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A Christmas Songs for 2020



Years ago, I wrote an obscure song with called “Christmas is the Saddest Day of the Year”. Entertainment Weekly rated it as one of the top 10 most bummer Xmas songs - right above William S. Burrough’s “The Junky’s Christmas”. I did this on a 4-track cassette recorder.rack cassette recorder with James Mastro. It's less of a bummer song, and more nostalgic. And very NYC.


Christmas is the saddest day of the year


Everything's so tinsel-bright and new

Giant snowflakes fill Fifth Avenue

Window shoppers whistling merry tunes

Wait in line to get a better view

Of something


That makes them feel alive

Like when they were a child

Waiting for the gifts to open

A round of "Jingle Bells"

Wish your loved ones well

Wish that you could be there with them


Christmas is the saddest day of the year


Carriage ride past skaters in the park

Buildings reaching up to neon stars

Lovers bundled up against the cold

Visions of sweet sugarplums at home

Or something


That makes you feel apart

And warms a jaded heart

Waited to restore your faith in

A verse of "Silent Night"

Tuck the child in tight

Wish that you could be there again


Christmas is the saddest day of the year

A round of "Jingle Bells"

Wish your loved ones well

Wish that you could be there with them

And make you feel alive

Like when you were a child

Waiting for the gifts to open


Christmas is the saddest day of the year

© Jill Sobule