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Depressing Christmas Songs

Tim Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca 16 Jul 97 - 02:24 AM
Bob Landry 16 Jul 97 - 12:28 PM
CWF 16 Jul 97 - 03:05 PM
PattyG 16 Jul 97 - 03:32 PM
Kiwi 16 Jul 97 - 06:58 PM
Moira Cameron, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories 16 Jul 97 - 08:38 PM
RS 16 Jul 97 - 09:06 PM
Rick 18 Jul 97 - 07:40 AM
Tim Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca 18 Jul 97 - 11:43 AM
PattyG 18 Jul 97 - 12:25 PM
Bert Hansell 18 Jul 97 - 12:57 PM
rich r 18 Jul 97 - 05:57 PM
Tim Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca 18 Jul 97 - 06:07 PM
PattyG 18 Jul 97 - 10:03 PM
Bob Landry 19 Jul 97 - 12:01 AM
PattyG 19 Jul 97 - 12:47 AM
Kiwi 19 Jul 97 - 08:05 PM
Barry Finn 19 Jul 97 - 08:20 PM
rich r 20 Jul 97 - 08:28 PM
Joe Offer 21 Jul 97 - 02:59 AM
LaMarca 21 Jul 97 - 02:07 PM
GUEST,Maggster 27 Jan 07 - 04:04 PM
SINSULL 27 Jan 07 - 04:19 PM
Waddon Pete 27 Jan 07 - 04:33 PM
Beer 27 Jan 07 - 05:07 PM
Bonnie Shaljean 27 Jan 07 - 06:11 PM
Ruth Archer 27 Jan 07 - 06:27 PM
Beer 27 Jan 07 - 06:42 PM
mack/misophist 27 Jan 07 - 09:56 PM
GUEST,van lingle 28 Jan 07 - 06:58 AM
Beer 28 Jan 07 - 08:10 PM
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Subject: Depressing Christmas
From: Tim Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca
Date: 16 Jul 97 - 02:24 AM

No joke. A friend of mine and I are thinking of getting together a Christmas CD of depressing Christmas songs, and calling it "A Suicide's Christmas". Yeah, yeah, but this is a business venture, and besides, I am a naturally melancholy man who grew up on songs of misery.

Stan Roger's "First Christmas Away From Home" comes first to mind as an extremely depressing Christmas song, and indeed his own brother refuses to sing it. Although we would want to stay mostly folk or folkish I have a thought that "The Little Boy Who Santa Claus Forgot" should be done.

Any suggestions? I am sure that there are any number of Christmas weepers out there of which I have never heard.


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
From: Bob Landry
Date: 16 Jul 97 - 12:28 PM

Tim - I appreciate the enthusiasm for Cape Breton and Newfoundland music you've shown in other threads and I get the idea that we share a lot of common interests in those areas. But I cannot stomach your idea for a Suicidal Christmas CD. It hits too close to home. I am living with a suicidal wife for who has had a tough time with the last 20 Christmases due to her inability to deal with society's and business' expectations for a big show at Christmas. It's taken a long time and a lot of effort to get her to relax, cut down the amount of work and expense and return Christmas to our home and family where it belongs. I for one will never buy that CD.

Bob


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
From: CWF
Date: 16 Jul 97 - 03:05 PM

If bad taste were gunpowder, this idea of yours would be a weapon of mass destruction. C'mon, give us a break.


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
From: PattyG
Date: 16 Jul 97 - 03:32 PM

Well, I am so warped that I did have to chuckle a bit;) Frankly, I wouldn't call it "Suicide Christmas", rather, something less somber and shocking, perhaps, "A Pensive Christmas" or "Christmas Contemplations".....something else though!

The songs that come to mind are, of course, well known, such as "Blue Christmas" and there's one the Carpenters did that is sad (especially now that she's dead)....hm-m-m can't remember. Unless you want all ballads, perhaps, "Grandma Got Runover By A Reindeer"? Oh, and there's a song called "A Christmas Wish" - I have the sheet music around here somewhere - seems that it is pretty pensive.

My thought here is that those who are naturally depressed at Christmastime will not buy the CD, and if someone is predisposed to depression at this time of the year, that's going to happen anyway. And that is, indeed, one of the worst times of the year for those who suffer from that horrible malady. The folks I know who live in a depressed state, and I know lots, do not purposely play that type of music, so I'm not sure that has to be an issue.

