Posts Tagged ‘Santa Claus’

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.

Little Richard, “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”

December 23, 2013
January 3, 1863 cover of Harper's Weekly, one ...

January 3, 1863 cover of Harper’s Weekly, one of the first depictions of Santa Claus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Okay, Little Richard is ripping off God knows how many other artists with this version of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” but he throws in a few original twists (the piano part is great) and nobody can goose a note like Little Richard. The song’s lyrics tell you to be good, but do you really doubt that Richard wants you to be naught.

The 2013 Compilation: Christmas in Cleveland, Vol. 1

December 15, 2013
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset; Clevelan...

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset; Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This year’s Christmas compilation reaches for the stars. Rock stars, to be precise. All the recordings come from members of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Here’s the track listing. I’ll be adding the songs to the blog as time permits.

  1. Chuck Berry, “Christmas”
  2. James Brown, “Signs of Christmas”
  3. Ray Charles (and Betty Carter), “Baby, It’s Cold Outside
  4. Sam Cooke, “Christmas Soul and RB”
  5. Fats Domino, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
  6. Jerry Lee Lewis, “I Can’t Have a Merry Christmas, Mary, Without You”
  7. Little Richard, “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
  8. The Everly Brothers, “Christmas Eve Can Kill You”
  9. The Coasters, “Frosty the Snowman”
  10. Aretha Franklin, “The Lord Will Make a Way”
  11. Marvin Gaye, “I Want to Come Home for Christmas
  12. Bill Haley, “I Don’t Want to Be Alone This Christmas”
  13. B.B. King, “Christmas Celebration”
  14. Elvis Presley, “Santa Claus Is Back in Town
  15. Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters, “White Christmas”
  16. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, “It’s Christmas Time”
  17. Big Joe Turner, “Christmas Date Boogie”
  18. Roy Orbison, “Pretty Paper”
  19. Jackie Wilson, “Deck the Halls”
  20. The Beach Boys, “Merry Christmas, Baby”
  21. The Beatles, “Christmas Time (Is Here Again)”
  22. Bob Dylan, “The Christmas Blues”
  23. Lead Belly, “Christmas Is A-Coming”
  24. Diana Ross & The Supremes, “Won’t Be Long Before Christmas”
  25. Woody Guthrie, “1913 Massacre”

Christmas Without You

December 12, 2011

John Popper and Eric ClaptonChristmas Without You.

A little harmonica, a little guitar.  What more do you want this early in December? You even get a little Whoopi.