Underneath the Snow

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I wanted to write a Christmas song that didn't mention Christmas. Does that make it more of a seasonal Winter song than a Christmas song? I was aiming for the spirit of 'Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow', 'Winter Wonderland', 'Frosty the snowman' and all the other great tunes we associate with Christmas that actually have nothing Christmassy in them except the weather.

A slightly more audacious key change in this one – it comes as a bit of a jolt to drag Winter into Spring.


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Come on put your winter coat on, the world is like a cloud to float on
There’s something in the air again
Romanticised beyond all reason, everyone’s home ‘coz the roads are freezing
Think of it as too much cold rain.
Over night we’ve moved into a black and white movie
Just before the roads are salted why do we get so excited?

Everybody knows what’s underneath the snow
But it still looks kind of magic when it comes
Everything changes underneath the snow
Makes us look again at what we think we know, what’s that show?

Wrap the scarf around your shoulders, another year, the wind seems colder.
You need a place to sit and warm your feet.
Soon the winter spell is breaking, all the world is melting, making
Puddles in the park and in the street.
Before I never saw what happened in a thaw was sadness
Never let your life be melting, don’t regret the time that’s passing

I wear snow of my own, all year round.
And somewhere deep in the ground
I know that there are flowers that are waiting
To bring in Spring


from The Songman & Me, vol 1, track released December 2, 2010


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Joe Craig Islington, UK

"The Songman & Me, vol. 1 is a collection of beautifully crafted songs in the classic tradition of Billy Joel, Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb and James Taylor. At the keyboard and with his intimate vocals, Joe Craig performs with a raw emotion that cuts to the heart of the characters and stories in the songs. He may be a virtuoso storyteller, but on this evidence, he's very much a gifted songman too." ... more

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