Amanda Shires will deliver fans an early Christmas present on November 12th with For Christmas. The singer/songwriter/400 Unit fiddle player previewed her first-ever Christmas album with the single, “Gone For Christmas”.

The 11-track offering, out via Silver Knife/Thirty Tigers, will feature nine originals and two covers, one of Frank Loesser‘s “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” and the other of “Silent Night”. While the latter choice may give off the impression of a generic Christmas album sitting next to the register at Starbucks, Shires’ original “Gone For Christmas” quickly dispels that impression.

“‘Gone for Christmas’ is a truth,” Shires said. “You’re going to ask for things for Christmas, so what do you really want? I liked the idea of the outlandish mixed with how you actually feel. We actually feel like, ‘Oh my, I’m so tired of all this sh*t, and I want a different scene.’ But maybe you don’t want really that, but you just want to say extreme things. I was thinking of the ultimate Christmas list, and then at the end, I was thinking about how most of the items on it were impossible.”

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The song is imbued with Shires’ sassy wit, forgoing any of the faux sentimentality and addressing the commercialism head-on with help from The McCrary Sisters on backing vocals. Among the items on Shires’ wishlist is a date with Larry David, though it’s unclear how that would go over with her husband, Jason Isbell.

The personnel on For Christmas includes guitarist Pat Buchanan, her 400 Unit bandmate Jimbo Hart (bass), Isbell/Shires’ Nashville neighbor and live collaborator Peter Levin (piano), drummer Fred Eltringham, and guitarist Lawrence Rothman. The album will mark the fiddle player’s first full-length release since 2018’s To The Sunset.

Watch the music video for “Gone For Christmas” by Amanda Shires below or on your preferred streaming platform. Scroll down to see the full lyrics. For Christmas is available here for pre-order. A full tracklist and album artwork are available below.

Amanda Shires — “Gone For Christmas” (ft. The McCrary Sisters)

[Video: Amanda Shires]

“Gone For Christmas” Lyrics

I want a massage on a beach,
I want a telescope and money,
And I want you gone for Christmas.
I want a boat, I want a pony,
I want someone new to hold me,
And I want you gone for Christmas.
I want a plane with two pilots,
One to hang out with and one to fly it,
And I want you gone for Christmas.
I want a night, and I want a morning
To sleep in peace and not hear snoring,
And I want you gone for Christmas.
I want a porch, I want a swing,
I wanta be taller than five foot three,
And I want you gone for Christmas.
I want a date with Larry David,
I want Costa Rica or the Caymans,
And I want you gone for Christmas.
I want fifty two weeks paid vacation,
I want to own my own radio station,
And I want you gone for Christmas.

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For Christmas Tracklist

Magic Ooooooh (ft. The McCrary Sisters)
A Real Tree This Year
Let’s Get Away (ft. The McCrary Sisters)
Home To Me
Blame It On The Mistletoe (ft. The McCrary Sisters)
Slow Falling Snow
What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
Silent Night
Gone For Christmas (ft. The McCrary Sisters)
Wish For You
Always Christmas Around Here (ft. Lawrence Rothman)

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