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First Christmas Away From Home

  • Stan Rogers)

    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's known, leaving was so hard
    Now three thousand miles away he's working Christmas Day
    Earning double time for the minding of the store
    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 railway station, panhandling for change
    One more dollar buys a decent room and a meal
    Looks like the Sally Ann place after all
    The vast and dreaming hall that echoes like a tomb
    But it's warm and clean and free, there are worse places to be
    And at least it means no beating from her dad
    And if she cries because it's Christmas Day
    She hopes it doesn't show
    First Christmas away from home

    In the hall they've got the biggest tree but it looks so small and bare
    Not like it was meant to be
    And the angel on the top it's not the same old silver star
    You once made for your own
    First Christmas away from home

    In the morning there are prayers, then there's tea and crafts downstairs
    Then another meal up in his little room
    Hoping that the boys will think to call
    Before the day is done, 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 boys agreed 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, it's huge and lifeless
    Not like it was meant to be
    The Santa Claus on top it's not the same old silver star
    You once made for your own
    First Christmas away from home

    (as sung by The McCalmans)

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