Christmas as I Knew It Song Lyrics

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash The Christmas Spirit cover art
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One day near Christmas when I was just a child
Mama called us together and mama tried to smile
She said you know the cotton crop hasn't been too good this year
There's just no spending money and well at least we're all here
I hope you won't expect a lot of Christmas presents
Just be thankful that there is plenty to eat
That's quite a blessing that'll make things a little more pleasant
And us kids got to thinking how really blessed we were
At least we were all healthy and best of all we had her
Roy cut down a pigapple tree and we drug it home Jack and me
Daddy killed a squirrel and Louise made the bread
Reba decorated the tree with popcorn strings before we went to bed
Mama and daddy sacrificed cause this Christmas was lean
But after all there was the babies Tom and Joanne babies need a few things
I whittled a whistle for my brother Jack and though we fought now and then

Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 The Christmas Spirit
  • 2 I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
  • 3 Blue Christmas
  • 4 The Gifts They Gave
  • 5 Here Was a Man
  • 6 Christmas as I Knew It
  • 7 Silent Night
  • 8 The Little Drummer Boy
  • 9 Ringing the Bells for Jim
  • 10 We Are the Shepherds
  • 11 Who Kept the Sheep
  • 12 The Ballad of the Harp Weaver


  • credits


    publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
    writers: Jan Howard, June Carter
    album: Track 6 in album The Christmas Spirit
    release date: 1963-11
    popularity : 72 users have visited this page.
    genres: Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Country/Ballad/Easy Listening
    length: 3:41

    Album Information

    label: Columbia
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin