Silent Night (what I wouldn't give for a​.​.​.​)

by Ashley Daneman

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Public Domain. Arr. Ashley Daneman ©2012. Inspired by a friend who lost his young son in a car accident in December.


What I wouldn’t give for a silent night, a holy night, when all is calm, and all is bright.
‘Round the virgin, mother and child, a holy infant so tender and mild. But what’s it got to do with me?
All I wanna do is sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night. Son of God, love’s pure light.
Radiant beams from his holy face bring the dawn of redeeming grace.
But what’s it got to do with me, that they’re sayin’ Jesus was Lord at his birth? Jesus was Lord at his birth?

What’s it got to do with me, ‘cause I lost all my family.
In this world of beauty, there’s so much pain.
I don’t even know if God knows my name.

I’ve got sickness in my body, I’ve got sickness in my soul.
And I even have the problem that I can’t give up control. Oh, oh, oh.

If you’re the son of God, if you’re love’s pure light...
Come on down here and show us the love tonight.
‘Cause I need some answers to my questions in this Silent Night.


released August 7, 2013
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Gordon van Gent of GVG Productions, Dalton Center Recital Hall, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. April 2012. Cover photography by Bette Lynn Dickinson Photography.


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Ashley Daneman Kalamazoo, Michigan

Ashley Daneman is a singer who a combines “a literary sensibility with a driving experimental jazz style where the heart of the song can find itself anywhere and always in a personal intimate space” (Marlbank). Her new release, People Are Fragile (Flood Music), traverses the emotional waters of pain, recovery, and rebirth following a series of losses. ... more

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