The Santa Versus Godzilla Project: 12 Songs of Christmas

by Three Day Threshold & Friends

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Though the 12 days of Christmas are officially supposed to start on Christmas Day, last year we did our own version of this holiday tradition and recorded a new Christmas Song each of the 12 days leading up to Christmas. Each song appears here, remixed and mastered. Also included as a bonus, are some other holiday songs that we've recorded over the years, as well as a new one we recorded this year.

I hope you enjoy the album and have a great holiday season. All profits from these songs will go to the Greater Boston Food Bank charity (www.gbfb.org) to help people in need this holiday season.

Merry Christmas!

For booking/band related questions, email the threshold@hotmail.com
For a list of upcoming performances, please go to:
www.kbfreedomrunners.com/three-day-threshold/

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released December 13, 2015

Three Day Threshold is: Jay DiBiasio (guitar/vocals), Julio Matos (bass), PJ Aspesi (drums/vocals), Kier Byrnes (jingle bells and assorted holiday merriment)

Mandy Byrnes appears on tracks 1, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14
Aedan Byrnes appears on track 11
Max Heinegg appears on all track 3
Lyle Brewer appears on all track 4
T Max appears on all track 6
Kevin Rose appears on track 10
Anita Suhanin appears on track 10
Evan Gavry appears on all tracks except 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
John Stump appears on tracks: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Audrey Ryan appears on track 15
Emily Holman appears on track 13, 14
Laura Dargus appears on track 8, 9
Meghan Connealy appears on track 5
Michelle Stella appears on tracks 2, 5
Caitlin Hyatt appears on tracks 2, 5
Kara Kulpa appears on tracks 8, 9, 10, 11
Colt “Jeff Katz” Thompson appears on tracks 15, 16, 17
Eric Austin appears on tracks 15, 16, 17
Joe Pleiman appears on tracks 5, 15, 16, 17, 18
The Kier Byrnes Freedom Runners Choir featuring John Gabriel, Joanne Flaherty, Jeremy Reger & Kevin McDevitt appears on track 8


Tracks 1-12, 19 recorded/engineered/mixed/produced by Kier Byrnes with help of Evan Gavry, Devin Byrnes, Joe Pleiman

Bonus Songs:
Tracks 13,14 recorded/engineered/mixed/produced by Andrew and Sam, Riverview Studios
Tracks 15, 16, 17, 18 recorded/engineered/mixed/produced by Joe Pleiman
Mastered by Joe Pleiman

CD face graphics/layout by TMax
Video Production Assistance & World's Best Brother-in-Law: Matt Morin

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Winners of "Best Local Band" by Boston Magazine, Three Day Threshold has played in the Middle East for the troops, at the Jim Beam Distillery in Kentucky, at a Belgium Prison, and the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. They've shared bills with acts like Zac Brown, Dick Dale, Avett Bros, Old Crow Medicine Show. Their sound is perhaps best described as Good Country Gone Terribly, Terribly Bad ... more

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Track Name: Baby, It's Cold Outside
Baby Its Cold Outside

I really can't stay
But baby it's cold outside
I've got to go away
But baby it's cold outside

The evening has been
Been hoping that you'd drop in
So very nice
I'll hold your hands, they're just like ice

My mother will start worry
Beautiful what’s your hurry?
And father will be pacing the floor
Listen to the fireplace roar

So really I’d better scurry
Beautiful please don't hurry
But maybe just a half a drink more
Put some records on while I pour

The neighbors might think
Baby it's bad out there
Say, what's in this drink?
No cabs to be had out there

I wish i knew how
Your eyes are like starlight now
To break the spell
I'll take your hat, your hair looks swell

I ought to say, "No, no, no sir"
Mind if I move in closer
At least i'm gonna say that i tried
What's the sense in hurtin' my pride?

I really can't stay
Baby don't hold out
Ah, but it's cold outside


I simply must go
But baby its cold outside
The answer is no
But baby its cold outside

This welcome has been
How lucky that you dropped in
So nice and warm
Look out the window at that storm

My sister will be suspicious.
Gosh your lips look delicious
My brother will be there at the door
Waves upon a tropical shore

My Maiden Aunt’s mind is vicious
Gosh your lips are delicious
Well maybe just an IPA more
Never such a blizzard before

I've got to get home
But baby you’ll freeze out there
Say, lend me a comb
It’s up to your knees out there.

