Sunday, December 16, 2007

Fa-La-La-La-Lame, Part 2

There is a whole sub-genre of "Christmas" songs that aren't about Christmas at all.

They're about Winter, or at least cold weather.

"Jingle Bells" doesn't once mention the holiday, but you can't hear it without thinking of Christmas!

"Frosty The Snowman" likewise has zilch to do with "the season" but you sure only ever hear it in the days leading up to December twenty-fifth.

Yep, Sleigh Ride, Winter Wonderland, Let It Snow, and the rest are really just "Cold Weather Songs!" The irony here is that Winter starts only a scant three or four days before Christmas.

This leaves us with today's "Fa-La-La-La-Lame" song, which belongs to this category:

BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE.

Here's a jolly little duet all about using cold weather as an excuse for date rape!

The male singer begs, "Baby, don't hold out!"

The line, sung by the female, "Hey what's in this drink?" really gives the game away, don't you think?

Creepy, just plain creepy. But somehow this evergreen is indelibly linked to the birth of the Christ child.

Side note: The local PBS station re-ran a "Three Tenors" Christmas Concert recently and I laughed my head off thinking about those guys singing this to each other in their vein-popping operatic style!

13 Comments:

Blogger furiousBall said...

your three tenors reaction is similar to the way i feel when i hear a commercial song singer belting out something about pants

December 17, 2007 9:22 AM  
Blogger Lee said...

Great post, Craig. I'd never really given those songs much thought before.

Kinda like the "why does everybody think Humpty Dumpty is an egg?" mystery.

December 17, 2007 10:18 AM  
Blogger Xbox4NappyRash said...

Very funny!

"rohypnol roasting on an open fire"

December 17, 2007 10:22 AM  
Blogger Xbox4NappyRash said...

...and before I get slated for joking about date rape I in no way condone such activity.

December 17, 2007 10:23 AM  
Blogger Craig D said...

...up on the roofie top, xbox?

December 17, 2007 10:56 AM  
Blogger Xbox4NappyRash said...

Boom Boom!

December 17, 2007 10:57 AM  
Blogger Wizened Wizard said...

Well said. I guess it's just another example of the high-mindedness of American culture.

ALVIN!!!

And may I mention one of the worst Christmas tunes I've ever heard? Dean Martin doing a disco version of Jingle Bells (actual title: Dean Martin vs. Prophet Omega). Its a creation of some demented D.J.

Why aren't there more classics like "Grandma got run over by a Reindeer?"

December 17, 2007 5:55 PM  
Blogger SCOTT said...

WE THREE KINGS OF ORIENT ARE TRYING TO SMOKE A RUBBER CIGAR.

December 17, 2007 6:35 PM  
Blogger SCOTT said...

AND WHY DOES EVERYONE THINK HUMPTY DUMPTY IS AN EGG????

December 17, 2007 6:35 PM  
Blogger more cowbell said...

wow, I've always liked singing along with that song, but I guess you're right! Sheesh.

December 18, 2007 3:42 AM  
Blogger whimsicalnbrainpan said...

That is beyond creepy!

December 18, 2007 3:42 PM  
Blogger Dorky Dad said...

What a coincidence. I was just listening to this song today. Terrible.

December 19, 2007 12:54 AM  
Blogger RED MOJO said...

Gee your lips look delicious!

December 20, 2007 12:45 AM  

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