Trans-Siberian Orchestra Dreams We Conceive

[Lieutenant]

In a city

After midnight

Neath the halo

Of a street light

Where the dreams die

As the blood dries

On the wounds we keep hidden from

View

In the safety

Of this darkness

As it hides all

Time has tarnished

The forbidden

Unforgiven

Are we secure here where no-one

Pursues

But the night fades away

And gives way to the day

For what else is the night to do

As the dark steps aside

With the hopes we confide

And never believes

That the dreams we conceived

Would ever

Not ever come true

Is life different

After midnight

With its new dawn

And its new light

Inconsistent

And indifferent

To the things

We were so sure we knew

As you stood there

In the night air

With such beauty

That the stars stared

From their distance

You were different

Like a dream

That no-one could refuse

But the night fades away

And gives way to the day

For what else is

The night to do

As the dark steps aside

With the hopes we confide

And never believes

That the dreams we conceived

Would ever

Not ever come true

As you stand all

Alone at your station

What if God doesn’t

Know where you are

As you send out your

Prayers for salvation

But afraid that

They don’t go that far

So you wait all

Alone in your darkness

There’s a train that drives on

Through the night

And if everyone’s

On it except us

Would it return for

That single life

In a city

After midnight

Neath the halo

Of a street light

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas Concerto

[NARRATION]

After the song was over

Nearly every person there

Went to the cathedral’s basement

And started setting up tables and chairs

For that night this church would feed

Any person in life who had less

And both those that gave and those that received

Left that night feeling blessed

Then the angel remembered something

That his lord’s son had once said

On how one truly followed him

When words and acts were wed

Some people claim to follow him

But themselves they just deceive

For his lord’s son had said,

“you will know who truly follows me

Not by what they say, but by their deeds”

And this church was clearly filled

With kind people of goodwill

But the angel had more time left on this night

And continued to search on still

So the angel left the parishioners

With their christmas meal in happy bliss

And returned once more to the hotel

To make sure that there was no one there he had missed

And passing by a village square

He heard a brass quartet

Whose christmas concerto in the key of g

He felt lighten his every step

[CHRISTMAS CONCERTO]

[Instrumental]

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas Canon Rock

[NARRATION]

Now all that had occurred here this night

The angel had clearly seen

Not unlike an old fashioned movie

Upon a silvered screen

That borders on the edge of a

Forgotten childhood dream

And from all that he had witnessed

He thought his answer he had found

And once more unfolded his wings

And left earth’s solid ground

With every sweep of those wings

Across time and space he soared

Until he found himself standing

Back in heaven, before his lord

And he told his lord the name of the father’s son

But then he hesitated

Like a child in school unsure of his answer

But the lord, he patiently waited

Then the angel added the names

Of the parishioners at the church

The musicians, the storyteller

The operator and the hospital nurse

Eventually there was hardly a person

That the angel had missed

And then at the very end he placed

The father’s name, also on that list

That anyone could reflect his lord’s son

Was now the angel’s view

All it took was to follow the simple word’s of his son

“to do unto others, as you would have others do unto you”

Then the lord smiled at his angel

And said, “you have done more than your task

It’s a gift that eyes rarely have

That can see further than they are asked.”

And so this night is ending

So close to where it did start

As the angel slept deep that night

Within his lord’s own heart

For hope never dies

At worst it only sleeps

And all we surrender

Christmas safely keeps

Through the cold winter nights

Of the longest decembers

Till here by starlight

We begin to remember

That in the very end

The message christmas is sending

Is that it is never too late

To change any life’s ending

[The end]

[After the end or (the next day)]

So christmas eve had come and past

But not so christmas day

And thus it is, we add a final act

Onto our yearly play

A taxicab pulled up to the grand hotel,

That morning somewhere around eight

And the father with his son got out

And asked the driver, to please wait

Then the father asked the clerk if he could speak

To the couple in room twelve twenty-four

Adding he did not know the couple’s name

But had met their child the night before

The clerk answered most politely

That he would like to fulfill his wish

But the room number twelve twenty-four

In this hotel, did not exist

The father then described the little girl

Her age and dress as well

But the clerk said there had been no children there at all that week

Was he sure he had the right hotel?

