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Christmas Countdown: Gabriella Cilmi - Warm This Winter
Posted at 2:06 PM, 22 December 2009 -

"Warm This Winter" is a cover of a Connie Francis single released in December 1962 (originally titled "I'm Gonna Be Warm This Winter"). Gabriella Cilmi's version was produced by Xenomania and was featured in television advertisements for the Co-operative retail chain in the UK over the 2008 Christmas period.

"Warm This Winter" was released as a digital download and peaked at number 22 on the UK Singles Chart, outranking Cilmi's precedent physical singles "Sanctuary" and "Save the Lies". The song was added to the deluxe edition of her debut album Lessons To Be Learned. It has been receiving enough downloads this year to appear at #94 on the UK Singles Chart.

Gabriella Cilmi's version of the song alters the opening line from "We met at a ski lodge" to "We met in the winter", but other than that remains faithful to the original. The arrangements are a bit more lively and the vocals are more dominant and have more depth. Connie Francis' voice is more pure, but Cilmi's soulful delivery is certainly well-suited for a lost '60s Christmas song.


We met in the winter and we fell in love...

Right by a fire place we shared our first embrace
And then inside my heart I felt a fire start
It’s gonna snow outside, the weather will be cold
But I’m gonna be warm this winter

Each time your lips touch mine they taste like sparkling wine
I feel so warm and loved just cause i love you so
It's cosy in your arms if you’re so happy to hold
But I’m gonna be warm this winter

Ice skating on a frozen lake
Sleigh riding down a mountain slide
Roasting popcorn, dancing till the dawn
That was how a new love was born

It’s just like make believe each night is new years eve
Each day is Christmas day, you make me feel this way
It’s gonna snow outside, the weather will be cold
But I’m gonna be warm this winter

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