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Yule


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jgurner

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I thought I'd jump in a little early for the holidays. This is one I originally recorded back in 2004 and have rerecorded a couple of times since. It started out completely a cappella but in each rerecording I added a bit more. For this rerecording, I have the drone that serves as the background through the whole tune. I've added percussion and a musical outtro. The tempo is also a tad bit faster than the previous versions and it was recorded with a click track so said tempo is not all over the place as in the past.

It's your basic Winter Solstice type song about food and feasting and dancing and making drunken promises to fair lasses in exchange for the types of things that tend to go on after such celebrations. A little early for Solstice, but things are about to get hectic, so I thought I'd go ahead.

If you want to take a listen to the previous version here it is. Apparently, the older versions aren't up any more and were lost in The Great Firewire Drive Crash of '06.

This one is fun to do because of all the vocal work. I end up singing the tune, or parts of it over and over and over and over and over and over and over.... This version has 30 different vocal tracks, I believe, each one a different take. And all done in a 24 hour time frame, so my voice was a little bit ragged at the end.

So, grab some hot chocolate and sit down by the roaring fire, or, for our friends down under, grab a beer and enjoy the summer shade and take a listen.

Hope you enjoy!
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Lyrics
Yule
©2004 Joseph Gurner

Away into the snowy woods the men and boys have gone
to find the forest bounty and return to hearth and home
When they return we’ll light the fires and sing the songs of old
we’ll feast until the light of day and tell the tales of yore

Pretty Polly dance with me until the light of day
Then lay your weary head to rest upon a bed of hay
I promise you when springtime comes I’ll spin this hay to gold
But now it’s time to dance and sing as this cold night grows old

The old man fades as the fires grow dim, the new year’s yet to come
Winter’s chill falls across the land touching every hill and farm
Tomorrow brings a new day’s toils on freshly fallen snow
But for tonight we laugh and sing to chase away the woe

Pretty Mary dance with me until the light of day
Then lay your weary head to rest upon a bed of hay
I promise you when springtime comes I’ll spin this hay to gold
But now it’s time to dance and sing as this cold night grows old

The fire burns bright, the children sing, the ale begins to flow
We laugh and sing all warm inside while out the cold wind blows
Come old winter rest your feet by the craklin’ fire
As long as there is food and drink, the pretty girls don’t tire

Pretty Bonnie dance with me until the light of day
Then lay your weary head to rest upon a bed of hay
I promise you when springtime comes I’ll spin this hay to gold
But now it’s time to dance and sing as this cold night grows old

Away into the snowy woods the men and boys have gone
to find the forest bounty and return to hearth and home
When they return we’ll light the fires and sing the songs of old
we’ll feast until the light of day and tell the tales of yore
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Uploaded: Dec 10, 2010 - 11:11:12 AM
Last Updated: Jan 30, 2012 - 05:56:12 PM Last Played: Aug 09, 2017 - 02:45:17 PM
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Comments
richard13 said 2475 days ago (December 10th, 2010)
Bravo!
A cool addition to the Solstice canon, Joe. The drone and drum additions are tasty and your layered vocals (the lyrics are wonderfully apt) make it sound almost as if a bunch of "the men and boys" were singing.
Cheers.
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dave_b said 2475 days ago (December 10th, 2010)
Yule
A well written song. The vocals are really well done and effective at imparting the "years gone by" flavor of the lyric.
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magnatone said 2475 days ago (December 10th, 2010)
Yule
Hi Joe - what a wonderful holiday offering! enjoyed from beginning to end, lots of cool goodies within - thank you good sir!
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alackbass said 2475 days ago (December 10th, 2010)
Yule
What a great vocal arrangement! I love how it just expands and gets bigger! Nice woodwind melody too. Great percussion track as well!
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davisamerica said 2474 days ago (December 11th, 2010)
excellent track Joe...
really wonderful vocals...and the overall ambience of the track is perfection
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lengold said 2472 days ago (December 14th, 2010)
Lovely choir
and song... feels like there are hundreds marching along with candles. Very effective, love the flute too.
Merry Christmas.
Cheers
Len

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kevmikwa said 2462 days ago (December 23rd, 2010)
What a march
I think I'm with others who've commented here: the instrumentation and the size of the stereo spread makes it easy to envision a large group of folks marching along singing together. Sounds like period instrumentation (save for the somewhat modern sounding brass toward the end). Some voices sound better than others when multi-tracked, yours is one of them. The key of the drone seemed off from the vocal section, but that's probably my ears.

I did have a nit to pick: with every chorus, the name of the maiden in question keeps changing (from Polly to Mary to Bonnie), it ends up being a little distra- ... oh, wait. Nevermind!

Thanks for sharing this one.
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