The Taser's Edge

Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern)

You may find you recognize Bob Dorough’s voice on this 1962 piece with Miles Davis, as Dorough later did some more famous and educational work.  In addition to writing and singing this song, Dorough also recorded again with Miles, then with Blossom Dearie, and later with John Zorn, in addition to recordings as a leader and soloist with his voice and his piano work.

I love this Christmas song because of its social consciousness.  More Christmas songs need to be this depressing, as Christmas can definitely be depressing.  Lyrics follow the video:

Merry Christmas
I hope you have a white one, but for me it’s blue

Blue Christmas, that’s the way you see it when you’re feeling blue
Blue Xmas, when you’re blue at Christmastime
you see right through,
All the waste, all the sham, all the haste
and plain old bad taste

Sidewalk Santy Clauses are much, much, much too thin
They’re wearing fancy rented costumes, false beards and big fat phony grins
And nearly everybody’s standing round holding out their empty hand or tin cup
Gimme gimme gimme gimme, gimme gimme gimme
Fill my stocking up
All the way up
It’s a time when the greedy give a dime to the needy
Blue Christmas, all the paper, tinsel and the fal-de-ral
Blue Xmas, people trading gifts that matter not at all
What I call
Bitter gall…….Fal-de-ral

Lots of hungry, homeless children in your own backyards
While you’re very, very busy addressing
Twenty zillion Christmas cards
Now, Yuletide is the season to receive and oh, to give and ahh, to share
But all you December do-gooders rush around and rant and rave and loudly blare
Merry Christmas
I hope yours is a bright one, but for me it bleeds