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Thread #2278   Message #8985
Posted By: Tim Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca
18-Jul-97 - 11:43 AM
Thread Name: Depressing Christmas Songs
Subject: Lyr Add: FIRST CHRISTMAS (Stan Rogers)
Thanks for all the suggestions. I know perfectly well some people will be offended and not buy it, but it's a free country. I've never been noted to be particularly mentally stable myself, and I don't joke in saying that. I have always had a great liking for melancholy songs.

Anyway, controversy sells copy.

For the person who asked, I don't have the lyrics to "The Little Boy Who Santa Claus Forgot" handy, but it was a hit back in the late 40's or early 50's I believe.

Here are the lyrics to "FIRST CHRISTMAS," by Stan Rogers, from "Between The Breaks Live. He apparently first did it on a live CBC Christmas broadcast of Canadian folk singers and appalled them all. He said his justification was to point out the plight of the lonely at Christmas.

This day, a year ago, he was rolling in the snow
With a younger brother in his father's yard
Christmas break -- a time for touching home
The heart of all he'd known, and leaving was so hard --
Three thousand miles away, now he's working Christmas Day
Making double time for the minding of the store
Well, he always said he'd make it on his own
He's spending Christmas Eve alone
First Christmas away from home.

She's standing by the train station, panhandling for change
Four more dollars buys a decent meal and a room
Looks like the Sally Ann place after all
In a crowded sleeping hall that echoes like a tomb
But it's warm and clean and free and there are worse places to be
And it least it means no beatings from her Dad . . .
And if she cries because its Christmas Day
She hopes that it won't show
First Christmas away from home.

In the apartment there stands a tree, and it looks so small and bare,
Not like it was meant to be
The golden angel on the top, it's not that same old star
You wanted for your own
First Christmas away from home.

In the morning, they get prayers, and then it's crafts and tea downstairs
Then another meal back in his little room
Hoping maybe that the boys will think to phone before the day is gone
Well, it's best they do it soon.
When the old girl passed away, he fell apart more every day
Each had always kept the other pretty well
But the kids all said the nursing home was best,
'Cause he couldn't live alone. . .
First Christmas away from home.

In the common room they've got the biggest tree
And it's huge and cold and lifeless
Not like it ought to be
And the lit-up flashing Santa Claus on top
It's not that same old silver star you once made for your own
First Christmas away from home.

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