Sparkle

by Andrea Menard

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Sparkle is a sparkling holiday album that celebrates the glittering winter, the beautiful rituals, and the ups and downs of family gatherings.

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released November 9, 2008

Written by Andrea Menard, Robert Walsh (SOCAN)
Produced by Robert Walsh
© Velvet & Hawk Productions

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Andrea Menard Vancouver, British Columbia

Andrea Menard is a powerhouse performer who bridges cultural and language boundaries by speaking from her heart. With 3 award-winning cds and 2 tv specials under her belt, this charismatic Métis songstress has created life-long fans with her songs, her stories, and her message of hope. Andrea's new album, Lift, which is a collection of uplifting songs about joy and beauty, launches in May 2014. ... more

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Track Name: Gather Around (featuring Asani)
Gather Around
Written by Andrea Menard, Robert Walsh, © 2007 SOCAN, published by Christmas and Holiday Music (BMI)


Gather around gather around
The feast is ready gather around
We give thanks to the bounty as we pass it along
And place an extra setting as we sing this song
We make an offering to our loved ones gone

Behold now is the time foretold
We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for
We will return to the fold

Gather around gather around
They’re telling stories gather around
We give thanks for the stories passed along
We learn about our history as we sing this song
We make an offering to our loved ones gone

Ah, ah
It’s time for prayers gather around
We give thanks to the spirit that moves in all things
Thanks for the spirit and the love it brings
We make an offering an offering

Behold, our hearts will be filled with gold
We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for
We will learn the wisdom of old

Gather around Gather around Gather around
Gather around Gather around Gather around
The feast is ready Gather around
We give thanks to the bounty as we pass it along (Gather around)
And place an extra setting as we sing this song (Gather around)
We make an offering (An offering)
Gather around gather around
Track Name: Sparkle
Sparkle
Written by Andrea Menard, Robert Walsh, © 2007 SOCAN

The spark of love that lit the world
Two thousand years ago
Shone so bright that it sparkles still
In our hearts above and below

Here’s to love let us sparkle
Here’s to love let us shine
if one by one each spark would ignite
We’d sparkle with shimmering light

It doesn’t matter what you believe
Your spark’s as bright as mine
Let’s join our hands together
And share our light divine

Here’s to love. let us sparkle
Here’s to love let us shine
if one by one each spark would ignite
We’d sparkle with shimmering light
When every heart illuminates
This world will find its way

We’ll twinkle like a starlit sky
Together you and I

Here’s to love let us sparkle
Here’s to love let us shine
One by one each spark would ignite
We’d sparkle with shimmering light
We’d sparkle with shimmering light
With peace with love and light
Track Name: Yuletide You
Yuletide You
Written by Andrea Menard, Robert Walsh, © 2007 SOCAN

We’ve got cold weather here in December
You’d think I’d be used to the freeze
But each time the season rolls around
I huddle by the fire with my yuletide squeeze
You won’t see me in the backyard
Making angels in the snow
I’ll be cuddling my own little angel
Inside with the lights down low

I’ll just hide With the fire inside Enjoy the yuletide
With you you yuletide you

If you’re not warm enough I made these ear muffs
To keep the frostbite at bay
If you’ll just lean a bit closer dear
I’ll warm those chilly ears another way
You’re my turkey with the trimmings
You’re my kiss-y mistletoe
I’ll wrap myself in bows and ribbons
I will be your ho ho ho

I’ll just hide With the fire inside Enjoy the yuletide
With you you yuletide you
With you you yuletide you
With you you yuletide you

I’ll just hide With the fire inside Enjoy the yuletide
With you you yuletide you
With you you yuletide you
With you you yuletide you

We’ve got cold weather here in December
You don’t want me down with a chill
So help me frost up the windows
And give Jacky Frost a thrill

I’ll just hide With the fire inside Enjoy the yuletide
With you you yuletide you
With you you yuletide you
Track Name: Winter is Here
Winter is Here
by Andrea Menard, Robert Walsh

The snow arrived on the day you left.
I swear it chased you away.
You went west where the sunshine
Hides behind clouds every day.

I don’t mind the chilly weather.
When there’s a hand to hold.
But you won’t be here to embrace me.
To warm me from the cold.

Winter is here.
and you’re not near
I guess it’ll be a cold, cold year.


I know you had to go.
I’d never stand in your way.
But somehow it feels so much colder
When you are far away.

