A Christmas Duel
Cyndi Lauper Lyrics


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I bought no gift this year
And I slept with your sister
I know I should have thought twice
Before I kissed her
But with the year we had last
And the dress that she wore
I just went along for the ride
And I came back for more and I'm sorry baby

That's all OK honey, cause see

I bought no tree this year
And I slept with your brother
I wrecked your Daddy's car
And went down on your Mother
I set your record collection on fire
And said I never knew
Felt kind of bad about that
And I know you did too

So whatever you say, it's all fine by me
Who the fuck anyway wants a Christmas tree
Cause the snow keeps on fallin'
Even though we were bad
It'll cover the filth
We should both just be glad

And spend spend spend
This Chris-Christmas together

I married you last year
Bet you thought I was sober, right?
But I was drunk as a skunk
And I made a mistake
This could all have been over

Ah honey please don't excuse your behavior
Cause I hired a hit man and changed your will
It's now all in my favor

So whatever you say, it's all fine by me
Who the fuck anyway wants a Christmas tree
Cause the snow keeps on fallin'
Even though we were bad
It'll cover the filth
We should both just be glad

And spend spend spend
This Chris-Christmas together
And spend spend spend
This Chris-Christmas together

Holding on without any reason
Cause something's strong this holiday season

So whatever you say, it's all fine by me
Who the fuck anyway wants a Christmas tree
Cause the snow keeps on fallin'
Even though we were bad
It'll cover the filth
We should both just be glad

And spend spend spend
This Chris-Christmas together




And spend spend spend
This Chris-Christmas together

Overall Meaning

In "A Christmas Duel," Cyndi Lauper explores a dysfunctional and turbulent relationship during the holiday season. The lyrics depict a couple who have committed various wrongdoings against each other and yet find solace in their shared experiences.


The first verse reveals that the singer didn't buy a gift for their partner and confesses to sleeping with their sister. They admit their lack of consideration before engaging in a forbidden act. However, they were enticed by the provocative dress the sister wore and couldn't resist the temptation. The singer then apologizes for their actions, indicating regret and remorse.


The partner's response in the second verse implies that they have also been unfaithful. They admit to not buying a Christmas tree and confess to sleeping with the singer's brother. They further reveal destructive behavior such as wrecking the partner's father's car and engaging in sexual acts with the partner's mother. The lyrics imply that both partners have committed similar wrongs, leaving them both feeling guilty.


Despite their transgressions, the chorus portrays a sense of acceptance and mutual forgiveness. They believe that it's irrelevant to have a Christmas tree since snowfall will cover their sins, implying that their wrongdoings will be overshadowed by the purity of the holiday season. In the midst of their troubled relationship, they find comfort and decide to indulge in excessive spending during Christmas.


The final verse takes a dark turn as the singer reveals that they married their partner while intoxicated and confesses to hiring a hitman to change their partner's will. It suggests that the relationship has reached a point of extreme toxicity and manipulation. Despite this revelation, the chorus is repeated to signify that, despite the chaos and harm they have caused each other, they are resolved to remain together, driven by an inexplicable force that emerges during the holiday season.


Line by Line Meaning

I bought no gift this year
I didn't get you a present this year


And I slept with your sister
I had a romantic encounter with your sister


I know I should have thought twice
I realize I should have considered the consequences


Before I kissed her
Before I engaged in a passionate embrace with her


But with the year we had last
Considering the events of the past year


And the dress that she wore
And the outfit she was wearing


I just went along for the ride
I simply went with the flow


And I came back for more and I'm sorry baby
And I repeated the experience and I apologize, my love


That's all OK honey, cause see
That's perfectly fine, dear, because you should understand


I bought no tree this year
I didn't get a Christmas tree this year


And I slept with your brother
I had a romantic encounter with your brother


I wrecked your Daddy's car
I severely damaged your father's vehicle


And went down on your Mother
And I performed oral sex on your mother


I set your record collection on fire
I deliberately ignited your collection of records


