Repetitive Christmas Tunes.

Here’s a lyric I wrote four years ago for my wife, who hates a certain Christmas song by Paul McCartney.

There’s not much to explain about this process, except for a wonderful discovery while writing. In the bridge sections of the song, I threw in a joke about John Lennon’s Happy Xmas (War is Over) as a throwaway gag. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized you could sing the two songs in counterpoint.

I’ll leave it to the musicologists to parse what that says about the respective songwriters. I’m just happy to have the extra joke…

(to the tune of Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney)

The Moog is on,
The organs beep,
We hear some bells,
And I might weep

Simply hating repetitive Christmas tunes
Simply hating repetitive Christmas tunes

McCartney’s on,
The song is bland,
A melody
I cannot stand

Simply hating repetitive Christmas tunes
Simply hating repetitive Christmas tunes

The choir of children sing their song
Ding dong, King Kong,
Sing-song gone wrong…

(War is over,
No, it isn’t…
War is over,
No, it isn’t…)

Ohhhh
Ohhhhhhh

Simply hating repetitive Christmas tunes
Simply hating repetitive Christmas tunes

The words are short,
They seem to be
One syllable,
Simplicity

Simply hating repetitive Christmas tunes
Simply hating repetitive Christmas tunes

The choir of children repeat their words,
This song is for the birds
Sing song, sing song (War is over)
Ding dong, ding dong (No, it isn’t)
Ding dong, ding dong (That’s John Lennon)
(No, it’s a cover…)

The music’s played,
The spirits drunk,
Let’s hunt him down,
Man on the run…

Simply hating repetitive Christmas tunes
Simply hating repetitive Christmas tunes

The Moog is on,
The organs beep,
We hear Sir Paul,
And I might weep

Simply hating repetitive Christmas tunes (Song is over…)
Simply hating repetitive Christmas tunes (If you want it…)
Simply hating repetitive Christmas tunes (Song is over…)
Simply hating repetitive Christmas tunes (Now…)

Ohhhhhhhhh
Christmas tunes

Posted: January 24th, 2010
Categories: music, parody, the process
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Comments: 4 Comments.
  • coonhoundqueen

    yes, for Sir Paul he could have farted this song in the shower. it is a pretty sad display of his grammy award winning talents, eh, what…

  • http://phrasemongers.wordpress.com/ Aaron Andersen

    Wonderful Christmastime is worse than “Got My Heart Set On You,” which is saying a hell of a lot. Weird Al skewered that one quite well.

    • http://www.davidjloehr.com/ David J. Loehr

      I need to start posting more of my backlog of songs…

  • Anonymous

    Nine years ago, I was in Krakow the week before Christmas. I rode the bus out to walk through Auschwitz; there were only five passengers on the bus. The sky was so gray and the snow was so deep that I couldn’t tell where the horizon was. But the driver was gaily singing along to “Wonderful Christmastime” on Polish pop radio as we rolled towards the camp. I will never be able to unpack that unlikely juxtaposition.