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A John Prine Christmas

by John Prine

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Everything is cool Everything's okay Why just before last Christmas My baby went away Across the sea to an island While the bridges brightly burn So far away from my land The valley of the unconcerned I was walking down the road, man Just looking at my shoes When God sent me an angel Just to chase away my blues I saw a hundred thousand blackbirds Just flying thru the sky And they seemed to form a teardrop From a black haired angel's eye That tear fell all around me And it washed my sins away Now everything is cool Everything's okay Everything is cool Everything's okay Why just before last Christmas My baby went away And I find it real surprising For myself to hear me say That everything is cool Everything's okay Everything is cool Everything's okay Why just before last Christmas My baby went away.
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I wish you love And happiness I guess I wish you All the best I wish you don't Do like I do And ever fall in love with Someone like you Cause if you fell Just like I did You'd probably walk around the block Like a little kid. But kids don't know They can only guess How hard it is To wish you happiness I guess that love Is like a Christmas card You decorate a tree You throw it in the yard It decays and dies And the snowmen melt Well I once knew love I knew how love felt Yeah I knew love Love knew me And when I walked Love walked with me And I got no hate And I got no pride Well I got so much love That I cannot hide Say you drive a Chevy Say you drive a Ford You say you drive around the town Till you just get bored Then you change your mind For something else to do And your heart gets bored with your mind And it changes you Well it's a doggone shame And it's an awful mess I wish you love I wish you happiness I wish you love I wish you happiness I guess I wish you All the best
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There's a pine tree in a window in a house on a hill With a tree top angel sitting perfectly still She's watching the shoppers walk through the snow With their arms full of treasures and hearts all aglow We held hands and stared at the lights on the tree As if Christmas was invented for you and for me When the angel on the treetop requested a song We sang Silent Night All Day Long There's a family that's gathered in some living room Dinner on the table that's been cooking since noon Stockings on the mantle are hanging with care While every body is saying a prayer (Repeat Chorus) There's a room out there somewhere with a woman in a chair With memories of childhood still lingering there. How pretty the paper, the lights and the snow. How precious those memories of long long ago. (Repeat Chorus) When the angel on the treetop requested a song. We sang Silent Night all day long
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If you were the woman and I was the man Would I send you yellow roses? Would I dare to kiss your hand? In the morning would I caress you as the wind caresses the sand, If you were the woman and I was the man? If I was the heart and you were the head Would you think me very foolish if one day I decided to shed these walls that surround me just to see where these feelings led, if I was the heart and you were the head? If I was the woman and you were the man Would I laugh if you came to me with your heart in your hand and said, "I offer you this freely and will give you all that I can because you are the woman and I am the man?"
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City Sidewalks, busy sidewalks Dressed in holiday style In the air there is a feeling of Christmas Children laughing, people passing Greeting smile after smile And on every street corner you'll hear. Silver Bells, Silver Bells It's Christmas time in the city Ring-a-ling hear them ring Soon it will be Christmas Day. Strings of streetlights even Stop Lights Blink a bright red and green As the shoppers rush home with their treasures Here the snow crunch, see the kids bunch It Santa's big day And above all the hustle you'll hear Silver Bells, Silver Bells It's Christmas time in the city Ring-a-ling hear them ring Soon it will be Christmas Day. Silver Bells, Silver Bells It's Christmas time in the city Ring-a-ling hear them ring Soon it will be Christmas Day. Soon it will be Christmas Day. Soon it will be Christmas Day.
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Christmas toys all over the place Little Johnny wears a funny smile on his face Johnny has a secret, and a secret he must share He wants to tell somebody, so he tells his Teddy Bear I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus Underneath the mistletoe last night Well, she didn't see me creep Down the stairs to have a peek She though that I was tucked up in my bedroom fast asleep T hen I saw Mommy tickle Santa Claus Underneath his beard so snowy white What a laugh it would have been If Daddy had walked in And saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus last night I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus Underneath the mistletoe last night Well, she didn't see me creep Down the stairs to have a peek She though that I was tucked up in my bedroom fast asleep But I know I saw Mommy tickle Santa Claus Underneath his beard so snowy white What a laugh it would have been If Daddy had walked in And saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus last night And saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus last night (One more time!) And saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus last night On the Lips!
