Dec 25, 2006
Twelve Lyrics of Christmas
Do you remember… back in ~’96 when someone made a quiz of ‘80s songs that you had to identify by recognizing a few words snipped from the lyrics? Yeah, well, if you don’t, go here.
But for today, a variation with just Christmas songs, most of which are not considered “traditional” unless you’re Jerry and friends.
Have Yourself a Quizzy Little Christmas
- Woof, woof! Woof-woof-woof!
- Sister Suzie sitting on a thistle
- …Light blue
- Not too shabby!
- Just the thing I need, how nice!
- Four pounds of back bacon.
- And...dig this, man...he did it all in one night, man
- But now Vixen's in therapy and Donner's still nervous
And the elves all got jobs working for the postal service
- He threw the breaker and the lights came on
And we sang Silent Night
- But when I got home I bugged, cause under the tree
Was a letter from Santa and the dough's for me
- Ten voices harmonizing
…Eight angels watching
…Four mighty missionaries
…Three praying preachers
And He gave me the victory, victory
Unless you're Jerry, feel free to provide answers/guesses in the Comments section. Provided, of course, that you make some effort to add your own. And Jerry, please feel to augment to your heart's content.
Bonus points to whomever recognizes/significantizes today's illustration.
13. ...and that I must be doing well.
Posted by: Phil | Dec 25, 2006 12:29:13 AM
1. that barking dogs version of "Jingle Bells"
3. "All I Want for Xmas is My 2 Front Teeth"
5. "Hannukah Song" by Adam Sandler
6. Tom Lehrer's Christmas song (I can't remember the title just now)
7. Bob and Doug McKenzie
11. "Christmas in Hollis" by Run-DMC (!!)
Posted by: georg | Dec 25, 2006 4:02:44 PM
Hi-larious that you've pegged Jerrysan as the one who CANNOT participate in this! Even if he wasn't so schooled in Christmas songs specifically, his music lyrics knowledge is over the top. I am jealous. And I can't name any of these!
Posted by: Jenny | Dec 25, 2006 7:37:48 PM
is that the rave scene from GO?
Posted by: georg | Dec 25, 2006 9:15:14 PM
Georg -- you are so bloody awesome! (And correct.) I wonder if Go! has any chance of becoming the new A Christmas Story for the Gen-Y set. Jerry introduced me to Christmas in Hollis. Oddcidentally, I discovered a different song -- Christmas in Compton -- while searching for the lyrics to Christmas in Hollis (I had confused my neighborhoods in part because I've seen several comedic references to Compton in the last few months.)
Jenny -- I cannot believe you can't name any of these! I know all our brains work differently, but gosh I thought your language aptitude would have won you at least a few. Then again, maybe you've been more successful at avoiding pop culture?
Hint (not really) to No. 12 -- I heard this song on WNCU a few weeks ago and damn, it rocked.
BTW -- I really really hate the modern American Christmas. The combination of (a) the commercialized co-option of what could be a really lovely religious holiday and (b) the fact that the schlock runs nonstop multimedia for more than a month really drives me nutes.
Hey, and Ms. Pinky -- do I get to share Jerry's bonus points for using Yiddish in a post about Christmas? I swear, it just came out. I wasn't trying to score!
Posted by: Phil | Dec 25, 2006 9:55:20 PM
13 is that song by Dan Fogelberg, "Same Old Lang Syne." I'm a sucker for that one, still.
Oh, and 8 is Cheech and Chong. I love that bit, man.
Posted by: minty | Dec 26, 2006 3:21:09 PM
But where is Joseph Spence? And how would one transcribe his lyrics?
Posted by: Marianne | Dec 26, 2006 10:28:13 PM
Marianne -- bonus point to you for making me look up Mr. Spence on Wikipedia. I don't have a good answer for you, other than to ask if Bobby McFerrin has also done any Christmas tunes.