So the father started wondering

If in the cold winter’s air

He had somehow imagined the entire event

But then he realized, he didn’t care

The only thing that mattered

When all was said and done

Was that he was reunited

With his one and only son

And when they got back into their cab

He heard a ripping sound

As the contents of his wife’s folder

Spilled out onto the ground

As he rushed to pick it all up

He grabbed the picture first

Of him and his wife at the age nineteen

Long before she had given birth

And on the back he saw a poem he had written to her

Years before they had wed

When they were young, their lives just begun

And here is what it said,

“if a single tear fell from your eyes into the ocean

And then washed up on some far and distant shore

I would still recognize that teardrop

For in the end that tear would still be yours”

And then he saw another picture

That he had never seen before

Of a little girl in a russian styled coat

Standing with her parents, in front of their store

The little girl he saw there

He now knew was a childhood picture of his wife

But it was also a picture of the little girl

He had just met on the previous night

And he realized that those who love

Death cannot divide

It only provides an extra soul

To watch over us from the other side

And together they returned

Back to the father’s home

And shared the best christmas

That either of them had ever known

And somewhere across eternity

Which in distance cannot be measured

The mother looked down upon them both

And their happiness she treasured

And later on late that night

When her son was drifting off to sleep

A tear once more rolled from her eyes

And trailed across her cheek

But this one was a tear of joy

That she could not keep inside

And this time she followed it through eternity

Across the great divide

Till it landed by another joyful tear

That her husband had just wept

And there unseen she joined him

In the silent vigil that he kept

For we are all born mortal

Like stars and candlelight

And all that really matters

Is what we do before we fall asleep each night

[CHRISTMAS CANON ROCK]

This night

We pray

Our lives will show

This dream he had

Each child

Still knows

We are waiting

We have not forgotten

On this night

On this night

On this night

On this very christmas night

Trans-Siberian Orchestra A Star To Follow

[1.]

God rest ye merry gentlemen

God rest ye merry gentlemen

[simultaneously – add a new stanza each second time]

[2.]

There up in the sky a star to follow

There up in the sky a star to follow

There up in the sky a star to follow

[3.]

All

Await the coming of the Lord

Await the coming of the Lord

Await the coming of the…

Christmas

Lead and we’ll follow

Hope and tomorrow

Magic and dreams

You are all this and more now

Childhood recalls how

You are

Visions and…

Christmas

We are your children

You take us back when

Ever we call

Each year we are here waiting

Anticipating

As the snow starts to fall

[1.]

To fall…

To fall…

To fall…

To fall…

[2.]

Merry Christmas

Merry, Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Merry, Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Merry, Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Merry, Merry Christmas

[simultaneously – add a new stanza each second time]

[3.]

Ornaments and evergreens

With packages as yet unseen

All wrapped in paper

Colored bright

Reflecting candles in the night

With carolers and mistletoe

And stockings all hung in a row

Or fireplaces glowing red

With children safely sent to bed

[4.]

Ring the bells, Ring the bells

Let the churches ring the bells!

[5.]

Joy to the world, the Lord has come

Let his light shine on everyone

[All together]

Everyone

Everyone

Everyone…

Christmas lead and we’ll follow…

FROM LONDON, ROME AND PARIS

TO BERLIN AND TOKYO

WINTER NEVER REALLY STARTS

UNTIL IT’S GIVEN ITS FIRST SNOW

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Father, Son & Holy Ghost

[Mrs. Cozier]

You were the dream that survived

Lost in the darkness of eternity

You were the hope kept alive

Embraced by tomorrows that we all could never quite see

You had a beauty denied

You were the moment

But here in this night

Where your dream carries on

Never quite there but it’s never quite gone

You are the star that is wished upon

Forever

You were the one that believed

Long past when belief was a memory

The child time would never concede

Faith and tomorrow and all of the things that might be

You had a beauty denied

A glittering moment

But here in this night

Where your dream carries on

Never quite there but it’s never quite gone

You are the star that is wished upon

Forever

[Then in a sudden, unexpected, visceral voice, she raged against all those citizens of apathy and willful ignorance who lived behind the sacrifices of others.]

