"Christmas Day" as written by and Dido/armstrong Armstrong....
A young gentleman came riding past,
On a snow blue winters day,
He asked to drink by our fire
And I was pleased to let him stay,

He drank there quietly for a while,
And then he turned and said to me,

Your eyes are green,
Like summer grass,
Your lips are red,
Like a fresh cut rose,
Your hair is soft,
Like an Irish stream,
And your voice,
Is filled with sweet beauty

And the last words I heard him say

Were I shall return,
For you,
My love,
On Christmas Day

And the night will come,
But I won't sleep,
As I watch the stars that lead him,
I cannot place where he is,
But still my heart goes with him,
I'm saving all my Sunday clothes
For the day that I'll be leaving,
Father knows,
My sister knows,
And my friends,
They're happy for me,
And the priest he says,
You should thank God,
For the blessing,
Of such beauty

And the last words
I heard him say,

Were I shall return,
For you,
My love,
On Christmas Day
I shall return,
For you,
My love,
On Christmas Day

(On Christmas Day)

(I shall return for you my love)

And the last words
I heard him say
Were the last words
I ever
Heard him say

I shall return,
For you,
My love
On Christmas Day
I swear,
I will return,
On Christmas Day,
And yes,
I shall return,
On Christmas Day,
I shall return,
For you,
On Christmas Day
My love,
I will return,
On Christmas Day
I shall return,
My love
On Christmas Day

On Christmas Day


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"Christmas Day [*]" as written by Dido Armstrong Rollo Armstrong

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    General CommentMy favorite answer, and the one I actually agree with:
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    dannylightbulbon December 03, 2015   Link
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    General Commenti love this song cos when u lsten to it it is quite christmassy and i just love the way she sings it.
    its really beuatiful and soft.
    lunagurlon July 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentCHRISTMAS!!! I MISS IT!! this was totally christmas 2001 for me....miss it...man if only a guy would ride up to my house and tell me this stuff. it fits too, my eyes are green and lips red as rubies!! haha jokes, love this song. God bless u all forever
    jesusmyheartadoresuon August 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI've never heard this song before, but it seems very sad. This man came and filled her head with dreams and he told her he would come back for her and he never did. The whole town was excited about his return for her and he just never came back. This reminds me of a short story I read once, but I don't remember what it was called.
    sfgirl82on November 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI have a soft spot for this song - such a great Christmas song and she has a beautiful voice.
    godsmack369on December 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI absolutely love this song at Christmas time. It is quite sad though. Did the guy die or just never return?
    meaweirdoon December 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't think the Christmas has happend yet in this song. The verse

    "Father knows,
    My sister knows,
    And my friends,
    They're happy for me"

    is in present tense, I think she's still expecting him to come back at Christmas. The line "last words I ever heard him say" still makes sence from this perspective; they were she last words she ever heard from him... so far.
    Scabaduson September 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentDid no one else wonder if this was a reference to Jesus?
    FlorenceNightingaleon December 05, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationWhile I am not a christian personally, I believe that this song is meant to be about peoples acceptance and of Jesus, and they are waiting for the rapture to be taken back. That or I'm thinking too much about the lyrics and it's just a beautifully sad song about love. Got to love being a philosophy major!!!
    HarryPotter734on July 20, 2013   Link

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