It was Christmas in prison
And the food was real good
We had turkey and pistols
Carved out of wood
And I dream of her always
Even when I don't dream
Her name's on my tongue
And her blood's in my stream

Wait awhile eternity
Old mother nature's got nothing on me
Come to me
Run to me
Come to me, now
We're rolling
My sweetheart
We're flowing
By God

She reminds me of a chess game
With someone I admire
Or a picnic in the rain
After a prairie fire
Her heart is as big
As this whole goddamn jail
And she's sweeter than saccharine
At a drug store sale

Wait awhile eternity
Old mother nature's got nothing on me
Come to me
Run to me
Come to me, now
We're rolling
My sweetheart
We're flowing
By God

The search light in the big yard
Swings round with the gun
And spotlights the snowflakes
Like the dust in the sun
It's Christmas in prison
There'll be music tonight
I'll probably get homesick
I love you
Goodnight

Wait awhile eternity
Old mother nature's got nothing on me
Come to me
Run to me
Come to me, now
We're rolling
My sweetheart
We're flowing
By God


Lyrics submitted by Bobo192, edited by odintooth

"Christmas in Prison" as written by John Prine

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    General Commentthis song is always going to make me think of my mom. every christmas she would opt to play the whole souvenirs album instead of "christmas" music.
    it's a gem of a song.
    lindseylavishon September 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI have been to prison, in fact years ago I spent a long time there. Wherever this idea came from, it had to have come from the mind of an ex-convict. It is exactly how the holidays are in prison, the big light does go round with the gun, so many little ideas in here that can only come from experience, thats all, gem indeed, great artist great stuff.
    Brachson July 14, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"Old mother nature's got nothin' on me..." John Prine, breaking your heart once more....god this is a sad song.
    StickityWicketon April 23, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationHeroin.
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