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"Every song I have translated is well translated, the one who works on the very difficult songs with me is Dee Shipman. I know her telephone number by heart, and her fax. It goes back and forth - 'No! I don't like this word!' And she comes back and says 'Because you don't understand English!' So I have to convince her and she has to convince me, and the rapport is fantastic." 

- Charles Aznavour

Goodbye Christmas Past
(Dee Shipman / Charles Aznavour)

Away from city lights, in Christmases gone by
We children held our blazing torches to the sky
In biting frosty nights we walked the country lanes
Before the time and noise of cars and aeroplanes
Then in a crowded church, with candles all around
We prayed, and every wall was echoing the sound
The midnight holy hymns and carols we would sing
Were better than a show, and never cost a thing!

Goodbye Christmas - Past
Your soul and your meaning
The world turned too fast.....
Goodbye Christmas - Past

At home the Christmas dinner was a feast of joy
When mother was the cook, and I her kitchen boy
A home cured ham and pork were roasting in the dish
While father made the pudding, I stirred in a wish
Then all we little children eagerly would kneel
Upon the wooden benches for the festive meal
A pine tree used to stand, majestic in its height
As silver paper angels danced in candlelight

Goodbye Christmas - Past
Of youth and believing
The world turned too fast.....
Goodbye Christmas - Past

Now plastic trees replace the pines of long ago
Sprayed with some tins of instant artificial snow
Electric lights instead of candles that we knew
The Christmas cake comes straight from factory to you!
No need to go to church, the mass can now be seen
In comfort from your armchair, on the TV screen
The bishop gives his blessing live and nationwide
And when we've had enough, we watch the other side!

Goodbye Christmas - Past
Make way for tomorrow
The world turned too fast........
Goodbye Christmas - Past...........!



  • A PRIVATE CHRISTMAS - Charles Aznavour (1978 MAM) CLICK TO LISTEN»

  • MY CHRISTMAS ALBUM - Charles Aznavour (1981 Pickwick)



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