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You Must Go Home For Christmas

from Same River Twice (1997) by Darryl Purpose

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written by Darryl Purpose and Robert Morgan Fisher

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You Must Go Home For Christmas

(E) By the (C)time that I hit Barstow, I'd quit (E)drinking
(C)The silent night was cold, the lights were (E)blinking
I (C#m)slept under a (A)public Christmas (E)tree
(A)Woke up feeling stiff, saw (B)my life was a gift
(A)Given ex(B)clusively to (E)me

I'm (A)going home for (E)Christmas, (A)thinking that I (E)should
(A)Go and see the (C#m)family, and (F#7)hope it's under(B)stood
That (A)when you travel (E)far away, from (A)your old neighbor(C#m)hood
You (A)must go home for (E)Christmas, You (A) must go home for (E)Christmas
(A)You must go (B)home, for (E)good

I saw three men about half a mile from Vegas
Said this town was no place to spend Christmas
They offered me a ride in their old car
Said the answer that you seek, lies somewhere in the east
So I followed that rising morning star

I'm going home for Christmas, thinking that I should
Go and see the family, and hope it's understood
That when you travel far away, from your old neighborhood
You must go home for Christmas, You must go home for Christmas
You must go home, for good

By the time I made Missouri I'd decided
To reunite the family I'd divided
Return to the city, of my nativity
Foster some good will for what it's worth

INSTRUMENTAL CHORUS

In Bethlehem P.A. I shaved and showered
Called to say I'd be home in three hours
It sounded like the phone line had gone dead
But before I hung up, the other end spoke up
And tearfully I listened as she said

Please come home for Christmas, please come home for good
Come and see the family, cause now it's understood
That when you travel far away, from your old neighborhood
You must go home for Christmas, You must go home for Christmas
You must go home, for good

when you travel far away, from your own neighborhood
You must go home fro Christmas, You must go home for Christmas
You must go home, for good

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from Same River Twice (1997), released January 1, 1997

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Darryl Purpose Portland, Oregon

Darryl went to Las Vegas at 19 and became a professional blackjack player, which he still calls the 'only real job I've ever had'. He is a member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame.
Since 1996, he has toured extensively and released 8 albums of original music.
Darryl's last two albums spent weeks at #1 on the RMR radio charts. Next Time Around and Still The Birds
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