"Wintersong" as written by Sarah Mclachlan and Pierre Marchand....
The lake is frozen over
The trees are white with snow
And all around reminders of you
Are everywhere I go

It's late and morning's in no hurry
But sleep won't set me free
I lie awake and try to recall
How your body felt beside me
When silence gets too hard to handle
And the night too long

This is how I see you
In the snow on Christmas morning
Love and happiness surround you
As you throw your arms up to the sky
I keep this moment by and by
Oh I miss you now, my love
Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas, my love

Sense the joy fills the air
And I daydream and I stare
Up at the tree and I see
Your star up there

This is how I see you
In the snow on Christmas morning
Love and happiness surround you
As you throw your arms up to the sky
I keep this moment by and by


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"Wintersong" as written by John Davies Cale

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    General CommentI think it is about someone who has passed away, and it is a Christmas without them. Probably Sarah's mother.
    "And I daydream and I stare,
    Up at the tree and I see
    Your star up there."
    cracka_smileon November 05, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think the narrator is thinking of a lover because of the line:
    I lie awake and try to recall
    How your body felt beside me
    although I guess you could make an argument for it being a parent.
    It's easy to relate to for somebody in a long-distance relationship as well.
    wideawakeon December 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwow amazing song, Sarah describes the feeling so well, when it's christmas and people are all cheery, and it;s these times that you miss someone who passes away or who you broke up with the most. This song really gives me shivers
    soozon December 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've heard several times that Sarah wrote this for her mother, that had recently passed away, but here's what this song means to me:

    When I was 11 and my younger brother was 7, one Christmas morning, just before the sun came up, we snuck out, before anybody else was awake. It'd snowed the night before, and we wanted to go to the big hill out behind our house and get first crack at the newly fallen snow with our sleds. We climbed to the top of the hill and me, being the big sister, said that I would go first, as he looked to me to be the brave one. I made my way down the big hill, and at the bottom I looked up, expecting him to still be hesitatingly deciding to come down or not. Instead, I saw him already halfway down the hill on his sled, his hands thrown in the air, and a smile and look of sheer joy on his face, laughing all the way down. I will never forget the way his face looked at that moment. It's a feeling I've spent my entire life trying to capture.

    My brother died earlier this year from a car accident. I've always loved this song by Sarah, but this year it's particularly meaningful to me. Out all of our adventures together in the last 22 years, that one moment of watching him soar down the hill like nothing could ever hurt him remains the one that sticks out in my mind. You were always the brave one...you were always the brave one. I miss him so much that sometimes I think I'm dying inside. He was my baby brother and my best friend. I would give up anything to have just one more moment like that with him. I miss you more than words could say, A. I hope someday I will see you again, soaring down the hill with that look on your face, racing me to meet me at the bottom. Until then, I keep this moment by and by. Love you, always and forever. -Your Loving Sister, M.
    maebelle11on November 27, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThat is beautiful. :) And it fits the season quite well.
    redshiftdazzleron December 17, 2011   Link

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