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Home in Time

by Laura Newman

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I wrote a little holiday tune last year about nostalgia and patience - the bittersweet and mundane joy of knowing that somewhere in the world people who love you deeply are waiting for your return.

One year later, these themes are little more relevant than I would have hoped.

Wherever you are, whatever you celebrate, I wish you love & patience.

Be safe & happy holidays!


Ps. Big thanks to the amazing musicians who turned this song into something beautiful!


The snow came early on Christmas eve,
There was ice on the tarmac,
the planes couldn't leave.
So I settled in for a long drive
counting telephone poles in the headlights,
It's the happiest time of the year.

The snow kept falling on Christmas day
there were cars in the ditch by the highway
did your brother-in-law make it in ok?
I'm fine.

But I won't be home in time,
I had you on my mind,
it's the happiest time of the year

By now you've opened all the presents
that were underneath the tree
your nephew broke that little ornament
your mother gave to me last year
the gravy turned out perfectly -
the bird, a little dry,
Your favourite tablecloth is ruined, but
you said you didn't mind.

But I won't be home in time,
I had you on my mind,
it's the happiest time of the year

I got in late on the 26th.
Not a creature was stirring,
not a window was lit.
So I felt my way inside,
Put my bags down quietly.
It's the happiest time of the year.

A little noise came from down the hall
just a creak in the floorboards, footfall
when what to my wondering eyes,
in pyjamas about your size, should appear...

I won't be home in time,
I had you on my mind,
it's the happiest time of the year.


released November 28, 2020
Piano - Emily Rockarts
Electric guitar - Mike O'Brien
Violin - Fats Kaplin

Mixed + Mastered by JoJo Worthington


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Laura Newman Montreal, Québec

Montreal singer-songwriter, just finding her voice.

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