You really been grand
I’m thrilled when you touch my hand
but don’t you see
How can you do this thing to me

There’s bound to be talk tomorrow
Thing about your life long sorrow
at least there will be plenty implied
if you caught pneumonia and died

I really can’t stay
Get over that hold out
Ah, but it's cold outside
Track Name: You Can't Slow Santa Down
Before I add the lyrics, I wanted to share the background story to this song:
It was early December and I was sitting with my guitar, working on writing another song (Santa versus Godzilla). This song has been in the works for over two years and I was determined to finish it. However after beating myself up about finding a rhyme for "Godzilla throws a right hook at poor father Christmas", I decided I need to walk away and take a break and get in a different mind set. I grabbed a blank sheet of paper, strummed some different chords and BOOM! This song took all of three minutes to write. The melody and the words came so quickly, it was scary... so the band played it a few times and decided we really liked it and wanted to include it on the album. We hope you like it too. Merry Christmas! - Kier

SUNDAY NIGHT EDIT: This song was remixed between Sunday morning and Sunday evening. It appears I spoke to soon; it was the easiest to write but the hardest to mix (..so far!)

Lyrics.. "I know i didn't start on time"

Chorus:
You can't stop Christmas from coming
you can't slow santa down
For those who receive are those who believe
You can't slow santa down

Everyone knows a Mustang is a very fast car
A Ferrari, they're fast too
A Lamborghini is nice if you can afford that price
but Santa's sleigh will beat them all.

Theres a bullet train in Shanghai that goes 310
And one in Germany thats just as fast
You know they can't keep up, won't earn that winners cup
To Santas sleigh, they'll finish last

Got a buddy in the air force, flies an F-16
Swears he took on Santa one night
But it takes moire than a jet to break his record yet
Santas sleigh left him behind
Track Name: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (featuring Max Heinegg)
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on, our troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Make the Yuletide gay
From now on, our troubles will be miles away

Here were are as in olden days; happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us gather near to us once more

Through the years we all will be together
If the Fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now
Track Name: To Mrs. Claus From Santa (featuring Lyle Brewer)
To Mrs. Claus From Santa

She keeps the cocoa warm, plays cribbage with the elves
She taught Frosty the Snowman how to sing Jingle Bells
She knits holiday sweaters for all the flying reindeer
And to top it off, Mrs. Claus, you get prettier every year
You know I like milk and cookies, don't mind some snow or frost
One thing that I know for sure, Santa loves his Mrs. Claus

She'll take the penguins sledding on the hill in the yard
She taught Frosty some Spanish, now he sings Feliz Navidad
When she bakes Christmas cookies, all the elves jump and cheer
And to top it off, Mrs. Claus, you get prettier every year
You know I like milk and cookies, don't mind some snow or frost
One thing that I know for sure, Santa loves his Mrs. Claus

As I look yonder east and catch a glimpse of the morning sun
I deliver my last few presents, yes, another Christmas Eve is done.
I thank all my reindeer and to the North I steer
And without a pause, I say Mrs. Claus, you get prettier every year.
You know I like milk and cookies, don't mind some snow or frost
One thing that I know for sure, Santa loves his Mrs. Claus
Yep, You know I like milk and cookies, don't mind some snow or frost
One thing that I know for sure, Santa loves his Mrs. Claus
Santa loves his Mrs. Claus
Santa loves his Mrs. Claus
Track Name: Santa versus Godzilla
Santa versus Godzilla

Once Upon a Christmas Eve
The malls are filled with last minute Christmas shoppers
When a giant green lizard emerges from the water
The crowds start to panic when they hear all the clatter
Of Godzilla trampling another shopping plaza
But looking to the north, yes, who should appear?
Good old Santa Claus with his flying reindeer.....

Santa Claus versus Godzilla, The epic battle of the year
Godzilla has those great big claws, Santa has his tiny reindeer

Santa and his reindeer head straight toward the giant
The bells on Santa sleigh jingle jangle with defiance
Godzilla swats at Santa like he's some kind of mosquito
Santa yells to Blitzen “Time to load the torpedoes!”
The monster leaves a wake of mass devastation
“Donner, Cupid Vixen! Attack formation!"
Santa Claus versus Godzilla, The epic battle of the year
Godzilla has those great big claws, Santa has his tiny reindeer

Godzilla throws a right hook at poor Father Christmas
He misses him by inches, but boy, was it vicious
Santa's on the ropes now; it looks as if he’s beaten
Come on Santa get up! We don't want you eaten!
The lizard starts to charge, he's got Santa in his sights
Oh no! Not on this, holiest of nights
Santa Claus versus Godzilla, The epic battle of the year
Godzilla has those great big claws, Santa has his tiny reindeer

