Stan Rogers - First Christmas tab

First Christmas - Stan Rogers - Between the Breaks...Live!
Tabbed by: Dave


Tuning: Drop D (D A D G B e)

INTRO (its not exactly right but it sounds nice)

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D|-0-------0----------0-------0-----------------------------------------------------|

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A|-2--------0----------------------------------------------------------|
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   A                                       Bm
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B|-----------------------------0-h-2--------3---------3----------------3------|
G|-------2----------2-------2------------2-------4---------4------4---------4-|
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A|-0--------0---------0--------0------------2------2---------2------2---------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|

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B|-------------------------------0-------0--------2-3---------3-p-2--------2------3--3-|
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A|------------------------------------------------------------0----------0-------------|
D|-2------2----------2--------2----------5-------------------------------------------0-|


D                          A
This day a year ago he was rolling in the snow 
       Bm      A       G               D
With a younger brother in his father's yard
A                                   Bm
Christmas break a time for touching home 
                      Em            A
The heart of all he'd known and leaving was so hard  
      D                            A
Three thousand miles away now he's working Christmas Day 
       Bm     A            G              D
Making double time for the minding of the store 
          A                               Bm
Well he'd always said he'd make it on his own 
                             Em
He's spending Christmas Eve alone
      G          A        D
First Christmas away from home 

D                                    A
She's standing by the train station, panhandling for change 
          Bm      A      G                 D
Four more dollars buys a decent meal and a room 
A                                    Bm
Looks like the Sally Ann place after all
                      Em           A
In a crowded sleeping hall that echoes like a tomb 
         D                                     A
But it's warm and clean and free and there are worse places to be 
       Bm       A        G                D
And at least it means no beating from her Dad 
A                                       Bm
And if she cries because it's Christmas Day 
                        Em
She hopes that it won't show 
      G          A        D
First Christmas away from home 

A                                                        D
In the apartment stands a tree and it looks so small and bare 
         G               D
Not like it was meant to be 
A                                                  Bm
The Golden Angel on the top it's not that same old silver star 
                    Em
You wanted for your own 
      G          A        D
First Christmas away from home 

D                                         A
In the morning they get prayers then it's Crafts and tea downstairs 
       Bm    A         G             D
Then another meal back in his little room 
       A                                 Bm                      Em
Hoping maybe that the boys will think to phone before the day is gone 
          A
Well it's best they do it soon 
         D                                  A
When the old girl passed away he fell more apart eyery day 
         Bm     A        G            D
Each had always kept the other pretty well 
        A                                  Bm
But the kids all said the nursing home was best 
                        Em
Cause he couldn't live alone
      G          A        D
First Christmas away from home 

A
In the Common Room they've got the biggest tree 
                           D
And it's huge and cold and lifeless 
         G           D
Not like it ought to be 
A
And the lit-up flashing Santa Claus on top 
                       Bm                                 Em
It's not that same old silver star you once made for your own 
      G          A        D
First Christmas away from home
       G          A        D
First Christmas away from home     





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