December come to me
I hope I can see
You not just in dreams

I will let you be
Why can't you believe
How much you really mean

December won't you come
Back with snow even sun
Don't say that it's done

I will carry you home
Take you from the loneliest
Place you have known

I will carry you home
Take me from the loneliest
Place I have known

Lyrics submitted by leddy

"December" as written by Ben Allen Elijah Abbott Jones

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Songtrust Ave

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    General CommentI have to disagree with fluffmeister (unless this person knows for sure), but I take the song quite literally.

    Maybe it's because I had a similar experience, but I feel like the song is yearning for a time (December) more than a person. It's like when you have an amazing month and want it back.

    This works for December because it is a cold winter month, but winter is still magical and warm (warm as in emotional warmth from holidays and happiness) at this point.

    Meanwhile, January rolls around and all of a sudden you find yourself amidst a dark, cold winter without any lights or joy or holidays or family.

    Also, December in a way is still looked at as a cold, dark month despite the "holiday cheer" and so when she says "I will carry you home, back from the loneliest place you have known" it feels like, in a way, she is sort of saying she will enjoy its beauty and luster as opposed to seeing it as a dread (like many people do).

    The most pertinent think about this song to me is that most songs that honor certain months or times of the year (aside from Xmas music) rave about summer or spring. Even autumn.
    Songs that talk about February or December or January are usually about being cold and lonely and depressed.

    This is not a Xmas song, and so it is unique, and when I listen to this song I almost feel like she is singing to the month of December-- not only telling it she thinks it is wonderful, but that she wants it back.

    Another thing to keep in mind is that the album is called "The Fall," and in many ways has an autumny feel to it. Actually, I've always found Norah Jones to be my "autumn" soundtrack.
    In that case, December is the end of fall. It sort of seems like this song puts her on the other side of autumn (aka the dead of winter) and she's begging for it back, offering up her company to it.

    When I write it out it sort of sounds trite and dumb, but this meaning of the song holds a lot of significance to me because I felt the same way this year.
    ileavubrethleson February 16, 2010   Link

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