Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Music related to the time of year in a place dominated by Christians

I would have made this post ages ago but with the continued degeneration of primary computer I now have no computer that has both sound and reliable internet access.

Christians and the Pagans

Same Old lang Syne (My mother loves this song.)

It's apparently a true story with only two factual errors. The singer never said who the woman was for fear of screwing up her life, but by the time the song came out she was divorced anyway so the one line that might have been a problem wouldn't have been. The woman didn't come forward until after the singer died for fear of screwing up his marriage in spite of there being nothing in the song that would do so if it were proved true. (Hell, he said it was true the entire time anyway.) People are weird.

Fairytale of New York

There is no NYPD Choir, which is why the band featured in the video is the "City of New York Police Pipe Band". They didn't know "Galway Bay" but their mouths needed to be moving for the video so they sang the Micky Mouse theme song.

Not a Christmas song per se but the Long Haired Radical Socialist Jew is sort of related

A Christmas Carol (Even though the prospect sickens / Brother here we go again)

Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord
(My dad's favorite)

The Rebel Jesus

Straight No Chaser's The Twelve Days of Christmas (Original)

For the record, I love dreidel guy. Also understanding is helped if you've heard Toto's Africa BUT that is not to say Toto's Africa makes sense. In fact "Africa" isn't supposed to make sense, it's supposed to be a song made from the perspective of someone who has only seen Africa on TV and therefore doesn't really know what he's singing about. Anyway, moving on.

Straight No Chaser's The Twelve Days of Christmas (Ten year anniversary)

Sleigh Ride

Does youtube seem to have more ads lately?


Please share songs you like in the comments.


  1. Queen, "Thank God It's Christmas" - because Queen. Were it a song by any other band, I wouldn't care much, to be honest.

    "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" - two versions. One by Annie Lennox - well, because Lennox... but also because of the video. The second one by Mariah Carey - the very first version I've heard, actually, many, many years ago and it sounded so... weirdly tragic, mentions of "comfort and joy" nothwithstanding.

    And... that's all, I guess. There are always various not-actually-about-Christmas ballads with pretty and somewhat fairytale-ish videos, but they don't count.

    (Oh, and I might be one of the few people who doesn't hate "Last Christmas".)


  2. Redcrow, yes! I'm not generally an Annie Lennox fan but that version is excellent.

    Not Christmassy, but Toto's Africa-related: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGheV059UBA
    Also not Christmassy, but wintery, Let It Go from Frozen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MD5bFCDfySc

  3. A new one I like, Santa Claus Got Eaten by the Kraken:


    Also this extremely handsome young man (Telly Leung of Allegiance! The Musical) speaks for me this year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMpv25Nl-rw&feature=youtu.be

  4. I have several extremely favorite Yule songs that don't seem to be available on Ye Olde Internet. I have spent a fruitless time searching. Boo.

  5. Gah, still failing to find versions of my favorites without long spoken intros, or by the original artist instead of a big choir or whatever...

    Vaguely Hannukah related, Not In Our Town by Fred Small:

    And Father Christmas By Gaia Consort:

    And since you posted some hippie jesus stuff, an anti-Religion Industrial Complex song, Gaia Consort's All We've Got: http://www.gaiaconsort.com/Gaia_Consort_Vitus_Dance_05_All_We've_Got.mp3

  6. Oh, and mentions of atheist Christmas at Ana Mardoll's place reminded me that a lot of people really love White Wine in the Sun by Tim Minchin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCNvZqpa-7Q

  7. Oooh - Tom Lehrer! "Just the thing I need... How Nice."

    I love another Auld Lang Syne but I never get to hear more than the first 2 lines because a fellow traveller in the car loathes it.

    Fairytale of New York is a brilliant work of genius.

    Can I suggest Twelve Days of Christmas by Bob and Doug Mackenzie? The comic timing is perfect.

    Thanks for posting these! DawnM

  8. My go-to get-through-this-holiday song is "All I Want For Christmas Is New Year's Day" by Hurts. Not sure if that's what you're looking for, but perhaps: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDmScJYjx-E

    1. I'm looking for anything people care to share, so yes: it is what I'm looking for. Thank you.

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