A Christmas Carol
Tom Lehrer Lyrics


One very familiar type of song is the christmas carol. although it is perhaps a bit out of season at this time. however, I'm informed by my "disk jockey" friends - of whom I have none,
In order to get a song popular by christmas time, you have to start plugging it well in advance. so here goes. it has always seemed to me after all. that christmas, with it's spirit of giving, o
Us all a wonderful opportunity each year to reflect on what we all most sincerely and deeply believe in.

I refer of course, to money. and yet none of the christmas carols that you hear on the radio or in the street, even attempt to capture the true spirit of christmas as we celebrate it in the unit
Ates. that is to say the commercial spirit. so I should like to offer the following christmas carol for next year, as being perhaps a bit more appropriate.

Christmas time is here, by golly,
Disapproval would be folly,
Deck the halls with hunks of holly,
Fill the cup and don't say "when."
Kill the turkeys, ducks and chickens,
Mix the punch, drag out the dickens,
Even though the prospect sickens,
Brother, here we go again.

On christmas day you can't get sore,
Your fellow man you must adore,
There's time to rob him all the more
The other three hundred and sixty-four.

Relations, sparing no expense'll
Send some useless old utensil,
Or a matching pen and pencil.
"just the thing I need! how nice!"
It doesn't matter how sincere it
Is, nor how heartfelt the spirit,
Sentiment will not endear it,
What's important is the price.

Hark the herald tribune sings,
Advertising wondrous things.
God rest ye merry, merchants,
May you make the yuletide pay.
Angels we have heard on high
Tell us to go out and buy!

So let the raucous sleigh bells jingle,
Hail our dear old friend kris kringle,
Driving his reindeer across the sky.
Don't stand underneath when they fly by.
Actually I did rather well myself, this last christmas. the nicest present I received was a gift certificate "good at any hospital for a lobotomy". rather thoughtful.

Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: CHARLES IVES

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Isaac Mayer

The Droplett

Christmas time is here, by golly
Disapproval would be folly
Deck the halls with hunks of holly
Fill the cup and don't say when
Kill the turkeys, ducks, and chickens
Mix the punch, drag out the Dickens
Even though the prospect sickens,
Brother, here we go again

On Christmas Day, you can't get sore
Your fellow man you must adore
There's time to rob him all the more
The other three hundred and sixty-four

Relations, sparing no expense, 'll
Send some useless old utensil
Or a matching pen and pencil!
"Just the thing I need. How nice."
It doesn't matter how sincere it
Is, nor how heartfelt the spirit
Sentiment will not endear it
What's important is the price.

Hark, the Herald Tribune sings
Advertising wondrous things

God rest ye, merry merchants,
May ye make thy Yuletide pay

Angels we have heard on high
Tell us to go out and buy!

So...
Let the raucous sleighbells jingle
Hail our dear old friend Kris Kringle
Driving his reindeer across the sky
Don't stand underneath when they fly by!



All comments from YouTube:

Sergei Ivanovich Mosin

I swear his songs will never stop being relevant

sfs2040

This song came out in 1959. My how times have NOT changed with the commercialism.

TheLocomono9

truly a legend

adi adirolf

sfs2040 I remember it since 1955-56.

The Major

..."The more the sameness of things will be known"

E-102 Gamma

"The more things change..."

oxyharmonic

I don't think he was insane in the slightest. this is the most sensible christmas song i've heard in ages.

Nesala

Someone from church asked me to put together a mix tape of Christmas songs for a Christmas dinner this year. I doubt she knew something like this little number would make it's way in.

Nesala

@Devon C. Taylor too late

Ted Noon

Well played!!!

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