Monday, December 18, 2006

Christmas Songs

There are Christmas songs that I like. There are ones that I hate. And there are ones that are annoying.

But there is only one song that I both love and hate, or course not at the same time.

I'll be home for Christmas
You can count on me
Please have snow and mistletoe
and presents on the tree

Christmas Eve will find me
Where the love light gleams
I'll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams

Now look at those lyrics. This is not a happy song. The person singing is NOT coming home for Christmas, and depending upon your interpretation, may never come home. He is asking that the holiday traditions continue in his absense, giving him some solace in his loneliness.

It is a sad and poignant song; one that reminds that holidays are more than just days off, parties and gifts. It reminds that it is the traditions that holds families together, even when they are not geographically together.

So when this song is sung with a snappy, upbeat rhythm; when the singer is happy; when it implies that the person is actually coming home; I get torqued.

Don't these people listen to the words?

I know the answer, they don't. I also knew someone who played "When a Man Loves a Woman" at their wedding for their first dance.


klank said...

what if a man loves another man ;)

Julia said...

Hopefully anyone in love, regardless of gender, would pay attention to the lyrics of the song they picked.

As for the link, WTF???

carolyn said...

IIRC, I'll be home for Christmas was released during WWII, and became a hit precisely BECAUSE so many of those men weren't coming home for Christmas or ever. The song always makes me tear up, pretty as it is.

Making it upbeat is tantamount to sacrilege and those recording artists should be smacked.