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It was Christmas in prison and the food was real good we had turkey and pistols carved out of wood and I dream of her always even when I don't dream her name's on my tongue and her blood's in my stream. Wait awhile eternity old mother nature's got nothing on me come to me run to me come to me, now we're rolling my sweetheart we're flowing by God! She reminds me of a chess game with someone I admire or a picnic in the rain after a prairie fire her heart is as big as this whole goddamn jail and she's sweeter than saccharine at a drug store sale. (Repeat Chorus) The search light in the big yard swings round with the gun and spotlights the snowflakes like the dust in the sun it's Christmas in prison there'll be music tonight I'll probably get homesick I love you. Goodnight. (Repeat Chorus)
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Pretty paper Pretty ribbons of blue. (Spoken) Man oh man, I just love Christmas it's just so darn neat. I kinda wish every day was Christmas, except Christmas eve and the Fourth of July. We wouldn't want to miss out on the fireworks, would we? When I was a kid, we used to get the Christmas catalog from Montgomery Wards in Chicago. Sometimes we'd get it as early as late August. It was the big book of wishes, hopes and desires. My three brothers and I were allotted twenty-five bucks a piece, including tax. So I'd make up a different Christmas list every night from the first of September 'til the twenty-forth of December. Matter of fact, let me present you with my Christmas credentials. When I was three years old, at least that's what my mother told me, I ate an entire ornament. I ate a big red one, I thought it was an apple. They kinda freaked out and was gonna take me to the hospital but they couldn't stop me from laughing so they just left me alone. So I guess I still got that Christmas in me all the time, you know? One year, I got a wooden Roly-Poly for Christmas, you know the things you knock down and they bounce right back up. They made 'em out of wood back then, that's how old I am. Nowadays, they make 'em out of plastic. My mom says, "They just don't make 'em like that anymore." And I says, "No ma, they don't". Then there was the year I came home on leave from the army, from Germany to marry my high school sweetheart on the day after Christmas. My little brother Billy, who was twelve at the time, had just gotten his first job so he was able to afford to buy some Christmas presents for his brothers and his mom and dad out of his own pocket. Billy had a job selling subscriptions for the Chicago Tribune. He told me this guy named Rocky would pick him up in a station wagon, him and some other boys, and he'd take 'em out to some strange neighborhood and drop 'em off and he gave them this whole spiel to give their potential customers. Supposedly their little brother had won a free trip to our nation's capital Washington, D.C., but he couldn't go on the trip if his older brother wouldn't accompany him so if you would please buy a subscription to the Chicago Tribune then my little brother will be happy. Wow, what a shyster! Some people'll do anything to get to the Whitehouse. Then there was the year that my mom and dad gave me my first guitar. Ah man it was gorgeous, I still got the thing. It was a like aqua blue. Kinda dark aqua blue with a cream colored heart. Was a Silvertone from Montgomery Wards. The model was called Kentucky Blue and man when I saw that sitting under the tree I just couldn't wait. First year so I didn't know how to play it, I'd just stand in front of the mirror with a string around my neck with that guitar and I'd try to look like Elvis. Then my brother Dave taught me a couple of chords, now I'm here in your living room singing and talking to you. It's funny how things work out. So-a whyn't you go find a stranger and extend your hand to 'em. If you see somebody looks like they ain't doin' quite as well as you, slip 'em a buck, 'specially if they don't ask for spare change. Go buy your honey a cuckoo clock or a musical snow shaking water ball, that when you wind it up it plays, "I want you, I need you, I love ya with all my heart." 'cause after all, hell man, it's Christmas. Away in a manger no crib for a bed. The little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head. The stars in the sky look down where he lay. The little Lord Jesus asleep on the (1-2) hay. (Spoken) Merry Christmas Everybody.

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released September 8, 1993

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A two-time Grammy-winner, John Prine is among the English language’s premier phrase-turners. Almost 50 years into a remarkable career that has drawn praise from Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Roger Waters, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen & others. He is a 2019 Rock & Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee, a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member and a PEN New England Lyrics Award. ... more

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