The Longest Winter

by Robinson & Rohe

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The Christmas story is a cultural inheritance that belongs to whoever claims it. If it is the Church, then the Church will tell the story. If it is the Corporate Advertisers, the Corporate Advertisers will sell the story. But if it is the Artists, the Bards, the Rabblerousers, then it is they who will create the story anew.

Robinson & Rohe got its start singing the ancient Christmas carols we love. We sing these carols every year to wrest this influential story from the grasp of the despots and the department stores. We assert that Christmas is a celebration of love, a welcoming of the light. It is about the beauty of one child only as much as it is about the beauty of all beings. Christmas is a rejection of the greed that caused an innkeeper to turn a pregnant woman out into the night, the hatred that caused a jealous king to order mass infanticide. Christmas is an embrace of the green, wild world we share. It is an opportunity to sing together, to break bread together. The inheritance of stories and songs is ours to reshape and pass on, just as those before us did. This is the story we tell.

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released December 5, 2014

Recorded and performed by Robinson & Rohe, September 8-12, 2014 at White Star Sound, Louisa, VA
Produced by Robinson & Rohe
Mixed by Liam Robinson
Mastered by Nate Wood
Paper cut illustrations by Andrew Benincasa
© 2014 Laundry Line Records

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Robinson & Rohe Brooklyn, New York

Jean Rohe and Liam Robinson were brought together a decade ago by a love of participatory music-making and American and Anglo folk song. In 2013, they began collaborating as cowriters, developing a repertoire of original music that now lives alongside the old songs they hold dear. Their performances evidence their care for fine song craft, detailed arrangements, and elegant harmonies. ... more

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Track Name: The Longest Winter
He came from the North and he brought the snow, snow, snow
In the deepest of drifts that billowed against the door, door, door
The longest winter I had ever known, known, known
We kept each other warm in the snow, snow, snow

He led me outside and said we should go, go, go
To see how the ice flows piled against the shore, shore, shore
Moving water hardened into stone, stone, stone
O, how my blood, it rushed, crying go, go, go


He tended the fire and set it aglow, glow, glow
Maple and ash to cheer us against the storm, storm, storm
And in the evening flames turned into smouldering coals
We kept each other warm in the glow, glow, glow

He whispered my name and lay me down slow, slow, slow
In a blanket of down he pressed me against the floor, floor, floor
Dying embers, in his eyes they shone, shone, shone
Breathless the whole night through, we moved slow, slow, slow



The days stretched their arms, the South winds did blow, blow, blow
In through the open window, in through the open door
And just like a bird that can't be kept inside a nest he buttons up his vest
He's flown, he flies, he goes, goodbye
He knows that I can ne'er know why
But I will always hold him close
He's there inside my mind
The cold wind e'er it blows, blows, blows...


He came from the North and he brought the snow, snow, snow.
Track Name: Bergundian Carol
The winter season of the year
When to this world a babe was born
The ox and donkey, so they say
Did keep his holy presence warm

How many oxen and donkeys now
If they were there when first he came
How many oxen and donkeys you know
At such a time would do the same?

And on that night, it has been told
These humble beasts, so rough and rude
Throughout the night of holy birth
Drank no water, ate no food

How many oxen and donkeys now
If they were there when first he came
How many oxen and donkeys you know
At such a time would do the same?

As soon as to these humble beasts
Appeared the babe, so mild and sweet
With joy they knelt before his grace
And gently kissed his tiny feet

How many oxen and donkeys now
Dressed in ermine, silk and such,
How many oxen and donkeys you know
At such a time would do as much?

How many oxen and donkeys now
If they were there when first he came
How many oxen and donkeys you know
At such a time would do the same?
Track Name: Coventry Carol
Lullay, Thou little tiny Child,
By, by, lully, lullay.
Lullay, Thou little tiny Child.
By, by, lully, lullay.

O sisters, too, how may we do,
For to preserve this day;
This poor Youngling for whom we sing,
By, by, lully, lullay.

Herod the King, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day;
His men of might, in his own sight,
All children young, to slay.

Then woe is me, poor Child, for Thee,
And ever mourn and say;
For Thy parting, nor say nor sing,
By, by, lully, lullay.
Track Name: Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming from tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse's lineage coming, as men of old have sung.
It came, a floweret bright, amid the chill of winter,
When half spent was the night.

Isaiah 'twas foretold it, the Rose I have in mind;
With Mary we behold it, the Virgin Mother kind.
To show God's love aright, she bore to us a Savior,
When half spent was the night.
Track Name: Mary Had a Baby
Mary had a baby, ay Lord
Mary had a baby, ay my Lord
Mary had a baby, ay Lord
The people keep a comin' but the train done gone

What did she name him? ay Lord
What did she name him? ay my Lord
What did she name him? ay Lord
The people keep a comin' but the train done gone

She named him Jesus, ay Lord
She named him Jesus, ay my Lord
She named him Jesus, ay Lord
The people keep a comin' but the train done gone

Where did she lay him? ay Lord
Where did she lay him? ay my Lord
Where did she lay him? ay Lord
The people keep a comin' but the train done gone

She laid him in a manger, ay Lord
She laid him in a manger, ay my Lord
She laid him in a manger, ay Lord
The people keep a comin' but the train done gone

Who kept him warm? ay Lord
Who kept him warm? ay my Lord
Who kept him warm? ay Lord
The people keep a comin' but the train done gone

The ox and the donkey, ay Lord
The ox and the donkey, ay my Lord
The ox and the donkey, ay Lord
The people keep a comin' but the train done gone

Mary had a baby, ay Lord
Mary had a baby, ay my Lord
Mary had a baby, ay Lord
The people keep a comin' but the train done gone
Track Name: O Come Emmanuel
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 ! Emmanuel
Shall come, shall come

O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
And order all things, far and nigh;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And cause us in her ways to go.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come, shall come

O come, Desire of nations, bind
All people in one heart and mind;
Bid envy, strife and quarrels cease;
Fill the whole world with living peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come, shall come