Coming Home for Christmas

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I wrote this song in early 2019 for a friend who had some traumatic experiences while living apart from her partner in 2018. It was a few months after we released Christmas Reminiscences, and I wanted to switch gears and make something sincere with Jenny taking a lead role. As the pandemic began in early 2020, I thought, "this is the year to release Coming Home." There were so many lyrical parallels and, at the time, it seemed like the world would be emerging from their quarantines in the fall; just in time for the holidays. It would've been the perfect song for that occasion. Sadly, that is not what has happened.

When the trajectory of the virus became clear in October, I spent weeks deliberating about whether I should wait until next year to release the song. Many of us will not be traveling home for the holidays; myself included. Many of us will be mourning people we've lost or spending the holidays trying to save lives. I don't want to be insensitive, nor do I want to promote traveling without taking strict precautions.

To get perspective, I sent the song to several friends and asked for their advice. Many of them are on the frontlines working as nurses, pharmacists, teachers, soldiers. To my surprise, they almost unanimously told me to release the song.

If you’re able to take the necessary precautions to see your loved ones this Christmas, then this song is a celebration of that homecoming. If, like me, you have to stay home, then this is a song about hope and longing for the day when we can be together again.

Someday soon we all will be together
If the fates allow
Until then, we'll have to muddle through somehow

-Tim

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--Coming Home for Christmas--

I’m counting down the days to your vacation
When I’ll spy you through the faces at the station
I’ll feel lighter as I help you with your pack
But tonight I feel the word upon my back

It’s been an awful year, there’s no denying
It’s hard to have good cheer, but god, I’m trying
There’s no one to share the cold when you’re alone
How I wish that I could hold you through the phone

But you’re coming home for Christmas
We can fix this when you’re here
Unwrap the things we fear
And have a happier new year
Forget about the presents, it’s your presence that I need
You’re coming home for Christmas
To me

So take back the pies and the candy canes
All I need is my angel in the snow
And we won’t bat our eyes even if it rains
We’ll have a Wet Christmas like the ones we used to know

I don’t need the trees or the mistletoes
When I see you walking through the door
So discard the cards and dismiss the bows
And hold me in your arms a little more

I’m circling the day that you’re arriving
It hurts when you’re away, but I’m surviving
Though the miles are separating you from me
Still I’m smiling as I decorate our tree

Cause you’re coming home for Christmas
We can fix this when you’re here
Unwrap the things we fear
And have a happier new year
So forget about the presents, it’s your presence that I need
You’re coming home for Christmas
Won’t be alone for Christmas
Cause you’re coming home for Christmas
To me

Words and music by Tim Franklin
Copyright 2020 Screaming Bloody Music, ASCAP

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released November 29, 2020
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Produced by Tim Franklin
Co-produced by Marc Lacuesta
Engineered by Marc Lacuesta at Fatherland Studios in Nashville, TN
Horn section engineered by Marc Lacuesta at Interlochen Center for the Arts
Assistant engineers - Kirsten Nelson, Tomomi Kimura
Additional engineering by Tim Franklin, Charlie Judge, Danny Helseth
Mixed and mastered by Tim Franklin
Audio consultant - Sean Michael Robinson

Lead vocals / banjolele - Jenny Posnak
Vocals - Kate Hamilton
Guitars - Tim Franklin
Piano - Charlie Judge
Bass - Nicole Lea Yraguen
Drums / Percussion - Justin Amaral
Trumpet - Ken Larson
Alto Sax - Matthew Schlomer
Violin - Ara Sarkissian
Trombone - Tom Riccobono
Tuba - Danny Helseth

Written and arranged by Tim Franklin
Copyright 2020 Screaming Bloody Music, ASCAP

Cover art by Tim Franklin and Sean Michael Robinson

Special thanks to Renata Johns; Marc, Dana, and Sunday Lacuesta; Margaret Portmann; Sam Silbret; The Weisstronauts; Brian Granger; Julie Roberts; Kevin Edlin; Kat Brennan; Jon Bashford; Matthew Wiltse; Jasper, Rowan, Sean, and Rachel Robinson; Connor Ratliff; DJ Oscar Smit; Cory Doctorow; Interlochen Center for the Arts; The Franklin, Hamilton, and Posnak Families.

Dedicated to Rob Groves.

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