Merle Haggard “If We Make It Through December” Video & Lyrics

Merle Haggard

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Merle Haggard's "If We Make It Through December" tells the story of economic hardship and a father's desire to provide his daughter with a proper Christmas.

Merle Haggard‘s original tune “If We Make It Through December” was released on his 1973 Christmas album, Merle Haggard’s Christmas Present, and became an instant hit. The song topped the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart for four weeks.

Enjoy this vintage footage of the country icon performing the tune on Donny & Marie in 1977 below!

“If We Make It Through December” Lyrics

If we make it through December
Everything’s gonna be all right I know
It’s the coldest time of winter
And I shiver when I see the falling snow

If we make it through December
Got plans to be in a warmer town come summer time
Maybe even California
If we make it through December we’ll be fine

Got laid off down at the factory
And there time is not the greatest in the world
Heaven knows I been workin’ hard
I wanted Christmas to be right for daddy’s girl

Now I don’t mean to hate December
It’s meant to be the happy time of year
And my little girl don’t understand
Why daddy can’t afford no Christmas gift

If we make it through December
Everything’s gonna be alright I know
It’s the coldest time of winter
And I shiver when I see the falling snow

If we make it through December
Got plans to be in a warmer town come summer time
Maybe even California
If we make it through December we’ll be fine

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