Down, Down, Down : A Holiday EP

by Ellery

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**"Down Down Down" -- featured on Paramount Pictures' "No Strings Attached"! (Jan 2011) **

"Let's write a holiday record," he said, and suddenly, like curious memories, there were tunes-- humming along like they'd been there for years. Words mysteriously strung themselves together: "velvet train," "rose and shine," "tractor wheel and riverside." We woke to jots of musical phrases. We fell asleep asking for the next line. The upright piano sang gentle, lilting songs. We sang along. We smiled.

Not that it all came in a rush. Some of it we dragged out of us with sweat and a rather magnificent Impatience. Nevertheless, the whole thing seemed to perch, whistle, and tease. If we were impatient, it was because the songs flirted so relentlessly. So-
All the more satisfying now to hear them played back: To listen in on a chorus of friends. To hear the pluck of nylon strings.

Pluck. Pluck. Hum. No small amount of jangle.

Autumn leaned happy, heavy into November. It swelled toward Thanksgiving, it turned the knob on the close of a year.
It winked at us, once, twice, and we played it some music.
It's a small smattering of Ellery's take on holiday songs. We hope you smile. We hope you sing along.
There's a harmony part with your name on it.

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released November 24, 2009

Down, Down, Down
A Holiday EP by Ellery

Tasha Golden: vocals, piano
Justin Golden: guitars, bass, vocals, synths, toy piano, piano
Jack Corduroy: strings, celesta, bells
Joshua Seurkamp: drums, percussion, bells, chimes

Produced by Justin Golden
Recorded and Mixed by Justin Golden
Artwork and Design by (the unstoppable) Angela Gasparetti, www.freakydarling.com

Special thanks to all of the people who loaned and rented us instruments, microphones, gear, etc: Douglas Horner, Robbie Reider, Joshua Seurkamp, Andrea VonAllmen, Ted Troxell, Ric Hordinski, Rick Lawson at Auraphic Pro Audio Rental.
Thanks to Angela Gasparetti, Roman Titus, Douglas Horner, Corduroy Audio, Joshua Seurkamp, Brian Morris.
Thanks to Taylor Guitars and Heil Microphones.
Thanks to our families and friends.
Thanks to Ellery fans everywhere, we love you.

"Down, Down, Down," "Going Gone," "December Days" by Tasha & Justin Golden ©2009 Set Adrift Music (ASCAP)
"O Come O Come Emmanuel" words by John Mason Neale, music: "Veni Emmanuel," 15th century.
"Silent Night, Holy Night" music by Franz Gruber, Public Domain.

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Ellery Louisville, Kentucky

Ellery’s intimate, lush-pop songs have been heard in major motion pictures, TV dramas, radio, and taken them across the country over years of touring. Now based in Louisville, KY, the band writes and records between research, mixing projects, and indulging two cats. They make loud louds and quiet quiets. ... more

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Track Name: Down, Down, Down
There was wind against the window pane
And a sky of clouds before it came
It rolled in like a velvet train - Hello

The browning field and highway wide
The tractor wheel and riverside
they're all dressed up the same tonight - aglow

CHORUS:
Warm by the fireside
Everyone fast asleep now
Under the streetlights
Snow falling fast and deep now:
Down down down down down

Well it comes on light, a southern drawl
Then it storms in like a barroom brawl
It makes a beauty of us all; I've seen it

How it sings us all to sleep at night
Then greets us with the morning light
and we see the world like candlelight; I've dreamed it

CHORUS

It's a wild world; in technicolor
As long as we have one another
Muffle sound, and lend us cover
Close the roads and snow us under

CHORUS
Track Name: Going Gone
The farm, the cloud, the field and the plow
hear them softly sing
The snow falls deep and wide; see how it climbs up
by the old porch swing

Chimney smoke, over the oak tree
it was whispering-
It said, "Go, go go," we said, "Oh, oh oh -
the world is listening"

CHORUS:
Ah ah, we found our warmest coats
Oh oh, you pulled your tall boots on
Ah ah, out in the winter snow
Oh oh, we're going, going gone

In the great gray clouds, rushing in and out
the sky is breathing deep
And all the trees far below with every breeze shake the snow
down to their frozen feet

Silver flakes halo our faces
we're all rose and shine
Two tracks wandering home, in a thundering snow
back to the fire and wine

CHORUS

Everything is singing in a great white dark and
Everything is shining like a thousand stars

CHORUS
Track Name: December Days
I was afraid
You always came in like a ghost
Snow falling soft from your coat
Lighting our lanterns with whispers and prayers

I stayed up late
You always sang me right to sleep
Glittering lights in the trees
You held our dreams out like stars everywhere

CHORUS:
I wish you could come
now like you used to
I wish you could come
now like you used to
I’d love to bring you back

When I was alone
You always spoke like something old
Magic and lights in the cold
I’d breathe you in like a wind on my soul

I’d close my eyes
You always came in like a breath
Quiet and still while we slept
December days falling graceful and gold

CHORUS

I’ve held them close
Winters I so wish I could find
Angels and wonders and signs
Joseph and Mary, a stable, a star

CHORUS
Track Name: O Come Emmanuel
O Come, O come Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear

Rejoice

O Come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight

Rejoice, rejoice

O come Desire of Nations, bind
Our spirits in one heart and mind
Bid envy, strife, and quarrels cease
Fill all the world with Heaven’s peace

Rejoice, rejoice
Emmanuel Emmanuel
Shall come to Thee, O Israel