And now here we are at the moment of truth
Is this the end of Santa? Oh what will we do?
Out there in the distance, a lone church bell rings
Prompting the reindeer for some Yuletide caroling
The music melts Godzilla’s heart and like the Grinch, he changes
He picks up Santa Claus and tries to explain:

Santa Claus I'm sorry, I didn't mean to get out of hand
The commercialization of Christmas must have driven me completely mad
It's not about making money, It's not about dollars and cents
It's all about baby Jesus and spending time with family and friends
So I hope you can forgive me, for my behavior was just appalling
Especially since I almost gave you quite a severe mauling

Santa knew Godzilla was telling him the truth,
So he said with a chuckle, here's what we're gonna do
There's still room on the nice list and some time 'til Christmas Day
So let’s clean up this awful mess, and will you help me on my way?
My reindeer are all worn out from our big epic battle
So mind carrying the sleigh and to you I'll strap a saddle
Santa Claus versus Godzilla, the epic battle of the year
Godzilla's gonna save Christmas Day, filling in for Santa’s reindeer
Track Name: Blue Christmas (featuring TMax)
Blue Christmas

I have a blue Christmas without you
I'll be so blue just thinking about you
Decorations of red, on a green Christmas tree
won't be the same dear, if you're not here with me.

And when those blue snowflakes start falling,
that's when those blue memories start calling,
you'll be doing alright, with your Christmas of white,
but I'll have a blue blue Christmas.

I’ll have a Blue Christmas, that’s certain
And when the Blue Heartache starts hurtin’
You’ll be doing alright, with your Christmas of white,
But I'll have a blue, blue, blue, blue Christmas
Track Name: Up on the Housetop
Up on the House Top

Up on the housetop reindeer pause, Out jumps good old Santa Claus.
Down thru the chimney with lots of toys, All for the little ones, Christmas joys.
Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn't go? Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn't go!
Up on the housetop, click, click, click. Down thru the chimney with good Saint Nick.
(Noodle & Vamp on the G between verses)

First comes the stocking of little Nell; oh, dear Santa, fill it well
Give her a dolly that laughs and cries; one that will open and shut her eyes.
Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn't go? Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn't go!
Up on the house top, click, click, click. Down thru the chimney with good Saint Nick.

Next comes the stocking of little Will, oh, just see what a glorious fill
Here is a hammer, and lots of tacks; also a ball, and a whip that cracks.
Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn't go? Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn't go!
Up on the house top, click, click, click. Down thru the chimney with good Saint Nick.

Oh the joy that Santa brings, Wrapped with paper, bow and string
The man in red comes once a year, spreading love and Christmas cheer
Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn't go? Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn't go!
Up on the house top, click, click, click. Down thru the chimney with good Saint Nick.

Soon the last stocking is filled up tight; Its time for Santa to say good night!
Up through the chimney Santa flies, a trove of presents left behind
Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn't go? Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn't go!
Up on the house top, click, click, click. Down thru the chimney with good Saint Nick.
Track Name: Dominic the Donkey (featuring Jay DiBiasio)
Santa's got a little friend, His name is Dominick.
The cutest little donkey, You never see him kick.
When Santa visits his paisons, With Dominick he'll be.
Because the reindeer cannot, Climb the hills of Italy… CHORUS!

Jingle bells around his feet, And presents on the sled.
Hey! Look at the mayor's derby, On top of Dominick's head.
A pair of shoes for Louie, And a dress for Josephine.
The labels on the inside says, They're made in Brooklyn… CHORUS!

Children sing, and clap their hands, And Dominick starts to dance.
They talk Italian to him, And he even understands.
Cumpare sing, Cumpare su, And dance 'sta tarantel.
When jusamagora comes to town, And brings du ciuccianello… CHORUS!

CHORUS:
Hey! Chingedy ching, (hee-haw, hee-haw); It's Dominick the donkey.
Chingedy ching, (hee-haw, hee-haw), The Italian Christmas donkey.
La la la-la la-la la la la la, La la la-la la-la la-ee-oh-da!
Track Name: Santa's at the Second Line (Christmas in New Orleans) - featuring Evan Gavry
Santa's at the Second Line – Evan Gavry

Well he's making a list and he's checking it twice, He's done a whole lot of work so far
He just hit town, yeah he just touched down, For some well-earned R&R
He knows who's naughty and he knows who's nice, You know the old man's feeling fine
It's Christmas in New Orleans, And Santa's at the second line

Dasher's doing the rhumba, Dancer's halfway through a hurricane
Prancer's down at the video slots, Playing his reindeer games
The elves pound out boogie-woogie, With the reindeer keeping time
It's Christmas down in New Orleans, And Santa's at the second line