We thought evil dead

Killed by our own sword

But evil is patient

‘Til the future grows bored

Do you believe in night

Does it hold you close

When you’re at your last card

Pray hard, Father, Son & Holy Ghost

Still the night rolls on

Brings you to your knees

When you look back that far

Each scar, suddenly just starts to bleed

The night it keeps burning

While twisting and turning

Its way to tomorrow

Its joys and its sorrows

Our secrets beneath her

We drive each stake deeper

Then offer to barter

But each deal is harder

The cloaks we keep changing

While gliding through weddings

Of nights to their morning

Of dreams to their dawning

While reaching for moments

The world has forbidden

The kindness inside them

So carefully hidden

The pages keep turning

But no-one is learning

They feed them to pyres

To stoke up their fires

Of ignorance, apathy

Forbidding charity

The flames they grow higher

Could such be desired

And christ and Confucius

Are all their words useless

We quote them in fractions

But not in our actions

Aurelius, and Hugo

Auden and Gibran

The words they have written

Seem so quickly gone

For somewhere there’s dirt

That was once reddish mud

From soaking up liquid

That was a man’s blood

But both earth and god

They have deemed to forgive

So each year in the spring

New flowers do live

And of all the authors

Your favorite was Wilde

With each timeless story

All penned with such style

Of fairytale kingdoms

Where ogres save children

And no gardens have walls

So all children might use them

And since that’s the ending

You valued the most

You cling to that card

Father, Son & Holy Ghost

Father, Son & Holy Ghost

Father, Son & Holy Ghost

Father, Son & Holy Ghost

Father, Son & Holy…

But here in this night

Where your dream carries on

Never quite there but it’s never quite gone

You are the star that is wished upon

Forever

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Epiphany

[Tran-Do]

The silence (in Khmer)

Don’t go

Does it have to be this way?

Can’t we have just one more chance?

Those who know

They will not say

Must this be the final…

Dance in our lives?

As time just moves on

Yesterday’s years

Are too quickly gone

All visions fade

As worlds fall apart

Decisions are made

But there in this dark now

There in this dark now

Somewhere on this night

A life is out there

And can someone tell me how

Here on this night

So far away

Bits of starlight

Fall where they may

I never wanted to go

I never wanted to stay

I never wanted to be afraid

But still

Childhood sees what childhood will

But nothing ever stays the same

I fear the night

I fear the dark

I need this light

That distant spark

I know that…

Somewhere

Someone’s looking to deceive and

Somewhere

Young men die and children bleed and

Somewhere

Some have too much while others need and

Somewhere

Someone’s looking to believe and…

Somewhere

Somewhere

Somewhere

Somewhere

And the night and the dark

And the hopes and the dreams

As we all play our parts

While ignoring the screams

So we lie to ourselves

And we just carry on

Never stop, never turn

Don’t admit what is…

Gone in to this twisted story

All these things so clear before me

Every path we’ve ever taken

Can’t admit we were mistaken

In this night

Of my devising

Never live

And never dying

Each escape

I’ve never taken

Never dream

And never waken…

Somewhere

Someone’s looking to deceive and

Somewhere

Young men die and children bleed and

Somewhere

Some have too much while others need and

Somewhere

Someone’s looking to believe and…

[Tran-Do sees himself as a snake oil salesman selling the same lies that he was sold in a carnival barker’s voice.]

Come one come all

Welcome to the world’s greatest entertainment since the fall of rome

Life, death

Victims, voyeurs

The best of society

The lowest of plebeians

And to keep it all in extremely interesting, today’s patrons

Could very easily be tomorrow’s entertainment

All compliments of the ultimate showman fate

All that’s missing is the coliseum

[Tran-Do turns away from the apparition of himself as a snake oil salesman, and once more looks into the abyss.]

Did you ever walk up

To the edge of a cliff

Stare into the abyss

As your mind wonders if

You should take one more step

Further into that night

Well your mind says you won’t

But your heart says you might

Would you fall through the dark

Feel the wind in your hair

Would you embrace the ground

And end your life right there

Or would god reach his hand

And that moment you fly

Or if he chanced to blink

And then, that moment you die

You die

You die

You die…

Stare into the dark

As the abyss keeps calling

Try to take a step

But then the mind keeps stalling

Can a single question

Just go on forever

As a single thought goes on

It’s now or never

Stare into the dark

As the abyss keeps calling

Try to take a step

But then the mind keeps stalling

Can a single question

Just go on forever

As a single thought goes on

It’s now or never

Never really took much

Never really had to

Only had a small crush

Problem was that it grew

Never really took much

Never really had to

Only had a small crush

Problem was that it grew

Be who you are

What you were

What they see

From eternity’s view

Tell me

Which one is me

Can you…

Be who you are

What you were

What they see

From eternity’s view

Tell me

Which one is me

On this night

Keep me close

On this night

Breathe my air

On this night

Hold me tight

Feel my heart

Beating there

On this night

Keep me close

On this night

Breathe my air

On this night

Hold me tight

Feel my heart

Beating there

On this night

Keep me close

On this night

Breathe my air

On this night

Hold me tight

Feel my heart

Beating there…

Did you ever walk up

To the edge of a cliff

Stare into the abyss

As your mind wonders if

You should take one more step

Further into that night

Well your mind says you won’t

But then this all is your life

Your life

Your life

This all is your life

Your life

Your life

This all is your life

Your life

Your life

This all is your life

Your life

Your life

This all is your…

Is your life

Is your life

Is your life

Is your… life