Not In The Vein Of Mitch Miller

It’s Christmas So We’ll Stop is probably the most cynical song I’ve ever posted. One reviewer calls the song a “classic” stating it “is one of restrained disillusionment and the sensual assault that is the excess of Christmas.” And that pretty much sums it up!  I’ll include the lyrics so you can follow along like an old Mitch Miller tune (only not as happy). I think it’s a great tune.

The band  is Frightened Rabbit. They hail from Glasgow, Scotland and have been recording music since 2003. It’s Christmas So We’ll Stop was released in 2007. There are two versions of this tune. I guess one is the regular version. The other is an orchestral take both below the lyrics.

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It’s Christmas So We’ll Stop – Lyrics

It’s Christmas so we’ll stop
It’s on with the lights to warm the dark
It can cloak elsewhere
As the rot stops for today
Let the rot stop just for one day
Only good red eyes, red suits, and faces will radiate
And the cold will hide its face
Now the cold is turned away
We can be best friends with the people we hate
‘Cause we’ve all got blood
And it’s warmer than you think
Yeah it is warm and it is thick
We all breathe out clouds
We’re built to give at least once each year
Now that’s better than never I guess
And life might never get better than this
With the perfect excuse for our natures to change
And wear shiny clothes
Oh it’s Christmas so press pause and we’ll go

Oh it’s Christmas so we’ll stop
‘Cause the wine on our breath puts the love in our tongues
So forget the names
I called you on Christmas Eve
In fact forget the entire year
Don’t reflect just pretend and you won’t feel scared
You won’t feel a thing
‘Cause it’s all been tucked away
And once you’re tucked in bed
You’ll hold on to the day for the last few seconds
Your gray dull face is protected from the wind
And I’ll protect you I promise I will
And the rest of our lives will be just like Christmas
With fewer toys
You’re a good girl I’m a good boy
So I thought

Oh it’s Christmas so we stopped
Were it not for the tick of the clock
And the spinning of the Earth in space
We could always be this way
And as we sleep at the fall of the day
In the room next door the tree lights brighten the rodents’ eyes
And catches a glimpse of the dust beginning to rise

The next day life went back to its bad self

It’s Christmas So We’ll Stop

It’s Christmas So We’ll Stop – Orchestral

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