Childhood Christmas

Drew James
Drew James


A Childhood Christmas

Drew James © 2008


My only church is the universe

That blows my sweet time away

Where an ancient bearded man with a sickle and an hourglass

Pays me a visit each day


He spoke only once that I remember

It came as a total surprise

He tapped me twice on the shoulder

And said, ”Brother, can you spare the time?”


Open the curtains, stoke up the fire

Look out on the chapel dark sea

Wipe the grins from your mud covered rain boots

As the moon conjures up tonight’s dreams


Brush away the cobwebs, turn up the lamp

Splash gaslight into the trees

And I’ll paint you a picture of a childhood Christmas

I can make it any color you please


The silent stars in the heavens

Prepare them selves to be gazed

While the ocean writes a song inside of a seashell

A steam organ waltz gently plays


The evening becomes sentimental

When the whales start telling their tales

The town crier’s tears fall around me

Filling 22 buckets and pails




Love sends out its invitations

They must be opened behind closed doors

Dressed in the language of hope and creation

They always leave you wanting for more


The dream wheel spins for good fortune

Where the carnival kewpie doll smiles

Skeptics and hopers both become gamblers

Glassy eyed, nervous and wild


(Chorus X2)

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