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Johnny Cash
Album: The Johnny Cash Family Christmas
Track: Christmas As I Knew It

Christmas As I Knew It Lyrics

(June Carter - Jan Howard)
© '63 Unichappell Music, BMI

One day near Christmas when I was just a child
Mama called us all together and mama tried to smile
She said you know the cottoncrop hadn't been too good this year
There's just no spending money and well at least we're all here
I hope you won't expect a lot of Christmas presents
Just be thankful that there is plenty to eat we're all healthy
That'll make things a little more pleasant
And us kids got to thinking how really blessed we were
At least we were all healthy and best of all we had her
My brother Roy cut down a pigapple tree and we drug it home Jack and me
Daddy brought home some hickernuts and Louise made the bread
Reba decorated the tree with popcorn strings before we went to bed
Mama and daddy sacrificed cause this Christmas was lean
But after all there was the babies Joanne and Tommy and babies need a few things
I whittled a whistle for my brother Jack and though we fought now and then
When I gave Jack that whistle he knew I thought the world of him
Mama made the girl's dresses out of flower sacks and when she ironed them down
You couldn't tell that they hadn't come from town
A sharecropped family across the road didn't have it good as us
They didn't even have a light that Christmas night and it was way past dusk
Me and Jack took a jar of coaloil and some hickernuts we'd found
And walked over to the sharecropper's porch and set it all down
A poor old ragged lady eased open the door
She picked up the coaloil and hickernuts and said
I sure do thank ye and quickly closed the door
We started back home me and Jack
And about halfway we stopped and looked back
And in the sharecropper's window at last there burned a light
So for one of the neighbors and for us it was a good Christmas night
Christmas came and Christmas went Christmas that year was heaven sent
Then daddy put on his gumboots and we waited for the thaw
Back home that year in Dyess Arkansas merry Christmas mama

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