Christmas Song

Album: Living In The Past (1972)
  • Once in Royal David's City stood a lonely cattle shed,
    Where a mother held her baby.
    You'd do well to remember the things He later said.
    When you're stuffing yourselves at the Christmas parties,

    You'll just laugh when I tell you to take a running jump.
    You're missing the point I'm sure does not need making
    That Christmas spirit is not what you drink.

    So how can you laugh when your own mother's hungry,
    And how can you smile when the reasons for smiling are wrong?
    And if I just messed up your thoughtless pleasures,
    Remember, if you wish, this is just a Christmas song.

    (Hey! Santa! Pass us that bottle, will you?)

Comments: 6

  • Jeff from MinneapolisI like this song a lot, as I do a lot of other Tull songs. I always get a kick out the fade where Anderson sort of whispers "Hey, Santa. Pass us that bottle will ya' ".
  • Bob Frapples from Warren, OhThis song is certainly not an anti-Christmas song, but a pro meaning song. It was not written by Ian, it was a poem by Mrs. Alexander in 1848 that was turned into a song by H.J.Gauntlett in 1849. The music and beginning were all 'borrowed', then Ian changed the latter part to signify a disdain for the commercialization of a beautiful concept.
  • Jim from Newcastle Upon Tyne, EnglandI wanted to ask if anyone is aware of a song, that was a 'b' side of a Jethro Tull '45'that had a christmas theme to it (not necessarily mentioning christmas in the title). I don't think it was entitled "A Christmas Song" but my memory may have been distorted over time. I should be grateful if anyone has any idea what song I am referring to-thanx jim
  • Mike from Hueytown , AlReading the lyrics it doesn't sound like an Anti-Christmas song to me. It sounds like they are backing up the true meaning of Christmas and denouncing all the commercialism /Santa Claus crap.
  • Peter from Newark, NyThere is also a song called 'Jack Frost and the Hooded Crow'. I have only evere found it on the first Tull Boxset. This is another rather dreary Christmas song, told first person by a panhandler about the happy revelers of the season who don't think of the less fortunate. I think it is my favorite of the Christmas songs
  • Joshua from Twin Cities, MnJethro Tull recorded yet "Another Christmas Song" for their 1989 "Rock Island" album. Unlike the original "Christmas Song", the sequel is more of a straightforward ode to the holiday.
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