#02629
Christmas Eve in St John's (D'Arcy Broderick)
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#1027: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
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It's the night before Christmas, seven o'clock,
A rusty old dragger ties up at the dock;
She's rigged out in lights
from her stem to her stern,
To spend Christmas Eve in St John's.

All the sailors are tired, lonely and bored,
A piece of dry land is what they're longing for;
But their hearts are away on some foreign shore,
This Christmas Eve in St John's.

Boas Festas, Feliz Navidad,
In a faraway country a young girl is sad;
It's the night before Christmas,
she misses her dad,
Spending Christmas Eve in St John's.

Like the Maji that travelled from the East long ago,
Up to the hilltop to Mass they'd all go;
Their Lady of Fatima waits for them there,
This Christmas Eve in St John's.

They hear the old carols
sung when they were young,
They don't sound the same
sung in this foreign tongue;
Their hearts are warmed
but their eyes tell the tale,
This Christmas Eve in St John's.

Boas Festas, Feliz Navidad,
In a faraway country a young girl is sad;
It's the night before Christmas,
she misses her dad,
Spending Christmas Eve in St John's.

Back to their ships the sailors all go,
To a crèche by a porthole and new fallen snow;
And soon it's back to the fish they must go,
This Christmas Eve in St John's.

Boas Festas, Feliz Navidad,
In a faraway country a young girl is sad;
It's the night before Christmas,
she misses her dad,
Spending Christmas Eve in St John's.

This Christmas Eve in St John's,
(SPOKEN) It's Christmas....
(SUNG) in St John's.

####.... Gary O'Driscoll, 1993 Gabriel Award winning producer, folksinger, songwriter, and musician of Bay Bull's and St John's, NL and Peterborough, Ontario ....####
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This variant was recorded by D'Arcy Broderick of Bay de Verde, NL, on a compilation album by various artists (Christmas In The Harbour, trk#7, 1998, First City Productions Inc, St John's, NL).

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