The Christmas Shoes

Album: The Christmas Shoes (2000)
Charted: 42
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  • It was almost Christmas time, there I stood in another line
    Tryin' to buy that last gift or two, not really in the Christmas mood
    Standing right in front of me was a little boy waiting anxiously
    Pacing 'round like little boys do
    And in his hands he held a pair of shoes

    His clothes were worn and old, he was dirty from head to toe
    And when it came his time to pay
    I couldn't believe what I heard him say

    Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my mama, please
    It's Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
    Could you hurry, sir, daddy says there's not much time
    You see she's been sick for quite a while
    And I know these shoes would make her smile
    And I want her to look beautiful if mama meets Jesus tonight

    He counted pennies for what seemed like years
    Then the cashier said, "son, there's not enough here"
    He searched his pockets frantically
    Then he turned and he looked at me
    He said mama made Christmas good at our house
    Though most years she just did without
    Tell me Sir, what am I going to do,
    Somehow I've got to buy her these Christmas shoes

    So I laid the money down, I just had to help him out
    And I'll never forget the look on his face when he said
    Mama's gonna look so great

    Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my mama, please
    It's Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
    Could you hurry, sir, daddy says there's not much time
    You see she's been sick for quite a while
    And I know these shoes would make her smile
    And I want her to look beautiful if mama meets Jesus tonight

    I knew I'd caught a glimpse of heaven's love
    As he thanked me and ran out
    I knew that God had sent that little boy
    To remind me just what Christmas is all about

    Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my mama, please
    It's Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
    Could you hurry, sir, daddy says there's not much time
    You see she's been sick for quite a while
    And I know these shoes would make her smile
    And I want her to look beautiful if mama meets Jesus tonight

    I want 'er to look beautiful if mama meets Jesus tonightWriter/s: EDDIE CARSWELL, LEONARD AHLSTROM
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc., THE BICYCLE MUSIC COMPANY
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Comments: 18

  • Beverly from OkcThe song came before the story and movie. I have problems with this song myself. I do think it was written to sell, playing on emotions and kindness of most Christians. Why does the boy have to be dirty from head to toe because he is poor? Are all poor people dirty? The writer of the song makes himself out to be the hero. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Why does the woman need shoes on her feet when she dies? Jesus died on the cross with no shoes. If the boy found a way to earn the money and was paying for the shoes on his own, it might make the song a little better, as the boy could truly be the giver of the gift. Would a little kid say "most times she just did without." Sounds like what a middle aged person would say when describing their childhood.
  • K.c. from NhGee, @Erika...I didn't know that there were so many songs about little boys with dying mommies. I must have missed something.
  • Erik from Bloomfield Hills, MiThis song is so silly and full of cliches.
  • Tessa from Washingtonville, PaI love this song, I can see what you mean about scamming Jerry, but this seriously is a story about a boy buying a pair of shoes for his sick mother. This is a great song to listen to when it is winter, it somehow makes you a little warmer.
  • Erika from Fox Valley, WiI personally think the song is in poor taste. Songwriters know what will sell and gut wrenching sob stories about little boys and dying mommies tops the list of stories that will sell. Throw in the concept of Christmas and they just couldn't lose.
    You can't fault these folks for knowing how to get to you people and make some money of this little song...but this, in my opinion is an inappropriate Christmas song. Christmas is supposed to be a celebration of the birth of our savior...we're supposed to be joyous, not bummed out. I say this song is a cheap shot.
  • Mary from Phoenix, AzI can't listen to this song while I'm driving, because the tears make it really difficult to see the road. It's a very touching song, and the movie was well done. Leah, no...God or Jesus would not care if she shows up barefoot. The concept (as seen in the movie) is that she told her child a story of how when she was little, she had this pair of shoes that to her, were magical, because everytime she put them on, they made her dance. The son over-heard her telling her friend that she wishes she could have another pair of "magic shoes" again, and that is when he tried to earn enough money to buy a special pair for her. Thanks.
  • Jennifer Harris from Grand Blanc, MiJesus Christ wouldn't care if his own mother was in heaven barefoot.This song I don't care for.They play it all the time at Christmas.
  • Julie from St Petersburg, FlSee the movie! Anybody who has lost a parent and/or wants a careful portrayal of how deeply moving such a loss can be will find a good story based on this song.
    http://www.watch-movies.net/movies/the_christmas_shoes/
  • Angelika from Bronx, NyLeah,Brooklyn.NY... the child in this song is young and i doubt that he would understand the concept that God doesnt care weather his mother went looking bumy or not... they were trying to show the innocence of the child in this song and youre taking things to literal...
  • Icecreamassassin from Providence, RiOverly sentimental and maudlin - even for a Christmas song. This song really teases my gag reflex.
  • Dylan from Port Orange, FlTake a joke, America.
  • Leah from Brooklyn, NyI've often thought the child's spiritual priorities are messed up in this song. Jesus Christ wouldn't care if his Mom shows up at Heaven's Gate barefoot, or in old shoes. Jesus Christ would be more concerned with the goodness of her spirit than her material clothing or fashion sense. And is the boy's dad going to explain to him why they can't slip the new shoes on his dying Mom's feet at the hospital...or that they'll have to wait until she's in her casket?
  • Bill from Syracuse, NyOk, Joe is a cynic. It's a Christmas song! And besides, if I'm gonna run a scam, it sure won't be for a pair of shoes!
  • Wik from Brooklyn, NyI agree with Jerry, this does sound like a scam. It's the New York in me.
  • Alyssa from Rice Lake, United StatesJerry, Brooklyn, NY

    I don't know how you could think that of this song! This song is about a little boy whos mom is dying not trying to get money from people! It's a religious christmas song and if you can't say something good about it!! ugh
  • Claire from Oak Ridge, TnSweet, but too sweet, as is the flaw with many heartstring-tuggers.
  • Deb from Eagan, MnWe loved this movie on tv. The song always makes us cry... Wish they would show it again.. and play more often.
  • Jerry from Brooklyn, NyCall me a cynic, but the first time I heard this song, I pictured the little kid running out of the store to a parked van around the corner shouting, "Hey Dad! We scammed another sucker!"
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