Rufus Wainwright’s Spotlight On Christmas

rufus wainwright is the son of folkies kate mcgarrigle (of the mcgarrigle sisters) and loudon wainwright III (of dead skunk fame — but to say that’s his one claim to fame is an insult).
he wrote the song “spotlight on christmas” for the cd/album “the mcgarrigle christmas hour” back in the early 2000’s.
in an interview (part of which is at the beginning of this song) he said the song is about unconditional love.
it’s a wonderful tune — give it a listen.
http://www.amazon.com/Spotlight-on-Christmas/dp/B0011ZR5D8

People love the working man
Who does the best that he can but
Don’t forget all the horses and toys
Never could fix the poor little rich boys

People say they love the maid
Who sweats and toils just like a slave but
Don’t forget all the diamonds and pearls
Never could fix the poor little rich girls

You can measure it in blood
You can measure it in mud
Let us say for these twelve days
Put the measuring away

‘Cause its Christmas
And the spotlight’s shining on Christmas
and the spotlight’s shinin on us

People love and people hate
People go and people wait but
Don’t forget Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Poor but rich in hope, yeah
Don’t forget Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Running from the law King Herod hath emposeth
And they were each one quite odd:
A mensch, a virgin and a god, but
Don’t forget that what kept them afloat
Floatin’ through the desert doesn’t take a boat, no
Don’t forget that what kept them above,
Is unconditional love.

You can measure it in blood
You can measure it in mud
Let us say for these twelve days
Put the measuring away

‘Cause its Christmas
And the spotlight’s shining on Christmas
and the spotlight’s shining on us
and the spotlight’s shining on Christmas
and the spotlight’s shining on…

People love the working man
Who does the best that he can but
Don’t forget all the horses and toys
Never could fix the poor little rich boys

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