This Christmas Album

Artist(s): Aretha Franklin

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Aretha Franklin This Christmas Cover Art

Tracklist

Angels We Have Heard on High

length: 5:26
producer: Tena Clark
membranophone: Ricky Lawson
conductor: Carmen Twillie
mixer: Al Schmitt
electric guitar: Paul Jackson, Jr.
recording engineer: Les Cooper
background vocals: Terry Wood, Alvin Chea, Lynne Fiddmont, Wendy Fraser, Dorian Holly, Clydene Jackson, Susan Stevens Logan, Carmen Twillie, Oren Waters, Gerald White and Bridgette Bryant
electric bass guitar: Nathan East
keyboard: Tim Heintz
additional background vocals & choir vocals: The Fire Choir
soprano vocals & lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
choir vocals arranger: Carmen Twillie
arranger: Tim Heintz
lyricist: [unknown]
translator: James Chadwick
composer: [traditional]

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o'er the plain
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their sweet refrain

Gloria, in excelsis Deo
Gloria, in excelsis Deo

Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ, whose birth the angels sing
Come adore on bended knee
Christ, the Lord, the newborn King

Gloria, in excelsis Deo
Gloria, in excelsis Deo

See Him in a manger laid
Whom the choirs of angels praise
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid
While our hearts in love we praise

Gloria, in excelsis Deo
Gloria, in excelsis Deo
In excelsis Deo
In excelsis Deo

Merry Christmas
From the Franklin's to all of you

This Christmas

length: 5:23
producer: Tena Clark
mixer: Al Schmitt
electric guitar: Paul Jackson, Jr.
recording engineer: Les Cooper
bass: Nathan East
keyboard: James Wright
percussion: Luis Conte
drums (drum set): Ricky Lawson
arranger: James Wright
writer: Donny Hathaway, Nadine McKinnor
Ooh, hang all the mistletoe
I'm gonna get to know you better this Christmas
And as we trim the tree
How much fun it's gonna be together this Christmas

Oh, the fireside is blazing bright
We're caroling through the night
And this Christmas
Will be a, a very special Christmas for me, yeah, yeah

Oh, presents and cards are here
My world is filled with cheer and you, this Christmas
And as I look around
Your eyes outshine the town, they do, this Christmas

The fireside is blazing bright
We're caroling through the night
And this Christmas
Will be a, a very special Christmas for me, yeah, ooh

Merry Christmas
Shake your hand, shake your hand, yeah, ooh

Oh, the fireside is blazing bright
We're caroling through the night
And this Christmas
Will be a very special Christmas for me, oh

Shake your hand, shake your hand, yeah
Do you feel ? all over the world
Shake your hand, shake your hand, yeah
All over the world, Merry Christmas

My Grown-Up Christmas List

length: 5:15
producer: Tena Clark
mixer: Al Schmitt
recording engineer: Les Cooper
bass: Nathan East
guitar: Paul Jackson, Jr.
keyboard: James Wright
percussion: Luis Conte
drums (drum set): Ricky Lawson
arranger: James Wright
composer: David Foster
lyricist: Linda Thompson
Do you remember me? I sat upon your knee
And I wrote to you with childhood fantasies
Well, I'm all grown up now, still need help somehow
Not for myself but for a world, a world in need

No more lives torn apart
And wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts

And every man would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never ever, ever end
This is my grown up Christmas list
My Christmas list

As children we believe
The grandest sight we'd see
Was something pretty
Wrapped beneath the tree

And heaven only knows
That packages and bows
Could never, ever, ever heal
A human soul

No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal, heal
All broken hearts

Every, everyone would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never end
This is my grown up Christmas list

What is this illusion
Called the innocence of youth
Maybe in our blind belief
We can only find the truth

No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
Time, time would heal
All broken hearts

Everyone would have a friend
And love would never end
And right would always win

This is my grown up Christmas list
This is my lifelong wish
This is my grown up Christmas list
My grown up Christmas list
I wish I found a [?]

The Lord Will Make a Way

length: 5:44
producer: Aretha Franklin
conductor: H.B. Barnum
piano: Richard Gibbs
mixer: Al Schmitt
engineer: Michael J. Powell
recording engineer: Todd Fairall
arranger: Aretha Franklin
bass: Charles "Volley" Craig
background vocals: Tawatha Agee, Shelly Ponder, Brenda White-King and Fonzi Thornton
organ: Darryl Houston
guitar: Matt Dahlgren and Teddy Richards
drums (drum set): Arthur Marbury
I know the Lord
Will make a way
Yes, He will
I know the Lord
Will make a way
Yes, He will
He'll make
A way for you
He will lead you
Safely through
I know the Lord
Will make a way
Yes, He will

I have a Savior
Who I can tell
All my troubles to
When I'm burdened
And don't know
What to do
I can go to Him
In secret prayer
And I can leave
All my burdens
There
I know the Lord
Will make a way

