Dec 13 2007

Christmas memories

(of grandfather/longcase/tallcase clocks)

I have been friends with three brothers since we were children.Just before christmas one year, when they were still very young,their father left home and christmas for them that year was abysmal. I was talking about this with the youngest brother a few weeks ago and he asked me to write a song for him to remind him of the grim old days. With his kind permission, here are the words to that song.

“Christmas time brings memories of my life,
the cards, the colours, the heartache and the strife.
When I asked my mother what Santa might bring, her heart it must have sank,
for though I know she loved me so,
she had no money in the bank,
And
Christmas time brings memories of my life, the cards, the colours, the heartache and the strife.
When I went to kids’ homes on christmas day there were presents under the tree.
but when I got back it was,
bananas and peanuts for me,
And
Chistmas time brings memories of my life, the cards the colours, the heartache and the strife.
Though friends would sometimes call around,
and do their best to please us.
The only gifts that we received were,
Mary, Joseph and Jesus.
And
Christmas time brings memories of my life,
the cards, the colours, the heartache and the strife.
I’m older now and my life has changed,
and christmas is a ball,
but though the pain has gone away,
I can still recall,
the memories chistmas brings back of my life.”

Now he has some money, he may buy a Grandfather/longcase/tallcase clock!

Grandfather clocks am I

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