Merry Christmas (Ya Filthy Animals)

by Peanut Turner

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A free Christmas EP from me to you!

I played all the instruments/sung all the words/pushed all the record buttons and I'm not utterly disgusted with how it turned out.

If you like it, please share it. It's free to download; pay what you want, anywhere from £100 right down to £0 with an email address (so that I can let you know of future recording projects - no spam, Scout's honour).

For more Christmas music not created by me, why not download one of my Christmas Mixtapes from www.tinyurl.com/ChristMixTapes

Check out more of my music at www.peanutismint (or 'peanutismint' on SoundCloud).

ALBUM BLURB:

I really love Christmas. Unashamedly. Aside from being a pagan holiday or cynically commercialised, I look forward to it every year. I also unashamedly love Christmas music, and have cut my teeth on the Christmas records of Sufjan Stevens, Relient K and the Barenaked Ladies. So between my love of making music and my love of all things festive, it was only really a matter of time before I tried to create my own 'Christmas record'. I hope that it brings a little joy into your life over the holiday season.

This has been the bane of my life for around 3 months. I played and recorded all the instruments including all vocals and learned a lot about mixing songs during the process, so if for nothing else, it's been worth it to achieve that, and I'm really proud of what I've created.

Merry Christmas to all, ho ho ho, God bless, let's rock etc.

p.s. sorry Zooey.

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released December 19, 2012

Artwork/photo by Peanut Turner
All instruments played/songs performed and recorded by Peanut Turner.

Tracks 1, 7 and 8 written by Peanut Turner.

Track 2 adapted from a song by Mariah Carey
Track 3 adapted from a Sufjan Stevens version of a famous Christmas carol
Track 4 originally performed by John Mayer
Track 5 adapted from a song by Mud
Track 6 originally performed by Shakin' Stevens

Recorded in my bedroom and in the dressing rooms of Cardiff Students Union after everyone had gone home.

Thanks to: Gareth "Cheeky" Rees for the mates rates, Stevie "Frodo" Jenkins for his Les Paul copy, Stef "Hey brother" Elis for his Fender Jazz Bass copy, Sufjan Stevens for great tunes, constant inspiration and teaching me that you can record an entire album with 2 SM57s, Zooey Deschanel for not suing me (I hope....I'm still waiting for your call, by the way....), Howard and Pete for design tips, Tim and Sammy for wanting to hear this so much, Cardiff Students Union for being a great place to work and record an album, Starbucks venti signature hot chocolates in Red Cups for fuelling my endless mixing sessions, and everyone who takes the time to listen or share this record.

And mostly, thanks to God for coming down to Earth one Christmas and showing us all what love is.

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peanutismint Cardiff, UK

My name's Peanut and I live in Cardiff, Wales. I like to write, perform and record music of a variety of styles. I'll be posting some of it here for your enjoyment/derision.

Some other bands/artists I really like are Ben Folds Five, Jimmy Eat World, Brand New, Arcade Fire, Ryan Adams, Thrice, Counting Crows, Mute Math, U2, Switchfoot, Coldplay, Elliott Smith, ELO, Death Cab, Foo Fighters etc...
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Track Name: The Christmas Shakes
Say, do you feel a change out there?
Electricity in the air?

People crowd Fenwick's Window
They're showing specials of your favourite show
And Sufjan's on the radio
It's Christmas

Red cups keeping our hands from cold
Advent calendar - am I too old?

Red toboggans in the snow
Children's faces all aglow
Relient K on the radio
It's Christmas

The sun's not climbing up quite so high
The moon and Jupiter own the sky

Stockings hanging stuffed to blow
We kiss beneath the mistletoe
Barenaked Ladies on the radio
It's Christmas

In a manger long ago
God showed up in flesh and bone
And as the cattle start to low
It's Christmas
Track Name: All I Want For Christmas Is Zoo
I don't want a lot for Christmas,
there is just one girl I need
I don't care about the presents
Xbox, PlayStation or Wii
I don't need a brand new Bentley
Tricked out rims, yeah outta sight
I just want to hear her gently
singing me to sleep at night

I just want her here with me
What a happy elf I'd be
Pray my wish comes true
All I want for Christmas is Zoo.


I won't ask for much this Christmas
I don't even wish for peace
Good will to all men is wishful
thinking, too much elbow grease.
I just want to be her "Yes Man"
Help her bring "The Good Girl" out
I've heard tell that 'she's got issues'
and I'd like to help her out

Cuz I just want her here with me
Singin to me so sweetly
I'll sing this one for you
All I want for Christmas is Zoo.


Since 'All The Stars Were Pretty Babies' I've been flawed
And nowadays I hear her singin with Matt Ward
But when it's 'Him and She'
I wish that him was me
Cuz I really wanna hold'er but my bonnie lies over the ocean so far away from me

I don't want a lot for Christmas,
This is all I'm hoping for
I just want to see my Zooey
Carol singing at my door
I would chance to ask her in
And then "The Good Life" could begin
Pray my wish comes true
All I want for Christmas is Zoo.
Track Name: Joy, Y'all!
Joy to the World, the Lord is come!

Let earth receive her King;

Let every heart prepare Him room,

And Heaven and nature sing,

And Heaven and nature sing,

And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.



Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!

