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Monday, November 21, 2005

Now Here's A Holiday Song

Ditch Slade's Merry Christmas Everybody. Dismiss Wham's Last Christmas. Disregard Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmas Time".

And, while you're at it, magic away Wizard's "Wish it Could Be Christmas Everyday"; declare war on Lennon's "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)"; and stop "Stop the Cavalry".

As you may have gathered, I'm not wild about Christmas songs. I may in fact hate them. The only commonly-played ones I can just about tolerate are Chris Rea's Driving Home for Christmas, because I think it's very evocative; The Pogues' (featuring Kirsty MacColl) Fairytale of New York because my brother and I have an ongoing argument about whether the lyric is "Merry Christmas, you arse" (my view) or "Merry Christmas, my arse" (my brother's view) - according to the web site, we're both wrong; it's "Merry Christmas, your arse"; and Cliff Richard's Millennium Prayer, because of its unintentionally hilarious video.

So it's big news that I have found today a holiday song which I... wait for it... like! It's true.

It's by Brett Dennen - one of the male singer songwriters who forms part of the merry collection of Male-Folk-Influenced-Singer-Songwriters-McReadie-Likes - and you can download it here and check out the inspired lyrics here.

The latter page also contains a note from Brett explaining that the "song is not meant to be heard as a social or political critique of our country". Oh, Brett, this liberal hopes that you're just saying that to soothe potential complainants rather than because you really didn't mean any political message to be taken away from your song - much like the way Michael Jackson put a message up at the beginning of the Thriller video saying that it shouldn't be interpreted as supporting the occult, as this went against Jackson's beliefs (sure, Michael, whatever - we "believe" you).

Regardless, any holiday songs which contains lyrics such as these is one I can get behind:

Hurricane waters ravage southern towns
Black and white people left to drown
While the White House and the Emergency Management Agency ignores
Victims take shelter in the Astrodome
The National Guard says “don’t go home”
The holidays are here and we’re still at war

Police officers hassle the homeless
Domestic disputes and alcohol violence
The jail house opens wide its door
A corporation cuts a million employees
The factory moves overseas
The holidays are here and we’re still at war

The song's free to download for the next few weeks, so if - like me - you have liberal political leanings and a defective Likes-Folk-Music gene (and, let's face it, who doesn't?) be sure to check it out.


  • At 4:42 PM, Blogger Fizzwhizz said…

    Top 10 Classic Christmas Songs:

    10 - Dolly Parton - Smoky Mountain Christmas
    9 - The Glenn Miller Orchestra - Jingle Bells
    8 - The Jackson 5 - I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
    7 - Brenda Lee - Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
    6 - Pogues and Kirsty Macoll - Fairtytale in New York
    5 - Back Door Santa - not sure of the artist, but it's on Phil Spector's Christmas
    4- Eartha Kitt - Santa Baby
    3- Dean Martin - Let it Snow
    2 - Ray Charles and Betty Carter - Baby It's Cold Outside
    1 - Me and my mates, drunk and on drugs two years ago, messing about in a friend's studio - Happy Christmas (War is Over)

    Merry Christmas Everybody!!!


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