And said I never knew
And claimed ignorance of the act


Felt kind of bad about that
I experienced some remorse for my actions


And I know you did too
I'm aware that you also felt remorseful


So whatever you say, it's all fine by me
So whatever you say, I'm okay with it


Who the fuck anyway wants a Christmas tree
Who in the world actually wants a Christmas tree, anyway


Cause the snow keeps on fallin'
Because the snow continues to fall


Even though we were bad
Despite the fact that we behaved poorly


It'll cover the filth
It will hide the dirtiness


We should both just be glad
We should both be happy


And spend spend spend
And let's indulge in spending


This Chris-Christmas together
This Christmas season, celebrating together


I married you last year
I married you last year


Bet you thought I was sober, right?
You probably assumed I was sober, correct?


But I was drunk as a skunk
But I was heavily intoxicated


And I made a mistake
And I made an error


This could all have been over
We could have ended everything


Ah honey please don't excuse your behavior
Oh darling, please don't justify your actions


Cause I hired a hit man and changed your will
Because I hired a contract killer and altered your legal document


It's now all in my favor
Now everything is benefiting me


Holding on without any reason
Clutching onto something without any logical justification


Cause something's strong this holiday season
Because something is compelling during this festive season


And spend spend spend
And let's indulge in spending


This Chris-Christmas together
This Christmas season, celebrating together


And spend spend spend
And let's indulge in spending


This Chris-Christmas together
This Christmas season, celebrating together




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"A Christmas Duel"
(with Cyndi Lauper)

[Pelle]
I bought no gifts this year
and I slept with your sister
I know I should have thought twice
Before I kissed her
But with the year we had last
And the dress that she wore
I just went along for the ride
And I came back for more

And I'm sorry baby.....

[Cyndi]
That's all ok honey cause see...

I bought no tree this year
And I slept with your brother
I wrecked your Daddy's car
And went down on your Mother.
I set your record collection on fire
And said I never knew
Felt kind of bad about that
And I know you did too

[pre chorus 1 (both)]
So whatever you say, it's all fine by me
Who the fuck anyway wants a Christmas tree
Cause the snow keeps on fallin' even though we were bad
It'll cover the filth, we should both just be glad

[Chorus 1 (both)]
And spend this Christmas together

[verse 2]
[Pelle]
I married you last year
Bet you thought I was sober, right?
But I was drunk as a skunk and I made a mistake
This could all have been over

[Cyndi]
Ah honey please don't
Excuse your behaviour
Cause I hired a hitman and changed your will
It's now all in my favour

[pre chorus 2 (both)]
So whatever you say, it's all fine by me
Who the fuck anyway wants a Christmas tree
Cause the snow keeps on fallin' even though we were bad
It'll cover the filth, we should both just be glad

[Chorus 2 (both)]
And spend this Christmas together
[repeats]

[Pelle]
Holding on without any reason
Cause something's strong this holiday season

[pre chorus 3 (both)]
So whatever you say, it's all fine by me
And who the fuck anyway wants a Christmas tree
Cause the snow keeps on fallin' even though we were bad
It'll cover the filth, we should both just be glad

[Chorus 3 (both)]
And spend this Christmas together
[repeats]



All comments from YouTube:

@MsNovemberry

If The Ramones and The Ronettes had a baby that cursed like a sailor, this song would be it.

@ktrain-hj6jm

🤣

@Sara-G-C

THIS 😂

@jorgepacheco9845

Well said

@IndyX

This song is awesome. Howlin' Pelle and Cyndi Lauper sounds so natural together singing. Best X-Mas song ever :)

@ryanwithacapitalB

See you guys next year! Same time same place

@Stirmaction

deal

@derpsmith7121

Deal, please take care!

@ryanwithacapitalB

@@derpsmith7121 sweeet! you too man. take care!

@schmuckraker

Waiting for your return!!

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