Matt Van  Brink, composer, pianist, accordionist

It's Never the Same Without Snow (2008)

Solo song or SATB & piano or SSAA & piano | 3 mins.
Music and lyrics by Matt Van Brink
from A Single Winter's Day

Performance by Joelle Lurie & David Gaines LYRICS

THE STORM WINDOWS ARE IN,
THE PLOWS ARE ON THE TRUCKS,
OUR SLEDS ARE ALL READY,
AND THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS ARE UP.
BUT WE'RE MISSING THE FINISHING TOUCH.
IS IT REALLY ASKING TOO MUCH?

EVEN WHEN ICICLES HANG OFF THE ROOF,
AND THE GROUND HAS FROZEN BELOW,
EVEN WHEN DAYTIME IS ICY AND COOL,
AND THE NIGHTS ARE COZY AND SLOW,
IT'S JUST NEVER THE SAME,
IT'S JUST NEVER THE SAME
WITHOUT SNOW.

NOW THAT DECEMBER IS HERE ONCE AGAIN,
AND THE LEAVES ARE ALL OFF THE TREES,
NOW THAT THE CALENDAR COMES TO AN END,
AND THE BRANCHES SWAY IN THE BREEZE,
IT'S JUST NEVER THE SAME,
IT'S JUST NEVER THE SAME
WITHOUT SNOW.

SHOULD I STOP THIS SULKING AND PINING?
ALL THE SNOW MELTS AWAY
JUST WHEN YOU WISH IT WOULD STAY
IT'S UNSAFE FOR WALKING AND DRIVING
CLEANING MUD OFF THE FLOOR?
WHO WANTS TO SHOVEL ANYMORE?
WHAT'S THE APPEAL?
IS IT REALLY THAT NICE?
WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL
ABOUT CRYSTALS OF ICE?

POWDER AND PACKING AND BIG FLAKES AND SMALL,
EACH ONE IS DIFFERENT, COLLECT THEM ALL!
FLURRY AND BLIZZARD AND SHOWER AND SQUALL,
IF THERE'S A BAD ONE, I CAN'T RECALL.
AS IT IS FALLING JUST STICK OUT YOUR TONGUE
RAIN ISN'T ANYWHERE NEAR AS FUN
ROLL UP A SNOWBALL AND THROW ON THE RUN
GET IT ALL IN BEFORE SPRING HAS SPRUNG.

'CAUSE IT'S NEVER THE SAME,
IT'S JUST NEVER THE SAME,
'CAUSE IT'S NEVER THE SAME,
IT'S JUST NEVER THE SAME
WITHOUT SNOW.


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