I was listening to Bub 2 singing “Santa Claus is coming to Town” last night and I realised just how creepy that song is. “he sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows if you are awake, he knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake” certainly does not paint a happy picture of Santa, watching all these small children, with the implied threat – what will happen if they are not good? It never says…It is a song that just smacks of Orwell and 1984 at the very least.
Then I realised that in fact almost all the Christmas Carols that don’t involve Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the Nativity in some way are either sad or disturbing. But surely my memory must be faulty. Fifteen minuites on Google proved that actually, no, memory correct, lyrics not that good at all…
1. – All I want for Christmas is my Two front teeth, the title says it all really, and how, how can this be celebratory at all – poor child with no front teeth and thats all that they want, I know it is meant to be cute, but it just reminds me of the depression for some odd reason.
2 – I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus – which cannot be right in any way shape or form – really how much damage would that do to a child, seeing their mother kissing another man, and knowing how upset their dad would be by this and really, again, how is this celebratory in any way?
In 3rd place – the lovely – I’ll be home for Christmas – which deserves to be published in all its Perry Como glory – this is just downright depressing
I’ll be home for Christmas;
You can count on me.
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents on the tree.
Christmas Eve will find me
Where the love-light gleams.
I’ll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams.
4. We wish you a Merry Chirstmas – really, do you, with your demands of Figgy Pudding and your threat not to leave until you recieve the same – I don’t even know what figgy pudding is, I cannot give you figgy pudding. Again, No happiness here.
5. Frosty the Snowman – snowman comes alive, knows he will die, dies. Joyful? or something to be thrashed out by Greenday?
6. This one surprised me – Jingle Bells – I thought Jingle Bells was a happy song “dashing through the snow” etc – then I looked at the lyrics…
A day or two ago, I thought I’d take a ride
And soon Miss Fanny Bright, was seated by my side;
The horse was lean and lank, misfortune seemed his lot;
He got into a drifted bank and we got upsot
A day or two ago, the story I must tell
I went out on the snow, and on my back I fell;
A gent was riding by, in a one-horse open sleigh
He laughed as there I sprawling lie but quickly drove away
Seriously. What is with these carols and injuring people, and death and sadness…
7. Rudolf the Red nosed Reindeer – I suppose is meant to teach children not to tease those different as they are worthy but it always makes me feel so sad for poor Rudolf – Especially that it was simply this song that brought him into existance.
So essentailly Christams Carols that have nothing to do with Christmas aren’t really that joyful, or don’t seem to be, in fact many are just sad and the jolly tunes and loud choraling of them don’t make it much better….
Maybe this just means that we should stick with what the day is really about – even if it is singing “While Shepherds washed their socks by night” , or bellowing out “Silent Night” ( the irony of which is not lost on me) instead of trying to make it a commercial success as that doesn’t really seem to be working all that well song-wise does it?