I'm now curious, however, about the two songs you mentioned. Can you direct me to the lyrics? PattyG


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
From: Kiwi
Date: 16 Jul 97 - 06:58 PM

I would recommend songs from Savatage's album _Dead Winter Dead_, especially "Christmas Eve, Sarajevo (12/24)" - it starts out with a beautiful string version of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlement".. and goes into the only speed-thrash version of "Carol of the Bells" that I have EVER heard! The entire CD is rather depressing, it's a story of a family in Sarajevo...


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
From: Moira Cameron, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Date: 16 Jul 97 - 08:38 PM

I've thought about doing the same thing. One sone I'd definitely put on is "Christmas in the Trenches" by John McCutcheon. Another good one is Frankie Armstrong's "Anti-Carol". Good luck!


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
From: RS
Date: 16 Jul 97 - 09:06 PM

Tried to resist but I couldn't ... have to suggest the (parody) song "Christmas, Christmas is Here", done by the Canadian group The Arrogant Worms. It's an upbeat song about an old-fashioned family get-together ... that gradually deteriorates into more & more outrageous behaviour (kind of like the famous Cheers [TV show] episode with the Christmas turkey dinner food fight).

You can check out their web site at: http://www.cyberus.ca/~jeffmay/worms/worms.htm (if you really want to!)


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
From: Rick
Date: 18 Jul 97 - 07:40 AM

How's about Pogues Lullaby of Broadway (?)

It was Christmas Eve in the drunk tank....

Rick.


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Subject: Lyr Add: FIRST CHRISTMAS (Stan Rogers)
From: Tim Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca
Date: 18 Jul 97 - 11:43 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions. I know perfectly well some people will be offended and not buy it, but it's a free country. I've never been noted to be particularly mentally stable myself, and I don't joke in saying that. I have always had a great liking for melancholy songs.

Anyway, controversy sells copy.

For the person who asked, I don't have the lyrics to "The Little Boy Who Santa Claus Forgot" handy, but it was a hit back in the late 40's or early 50's I believe.

Here are the lyrics to "FIRST CHRISTMAS," by Stan Rogers, from "Between The Breaks Live. He apparently first did it on a live CBC Christmas broadcast of Canadian folk singers and appalled them all. He said his justification was to point out the plight of the lonely at Christmas.

This day, a year ago, he was rolling in the snow
With a younger brother in his father's yard
Christmas break -- a time for touching home
The heart of all he'd known, and leaving was so hard --
Three thousand miles away, now he's working Christmas Day
Making double time for the minding of the store
Well, he always said he'd make it on his own
He's spending Christmas Eve alone
First Christmas away from home.

She's standing by the train station, panhandling for change
Four more dollars buys a decent meal and a room
Looks like the Sally Ann place after all
In a crowded sleeping hall that echoes like a tomb
But it's warm and clean and free and there are worse places to be
And it least it means no beatings from her Dad . . .
And if she cries because its Christmas Day
She hopes that it won't show
First Christmas away from home.

In the apartment there stands a tree, and it looks so small and bare,
Not like it was meant to be
The golden angel on the top, it's not that same old star
You wanted for your own
First Christmas away from home.

In the morning, they get prayers, and then it's crafts and tea downstairs
Then another meal back in his little room
Hoping maybe that the boys will think to phone before the day is gone
Well, it's best they do it soon.
When the old girl passed away, he fell apart more every day
Each had always kept the other pretty well
But the kids all said the nursing home was best,
'Cause he couldn't live alone. . .
First Christmas away from home.

In the common room they've got the biggest tree
And it's huge and cold and lifeless
Not like it ought to be
And the lit-up flashing Santa Claus on top
It's not that same old silver star you once made for your own
First Christmas away from home.

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 29-Apr-03.


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
From: PattyG
Date: 18 Jul 97 - 12:25 PM

Hiya Tim,

Thanks for the lyrics to "First Christmas" (I think!) I have a real love/hate relstionship with Christmas and so I can identify with the varied emotions this holiday can elicit and I, too, have a propensity for somewhat melancholy music. (Although, I'm a *complete* joy to be around! ) I'll search a bit for the lyrics to the other song. I've been visiting some sites where they offer Christmas and holiday tunes. Thanks again. PattyG


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
From: Bert Hansell
Date: 18 Jul 97 - 12:57 PM

How about "Joseph Joseph" by Jake Thackray ?

