A young gentleman
Came riding past on a snow blue winter's 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"

(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


Lyrics submitted by Concertina

Christmas Day Lyrics as written by Rollo Armstrong Dido 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
  • 0
    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
  • 0
    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
  • 0
    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
  • 0
    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
  • 0
    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
  • 0
    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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    General CommentThe words could stand on their own as a fine Christmas poem.

    Dido's voice, in its pauses,inflections, innocence, naivte, in it's winning charm-- shows how much song imparts to verse.

    The lyric be taken several ways, each as wonderful as the other. Then, if the lyric tells a Christmas story in metaphor of Christianity itself, the song speaks volumes.
    Rootiekazootieon January 05, 2020   Link

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