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"Christmas On Earth"

[ from the album "Timelord" (1993) ]

Lyrics

Well I know that on Earth it is Christmas now
And I hope there'll be days in the snow
When I return many light years on
Though my friends will have died long ago

And the rain makes a sound like the asteroids
There are worlds made of ice in the clouds
I'm receiving transmissions they broadcast long ago
They remind me of things I have seen
All the people and cities and crowds

Ring the bells, ring the bells, ring them
Ring the bells, I can still hear them
Ring the bells, ring the bells, ring them
Ring the bells, I can still hear them
Here on the way to the stars

About now back on earth it is Christmas time
There'll be logs in the grate, they will burn
I'm alone tape recording memories
For it all will have changed when I return

And the rain is so strange in the Milky Way
I see cloudscapes of purple and green
Candleabras are shooting off firework displays
And I'm writing the things I have seen
People shopping and sparks from a train

Ring the bells, ring the bells, ring them
Ring the bells, I can still hear them
Ring the bells, ring the bells, ring them
Ring the bells, I can still hear them
Here on the way to the stars

Ring the bells, ring the bells, ring them
Ring the bells, I can still hear them
Ring the bells, ring the bells, ring them
Ring the bells, I can still hear them
Here on the way to the stars

Well I know that on Earth it is Christmas now
But in space time goes by so slow
At the speed of light one single night
Is a year to the people back home