Bert.


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
From: rich r
Date: 18 Jul 97 - 05:57 PM

Adding to the fray (or frayed), let me suggest "Detroit December" by Sy Kahn (Recorded by him and also John McCutcheon); "Hot Buttered Rum" by Tommy Thompson (recorded a couple different times by the Red Clay Ramblers); "Please Daddy Don't Get Drunk This Christmas" by John Denver; and of course the ver popular "Big Dead Bird" by Lou And Peter Berryman.

rich r


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
From: Tim Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca
Date: 18 Jul 97 - 06:07 PM

My supplementary post about "First Christmas" doesn't seem to have appeared.

Correction first chorus: that should be "silver star". Indeed I have always thought the song should have been called "Silver Star" but Stan Rogers has been dead since 1983 so I can't write him and suggest a change.

Copyright information, always important:

1979 Fogarty's Cove Music, 23 Hillside Ave South Dundas Ontario Canada L9H 4H7


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
From: PattyG
Date: 18 Jul 97 - 10:03 PM

Did Mr. Rogers kill himself? (had to ask) PattyG


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
From: Bob Landry
Date: 19 Jul 97 - 12:01 AM

PattyG If I remember correctly, Stan Rogers was returning from a folk festival in Texas on an Air Canada flight to Toronto when some idiot decided to have a smoke in the washroom. He/she started a fire in mid-flight, the cabin filled with smoke and although the pilot made a successful emergency landing at the Cincinnatti airport, several people, including Stan Rogers, were asphyxiated to death. I saw Stan's energy during a performance at the Rebecca Cohn auditorium in Halifax and prefer to think of his song, "The Mary Ellen Carter", as representative of his respect for life.

"And you, to whom adversity has dealt the final blow
With smiling bastards lying to you everywhere you go
Turn to, and put out all your strength of arm and heart and brain
And like the Mary Ellen Carter, rise again!"

Tim - I didn't mean to offend your rights to self-expression but my first post was a knee jerk reaction from my internal biases to the proposed title, not the concept. Keep up the good work with Newfie tunes - my collection keeps growing.

Bob


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
From: PattyG
Date: 19 Jul 97 - 12:47 AM

How horrible. There's always an idiot somewhere - the trick is to try and not be *there*. Thanks for the background Bob. All you folks have such a wealth of knowledge and I do appreciate the sharing of it. So Tim, have you given any more thought to the title of your proposed musical venture? PattyG


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
From: Kiwi
Date: 19 Jul 97 - 08:05 PM

I'd suggest "Throw the Yule Log On, Uncle John" by PDQ Bach (Peter Shickele) but it's not depressing.. just amusing and a little anti-Christmas..


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
From: Barry Finn
Date: 19 Jul 97 - 08:20 PM

To add about Stan , durning that fire he dragged people (Stan was a big man in more ways) out of the plane several times, and died making yet another rescue attempt. I remember reading somewhere that a seaman, who was rescued, said he was floating in the sea waiting to be rescued ,at the same time Stan died, claimed that singing The Mary Ellen Carter over & over is what helped him to hang on until his rescue. Barry


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
From: rich r
Date: 20 Jul 97 - 08:28 PM

I just stumbled on another song for the category: "25th of December" by Bonnie Koloc.

Barry,

I was unaware of that detail regarding Stan Rogers death, it adds poignancy to an already tragic loss.

rich r


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 Jul 97 - 02:59 AM

One of the many things I like about this forum is that it makes me take a closer look at songs that I may have heard before, but maybe didn't pay attention to.I've always liked "First Chrsitmas," but seeing the lyrics posted brought out some of the power of the song that I hadn't noticed. Yeah, it's depressing, but it's a true reflection of the pain a lot of people experience during the holidays.
"Harris and the Mare" is another powerful, depressing Stan Rogers song that deserves a closer look.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
From: LaMarca
Date: 21 Jul 97 - 02:07 PM

Ray Davies, one of the DJs at our local bluegrass station WAMU, had a hit Country record in the late 60'-early 70's that was on of those voice-over recitations about Little Joe, the Orphan Boy, longing to see his Mommy (or was it Santa Claus?) at Christmas. The cruel orphanage director tells him that Santa/Mommy wouldn't be able to find him because he/she would look for him at his old home. Little Orphan Boy goes to his old house and freezes to death on Christmas night... Eddie Stubbs plays this dreadful, doleful ditty on his show occasionally, and it makes me nauseated every time. Good one for the collection, though; I'll try to find the title and record label for anyone desperate enough to request it!


