This Year We're Having Christmas on Your Birthday

by The Little Places (Kyle Field of Little Wings, Amy Annelle & Ryan Stowe)

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written & recorded on a mini-disc in the back of a van, parked by the Pacific Ocean in San Francisco California, November 1999.
lyrics & melody by Amy Annelle & Kyle Field
music by Ryan Stowe
"San Luis Sunset" photo by Amy Annelle

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released December 1, 2000

in Carpenteria
in Monterrey too
flew through Salinas
the place where I grew

species of me
and the weather observed
came to in a cloud
like a wintery bird

if you were one too
what kind would you be?
I'd be a free bird
I would be free
sandpiper piping
chick-a-dee-dee
gulls hanging ornaments
on a Christmas sea

this year we're having Christmas
on your birthday
this year we'll have to look for you
out on the waves

pull up your wings
and fly rolling circles for days
back to the cradle
that holds your head
sweetly at bay

if you were one too
what kind would you be?
I'd be a free bird
I would be free
sandpiper piping
chick-a-dee-dee
gulls hanging ornaments
on a Christmas sea

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Amy Annelle Austin, Texas

A prolific writer and interpreter of songs, Amy Annelle maps out the farther reaches of American music, while conjuring visions of our restless musical past. Over the course of ten albums & thousands of miles logged on the road, Annelle has cultivated a rarified voice and repertoire that "blooms with open-hearted, lustful vulnerability and a harrowing naturalistic solitude”(Crawdaddy). ... more

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