Georg - p.s. funcidentally, "The Christmas Song" *is* the title of Lehrer's Christmas song.
Minty -- :-)
Posted by: Phil | Dec 27, 2006 5:56:09 PM
Oh, and here one last holiday lyricbefore I (presumably) move on to other blog topics:
14. Lymon is the reason!
Posted by: Phil | Dec 27, 2006 6:01:20 PM
14. For years I couldn't sing the correct lyrics to 'Good King Wenceslas'.
Posted by: Dave | Dec 27, 2006 7:04:27 PM
1. Those fabulous barking jingle bell dogs
2. That morning show staple "The twelfth thing at Christmas that's such a pain to me..." Have no idea who did it.
5. Adam Sandler's Channukah song
7. Great White North's "On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a beer!"
8. I want to say King Missile, but I might be getting it confused with "Jesus is So Cool!"
10. Robert Earl Keen's Merry Christmas From the Family (my personal favorite non-traditional Chrismas song)
13. Dan Fogelberg's "That Auld Lang Sine."
How about this one:
15. Do we open up the gifts or send them back? (Send them back!)
As for the new Christmas Story, I've got one and only one nomination: Bad Santa.
Posted by: Michael | Dec 28, 2006 11:12:26 PM
I realized a little bit ago that today is the fifth day of Christmas, which of course brings to mind one of the more fun Christmas lyrics ever: "Fiiiiiiiiiive Goooooooolden Riiiiiiinnnnngggssss!" (sung at top volume). I plan to shout this with like-minded people today, given the opportunity.
I'd forgotten that Go! takes place at Xmas time! Must add that to the list of snarky Christmas movies to watch (along with, so far, Bad Santa).
I heart Robert Earl Keen.
Posted by: Grace | Dec 29, 2006 12:54:36 PM
Holy crap. Dave's Lymon commercial just really freaked me out.
Posted by: Grace | Dec 29, 2006 1:05:07 PM
was there yiddish in this post? I can't see it.
Posted by: pinky | Dec 30, 2006 8:25:58 PM
pinky, I think he meant "schlock"--it was in the comment, not the post.
Posted by: minty | Jan 3, 2007 11:41:24 AM
8. is by cheech and chong
Posted by: alex | Jan 14, 2007 10:36:20 PM
1. I'm not sure if I have the right recording, but I think the well-known version is Ruff Mix by Wonder Dog.
2. Twelve Pains of Christmas -- Bob Rivers Comedy Group
3. All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth
4. Santa Baby -- Eartha Kitt ("Santa Baby, a '54 convertible, too -- light blue."
5. The Hanukkah Song -- Adam Sandler
6. The Christmas Song --Tom Lehrer
7. Twelve Days of Chrismtas -- Bob and Doug McKenzie
8. Santa Claus and His Old Lady -- Cheech & Chong
9. The Night Santa Went Crazy -- Weird Al Yankovic
10. Merry Christmas from the Family --Robert Earl Keen
11. Christmas in Hollis -- Run-D.M.C.
12. Twelve Days of Christmas -- recorded by (I think) Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson. An amazing gospel recording I'd like to own. I found a sample of a Johnson recording on the 'net but it doesn't quite sound like the version I heard on the radio. (The radio version sounded like a live recording and the online sample sounds like a studio cut. Damn.)
Thank you for playing.
Posted by: Phil | Jan 14, 2007 11:20:43 PM
All the lyrics for Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson's "Twelve Days of Christmas"
Come on children this is the last day get excited
On the Twelfth Day of Christmas Jesus gave to me
Twelve month to lift him
Eleven willing workers
Ten voices harmonizing
Nine wild geese
Eight angels watching
Seven days to pray
Six musicians playing
Five songs to sing
Four mighty missionaries
Three praying preachers
Two shouting shoes
And He gave me the victory, victory
Posted by Sonya on the internets.
Posted by: Phil | Sep 26, 2007 12:36:37 AM