Monday, March 08, 2004

The Passion of the Snowman

This is an old chestnut of mine that I usually perform in December, but Mel Gibson's latest action thriller has made it kind of topical, so what the heck.

Several years ago at a Christmas party, some friends and I got to discussing the fact that Christmas carols used to be these deeply spiritually significant hymns, then gradually became more and more secular, and the ones that have been written in the last fifty years--"Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" and "Up on the Housetop, Click Click Click" and so on--have no more depth than the average advertising jingle. I thought it that it was time someone wrote a Christmas song that recaptured the true meaning of the holiday while retaining the pop accessibility of the modern songs. This is how it came out. (Tune of "Frosty".)
    Christ the messiah
    Was the son of god they say
    With a virgin mom and a perfect birth
    In a manger full of hay

    Christ the messiah
    Was the king of all the Jews
    When the Pharisees acted hard to please
    He just showed what he could do

    There must have been some magic in that silver grail he found
    'Cause when he put in fish and bread...
    There was enough to go around! (Yum!)

    Christ the messiah
    Was as holy as can be
    All the poor folks said he could raise the dead
    And he made a blind guy see

    But Christ the messiah
    Really made the Romans mad
    So the local boss said to build a cross
    And to put thorns on his head

    Thumpity-thump-thump, thumpity-thump-thump
    Watch him drag his cross!
    Thumpity-thump-thump, thumpity-thump-thump
    While all the kids throw rocks! (Ouch!)

    Christ the messiah
    Died for all our sins that day
    But though his blood was shed, the disciples said...

    He'll be back again someday!

See what I mean? It takes the story of Jesus and gives it a little excitement, a little pizzazz.

Pity I didn't think to offer it to Mel as the theme song for his movie. Woulda fit right in, after I added a verse about scourging.

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