Silent Night

length: 5:07
producer: Tena Clark
conductor: Carmen Twillie
piano: Aretha Franklin
mixer: Al Schmitt
recording engineer: Les Cooper
background vocals: Wendy Fraser, Dorian Holly, Clydene Jackson, Susan Stevens Logan, Carmen Twillie, Oren Waters, Gerald White, Terry Wood, The Fire Choir, Bridgette Bryant, Alvin Chea and Lynne Fiddmont
choir vocals arranger: Carmen Twillie
translator: John Freeman Young
lyricist: Josef Mohr
composer: Franz Xaver Gruber
Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour is born
Christ, the Saviour is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth

Ave Maria

length: 4:57
producer: Tena Clark
conductor: Carmen Twillie
mixer: Al Schmitt
recording engineer: Les Cooper
bass: Nathan East
background vocals: Terry Wood, The Fire Choir, Clydene Jackson, Susan Stevens Logan, Carmen Twillie, Oren Waters, Gerald White, Bridgette Bryant, Alvin Chea, Lynne Fiddmont, Wendy Fraser and Dorian Holly
guitar: Paul Jackson, Jr.
keyboard: Tim Heintz
drums (drum set): Ricky Lawson
choir vocals arranger: Carmen Twillie
arranger: Tim Heintz
instrument arranger: Chris Hazell
composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Charles Gounod
Ave Maria, maiden mild
Oh, listen to a maiden's prayer
For thou can't hear amid the wild
This thou, this thou can't save amid, despair

We slumber safe until tomorrow
Though we by man outcast relieved
Oh, maiden, see a maiden's sorrow
Oh, mother, hear a suppliant child
Ave Maria

Ave Maria, gracia plena
Maria, gracia plena
Maria, gracia plena
Ave, ave dominus

Dominus tecum
Benedicta tu in mulieribus
Et benedictus
Et benedictus fructus ventris
Ventris tuae, Jesus
Ave Maria

Christmas Ain't Christmas (Without the One You Love)

length: 3:53
producer: Tena Clark
mixer: Al Schmitt
recording engineer: Les Cooper
bass: Nathan East
background vocals: Vaneese Thomas, Fonzi Thornton, Lisa Fischer and Brenda White-King
guitar: Paul Jackson, Jr.
keyboard: James Wright
percussion: Luis Conte and Michito Sanchez
saxophone: Brandon Fields
drums (drum set): Ricky Lawson
arranger: James Wright
writer: Gamble & Huff
Christmas
Just ain't Christmas
Without the one you love
New Years
Just ain't New Years
Without the one you love

Underneath the mistletoe
I saw a face all aglow
Last year this time
Now I'm staying home alone
And my house is not a home
Without that girl of mine

Christmas
Just ain't Christmas
Without the one you love
And New Years
Just ain't New Years
Without the one you love

Twelve o'clock
And all is well
And I was doing
Oh, so swell
Last year, this time
Goin' shopping
With friends together
Making vows
To leave each other
Never
It was a waste of time

Christmas
Just ain't Christmas
Without the one you love
New Years
Just ain't New Years
Without the one you love

Christmas
Just ain't Christmas
Without the one you love
New Years
Just ain't New Years
Without the one you love

Christmas
Just ain't Christmas
Without the one you love
New Years
Just ain't New Years
Without the one you love

14 Angels

length: 2:09
producer: Aretha Franklin
conductor: H.B. Barnum
piano: Aretha Franklin
mixer: Al Schmitt
engineer: Michael J. Powell
recording engineer: Todd Fairall
arranger: Aretha Franklin
bass: Charles "Volley" Craig
harp: Onita Sanders
drums (drum set): Arthur Marbury
When at night I go to sleep
14 angels watch do keep
Two my head are guarding
Two my feet are guiding

Two to whom 'tis given
To guide my steps
To heaven
To guide me

When at dawn my eyes do wake
14 angels my peace do take
Two there are who need me
Two there are who feed me

Two who sway before me show me
All I've known
Is wrong, that I am
Not me

Two there are to take my soul
Away from here
To guide my steps

One Night With the King

length: 6:09
producer: Aretha Franklin
piano: Richard Gibbs
mixer: Al Schmitt
engineer: Michael J. Powell
arranger: Aretha Franklin
bass: Charles "Volley" Craig
organ: Darryl Houston
guitar: Matt Dahlgren
drums (drum set): Arthur Marbury
writer: Jeannie Tenney
One night
With the King
Changes
Everything
One day
In His courts
Did forever
Change my course

One moment
In His presence
And I've never
Been the same
One night
With the King
Changes
Everything

One night
With the King
Changes
Everything
One day
In His courts
Could forever
Change
Your course
One moment
In His presence
And you'll never
Be the same

