Time of Cheer

by Gareth Edwards

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Christmas ‘beyond religion’

My new song Time of Cheer is putting the seasonal cat among the pigeons. I am a laughing yogi and singer-songwriter from Raglan and have released a classic Christmas rock song with a twist. It is a joyful celebration of both the Christian holy-day and the ‘sacred winter feast’ that has occurred for thousands of years. Even when it’s summer!

People have always celebrated the midwinter solstice - it’s usually a pretty bleak time so it’s good to have a reason to joyfully join together and look forward to the spring. The message I want to share is that everyone can enjoy this time of cheer.

It should be a time for gathering and enjoying our time together as family and friends. Let’s make it less about spending heaps of money giving presents and more about spending heaps of time being present.

Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year ;o)

lyrics

Gareth Edwards | Time of Cheer

Verse 1

It's that time of year around the world, a time of peace and joy
Where magic fills the very air for every girl and boy
And people walking down the street take a moment from their day
To turn to everyone they meet and this is what they say

Chorus

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Cos this is a time of cheer

Verse 2

It's an ancient celebration, three thousand years at least
Beyond any one religion, a sacred winter feats
And even where it's summer, we mark it just the same
As people come together and this is what they say

Chorus x 2

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Cos this is a time of cheer


Chorus Outro

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Hope you have a good time, with lots of fun
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Cos this is a time of cheer, for everyone

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released December 1, 2014

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