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A Christmas Carol

Hank Fox sent me the link to this lovely little ditty. I don’t know why he didn’t forward it to Bill O’Reilly or Bill Donohue.

I hope you have headphones if you try to listen to this in a public place. And do try to avoid singing along.

On that appeal to you sentimental bastards, let me mention another thing: a webblogger in this holiday season in difficult straits. It’s going to get uglier still in the future, I suspect, since this collapsing housing bubble is going to hurt a lot of people in real estate, finance, property management, etc. Kevin Hayden of the American Street is in that position — if anyone can help him out, please do.

For the War on Christmas.

Comments

  1. #1 Tom
    December 7, 2007

    Hilarious! That’s clearly Eric Idle singing. Is it not? Is that from some Python production I’ve unaccountably missed?

  2. #2 Sastra, OM
    December 7, 2007

    Not so iconoclastic. He only trashes things about Christmas that I like — secular stuff.

    Where’s the verse going:

    Fuck Jesus, fuck Mary, fuck all the manger scene
    We need the “Christ” in Christmas like we need “Hallo” in “Ween.”

  3. #3 Hank Fox
    December 7, 2007

    Sure, blame it on me, PZ. Now I’m in Bill O’Reilly’s crosshairs.

    And yes, it is Eric Idle.

  4. #4 Sven DiMilo
    December 7, 2007

    Merely a scatological update of the classic Bob Dorough tune “Blue Xmas (To Whom it May COncern), recorded with Miles Davis’s quintet way back in 1962:

    Merry Christmas
    I hope you have a white one, but for me it’s blue
    Blue Christmas, that’s the way you see it when you’re feeling blue
    Blue Xmas, when you’re blue at Christmastime
    you see right through,
    All the waste, all the sham, all the haste
    and plain old bad taste

    Sidewalk Santy Clauses are much, much, much too thin
    They’re wearing fancy rented costumes, false beards and big fat phony grins
    And nearly everybody’s standing round holding out their empty hand or tin cup
    Gimme gimme gimme gimme, gimme gimme gimme
    Fill my stocking up
    All the way up
    It’s a time when the greedy give a dime to the needy
    Blue Christmas, all the paper, tinsel and the fal-de-ral
    Blue Xmas, people trading gifts that matter not at all
    What I call
    Fal-de-ral
    Bitter gall…….Fal-de-ral

    Lots of hungry, homeless children in your own backyards
    While you’re very, very busy addressing
    Twenty zillion Christmas cards
    Now, Yuletide is the season to receive and oh, to give and ahh, to share
    But all you December do-gooders rush around and rant and rave and loudly blare
    Merry Christmas
    I hope yours is a white one, but for me it’s blue

  5. #5 Schmeer
    December 7, 2007

    After that lovely little ditty was finished there was a link to the FCC song by Eric Idle. I highly recommend listening to that one too. I hate the FCC.

  6. #6 danley
    December 7, 2007

    That kid in Nebraska took this song too seriously.

  7. #7 Zeno
    December 7, 2007

    Eric Idle composed that song with a remarkable economy of vocabulary. Very efficient.

  8. #8 Bill Dauphin
    December 7, 2007

    Roberty Zimmerman’s salvo in the War on Christmas&trade:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oxy05VGZ7n0

  9. #9 Provocateur
    December 7, 2007

    Everything he said fuck in that song I enjoy about Christmas.

  10. #10 bernarda
    December 8, 2007

    There is a South Park version as well.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01u8YtVjDUU

    There is also the fundy xian war on xmas.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XEuzmu7ocM

    An involuntarily funny quote.

    “Explain that there is no Santa Claus. People need to stop lying to their children telling them that Santa Claus exists.”

  11. #11 anti-nonsense
    December 8, 2007

    I love the secular parts of Christmas, and even some of the religious music, but I still got a giggle out of that song.