Let men their songs employ;

While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains

Repeat the sounding joy,

Repeat the sounding joy,

Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy. 



He rules the world with truth and grace,

And makes the nations prove

The glories of His righteousness,

And wonders of His love,

And wonders of His love,

And wonders, wonders, of His love.
Track Name: St Patrick's Day
Here comes the cold
Break out the winter clothes
And find a love to call your own
You, enter you
Your cheeks a shade of pink
And the rest of you in powder blue

Who knows what will be
But I'll make you this guarantee

No way November will see our goodbye
When it comes to December it's obvious why
No one wants to be alone at Christmas time

In the dark, on the phone
You tell me the names of your brothers
And your favorite colors
I'm learning you
And when it snows again
We'll take a walk outside
And search the sky
Like children do
I'll say to you

No way November will see our goodbye
When it comes to December it's obvious why
No one wants to be alone at Christmas time
And come January we're frozen inside
Making new resolutions a hundred times
February, won't you be my valentine?

And we'll both be safe 'til St. Patrick's Day

We should take a ride tonight around the town
and look around at all the beautiful houses
something in the way that blue lights on a black night
can make you feel more
everybody, it seems to me, just wants to be
just like you and me

No one wants to be alone at Christmas time
Come January we're frozen inside
Making new resolutions a hundred times
February, won't you be my valentine?

And if our always is all that we gave
And we someday take that away
I'll be alright if it was just 'til St. Patrick's Day
Track Name: It'll Be Zooey This Christmas
Try to imagine, smiling through the pain,
Laughing through the heartache, and you’re the one to blame.
In 500 days of winter, my heart has turned to stone;
I’m like Joseph Gordon Levitt, and this third rock is my home.

It’ll be Zooey this Christmas, that I’m thinkin of
It’ll be Zooey this Christmas, that I want to hold,
It’ll be Zoo, Zoo, Zoo, that I want to hold, this Christmas.

Remember last Christmas, I wrote you that song,
I was so oblivious, how could I have been so wrong;
I’m so blue, what can I do, now you’ve found your yes man,
I’m so sad, I should be mad, but I love Death Cab.

It’ll be Zooey this Christmas, that I’m thinkin of
It’ll be Zooey this Christmas, that I want to hold,
It’ll be cold, so cold, without Zoo to hold, this Christmas.

Baby, you remember last year, when I wrote you that song;
I told you I wanted you to be my Kwanzaa cutie, my Hannukkah honey, etc.
But that was before I knew about him.
All I want is for you to be happy. And, hey, the guy wrote ‘Transatlanticism’, and I freaking love that record!

Still, it’ll be Zooey this Christmas, that I’m thinkin of
It’ll be Zooey this Christmas, that I want to hold,
It’ll be cold, so cold, without Zoo to hold, this Christmas.
Track Name: Merry Christmas Everyone!
Snow is fallin, all around me
Children playing, having fun
It's the season, love and understanding
Merry christmas everyone

Time for party's, celebrations
People dancing, all night long
Time for presents, and exchanging kisses
Time for singing, christmas songs

We're gonna have a party tonight
I'm gonna find that girl
Underneath the mistletoe, we'll kissed by candle light

Room is swaying, records playing
All the old songs, we love to hear
All I wish that everyday was christmas
Merry Christmas everyone, two, a-one two three four (gee-tah!)

We're gonna have a party tonight
I'm gonna find that girl
Underneath the mistletoe, we'll kissed by candle light

Snow is fallin, all around me
Children playing, having fun
It's the season, love and understanding
Merry christmas everyone
Merry christmas everyone
Oah merry cristmas everyone
Track Name: When Christmas Fades Away
They're turning off the lights all over town
Pulling all the decorations down
They put a stop to pop-up shops, a wrapping paper sale
When Christmas fades away.

Carols disappear from radio
Loved ones pack their suitcases and go
And all the unique snowflakes turn to hail then sleet then rain,
When Christmas fades away.

Oh Lord, draw near,
I don't think I can take another year;
Oh Lord, come down,
Cause I'd give anything to feel like this the whole year round.

The tanenbaum is smelling pretty ripe
As needles tingle up the hoover pipe
And candles that have burned so bright now flicker and go grey
When Christmas fades away.

And when all is said and done it's just another holiday
When Christmas fades away.

January's colder than a chill
And February's melancholy, still.
And March leads into April, getting older come what May
When Christmas fades away.

And when all is said and done it's just another holiday
When Christmas fades away.
Track Name: Christmas At Home
Speeding through white covered fields
Til I see appear an angel covered in snow
And that's when I feel it, refilling my soul
Tomorrow I get to spend Christmas at home.

Saying hello to old friends
And watching their children light up at their first Home Alone.
The cold I don't feel it, I'm warmed to the bone
The ice on my heart melts away.

Take me to where there are people I know and who know me
I'm never alone.
So grateful I get to spend Christmas at home.

They say maybe Christmas don't come from a store
And you can't buy a fix for the rot in your core
But the God in the trough and the thorns in the straw,
Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.

Setting one less place for food
reminds me I should be more thankful for strength in my bones
And that's when I get it
Though now I may roam
I'm here until He calls me home

Take me to where there are people I know and who know me
I'm never alone.
I just can't wait to spend Christmas at home.

And that's when I feel it
Reminding my soul
To be thankful I get to spend Christmas at home.