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
From: GUEST,Maggster
Date: 27 Jan 07 - 04:04 PM

Well there's one song by Fall Out Boy, it's called "Yule Shoot Your Eye Out". I'm not sure if anyone will find it very depressing, but I find it to be a very sad song. I can really relate to the lyrics.

Anyway good luck with the CD.


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
From: SINSULL
Date: 27 Jan 07 - 04:19 PM

Mr. Hankie, the Christmas poo
He loves me and I love you.

Says it all. I really have grown to dislike Christmas.


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 27 Jan 07 - 04:33 PM

Hello

The trouble with any Christmas song is that they are all depressing for one reason or other...depending on your point of view!

Blue Christmas? Perleeze...must be one of the worst songs ever written!

I stop listening to the radio stations during December!

However..."I want a hippo for Christmas" has a ring to it!

Best wishes,

Pete


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
From: Beer
Date: 27 Jan 07 - 05:07 PM

Jesus the Fugitive Prince...David Massengill
Cape Breton Christmas Morn....John Gracie
Silent Night All Day Long..John Prine
Home From The Forest...Gordon Lightfoot
Circle of Steel...Gordon Lightfoot
Pretty Papers..Roy Orbison


First Christmas I love to do. Breaks them up. Me to.
Beer (adrien)


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 27 Jan 07 - 06:11 PM

"Christmas Eve Can Kill You" by (I forget his first name) Linde, whom I believe passed away recently.


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 27 Jan 07 - 06:27 PM

God, you really want to get the CD Smothered and Covered by the Handsome Family. They are SO with you on this one. Their christmas song is one you'd love:

"Christmas is the season when most folks kill themselves
Christmas is the reason for all those stupid bells..."


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
From: Beer
Date: 27 Jan 07 - 06:42 PM

Fairytale of New York by The Progues with Kirsty McColl
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl5hRPu2_eQ


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
From: mack/misophist
Date: 27 Jan 07 - 09:56 PM

Thanks Beer. First time I've heard that one. Tom Waites with a sharper point and a keener edge. A truly nasty song. I like it.


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
From: GUEST,van lingle
Date: 28 Jan 07 - 06:58 AM

"Death Might be Your Santa Claus" by Rev. J.M. Gates was a sermon recorded in the 1920's.

"Merry Christmas from the Family" by Robert Earl Keen.

"Christmas in Prison" by John Prine the one that goes: It was christmas in prison and the food was real good, we had turkey and pistols carved out of wood.

"Fairytale of New York",mentioned above, has got to be the most uplifting downer of a christmas song I've ever heard.

Johnny Cash also did a kind of weepy xmas recitation called something like I Remember Christmas.

Good luck with this project and have a merry christmas... or not.vl


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
From: Beer
Date: 28 Jan 07 - 08:10 PM

Here is on I forgot. Different and sad.
The Rebel Jesus by M. Iafrate (sp.) Also by Jackson Browne I think.


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Jan 07 - 08:25 PM

"Hot Buttered Rum" by T. Ellis & T. Thompson:

When dreary Christmas decorations
Line the streets and filling stations,
And dime-store Santas can't disguise
Their empty hands and empty eyes,
In the dead of winter, when the tinsel angels come,
You're my sweet maple sugar, honey, hot buttered rum.


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas Songs
From: GUEST,Bostsean
Date: 23 Nov 07 - 12:53 PM

A Fairytale of New York - Just the best
Christmas (Baby Come Home) - Ronnie Spector, but I like the U2 version
Blue Christmas - Elvis version is the best
I'll Be Home for Christmas - This is a classic, but it's actually preety sad. The song is about a soldier who actually won't be home for christmas
Christmas in the Trenches - Great song
Father Christmas - The Kinks, can't believe nobody's mentioned it yet.
River - Joni Mitchell, I like the k.d. lang version
Hard Times - a great old song about putting a bad year behind you. Mary Black does a great version.

