I Believe in Father Christmas

I had a completely different song planned for today’s post. With the weather here in the NYC area (low to mid 70’s) today and tomorrow, combined with my attitude this year; I think this song by Greg lake is more poignant.

The history of the song is equally interesting, from Wikipedia:

I Believe In Father Christmas” is a song by Greg Lake (most famously a member of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer), with lyrics by Peter
Sinfield. Although it is often categorized as a Christmas song this was not
Lake’s intention. Lake claims to have written the song in protest at the
commercialization of Christmas. Sinfield however, claims that the words
are about a loss of innocence & childhood belief.

The song is often misinterpreted as an anti-religious song and, because of
this, Lake was surprised at its success. As he stated in a Mojo magazine
interview: “I find it appalling when people say it’s politically incorrect to talk about Christmas, you’ve got to talk about ‘The Holiday Season.’ Christmas was
a time of family warmth and love. There was a feeling of forgiveness,
acceptance. And I do believe in Father Christmas.

And I do believe in Father Christmas, I’m just not expecting much from him this year:

They said there’ll be snow at Christmas
They said there’ll be peace on earth
But instead it just kept on raining
A veil of tears for the virgin’s birth
I remember one Christmas morning
A winters light and a distant choir
And the peal of a bell and that Christmas tree smell
And their eyes full of tinsel and fire

They sold me a dream of Christmas
They sold me a silent night
And they told me a fairy story
’till I believed in the Israelite
And I believed in father Christmas
And I looked to the sky with excited eyes
’till I woke with a yawn in the first light of dawn
And I saw him and through his disguise

I wish you a hopeful Christmas
I wish you a brave new year
All anguish pain and sadness
Leave your heart and let your road be clear
They said there’ll be snow at Christmas
They said there’ll be peace on earth
Hallelujah noel be it heaven or hell
The Christmas we get we deserve


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