Death May Be Your Santa Claus

Album: Brain Capers (1971)
Play Video


  • According to guitarist Mick Ralphs, the title of this song was originated by producer Guy Stevens "simply to sound outrageous." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England

Comments: 7

  • Martianhuman from U.s.On my list of favorite songs, since it came out 1972 (U.S.). It all came back at me karmic-ly when Christmas Eve 2020 I got infected with COVID. Death COULD have been my Santa Claus.... but wasn't!
  • Zebedyzak from UkLester, I totally agree. "Brain Capers" is an absolutely cracking album. Sadly, this one wasn't a very big seller either. I don't even think about punk (punk? what's that? lol) when I listen to it. I think of it as a classic rock album with a delightful air of eccentricity and nonconformity to give it that extra special touch.
  • Zebedyzak from UkThis song is on my list of mondegreens from my school days. I was about 13 or 14 when I bought "Brain Capers" and until I discovered the correct lyrics on the Internet some 30 years later I always thought the lyric "You get all your books from the Corn Exchange" was "You get on the bus from the Corn Exchange". Mott's songs are among those which I (and my sister) often misheard, with amusing results. Lol:)
  • Lester from New York City, NyBrain Capers is a great album. Mick Ralphs sings lead on a cover of Darkness, Darkness.
  • Kevin from Los Angeles, CaActually, Guy Stevens nicked the title from a movie of the same name made in the UK in 1969.
  • Jp from Valley Forge, PaThey had to produce an album to meet contractual agreements. They had done 3 albums before that hadn't sold, were known for their live shows and were deeply in debt. They went into the studio and bashed out an album in a few days. I think I remember reading at the time that it was recorded in "a little time, with a lot of wine." It is as close as they ever came to their live show. An angry predecessor to punk, and the song I play every Friday night to kick off the weekend right.
  • Rod from Logan, NjFirst to comment on a song i never heard in my life
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Emilio Castillo from Tower of Power

Emilio Castillo from Tower of PowerSongwriter Interviews

Emilio talks about what it's like to write and perform with the Tower of Power horns, and why every struggling band should have a friend like Huey Lewis.

Part of Their World: The Stories and Songs of 13 Disney Princesses

Part of Their World: The Stories and Songs of 13 Disney PrincessesSong Writing

From "Some Day My Prince Will Come" to "Let It Go" - how Disney princess songs (and the women who sing them) have evolved.

Laura Nyro

Laura NyroSongwriting Legends

Laura Nyro talks about her complex, emotionally rich songwriting and how she supports women's culture through her art.

Carl Sturken

Carl SturkenSongwriter Interviews

Hitmaker Carl Sturken on writing and producing for Rihanna, 'N Sync, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Donny Osmond, Shakira and Karyn White.

Jesus Christ Superstar: Ted Neeley Tells the Inside Story

Jesus Christ Superstar: Ted Neeley Tells the Inside StorySong Writing

The in-depth discussion about the making of Jesus Christ Superstar with Ted Neeley, who played Jesus in the 1973 film.

What Musicians Are Related to Other Musicians?

What Musicians Are Related to Other Musicians?Song Writing

A big list of musical marriages and family relations ranging from the simple to the truly dysfunctional.