifts
Christmas bells ring
Lights in the trees
And carols to sing

Mugs of hot chocolate
A big swirl of cream
Small cold noses
Warmed by the steam

Millions of toys
On Santa’s sleigh
Flying round the world
Before Christmas Day

Pine cones and candles, snow on the roof
The sound up above of a reindeer hoof
So many parcels, what can they be?
Under the skirts of a glittering tree
Hush, hush little children
Run up to your beds
“Or you’ll spoil the magic”
The Christmas Elves said
Wait for the morning
Then open your eyes
Santa has left you a lovely surprise

Be silent! Listen! Who’s on the roof?
Donner or Blitzen or Rudolph’s hoof?
The beautiful angel at the top of the tree
Under the skirts of a glittering tree

Tempo: 145 BPM

Credits:

Lyrics: Moira Waugh
Composition: Siobhan Dakay
Arragement: Siobhan Dakay
Mixing: Marcel Stiller (http://www.filler-productions.com)
Mastering: Christoph Stickel (http://www.csmastering.de)

Discography

2008 – 2014: Publishing various songs to ccMixter.org – a community of musicians publishing stuff using the cc-by license model

2015:

UTCTSingle: Under The Christmas Tree

 

 

 

2016:
Single Song: The Ghosts Are HereCoverArt-TheGhostsAreHere

 

 

 

Single: How Lucky I Am How Lucky I Am2

 

Album: The Wrong Girl (Release Date: February 26, 2016)

 

Available here: iTunes; Amazon; Bandcamp;
Commercial License: Please contact www.thinkrootrecords.com

 

 

2017:

Audiobook: The Selkie’s Daughter

 

 

 

Album: Siobhan Dakay – Winter
ccMixter Artists remixed by Siobhan Dakay

Close To Mike

Moira on what inspired her to write this song:
„Driving home from Savannah, we passed a place called Gibson’s Creek where there was a view of an old, broken-down house of grey wood at the end of a jetty which extended into a wide expanse of smooth river. It made a beautiful picture – very North American to my mind – and it resulted in this song. Hope you like it.“

A song about the momentariness of love, the shame of saying „it is over“ and the wish of not getting hurt again.

The musical arrangement tries to capture the beautiful landscape inspired Moira to this song but also tries to reflect the flickering energy between both of the characters. At the end the Sax enters the scenery softens down and let go.

Close To MikeCLOSE TO MIKE
You’re back – tell me all about where you’ve been
Paint me some pictures in words of every exotic scene
Tell me some stories – it gets kinda samey here on the Creek
And I need the buzz of hearing you speak

We could rock on the back porch, watch the sun slip down
Those dark green waters where our aspirations drowned
When this old Creek’s wrapped in dusk’s embrace
It’s really almost pretty and then you can’t look in my face

Oh it’s so good to see you, say you’ll stay
Let’s lie cool and quiet – think up games to play
In the dawn you’ll leave me, disappear without a trace
But for now draw me close and I promise I won’t look in your face

Composer: Moira Waugh, Siobhan Dakay
Lyrics: Moira Waugh
Arrangement: Siobhan Dakay
Mixing: Marcel Filler
Mastering: Christoph Stickel

Hey, Mr. Sun

Hey, Mr. Sun – the first tunes appear and you might think „G&T on a roof terrasse now“ or you simply would like to enjoy the sun. Well, you can do so. But listen carefully. It sounds as if Moira flirts with Mr. Sun but case is the opposite.

Nothing else but the sun to dissapear from her face. She is pretty clear with her request. Using her sweetest voice she demands: „Stop smiling down on me cause I want to make the most of the tragedy of him leaving me“.

The Backtrack is quoting the good old 80s and 90s jazzy tracks from Mat Bianco and Sade. The Saxophone representing Mr. Sun trying to flirt with Moira but she is pretty resistant and doobidoohs Mr. Sun away.

Oh how could the root of the problem (the man) just let her go – this charming girl (NOT?).
Superb British sarkasm packed into a soft jazzy easy to digest dress.

Hey, Mr. Sun

Lyrics:

Hey, Mr. Sun
Stop smiling down on me
‘Cause I want to make the most
Of the tragedy of him leaving me
I need to stand in the mist and rain
And savor all my pain
Of dejection, of rejection
Of deception of missing him
And your sunshine is getting in my way

Hey, Mr. Sun
Please get lost
Cause only gales and gloomy clouds can really match my mood
And seaside towns in winter where I can just sit and brood on heartbreak
On heartache
On what a snake he was after all
And your sunshine, your sunshine’s getting in my way

You might think this new love is the one for you
Soon you realize it’s more a case of ‚he’ll do‘
Turns out you’re not exactly charming the guy
In spite of all your concessions and mid-brown hair dye

Hey, Mr. Sun
Wish you’d take a hike
While I wait for my homicidal hostility to pass
And watch my heart sink to the bottom of my glass
So just stop smiling at me
Cause your sunshine’s getting in my way
Take a hike, please get lost

Hey, Mr. Sun
You’re really getting in my way

 

77bpm

Composer: Moira Waugh, Siobhan Dakay
Lyrics: Moira Waugh
Arrangement: Siobhan Dakay
Mixing: Siobhan Dakay
Mastering: Christoph Stickel

License: cc-by-nc 3.0
Commercial License available: Thinkrootrecords

Small Back Room

Where are you going to hide yourself? Do you have a room where you are left alone? Where you can let go your thoughts and dream of a different life? Where you can hide from reality?

Moira Waugh’s emotionally compelling lyrics lure the listener into this story of love and of loss. She tells a story about one woman hiding herself in a room only existing in mind where she can hide to let memories and wishes become reality again.

Moira’s special talent is to put a very decent attitude in every single note sung. You can taste the current bitterness, rage, irony but also let you recognize the the fun there was in the past.

Siobhan put this into a piano ballad setup. Only a beatleasque flute and the bass guitar picking up the mood of the lyrics and fastens and lowers the percieved speed of the track. Literally you can imagine the „winds wet sea“ with the Strings appearing.
Moira’s warm mellow singing is accompanied by the 110 BPM rhythm through all the various temptations.

Kara Square supports with fantastic soft and deep background vocals which perfectly underpins the mixed emotions the imaginary person is experiencing.

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Lyrics:

Small Back Room

There’s a small back room where I sometimes go
It has no existence in space or time
It’s where I hide when I’m feeling low
The only place where you are mine

Just this one time away from our worlds, that was always the deal
Two days from life by a windswept sea was all we could ever steal

In that small back room I can hold you once more
The single place I want to be
I can leave my pain outside the door
In here you belong to me

We kept saying how lucky we’d met, some people never know bliss
But even then I knew my heart would die, I’d never get over this

There’s a small back room where I sometimes go
It has no existence in space or time
It’s where I hide when I’m feeling low
The only place where you are mine

 

110 BPM

Composer: Moira Waugh, Siobhan Dakay
Lyrics: Moira Waugh
Background Vocals: Kara Square
Arrangement: Siobhan Dakay
Mixing: Siobhan Dakay
Mastering: Christoph Stickel

License: cc-by-nc 3.0
Commercial License available: Thinkrootrecords