I've been thinking about doing this a bit too.


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas Songs
From: GUEST, Bat Goddess at work
Date: 23 Nov 07 - 01:35 PM

There's always "Mistletoe Bough" -- bride on Christmas/wedding night playing hide and seek (yeah, and with a houseful of guests) hides in a heavy oaken trunk -- and nobody finds her for many many years. Husband pines away not knowing what happened. Guests have their future Christmases spoiled with the sorrow and mystery.

Lovely song...

Linn


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas Songs
From: Little Robyn
Date: 23 Nov 07 - 02:17 PM

How about There are no lights on our Christmas tree
Very sad!
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas Songs
From: GUEST, A well-meaning bystander
Date: 23 Nov 07 - 03:17 PM

I recommend you all search out "Dominick the Italian Christmas Donkey" by Lou Monte. If that doesn't make you ashamed of your own species, I don't know what will.


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas Songs
From: Micca
Date: 23 Nov 07 - 03:27 PM

For out and out depression try listening to "Have yourself a merry little Christmas" it would be easy to make it a real downer


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Nov 07 - 03:52 PM

I claim a top ten place, if not higher, with my "Without you on Christmas Day" (aka Mabel's Song). MGAS counted 60% of the audience crying 3 years ago at Miskin.


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas Songs
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 23 Nov 07 - 03:54 PM

The last GUEST was me.
Oh, and it got Big Mick crying too.
Now, that's a sight you don't want to see too often.


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas Songs
From: Kenny B (inactive)
Date: 23 Nov 07 - 04:13 PM

This lot is very worthwhile & No 5 went down very welll three weeks ago at a session in Largoward in Fife
Bah! Humbug - The Alternative Christmas Album /CD

1 The Bells! The Bells!
2 Santa Bloody Claus - Eric Bogle
3 A Christmas Carol - Tom Lehrer
4 There Are No Lights on our Christmas Tree - Cyril Tawney
5 The Man That Slits the Turkey's Throats at Christmas - Robin Laing
6 The Present - Tom Cleland
7 The Twelve Days of Christmas - Bill Barclay
8 Mary Christmas - His Worship & the Pig
9 God Bless the Birthday Boy - McCalmans
10 Christmas Comes But Once a Year - Enoch Kent
11 Christmas Morning - Louden Wainwright III
12 The Lone Shepherd - Cyril Tawney
13 We Wish You a Merry Christmas - Greentrax Choir


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas Songs
From: Charley Noble
Date: 23 Nov 07 - 05:31 PM

For a fresh cynical look at commercial Christmas it's hard to beat "Suddenly It's Christmas," words & music by Loudon Wainwright, III, © 1993 Snowden Music Inc.

Maybe I'll revive it for this season.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE CHRISTMAS SHOES
From: topical tom
Date: 23 Nov 07 - 06:55 PM

Lyrics:
The Christmas Shoes


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

Chorus:
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
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

Bridge:
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
Roll Agai


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Subject: Lyr Add: CHRISTMAS AT GROUND ZERO (Al Yankovic)
From: bobad
Date: 23 Nov 07 - 07:08 PM

CHRISTMAS AT GROUND ZERO
Weird Al Yankovic

It's Christmas at ground zero
There's music in the air
The sleigh bells are ringing and the carolers are singing
While the air raid sirens blare

It's Christmas at ground zero
The button has been pressed
The radio just let us know
That this is not a test

Everywhere the atom bombs are dropping
It's the end of all humanity
No more time for last-minute shopping
It's time to face your final destiny

It's Christmas at ground zero
There's panic in the crowd
We can dodge debris while we trim the tree
Underneath the mushroom cloud

You might hear some reindeer on your rooftop
Or Jack Frost on your windowsill
But if someone's climbing down your chimney
You better load your gun and shoot to kill

It's Christmas at ground zero
And if the radiation level's okay
I'll go out with you and see all the new
Mutations on New Year's Day

It's Christmas at ground zero
Just seconds left to go
I'll duck and cover with my Yuletide lover
Underneath the mistletoe

It's Christmas at ground zero
Now the missiles are on their way
What a crazy fluke, we're gonna get nuked
On this jolly holiday

What a crazy fluke, we're gonna get nuked
On this jolly holiday!


