Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Fa La-La-La-Lame, Part 3

Sometimes it only takes one line to sour me on a Christmas song.

Case in point: IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR.

Hey, this is a great, happy, swing-y tune, but consider this misbegotten lyric:

"There'll be scary ghost stories / And tales of the glories / Of Christmases long, long ago."

SCARY GHOST STORIES?!?!?!?

Excuse me, but that's HALLOWEEN! Shall we mention valentines, fireworks and the Easter Bunny while we're at it?

Sheesh!

15 Comments:

Blogger furiousBall said...

in my own scrooge moment yesterday I drowned out co-worker carolers by turning up my iPod, the song was "My Ass is on Fire" by Mr Bungle

December 19, 2007 11:21 AM  
Blogger Xbox4NappyRash said...

I'm starting to worry....

December 19, 2007 1:01 PM  
Blogger whimsicalnbrainpan said...

I never realized that line was there. How bizzare! Then again I don't listen to much Christmas music.

December 19, 2007 4:58 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

Interesting. I'd always assumed the "scary ghost stories" line referred to the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future.

December 19, 2007 7:46 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Im with Lee here. When I was a lot younger, The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come freaked me out. Ok, I admit it..this was last week.

December 19, 2007 9:00 PM  
Blogger RED MOJO said...

There is that Dickens thing, but your right. I do not like most of the totally overplayed "christmas music" the radio seems hell bent on jamming down our throats.

December 20, 2007 12:47 AM  
Blogger Allan said...

I think it's a Dickens reference...or a reference to religion in general.

December 20, 2007 7:47 AM  
Blogger CS said...

I've always thought the same thing about the song. Who the hell tells host stories at CHristmas time?

December 20, 2007 8:13 PM  
Blogger Craig D said...

lee, jeff, allan: Yeah, I've heard that Dickens rationale used to excuse this lyric, but I'm not convinced. It sounds like back-pedalling to me.

cs: Thanks for dropping by! I hope things are settling down for you and the guys.

mojo: Used to be there was one radio station that would play wall-to-wall Christmas music on Christmas Day. Nice. Now there are a variety of stations that are doing it 24 hours a day, starting in NOVEMBER.

whim: Hope the month is going OK for you. Glad to hear you consider 13 to be a lucky number. THIS WILL BE YOUR YEAR!

xbox: Not to worry; in the old days I'd have done one concise post about these three songs and moved onto something else the next day. Since I can now only spend about 2 minutes a day blogging, I had to break it up into three parts!

furiousball: this Mr. Bungle sounds like a wise, wise man.

December 20, 2007 9:45 PM  
Blogger RED MOJO said...

If you get the opportunity to come by my blog, I've something for you there.

December 21, 2007 12:04 AM  
Blogger Xbox4NappyRash said...

Happy Christmas ya big lug!

Enjoy.

December 21, 2007 12:28 PM  
Blogger Gale said...

No wonder the kids would go running from the house when I would want to decorate the tree. Part of the ceremony is to pop in a holiday music CD. I listen to the stuff for weeks until the big day and have never really listened to it. Did you spoil the fun, no, it is just going to make me hear the words. You rascal you!!!

December 24, 2007 8:35 AM  
Blogger Merelyme said...

never heard the lyrics before...hmmm. hey...just wanted to wish you a very merry christmas!

December 24, 2007 8:45 AM  
Blogger Craig D said...

MERRY CHRISTAMS to all my bloggin' buddies!

December 24, 2007 2:05 PM  
Blogger more cowbell said...

My eldest just brought that up the other day - what a weird line for a Christmas song.

December 26, 2007 6:13 AM  

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