My French hairdresser tells me that back in the olden days when he was growing up in Marseilles, they always placed an extra chair at the Christmas table for a stranger, or someone who had no one to celebrate Christmas with. And the chair was never empty.
One of my American Support colleagues once told me how at Christmas time Tech Support gets a lot of calls from lonely people who don't really have any technical issues, but just want to have someone to talk to. Because it's Christmas, everyone's spending time with their families, and they have nobody.
An extra chair at the table. What a difference that would make to the world now.
These streets remind me of quicksand
When you're on it you'll keep goin' down
And there's no one to hold on too
And there's no one to pull you out...