Winter is here.
but you are not near
I guess it’ll be a cold, cold year.
Track Name: Evergreen
Evergreen
by Andrea Menard, Robert Walsh, SOCAN


The window in my parlour
Shines on my favourite chair
I sit and watch the season
Turn as white as my hair.

So many years older
A frosty pallor has touched my skin.
But I am a sapling
Inside a giant evergreen.

Evergreen. Evergreen.
Even in my winter years
I will be evergreen.

My brow has been moulded
With fear, and wonder and doubt
But I’ve softened at the edges
My laugh lines spread out

The voices of my youth
still sing, sing with the river so clear
The river and I are everlasting.
We’re both headed elsewhere
But we’ll always be here.

Evergreen. Evergreen.
Even in my winter years
I will be, I will be, I will be evergreen.

Evergreen. Evergreen.
Even in my winter years
I will be, I will be, I will be evergreen.
Track Name: The Christmas Slump (featuring Lorne Cardinal)
The Christmas Slump
Written by Andrea Menard, Robert Walsh, © 2007 SOCAN



Tonight is the night we deck the halls I’d really love to but I’m off to the mall
Pull out decorations and assemble the tree I’ve got to face the crowds for the annual spending spree
Here, sweetie, the lights need untangling Old Saint Nick needs a little strangling
Better get the ladder for the ones on the roof Better get the bottle of eighty proof

It’s snowing let’s snuggle and talk I’ve gotta go and shovel the walk
Maybe later we’ll go for a sleighride Ah, baby it’s cold outside
Bundle up honey we’re going carolling But I don’t know the words my dar-i-ling
This is going to be the best xmas yet Yeah wanna bet


Okay forget it I’ll do it myself (I’m sorry)
Put those decorations and that attitude back on the shelf (I really am I love you)
What’s wrong with you You need a kick in the rump
Get out of your Christmas slump

The family is coming I can’t wait I’m the son in law they love to hate
We’ll be having company every night I’ll be the one breaking up the fights
Put some Christmas music on the stereo Please not Bing Don’t sing Oh no
I hope that’s not Scrooge I hear Look I found the mistletoe come ‘ere

Let’s hang the garland and the wreath this way Okay dear Whatever you say
Get the sugar and the flour cuz tonight we bake Who even eats that Christmas cake
This pile of presents is yours to wrap I can’t believe we have to buy this crap
This is my favourite time of the year Did a Christmas grenade go off in here


Okay, forget it I’ll do it myself (I’m sorry)
Put those decorations and that attitude back on the shelf (I really am I love you)
What’s wrong with you You need a kick in the rump
Get out of your Christmas slump

Every year it’s always the same
It’s the Christmas slump again
Track Name: The Family Test
The Family Test
Andrea Menard, Robert Walsh, 2007 SOCAN

This will be my first Christmas with you.
I really hope that you survive the test.
When I drag you home to meet the family
Will you still want to be with me.
I hope you don’t run out like all the rest.

There’s crazy old Norman, and boozy aunt Mae.
I hope my 52 cousins don’t drive you away.
My mama don’t speak, but my daddy sure do.
A couple of drinks and he’ll be all over you.
I hope you’re still around come New Year’s Day.

Family brings out the worst in me.
But they also bring out the best.
Lovers may go, but kin won’t go away.
I hope you’ll pass the test this holiday.

solo
(Uncle Norman put him down. Yeah, down.
Yuck. What was that? Couzin! don’t embarrass me!)

My relatives are nuts but don’t get me wrong,
You gotta know this is where I belong.
We may not be a worldly bunch
You might even think that we’re out to lunch.
If you can’t relate to my relations, move along.

Family brings out the worst in me.
But they also bring out the best.
Lovers may go, but kin won’t go away.
I hope you’ll pass the test this holiday.

After this first Christmas with me.
Could you see yourself part of my clan.
Stick with me and we’ll make it through
The holiday highs and the Boxing Day blues (stop)
I hope you’ll stick around and be my man.
I hope you’ll stick around and be my man.
I hope you’ll stick around and be my man. (think you can?)
Track Name: A Christmas Letter
A Christmas Letter
Written by Andrea Menard, Robert Walsh, © 2007 SOCAN

Dear dear friend
You’re on your own at Christmas
I’ve always wanted to know
What’s it like
Do you miss the noise of home
Are you lonely Or glad you’re alone

Dear dear friend
It’s Christmas morning
All these traditions are borrowed
You’re only gift
Is the gift of silence
As calm and untroubled as the new fallen snow

