B-15.  Flint Hills Christmas Night
© words & music by Annie Wilson 2014

Album Note:  While most of this album’s songs focus on activities
during the growing season in the Flint Hills, this one attempts to capture
the peaceful atmosphere of a winter evening in our holiday season.

Lyrics:

The deep red buckbrush berries   The cedar’s forest green
The frosting of new-fallen snow In-the moonlight’s silver gleam
In-these grasslands half a world away From Bethlehem’s far hills
The stars still shine their light to tell Of kindness and good will
(Instru:  Oh lit-tle town of Bethlehem   How still we see thee lie)

The upland pastures empty  The yearlings shipped and gone
The prairie grass lies dormant  Asleep the winter long
The cows are in the lowlands  Bedded ‘neath the spreading oaks
The whitetail doe beside her fawn  There nestled in her coat

God’s peace lies here before us
    In these gentle hills of white
    In the beauty and the comfort of
    This Flint Hills Christmas night
(Instru: Good King Wen-ces-las went out  On the Feast of Stephen)

The horses gaze the moonlight  And bend to eat some hay        
They take their winter rest and wait  For rides in warmer days
The saddles and the bridles And chaps are in the barn
The blankets in the tack room  Keep the baby kittens warm

God’s peace lies here before us
    In these gentle hills of white
    In the beauty and the comfort of
    This Flint Hills Christmas night
       (Instru:  Joy to the world  The Lord is come)

The coyote mother lifts her head   To sing her winter song
It echoes cross the hilltops:   As she holds the last note long
The parents in the ranch-house   Tuck their children in for night
With a story to remind them   To be thankful and be kind         

           God’s peace lies here before us
    In these gentle hills of white
    In the beauty and the comfort of
    This Flint Hills Christmas night
         (Instru:  Si - lent night, Ho - ly night)
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