One night
With the King
Changes
Everything

This is
My testimony
From the desert
To the King
It had been
My destiny
To be chosen
For such
A time as this

I didn't know
That all
My dreams
Could become
Realities
Then I saw
His face
And His love
Captured me
Yeah

One night
With the King
It changes
Everything
One day
In His courts
It will forever
Change
Your course
(All you need
Tonight is)
Just one moment
In His presence
Just one moment
In His presence
Hooo

One moment
In His presence
And you'll never
Be the same
One night
With the King
It changes
One day
In His
His courts
It changes

One night
With the King
It changes
Oh, yes
It does
Everything

Ohhhh
I know that it
Changes
I know that it
Changes
It changes
Everything
Yeah
Yes, it does

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

length: 5:25
producer: Tena Clark
conductor: Carmen Twillie
mixer: Al Schmitt
recording engineer: Les Cooper
bass: Nathan East
background vocals: Terry Wood, The Fire Choir, Clydene Jackson, Susan Stevens Logan, Carmen Twillie, Oren Waters, Gerald White, Bridgette Bryant, Alvin Chea, Lynne Fiddmont, Wendy Fraser and Dorian Holly
guitar: Paul Jackson, Jr.
keyboard: Tim Heintz
drums (drum set): Ricky Lawson
choir vocals arranger: Carmen Twillie
arranger: Tim Heintz
lyricist: George Whitefield, Charles Wesley
composer: William H. Cummings, Felix Mendelssohn
Hark, the herald angels sing
Glory to a new born King
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled

Joyful, all ye nations, rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim
Christ was born in Bethlehem

Hark, the herald angels sing
Glory to a newborn King

Christ, by highest heaven adored
Christ, the ever, everlasting Lord
Late in time, behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin's womb

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel

Hark, the herald angels sing
Glory, glory, glory to a new born King

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hark, the herald angels sing
Glory to a new born King
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners, sinners reconciled

Joyful, all ye nations, rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With angelic host proclaim
Christ was born in Bethlehem

Hark, the herald angels sing
Glory to a new born King
Hark, the herald angels sing
Glory to a new born King

A new born King
A new born King

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

length: 1:52
mixer: Al Schmitt
recording engineer: Les Cooper
composer: Ken Darby
lyricist: Clement Clarke Moore
'Twas the night
Before Christmas
When all through the house
Not a creature was stirring
Not even a mouse

The stockings all hung
By the chimney with care
In hopes
That St. Nicholas
Soon would be there

The children were nestled
All safe in their beds
While visions of sugarplums
Danced in their heads

And mom in her kerchief
And I in my cap,
Had just settled down
For a long winters nap

When out on the lawn
There arose such a clatter
I sprang from my bed
To see what was the matter

Away to the window
I flew like a flash
Tore open the shutters
And threw up the sash

The moon on the breast
Of the new fallen snow
Gave the lustre
Of midday
To object below

When what
To my wandering eyes
Should appear
But a miniature sleigh
And eight tiny reindeer

With a little ol driver
So lively and quick
I knew in a moment
It must be St. nick

More rapid than eagles
His courses they came
As he whistled
And shouted
And called
Them by name

Now dasher
Now dancer
Now prancer
Now vixen
On comet
On cupid
On doner
An blitzen

To the top
Of the porch
To the top
Of the wall
Now dash-away
Dash-away
Dash-away all

As dry leaves
Before the wild
Hurricane fly
When they meet
With an obstacle
Mount to the sky

So up
To the housetop
The courses
They flew
With a sleigh
Full of toys
And St. Nicholas too

And then
In a twinkling
I heard on the roof
The prancing
And pawing
Of each little hoof

As I drew in my head
And was turning around
Down the chimney
St. Nicholas
Came with a bound

He was dressed
All in fur
From his head
To his foot
And his clothes
Were all tarnished
With ashes and soot

A bundle of toys
He had flung
On his back
And he looked
Like a peddler
Just opening
His pack

His eyes
How they twinkle
His dimples how merry
His cheeks
Were like roses
His nose like a cherry

His drawl little mouth
Was drawn up like a bow
And the beard of his chin
Was a white as the snow

The stump of his pipe
He held tight
In his teeth
And the smoke it
Encircled his head
Like a wreath

He had a broad face
And a round little belly
That shook when he laughed
Like a bowl full of jelly

He was chubby and plump
A right jolly old elf
I laughed when I saw him
In spite of myself

A wink of his eye
And a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know
I had nothing to dread

He spoke not a word
But went straight
To his work
And filled
All the stockings
Then turned
With a jerk

An laying a finger
Along side his nose
An giving a nod
Up the chimney
He rose

He sprang
To his sleigh
To his team
Gave a whistle
An away
They all flew
Like the down
Of a thistle

But I heard him exclaim
As he drove out of sight
Happy christmas to all
And to all a goodnight

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