I long for peace.
Peace for all mankind
I pray for peace
And maybe some peace of mind

Dear dear friend
I am writing this letter
I’m hiding away from the holiday cheer
partridges pear trees and mistletoe and ivy
churchbells and sleighbells and candles and angels
and holly and jolly and folly
Oh silent night

I long for peace
Peace for all mankind
I pray for peace
And maybe some peace of mind

Dear dear friend
I hope this will find you
Still in the stillness Happy new year
Track Name: What is it About Christmas
What is it About Christmas?
written by Andrea Menard, Robert Walsh


Maybe it’s the frost on my window
Or the memory of sleigh bells.
Maybe it’s the crystal world of snow
Or the snowsuit to warm away the winter chills.

Or maybe it’s friends and family
Skating on the outdoor rink.
Or maybe it’s the Christmas carolers
Jolly from a little drink.

What is it about Christmas? It warms me down to the toes
Maybe it’s the rum and eggnog, or maybe it’s love, who knows!

Maybe it’s the shortbread and the chocolates
that only come round once a year
Or maybe it’s the stories and the feast
Or the prayers and wishes for good cheer

It’s the time of year when you’re allowed to weep
Just because you’re feeling swell
You can kiss and hug your neighbour
Just because he wished you well.

What is it about Christmas? It warms me down to the toes
Maybe it’s the rum and eggnog, or maybe it’s love, who knows!
Who knows. Who knows.


Cold, cold noses, and warm, warm hearts
Make us spread our arms out wide
It’s the time to let all our love out.
The love we usually keep inside

What is it about Christmas? It warms me down to the toes
Maybe it’s the air of celebration, I think it’s love, but who knows!
What is it about Christmas?
What is it about Christmas?
What is it about Christmas?
I love this time of year.
Track Name: A Brand New Holiday
Brand New Holiday
Andrea Menard, Robert Walsh, 2007 SOCAN

Today is a brand new holiday.
Because of you, my new baby boy.
You came on the twelfth day of Christmas.
A Capricorn bundle of joy.
Your daddy is a wise man.
Instead of incense and gold.
He anointed your forehead with kisses.
And shielded you from the cold.

So welcome home, my little one.
I hope you enjoy your stay.
Behold! The kingdom before you.
On this new holy day.

The old ones have all gathered.
The shepherds who watched over me.
They travelled on Winter Solstice
To welcome you to the family.
Even more of your loved ones have journeyed here
They must have followed a star.
They arrived on our doorstep with presents
and they swaddled you with their arms.

So welcome home, my little one.
I hope you enjoy your stay.
Behold! The kingdom before you.
On this new holy day.
ahhh, ahhhh, ahhhh, ahhhh.

The day has come, my little one.
I hope you enjoy your stay.
Behold! The kingdom before you.
On this new holy day.
On this new holy day. ahhhh
Track Name: My Winter Song
My Winter Song
Written by Andrea Menard, Robert Walsh, © 2007 SOCAN
Cree translation by Maria Campbell

The Northern Lights Hear my winter song
With feet of light, they dance along
Old ones I pray You dance on earth
Let people see their spirit’s worth

Way haya hay waya hay ya
way haya way hay ya

Kah nee me too chick
pay tum wuk ni kum oo win
pay nee mee too wuk pay nee mee too wuk
Kay taay yak ni kee simoon
kah wee chi hy ay kook
ni wah koo mah kahn uk

Way haya ya, Waya hay ya,
Way haya ya, Way hay ya

The Northern Lights (Kah nee me too chick)
Hear my winter song (pay tum wuk ni kum oo win)
With feet of light (pay nee mee too wuk pay nee mee too wuk)
They dance along
Old ones I pray (Kay taay yak)
You dance on earth (ni kee simoon)
Let people see (kah wee chi hy ay kook ni wah koo mah kahn uk)
Their spirit’s worth

Way haya hay waya hay ya
way haya way hay ya

Kah nee me too chick (Kah nee me too chick)
Pay tum wuk ni kum oo win (pay tum wuk ni kum oo win)
Pay nee mee too wuk (pay nee mee too wuk pay nee mee too wuk)
Pay nee mee too wuk

Kay taay yak
ni kee simoon
kah wee chi hy ay kook
ni wah koo mah ahn uk

Way haya hay waya hay ya
way haya, way hay ya

[Translation: oh great dancers hear my song
come and dance, a sacred dance
Old ones I pray you'll have pity on my relatives]