City Bells

by Deerful

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A festive single, if not an absolute Christmas one.

I used to live and study in Cambridge, the most festive city I've ever been to, but terms were short and celebration started early, and by the time it was really Christmas we'd all travelled home to our families.

The midnight snowball fight in the second verse was probably the happiest night of my life.

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released December 15, 2015

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Deerful London, UK

Deerful is Emma Winston. Emma is a singer, keyboardist and producer from London who, after years of playing keyboard with indiepop artists including Darren Hayman and Owl & Mouse, decided to begin making electronic music of her own in 2015. She writes and performs melodic pop on miniature synthesisers about running away, staying in place, brokenness, recovery, and taking up space in the world. ... more

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Track Name: City Bells
We walk the icy pavements in the morning
The wind burns cold against our skin
We part, another day begins
The lines of ancient spires on the horizon
Meet with the sky's December mist
Between the two a frozen kiss

The lights this year were early in the market
And you and I'll be gone before it's time
It's funny still to think they call it it Michaelmas
We're happy just to watch the city shine

And some day this will all be done
And some day we'll be older
And some day this will all be ours to tell
And sooner still we'll all be gone
Before the air gets colder
But 'til that day we'll dream of city bells

That night, I hear a tap upon my window
I look outside, the world is white
The snow has cast the dark sky bright

We laugh and dig through handfuls of the crystals
We build a fort on frosted grass
The ice as thick and smooth as glass

At midnight we drink whisky in your room
And we toast the winter present and to come
We tell each other stories of traditions held at home
And we stay awake until we see the sun

And some day this will all be done
And some day we'll be older
And soon we'll all be far away from here
And even though we'll be apart
Our steps are somehow bolder
We'll find a way to draw each other near

Yes some day this will all be done
And some day we'll be older
And some day this will all be ours to tell
And sooner still we'll all be gone
Before the air gets colder
But 'til that day we'll dream of city bells
Track Name: Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (15th century German carol)
Es ist ein Ros entsprungen,
aus einer Wurzel zart,
wie uns die Alten sungen,
von Jesse war die Art
Und hat ein Blümlein bracht
mitten im kalten Winter,
wohl zu der halben Nacht.

Das Röslein, das ich meine,
davon Jesaia sagt,
ist Maria die reine
die uns das Blümlein bracht.
Aus Gottes ew'gem Rat
hat sie ein Kind geboren
Welches uns selig macht.