Dufflecoats and Christmas Cards

by Les Bicyclettes de Belsize

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Dufflecoats and Christmas Cards ... selection box from Les Bicyclettes de Belsize (Christmas songs over the years)

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released December 8, 2016

All songs by Les Bicyclettes de Belsize. Produced at The Studio at the End of the Universe. A Shamrock Street Production.

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Picture the scene …if Tom Bell, Olivia Hussey, David Barry, Leonard Whiting, Tom Courtenay, Arthur Lowe, Barry Evans and Judy Geeson were all in a bedsit together, sipping wine and idly chatting, maybe this is what they'd listen to ? ?

Oh, and of course, Jacques Tati …

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'Jacques Tati Sur Le Velo' cover art by Justine Lecouffe
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Track Name: It Only Snows At Christmas
It only snows at Christmas
On greetings cards and scenes
Victoriana’s advent town
Time to rid the clichés from my dreams

Children singing and the bells of love
Angel choirs and Gabriel from above
It doesn’t do it for me
It doesn’t mean a lot because you know the truth

It only snows at Christmas
It only comes on Christmas Eve
It only snows at Christmas
On my T.V.

It only snows at Christmas
On chocolate box displays
Victoriana’s urchins cry
No toys on-board … Santa’s sleigh

Reindeer flying through the sky at night
Soft landing rooftops … until first light
It doesn’t do it for me
It doesn’t mean a lot because you know the truth

It only snows at Christmas
It only comes on Christmas Eve
It only snows at Christmas
On my T.V.
Track Name: The Advent Calendar
Count down the days …
behind every closed door
Twenty-four clues …
secrets and much more

I don’t want to fight again
I want a shooting star
To find my way home

Hang on the wall …
each morning brings surprises
Decking the halls …
rubbing those bleary eyes

I don’t want to dream again
I want a guiding light
To find my way home

Count down the days …
behind every closed door
Twenty-four clues …
secrets and much more

I don’t want to fight again
I want a shooting star
To find my way home

I don’t want to dream again
I want a guiding light
To find my way home
Track Name: Christmas Card 1983
I bought a Christmas card for you …
in winter, 1982
It didn’t seem so bad …
it was all the time we had

You made a mix-tape just for me …
the sounds of 1983
It didn’t seem so bad …
they were all the songs we had

Cliché time again …
to fall in love like Cary Grant
In ‘The Bishop’s Wife’ …
It’s a wonderful life
it’s a wonderful life

As the brass band plays
Johnny falling from his sleigh
And why it gets so hard
to see that Christmas card
And as the snow falls down
Jenny kisses Johnny’s crown
And why it’s still so hard
to find that Christmas card

A late night shop on Oxford Street …
I bought you records from HMV
It wasn’t all that bad …
I spent all the money that I had

I wrapped them up in shades of blue …
‘Aztec Camera’ and ‘Orange Juice’
It wasn’t all that bad …
Sent with all the love I had

Cliché time again …
to fall in love like Loretta Young
In ‘The Bishop’s Wife’ …
It’s a wonderful life
it’s a wonderful life

As the brass band plays
Johnny falling from his sleigh
And why it gets so hard
to see that Christmas card
And as the snow falls down
Jenny kisses Johnny’s crown
And why it’s still so hard
to find that Christmas card
Track Name: A Very Indie Christmas
I sat on a hill at Indietracks …
Watching The Primitives but they didn’t play ‘Crash’

In a London bar called The Borderline, to see The Lilac Time …
There was a ‘cancelled’ sign

Now all I want for Christmas … are The Orchids on C86
All I want for Christmas … is Helen Love and Talulah Gosh
All I want for Christmas … are Friends Again and Orange Juice
All I want for Christmas … is you

I went to the Screen on Islington Green …
To see ‘Gregory’s Girl’ … they wouldn’t let me in

I went to the Rough Trade record shop …
To meet … Geoff Travis … but he didn’t turn up

Now all I want for Christmas … are The Orchids on C86
All I want for Christmas … are The Trashcan Sinatras
All I want for Christmas … are Half Man Half Biscuit
All I want for Christmas … is you

Edwyn Collins … sing a song for me
Stephen Duffy … write some poetry
Johnny play guitar … for Morrissey … and Kirsty …
And me …

Now all I want for Christmas … are The Orchids on C86
All I want for Christmas … is T-Rex and The Jetset
All I want for Christmas … are The Weepies and Bird and the Bee
All I want for Christmas … is you
All I want for Christmas … is you
All I want for Christmas … is you
Track Name: Once Upon A Christmas Time
Streetlight … winter snow’s bright
Shines on my life … could be good

Someday … summer Sundays
Memories last trace … of things so good

And come the point of no return …
there’s no bridges left to burn
Nothing lasts forever

Tomorrow … another sideshow
There’s one thing I know … it will be good

And once upon a Christmas time …
we’ll face the closing pantomime
Nothing could be better

And come the point of no return …
there’s no bridges left to burn
Nothing lasts forever
Track Name: Unhappy New Year
I wish it was Christmas …
I wish you were here
Instead of the bad dreams …
Unhappy New Year

At Christmas you loved me …
I dried all your tears
But now I’ve just bad dreams …
Unhappy New Year

All the sad songs
Are now bad songs
All the sad songs
Are gone
All the good days
Are now bad days
All the good things
Have gone

I wish it was Christmas …
I wish you were here
Instead of the bad dreams …
Unhappy New Year
Track Name: An Old Fashioned Christmas Song
See the snow come falling down
Icing sugar … sleepy town
Please don’t be afraid
It’ll soon be Christmas Day

Under covers, shut your eyes
Early morning, comes surprise
Please don’t be afraid
Welcome Christmas Day

All I want is a very merry Christmas
All I want is you
I don’t need any presents in my stocking
To make all my dreams come true

See the snow come falling down
Icing sugar … sleepy town
Please don’t be afraid
It’ll soon be Christmas Day

All I want is a very merry Christmas
All I want is you
I don’t need any presents in my stocking
To make all my dreams come true

Count the days and the hours and the minutes till sleep time
Climb the stairs, say your prayers, every boy and girl, good night
Don’t be scared, show no fear, when you turn off the light now
When you wake, no escape, from your dreams, I’ll be there ...
(I will be there …)

All I want is a very merry Christmas
All I want is you
I don’t need any presents in my stocking
To make all my dreams come true
To make all my dreams come true
To make all my dreams come true
Track Name: Snow Blitz
Once in a while you may find me
Covered in secrets and lies
When the weekend is out you can try this
Intimate spaces divide

It’s a snow blitz on the rise
It’s a bitter twist of the knife
Conversations never start

Wishing you were far away, goodbye yesterday ….
keep on calling me, on home
Saying “who’s that boy?”, what a drag that is …
keep on calling me, on home

Once in a while I may tell you
You’ve the face of an angry young man
It’s black and it’s white and it’s cold outside
Images form second-hand

It’s a snow blitz nevertheless
It’s a call to arms I profess
Powdered faces stare at me

Wishing you were far away, goodbye yesterday ….
keep on calling me, on home
Saying “who’s that boy?”, what a drag that is …
keep on calling me, on home