Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Miles Davis and Bob Dorough "Merry Xmas (To Whom It May Concern)"

So there I was searching for a Miles Davis Christmas song, cause I'm thinking if Miles did a Christmas song it would be awesome. And it turns out the one that I found IS!

Bob Dorough a wonderful jazz vocalist, who you might remember from School House Rock, sings the song. This is wonderful stuff, kind of dark, but true and while not cheery like a lot of Christmas songs, I think it should be on every Christmas playlis. If nothing more then to make us think about the true reason for the season.

Blue Xmas

Merry Christmas
I hope you have a white one, but for me it's blue
Blue Christmas, that's the way you see it when you're feeling blue
Blue Xmas, when you're blue at Christmastime
you see right through,
All the waste, all the sham, all the haste
and plain old bad taste

Sidewalk Santy Clauses are much, much, much too thin
They're wearing fancy rented costumes, false beards and big fat phony grins
And nearly everybody's standing round holding out their empty hand or tin cup
Gimme gimme gimme gimme, gimme gimme gimme
Fill my stocking up
All the way up
It's a time when the greedy give a dime to the needy
Blue Christmas, all the paper, tinsel and the fal-de-ral
Blue Xmas, people trading gifts that matter not at all
What I call
Bitter gall.......Fal-de-ral

Lots of hungry, homeless children in your own backyards
While you're very, very busy addressing
Twenty zillion Christmas cards
Now, Yuletide is the season to receive and oh, to give and ahh, to share
But all you December do-gooders rush around and rant and rave and loudly blare
Merry Christmas
I hope yours is a bright one, but for me it bleeds

Miles Davis

Bob Dorough

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