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    It is eastern North Carolina Autumn, alternating warm days and cold days with not so much in between, and with Christmas only weeks away, so I thought: Why not reprise Robert Earl Keen's Christmas classic?

    Here below is Country Crooner Keen's profound message of family and seasonal frivolity ... with an emphasis, of course, on frivolity. Below Mr. Keen's Christmas Carol is the lyrics of his simple melody and earthy, even to the point of "deplorable" verse. Please enjoy; these are my kind of folks, even at Christmas time.

Merry Christmas From The Family

by Robert Earl Keen

   Mom got drunk and Dad got drunk at our Christmas party
    We were drinking champagne punch and homemade eggnog
    Little sister brought her new boyfriend
    He was a Mexican
    We didn't know what to think of him until he sang
    Feliz Navidad, Feliz Navidad

    Brother Ken brought his kids with him
   The three from his first wife Lynn
   And the two identical twins from his second wife Mary Nell
   Of course he brought his new wife Kay
   Who talks all about A .. A
   Chain smoking while the stereo plays Noel, Noel
   The First Noel

   Carve the Turkey
   Turn the ball game on
   It's margaritas when the eggnog's gone
   Send somebody to the Quickpak Store
   We need some ice and an extension chord
   A can of bean dip and some Diet Rites
   A box of Pampers, Marlboro Lights
   Halelluja everybody say cheese
   Merry Christmas from the family

   Fred and Rita drove from Harlingen
   I can't remember how I'm kin to them
   But when they tried to plug their motor home in
   They blew our Christmas lights
   Cousin David knew just what went wrong
   So we all waited out on our front lawn
   He threw the breaker and the lights came on
   And we sang Silent Night, Silent Night, Oh Holy Night

   Carve the turkey turn the ball game on
   It's Bloody Marys
   Cause We All Want One!
   Send somebody to the Stop 'N Go
   We need some celery and a can of fake snow
   A bag of lemons and some Diet Sprites
   A box of Tampons, some Salem Lights
   Halelluja, everybody say cheese
   Merry Christmas from the Family

   Feliz Navidad!

    Publisher's note: If you are really in the Christmas spirit, or just in the need for more, please click here to access all of the holiday spirit in melody and narrative that BCN can harness and offer for this Yuletide Season.
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( December 3rd, 2017 @ 1:57 pm )
I really love this song, so much, I have learned it on the guitar.

Now if I can only remember all the words.

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