Friday Five: Bah Humbug, Volume 2
Just in case you don’t like your Christmas season as warm and fuzzy as those slippers you received last year from Aunt Frieda and Uncle Milton, we have a solution. Two years ago, back in our The 9513 days, we did a double-wide edition of our Friday Five that included all the songs that really would give you a “Blue Christmas.” Logically enough, that list included that Ernest Tubb track. So here we go again, celebrating a list of songs that might just give Santa the blues. What are your favorite depressing Christmas songs?
5. Robert Earl Keen – “Merry Christmas from the Family”
Keen celebrates everything tragically redneck in this terrific song about family dysfunction.
4. Toby Keith – “Santa, I’m Right Here”
Nothing kills that holiday spirit like homelessness.
3. Taylor Swift — “Christmases When You Were Mine”
Even when you’re making eleventy gajillion dollars a year, lost love can prove a holiday downer.
2. Asleep at the Wheel – “Christmas in Jail”
Ray Benson and friends celebrated a little too much and got to spend the holy night in deluxe stainless steel accommodations.
1. Raul Malo – “A Not So Merry Christmas”
Malo’s girl broke his heart and he longs for Christmas seasons of years past with her by his side.
- bob: Thanks Barry. Just reserved the Adam Gussow book. Sounds interesting.
- Barry Mazor: It may be over-stated, in arriving at practically a single explanation of everything, but Adam Gussow's book on lynching and …
- Leeann: Wow! Heavy topic and horrifying indeed! "Beer for My Horses" was all fun and games until that reference, I'll have …
- Barry Mazor: Everything else aside, the way that reporter fills us in, with must-have, pointless generational snark included, about who this "Little …
- luckyoldsun: "The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia" seems to be about a lynching--even if there's something about a judge …
- Arlene: Sorry. I meant to give the link for "Supper Time." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ58Kfe41kI
- Arlene: Another song sung by Ethel Waters: Irving Berlin's "Supper Time"
- bob: Powerful songs. I read the book "A Lynching in the Heartland" by James H. Madison about a dozen years ago. …
- Ron: Sky Above, Mud Below by Tom Russell is another.
- Jack Williams: Another Othis Taylor song from White African is "My Soul's in Louisiana."