Twas the night before Christy


Twas the night before Christy, and all through the
Everyone was wondering whom Christy will kiss;
Banners had been hung around towns with care,
In hopes that with everyone, Christy we will share;

The fans were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Christy danced in their heads;
Neil in his flannel and David in his suit,
Bird's eye looking for something to shoot,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Out of my front door and into the lawn,
I ran to find out what on earth was so wrong,

The moon casting a glow on the earth below
Gave a spotlight of color on the new-fallen snow,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But the cast of Christy at which I did leer

There were little children and there was a missy,
I knew in a moment she must be Christy.
As she would walk the children they came,
And she whistled, and called them by name:

Come on Burl! And come on Zady! Come Ruby Mae!
Come Creed and Rob who else can I say?
Let's get to the school we have work to do!
Hurrying them along with "come on you!"

And then, in a twinkling came a man on a horse,
After a moment I saw it was Neil of course.
Charlie pranced up to Christy and circled around
Then onto the moonlit ground Neil did bound.

He was dressed all in corduroy from head to toe
Then out of the Mission charged his foe;
David, with arms on his chest fold,
He produced a ring made of pure gold.

Then stepped in Neil with a twinkle in his eye,
He said, "preacher why even try?"
He gave a laugh and patted his foe
Then gave him a light push into the snow

The stump of his pipe Neil held in his teeth,
His smoke encircling his head like a wreath;
He turned to Christy and asked her to choose,
She knew with either guy she couldn't lose.

She turned to the guys, "this you cannot know,
They wont even tell me until the last show."
With that Neil leaned forward to kiss her nose,
Then gave a nod and onto Charlie he rose;

Shifting in my bed aware of my dream,
I closed my eyes to see what this all did mean.
Then I heard Neil exclaim as he road out of sight,
"Have plenty of towels when you watch tomorrow night!"