Posts Tagged ‘Christmas songs’

If We Make It Through December

December 29, 2020

“If We Make It Through December” written and recorded by Merle Haggard, 1973. Johnny Gimble on fiddle, Bobby Wayne on lead guitar.

“I got laid off down at the factory
And their timing’s not the greatest in the world
Heaven knows I been workin’ hard
I wanted Christmas to be right for daddy’s girl
Now I don’t mean to hate December
It’s meant to be the happy time of year
And why my little girl don’t understand
Why daddy can’t afford no Christmas here.”

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Xmas Done Got Funky

December 28, 2020

“Xmas Done Got Funky,” by Jimmy Jules (Charley C. Julien) & Nuclear Soul System, with Jackie Spencer.

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Merry Xmas (Says Your Text Message)

December 27, 2020

“Merry Xmas (Says Your Text Message),” written by Dan Kurtz and Martina Sorbara, performed by them with their band, Dragonette.

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Santa Claus Got Stuck in My Chimney

December 27, 2020

“Santa Claus Got Stuck in My Chimney,” written by William D.Hardy and Billy Moore, Jr.  Ella Fitzgerald sings the hokey tune with a sense of innocence in this recording, sounding younger than her years in this 1950 recording, accompanied by The Ink Spots.

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Bob Dylan’s Christmas Polka Party

December 27, 2020

Bob Dylan and friends perform a spirited version of Hal Moore and Bill Fredricks’ “Must Be Santa.” The tune was also recorded by Mitch Miller in 1961 and Lorne Greene (with a kiddie choir) in 1966. The hilarious British attempt by Tommy Steele, OBE is more Music Hall than polka. Brave Combo’s spirited “Dyno” (“push”) version of the tune may have been Dylan’s inspiration.

This track is included in the Christmas in the Heart recording, with royalties donated to charity in perpetuity.

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It’s Christmas Time for Everyone But Me

December 26, 2020

“It’s Christmas Time for Everyone But Me,” written by Dixie Deen and Ray King, best known for their truck driving songs, performed here by Buck Owens, king of the Bakersfield Sound. Don’t get confused by the Hank Ballard R&B tune of the same name.
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Christmas at the Airport

December 26, 2020

Nick Lowe’s 2013 Christmas song is based on a real travel experience. Nick recorded a strangely-moving solo acoustic version for Fordham University’s WFUV-FM.

Video: Writer/Director Scott Jacobson; Director of Animation: Matthew I. Jenkins; Animation, Composite and Effects: Travis Fowler, Brendan Davis, Joe Coleman of Bark-Bark.

Nick Lowe website

2020 note: Stay the hell home this Christmas. COVID-19 is not an appropriate yuletide gift.

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Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem

December 25, 2020

“Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem,” written by Arthur L. Phipps, performed by Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys.

The Judds also have an excellent version.

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Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights)

December 24, 2020

“Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights),” written and performed by JD McPherson.

JD McPherson website

2020 note: Stay the hell home this Christmas. COVID-19 is not an appropriate yuletide gift.

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Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects

December 24, 2020

“Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects,” written by Sharon Jones and Bosco Mann (Gabriel Roth), performed by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, released as the Daptone Records 2009 Christmas 45 (DAP-1048). The video was animated and directed by Ryan Louie.

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