Longest Night of the Year

 

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December’s upon us another winter sets in-
I’m here in this work camp paying for my sin

Old McMurray’s a hard man but his money’s damn good-
and with four children growing, I do what I should

So I’ll send home my blessings with love and regret-
I might be far from my family but I will not forget

A cold wind is blowing across this clear prairie sky-
the north star is calling me home
Will you light us a candle and pray for me dear-
on the longest night of the year
the longest night of the year
I’m fighting back Christmas tears

I take my truck to the river and watch the lights in the sky-
across a crimson horizon is where my sweet bonny lie

The dashboard’s me altar and this seat is my pew-
I send a prayer to the heavens to bring me to you

A cold wind is blowing across this clear prairie sky-
the north star is calling me home
Will you light us a candle and pray for me dear-
on the longest night of the year
the longest night of the year
the longest night of the year
I’m fighting back Christmas tears

Next year’s gonna be different-
I’ll be back home with you
We’ll gather round with the children and sing-
hallelujah, hallelujah
hallelujah, hallelujah

December’s upon us another winter sets in-
I’m here in this work camp ’till the long thaw of spring

Words and music by Gordon Gow, Copyright 2015
Image: Lippukari, Nasjijarvi by Juho Holmi