Afraid of the Dark (Original Version)

by Flora Greysteel

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Originally written for the 2017 Alternative Xmas Album in support of Carecent York.
diyxmascomplation.bandcamp.com/album/diy-charity-xmas-album

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As the year becomes older our hearts become colder
The days are getting so dark
The cold seeps in stronger as magic surrenders
To everyday sensible thoughts

So you bottle it up and put it in a shop
But it doesn’t feel real anymore
The lights are turned on and the trees standing tall
But it’s not something you can afford

In 32 years you accumulate so many things
That you don’t really need
Still December comes round and you still tell your family:
“Surprise me. Surprise me!”

But if Santa Clause doesn’t exist
Then it’s up to us to make Christmas happen
So suspend disbelief as we take turns to creep
Round the rooms and fill up the stockings

Cause if Santa Clause doesn’t exist
Then it’s not the reindeer and presents that matter
We’ll string up the lights and we’ll bake our mince pies
And sing carols, whatever the weather

We used to hope for snow every Christmas
We’re praying it won’t flood this year
As the days become colder, our hearts getting older
We’re missing the ones who aren’t here

Families grow bigger and farther apart
And we gather, but it’s not the same
New traditions could be for the better
But I need time to get used to this feeling of change

It’s cold outside, baby, it’s cold outside
It’s cold outside:
A new heart is beating and we’ll soon be meeting them

Cold outside, baby, it’s cold outside
It’s cold outside:
Born in the winter, it only gets brighter

It’s cold outside, baby, it’s cold outside
It’s cold outside:
A new heart is beating and we’ll soon be meeting them

Cold outside, baby, it’s cold outside
It’s cold outside: don’t be afraid of the dark


Everyone’s gathering in anticipation
Of what this new life will bring
The days getting longer and warmer and brighter
The world’s filled with magical things

Though we all scatter and everyday living
Distracts us and keeps us apart
A new spark is burning. A new heart is beating
So don’t be afraid of the dark

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released November 30, 2018
Written and recorded by Emily Rowan & Simon Bolley

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Flora Greysteel York, UK

Emily Rowan is a singer, piano basher, uke toter and glitter addict. Simon Bolley is a singer-songwriter who plays drums like the lead guitarist he is. Together they make music that has been described as "beautifully strange", "ecstatic melancholy" and "an emotional candy bar". ... more

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