Saturday, December 22, 2018

Jukebox Saturday Night for Dec 22nd, 2018: The Christmas Edition -OR- The Lifting and Raising of Glasses for Santa Baby


"Wonderful Christmastime" by Paul McCartney (1979)

McCartney recorded this during his Wings period, although the song itself was released as a single and is strictly his doing. However, other members of Wings appear in the video accompanying it (see above).

The only issue is that when I hear the lyrics, "To lift a glass …"

… I immediately think of the shrieking, yowling Hysterical One -- that was the sort of thing he said. That and "ROCK ON! ROCK ON! ROCK ON!" and "I'LL BE DROPPIN' YA NAME IN A YEEEEAAHH!!!" while making those facial contortions as if having grand mal palsy episodes.

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"The Little Drummer Boy" as performed by Bing Crosby from his album I Wish You a Merry Christmas (1962)

This song was written in 1941 by Katherine Kennicott Davis and was originally known as Carol of the Drum and according to Wikipedia, is based upon a traditional Czech song, Tluče bubeníček.

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For the next song, it's one I cannot help but liking -- despite the fact some of the lyrics are designed to insult the listener (while raising money for famine victims in Ethiopia at the time) …


"Do They Know It's Christmas Time?" by the charity "supergroup" Band-Aid (1984)

Some of the more memorable lyrics:

And there won't be snow in Africa this Christmastime
The greatest gift they'll get this year is life
Where nothing ever grows
No rain nor rivers flow
Do they know it's Christmastime at all?
Here's to you
Raise a glass for everyone
Here's to them
Underneath that burning sun
Do they know it's Christmastime at all?

(More of that "lifting" and "raising a glass" stuff.) You can read about the song here including its re-releases for other charities.

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And we'll end with a fun Christmas song …


"Santa Baby" by Eartha Kitt (1953)

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OK, that's all for now. See my previous two entries tonight here and here.

--Regulus

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