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Subject: Lyr Add: HANG MYSELF FROM THE TREE (The Vandals)
From: bobad
Date: 23 Nov 07 - 07:23 PM

HANG MYSELF FROM THE TREE
The Vandals

Christmas is hell on earth, I know nothing worst
then being depressed and told to be happy.
The season of su-icide, I know why they died
Christmas reminds me I have nothing

I've got no girl there's only me
no friends or family, another Christmas alone
Got no food to eat, no ornaments or wreath
so I'll hang myself from the tree

Christmas is dark and wet, so I can't forget
Christmas reminds me I have nothing
this is the end of hope, I won't write a note
because it would be addressed to no one

I've got no girl there's only me
no friends or family, another Christmas alone
Got no food to eat, no ornaments or wreath
so I'll hang myself from the tree

Now I will say good-bye, no one will cry
Christmas goes on without me
My life is now complete, so I'll go to sleep
Forever and ever and ever...

I've got no girl there's only me
no friends or family, another Christmas alone
Got no food to eat, no ornaments or wreath
so I'll hang myself from the tree


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas Songs
From: robomatic
Date: 23 Nov 07 - 08:50 PM

From an album that kind of already had the idea: "Twisted Christmas" a song by Wall Of Voodoo: "Gun For Christmas"
"..I hate to think of the nine year olds
who won't be seeing ten,
Or how we went a caroling
To the homes of now dead men
Shouldn't have given him a gun for Christmas
Shouldn't have given him a gun gun gun
Shouldn't have given him a gun for Christmas
C'mon daddy that was dumb dumb dumb."


On a more serious note:
From the erstwhile Seattle Group Uncle Bonsai: "Silent Night"


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Subject: Lyr Add: CHRISTMAS DAY (Jim White)
From: number 6
Date: 23 Nov 07 - 09:05 PM

Jim White's song "Christmas day"

Where in the world did you come from my dear?
Did some mysterious voice tell you I'd still be here?
I bought this ticket to Mobile, but I been stranded all day
...p.a. said the bus broke down ten miles away from the station.
So seldom a door...so seldom a key...so seldom a lock like the love between you and me.
But seldom comes happiness without the pain of the devil in the details since I saw the smile on your face as I was crying in a Greyhound station on Christmas Day...in 1998.
The burden of love is the fuel of bad grammar.
You stutter and stammer
what a bitch to convey the crux of the matter, when the words you must utter are hopelessly tangled in the memories and scars you show no one.
So seldom a door...so seldom a key...so seldom a hit like the hurt you put on me.
But seldom comes happiness without the pain of the devil in the details since I saw the smile on your face as I was crying in a Greyhound station on Christmas Day...in 1998.
I remember quite clearly, a bad Muzak version of James Taylor's big hit, called "Fire and Rain" was playing as you crouched down and tearfully kissed me, and I thought, "Damn, what good fiction I will mold from this terrible pain."
So seldom a door...so seldom a key...so seldom a gift like the gift you gave me.
But seldom comes happiness without the pain of the devil in the details since I saw the smile on your face as I was crying in a Greyhound station on Christmas Day...in 1998.
Amazing grace, how sweet the smile upon the face I never thought I'd see you again
...especially here in this Greyhound station...on Christmas Day...in 1998

...biLL


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas Songs
From: Mysha
Date: 23 Nov 07 - 10:34 PM

Hi,

Waddon Pete: The trouble with any Christmas song is that they are all depressing for one reason or other...depending on your point of view!

Yep. Can you think of anything more depressing than the song in this thread: Funny Christmas Song?

                                                                   Mysha


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas Songs
From: john f weldon
Date: 23 Nov 07 - 11:53 PM

I hereby claim to have written the world's most depressing Christmas song...

http://www.weldonalley.ca/songs/ChristmasCroaker.mp3


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas Songs
From: eddie1
Date: 24 Nov 07 - 03:18 AM

Excellent John!

Eddie


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Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas Songs
From: Kara
Date: 24 Nov 07 - 04:09 AM

Codeine

depressing at anytime of year but especially so at Christmas


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