When I was small I believed in Santa Claus Though I knew it was my dad And I would hang up my stocking at Christmas Open my presents and I'd be glad
But the last time I played Father Christmas I stood outside a department store A gang of kids came over and mugged me And knocked my reindeer to the floor
They said Father Christmas, give us some money Don't mess around with those silly toys We'll beat you up if you don't hand it over We want your bread so don't make us annoyed Give all the toys to the little rich boys
Don't give my brother a Steve Austin outfit Don't give my sister a cuddly toy We don't want a jigsaw or monopoly money We only want the real mccoy
Father Christmas, give us some money We'll beat you up if you make us annoyed Father Christmas, give us some money Don't mess around with those silly toys
But give my daddy a job 'cause he needs one He's got lots of mouths to feed But if you've got one I'll have a machine gun So I can scare all the kids on the street
Father Christmas, give us some money We got no time for your silly toys We'll beat you up if you don't hand it over Give all the toys to the little rich boys
Have yourself a merry merry Christmas Have yourself a good time But remember the kids who got nothin' While you're drinkin' down your wine
Father Christmas, give us some money We got no time for your silly toys Father Christmas, please hand it over We'll beat you up so don't make us annoyed
Father Christmas, give us some money We got no time for your silly toys We'll beat you up if you don't hand it over We want your bread so don't make us annoyed Give all the toys to the little rich boys
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Ken from Philadelphia, PaIf you caught a supremely talented musician on a really bad day, you might be able to squeeze a Christmas song with this much angry wit out of him or her. It would not, however, become a classic. And, of all the people, famous and unknown, who have written classic Christmas songs, only one can correctly be said to have written one that is both a classic and as angry as the day is long. That one person is, of course Ray Davies, and I would submit that even before he wrote it, he was the odds on favorite to write the first and last angry Christmas song. It was really only a matter of time.
I always assumed that one of the reasons I lean toward punk rock and Garage band type music is because it is so accessible. It easy to listen to great song and envision yourself being just mediocre enough that, if a million stars aligned just right at the exact moment a blessed inspiration rolled over you, you might just be able to produce something almost as good. Even though the Kinks arguably were the first punks, I never felt like I could have written a Ray Davies song. Whatever happened in his childhood to create that mixture of brilliant observation skills, razor-sharp wit, and yes that deep-seated anger and, of course, the ability to treat the English language like watercolors and paint masterpieces with it on a whim, it has rarely, if ever been repeated in humans.
In cases like this, it is best to just enjoy an awesome song rather than overanalyze, and Ray wrote a GREAT song in Father Christmas”.
Tom from Marietta, OhThe Greg Lake song is "I Believe in Father Christmas" so it's not quite the same title as this one. It's a vastly different but still awesome song, although like this one it has meaning behind it.
George from Las Vegas, NvI also should say to Randy in Ohio, NO, that is not the same song, not even close.
George from Las Vegas, NvThe kinks have a knack for twisting the words, but the ultimate message is 'remember the poor kids', and the sarcastic lyric about Santa getting mugged is absolutely wonderful, and will be remembered for many a year at this time.
Greg from Salem, OrGreat song. Frenetic drums and guitar riff, and hilarious as well. But in the end, as it says, it's really about "remember the kids who got nothin', as you're drinking down your wine."
Randy from Colerain Twp., OhGreg Lake does a song called "Father Christmas"- I wonder if this is the same song?
Ben from Reading, PaThis song is in the newly released movie, "Unacompied Minors"
Greg from Alsip, IlI always liked the fact that it's the ONLY Christmas song in which violence towards Santa is even suggested.
Eddie from Acton, MeThis is the first Christmas song I listen to as soon as the holiday season hits. Steve Austin outfit, indeed.
Alejandro from Raleigh, NcThat's true. I also think that the line about the job and the machine gun is supposed to be what the kids who are mugging the guy are asking him and not Father Christmas himself.
Johnny from Los Angeles, CaThis is my favorite Christmas song, but I think it has a more of "Remember the poor kids on Christmas" meaning as opposed to the actual storyline.
"Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who is about a revolution, but it doesn't have a happy ending, since in the end the new regime becomes just like the old one. Pete Townshend thought that whoever was in power was destined to become corrupt.