Posts Tagged ‘Holiday’

The Everly Brothers, “Christmas Eve Can Kill You”

December 23, 2013
Scrooge's third visitor, from Charles Dickens:...

Scrooge’s third visitor, from Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. With Illustrations by John Leech. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. First edition. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The winter’s flaking snow is brushin’ through the pinewood trees
I stuff my hands down deep inside my coat
I think of years ago and half remembered Christmas trees
And faces that still warm me with their glow
The cold and empty evening hangs around me like a ghost
I listen to my footsteps in the snow
The sound of one man walking through the snow can break your heart
And stopping doesn’t help, so on I’ll go
And Christmas eve can kill you
When you’re trying to hitch a ride to anywhere

The icy air I’m breathin’s all that keeps me on my feet
I feel like I’ve been walking all my life
A car goes runnin’ by; the man don’t even turn his head
Guess he’s busy bein’ Santa Claus tonight

The saddest part of all is knowin’ if I switched with him
I’d leave him stumbling ragged by the road
I’d ride that highway to arms of my sweet family
And forget about the stranger in the cold
And Christmas eve can kill you
When you’re tryin’ to hitch a ride to anywhere

And as I walk I’m singing to myself ‘O Silent Night
Hopin‘ I can save those other souls
Oh, God forgive the man that drives right by the other man
Take pity on the stranger in the cold
Cause Christmas eve can kill you
When you’re tryin’ to hitch a ride to anywhere

This song flips the whole “There but for the grace of God go I” bit on its head in a devastating manner. God bless us and forgive us, everyone.


Jerry Lee Lewis, “I Can’t Have a Merry Christmas (Mary, Without You)

December 23, 2013
Publicity photo of Jerry Lee Lewis.

Publicity photo of Jerry Lee Lewis. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A dear friend in New York City was listening to this year’s playlist and emailed me to confirm that this is Jerry Lee Lewis. It is, indeed, the Killer in a more honky tonk mode than we tend to associate him with. How many Christmas songs are there about that special person who is missing at the end of December. I Can’t Have a Merry Christmas, Mary (Without You) deserves to be played more often. It may not be “Christmas, Baby, Please Come Home,” but it captures the melancholy side of the holiday.

The Pretenders — Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

December 16, 2011
English: Chrissie Hynde in concert. Taken Augu...

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Everything is a little better with Chrissie Hynde.  Meet me in St. Louis, Akron . . .

The PretendersHave Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Teddy Thompson — Christmas

November 28, 2011

Teddy Thompson performing “Christmas.”┬áNot a very good recording, but it’ll do.


The Stanley Brothers Christmas is Near

November 27, 2011

The Stanley Brothers–Christmas is Near.

Christmas Time Is Here. . . Again

November 25, 2011

I’ve been away for awhile, but I’m back with holiday songs that have appeared on holiday recordings

This is Ivy with Christmas Time is Here.