Winter Orchids

by Image And Nation

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    Winter Orchids is available in a wide variety of audio formats including MP3, FLAC, Apple lossless, etc.

    All proceeds (after PayPal's transaction fee) go to Child's Play Charity, a wonderful, low overhead organization that runs toy-drives for children's hospitals.

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Winter Orchids is a special winter album that will only be available until the end of December. The album celebrates the majesty of winter and the joy of the holiday season.

IMPORTANT. PLEASE READ:

As stated, we are using this album to raise money for Child's Play Charity. As an added bonus and "thank you" for helping us to help children in need, the 5 people who choose to pay the most for the album will receive special edition CDs of the album. Each special edition will be hand burned and stamped by Image And Nation. Each will come in a one of a kind case hand painted by Kelly Smith (the album artist). Each album will be signed and numbered by Glenn Grubbs and Christa Durand.
If you pay a particularly high amount we may try to throw some other cool stuff in there for you.

If you are wondering how the money will break down and how much of it will go to the children it breaks down like this. PayPal will of course charge a transaction fee. This is normal and unavoidable. Child's Play manages to keep a very low overhead (2-3%). Image And Nation will not be keeping ANY money. We have no managers, no label, no one taking a slice of the pie. The personnel who worked with us on this album generously donated their talents. So there will be NO profits on our end. Every last penny we get will be donated to Child's Play.

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released November 20, 2009

Glenn Grubbs: instruments, vocoder, vocals
Christa Durand: vocals

Produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Glenn Grubbs.
Artwork by Kelly Smith
Photographs by Christelle Morgan and Christian Overacker.

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Track Name: Of Lovers and Light's Bane
As I stare in reverence of the tallest oak
Mother Darkness, in this night watch over me
As we wait for the world to emerge from your cloak
my white candle burns for thee
We wait for the sun again to pierce the night
Sit at your window and weave my destiny
I gaze upon the mistletoe and await the light
Sit on your throne and weave our destiny
My son's light snuffed, taken from Asgard
cut down by a brother who could not see
For a promise never made we traveled so far
and my sight forth and back did no good for me
A plant so young, a dart not innocent
in the the hands of a trickster leading a fool
to bring about a winter full of discontent
Mock my tears with white pearls beautiful and cruel

Pluck a berry
Steal a kiss
but when the berries are gone
kissing privilages end
Mistletoe
Mysterious
Hearts will be broken and
hearts will mend
Pretty poison
Killing cure
do you try now to atone
for what you have done
Sickles of gold
Kisses sweet and pure
Such reverence is yours
in the absence of the sun

We gather now below the tallest oak
and bring forth white bulls with virgin horns
With gold sickles and the whitest cloak
priests harvest gods plants while the world is reborn
We feast and drink in merriment
as is Druid custom and Celtic way
for such great gifts our gods have sent
a ray of hope on the year’s darkest day

That's all in the past, and this is now
Two lovers engaged in the sweetest dance
and they come to a stop below a mysterious bough
No time for ancient ways they're here for romance
No berry gets plucked even after they kiss
and swirl away, dancing by candlelight
Such a strange legacy has led us to this
the blooming of love and romance on a winter's night
Track Name: Rain in December
instrumental
Track Name: Snow Blankets The Evergreens
I came out to the silence
to sit under eves and watch
watch the dark crevices
where nocturnal creatures hide
I came out to the silence
to sit and watch
watch creatures hide
between the trees
Snow falls
falls for hours
Snow falls, light and delicate
falls for hours
touching
afraid to touch
light and delicate
Snow falls
snow falls, light and delicate
alighting on the world gingerly
almost afraid to touch
falls for hours
The pure white blankets the trees
Time only passes as snow grows thick
Snow falls, light and delicate
Snow falls on the evergreens
I came to watch
to sit in silence
Time only passes as snow grows thick
Cold providing warmth
warmth for the hibernating Earth
I came out to the silence
to sit under eves and watch
watch the dark
Snow falls for hours
Snow falls
falls for hours
I sit and watch
watch for hours
Snow falls
on the evergreens
I came to the silence
Snow falls
Snow falls on the evergreens
Snow falls light and delicate
Snow falls on the evergreens
Snow falls light and delicate
falls for hours
falls for hours
watch the falling snow
fall for hours
Snow falls on the evergreens
Track Name: Solstice In San Francisco
We took the Bart train from the East Bay
the morning fog hadn't begun to give way
With coats tight and smiles on our faces
got some coffee hopped on MUNI and began our day.
Greeting us when we stepped onto Haight street,
smells of petuli and Thai cuisine
We hit Amoeba and bought each other LPs
and talked about what more the day would bring
The activity list for Image And Nation
Said Grace Cathedral was our next destination
Went to the labyrinth for some Yule meditation
but the coffee we were drinking ruined our concentration
Back downhill to Pier 39
our coats were opened and we were feelin' fine
At Ghiradelli square we wanted to dine
so we got our feet movin' cuz it was chocolate time

In accordance with the cycle of Earth
it's time for the sun's death and rebirth
Over Bay Bridge, by BART or the Golden Gate
we've come to Ocean Beach to celebrate
We raise a toast and have a cheer
for the true ending and the start of the year
There's no other place we'd rather go
We're here to celebrate Yule in San Francisco

Solstice in San Francisco

With chocolate in our bellies and coffee in hand
we just wanted to sit and survey the land
This time we decided to travel in style
so we hopped a cable car and rode around for a while
The sun was kinda sinking when we got to the zoo
so we finished our coffee and quickly walked through
No time for Alcatraz but maybe in a week or two
For now we've got folks to meet and we've got things to do

Down on Ocean Beach Evan was waiting there
with Sarah, Hellen and Travis who had firewood prepared
Gaby, Mahon and John very soon came along
and the eggnog Christian brought with him was mighty strong
Steve and Kellie brought beer, which made Ryan cheer
Terra, Amy and Molly called to say they were near
Jill and Nick soon showed, with Ali in tow
Shea played guitar, while Christelle took photos.

In accordance with the cycle of Earth
it's time for the sun's death and rebirth
Over Bay Bridge, by BART or the Golden Gate
we've come to Ocean Beach to celebrate
We raise a toast and have a cheer
for the true ending and the start of the year
There's no other place we'd rather go
We're here to witness winter solstice in San Francisco

Solstice in San Francisco
Track Name: Winter Orchids
if you
if you would take my hand
if you would place your steps beside mine
leaving imprints in the snow
we can walk as the world ends
we can walk as the world begins
we can leave all of this behind
and go where the winter orchids grow
Track Name: Dry Holiday
Winter oh, so lonely
Dry grass all around
I'm going nowhere
I'm going nowhere
on this dry holiday
Ocean breezes, warm
Sand rough on my skin
fa la la la la
la la la la la
on this dry holiday
Horizon's all I see
that, and a dried up banana tree
I wanna go home
I wanna go
away from this holiday
fa la la la la
la la la la la
another dry holida
No gifts no friends or family
Eggnog tasts so bad in this heat
Gods take this day
or take me away
I hate this dry holiday
Sun go away now
Another dry holiday