It brings him peace and joy once he's finished the toys, to hear the brass band make that sound
It's such a joyful noise, Y'all been good girls and boys? Let Kris Kringle buy this round
Pickle back for Jimmy, Sazerac for Jane, and a go-cup for my wine
It's Christmas in New Orleans, And I'm here for the second line
Vixen’s in the kitchen helping Comet boil the roux
Cupid’s shufflin’ down Bourbon Street, howlin’ like the loup garou
The elves pound out boogie-woogie, With the reindeer keeping time
It's Christmas down in New Orleans, And Santa's at the second line

Sorry Mrs. Claus, but St Nick and the boys blew town to blow off some steam
Time is tight on that special night, But he's got him a flying reindeer team
He's gonna have his fun but don't you worry none, They'll have him back in plenty of time
It's Christmas in New Orleans and Santa's at the second line
Donner playing the bass drum , Blitzen blowing on an old trombone
Rudolph's a one man krewe du vieux, With a red light for a nose
The elves pound out boogie-woogie, With the reindeer keeping time
It's Christmas down in New Orleans, And Santa's at the second line
You can all hold my calls, gonna deck the halls, Santa's at the second line
Track Name: We Three Kings (featuring Anita Suhanin & Kevin Rose)
We three kings of Orient are, Bearing gifts we travel afar.
Field and fountain, moor and mountain, Following yonder star.
Oh! Star of wonder, star of night, Star of royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us, thy perfect light.

Born a king on Bethlehem's plain, Gold I bring to crown Him again,
King forever, ceasing never, Over us all to reign.
O star of wonder, star of night, Star of royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us, thy perfect light.

Frankincense to offer have I. Incense owns a Deity nigh.
Prayer and praising all men raising, Worship Him, God on high.
O star of wonder, star of night, Star of royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding, Following yonder star.

Myrrh is mine: Its bitter perfume. Breaths a life of gathering gloom.
Sorrow, sighing, bleeding, dying, Sealed in a stone-cold tomb.
O star of wonder, star of night, Star of royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding, Following yonder star.

Glorious now behold Him arise, King and God and Sacrifice.
Alleluia, alleluia! Sounds through the earth and skies.
O star of wonder, star of night, Star of royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding, Following yonder star.
O star of wonder, star of night, Star of royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding, Following yonder star!
Track Name: New Elf in the Family
A New Elf in the Family - Kier and Mandy Byrnes

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle All the way; Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh!

Well, just last February, Mrs. Claus said to me
We’ve got a new elf on the way, we’re adding to the family
The seasons passed, the leaves all changed, we watched that belly grow
We finished painting the nursery, just in time for the first snow
We could tell by the skies of the dancing Northern Lights
That we’d meet our little guy, by the end of that dear night



So we sang our favorite Christmas songs, around the Christmas tree
Ode to Joy, it’s a little boy, there’s a new elf in the family…
Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho! there’s a new elf in the family…

So I sat down next to Mrs. Claus and imagine my surprise
You got my rosy cheeks but you have her hair and eyes
We laid you by the mistletoe and the reindeer gathered close
To meet this baby elf of ours and to kiss him on the nose
And when I held you up for the whole North Pole to see
Your smiling little face, there was no prouder Dad than me

So we sang our favorite Christmas songs, around the Christmas tree
Ode to Joy, it’s a little boy, there’s a new elf in the family…
Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho! there’s a new elf in the family…

Mrs. Claus and I are smitten, with you my little lad
And please don't call me Father Christmas; you can just call me your dad
For the past nine months we've waited, to hold you in our arms
We'll love you always and forever and keep you safe from harm.
And someday I’ll take you flying, in my magic sleigh
I'll take you all around the world, bring you home on Christmas Day

Where we’ll sing our favorite Christmas songs, around the Christmas tree
Ode to Joy, it’s a little boy, there’s a new elf in the family
Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho! there’s a new elf in the family…
Track Name: Silver Bells
City sidewalks, busy sidewalks; Dressed in Holiday style
In the air there's a feeling of Christmas
Children laughing, people passing; Meeting smile after smile
And on every street corner you hear

Silver bells, silver bells, It's Christmas-time in the city
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring, Soon it will be Christmas day

Strings of street lights, even stop lights; Blink a bright red and green
As the shoppers run home with their treasures
Hear the snow crunch, see the kids bunch; This is Santa's big scene
And above all the bustle you hear...

Silver bells, silver bells, It's Christmas-time in the city
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring, Soon it will be Christmas day