Happy Holidays

by Sweet Soubrette

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1.
Dear Santa 02:49
Dear Santa, I know that it’s been a while and I know that I’ve been out of touch it’s hard to believe that it’s been a whole year and that everything’s changed so much I still wake up when I hear footsteps like I did when you used to come down from up north but I go back to bed and remind myself that you were always just traveling back and forth you were no saint but I was no good for goodness sake we did what we could it was a gift but I think we misunderstood I imagine you’ve been keeping busy and you won’t spend this Christmas alone yeah those five golden rings didn’t mean a thing but I guess that I should have known remember how we’d drive around all night with the stars overhead and the snow coming down I could never decide to be naughty or nice when I knew you were coming to town you were no saint but I was no good for goodness sake we did what we could it was a gift but I think we misunderstood I hope that you’re well and you’re happy days merry and bright that’s sincere anyway I’ve been a good girl and I think I deserve a new handbag and an iphone this year
2.
In winter when the snow comes down And turns the city into the North Pole It makes me want to shelter somewhere We can keep each other warm We could decide to stay in bed all day Or start a war with snowballs We could slide down slopes and inclines In a flying saucer Let’s build an igloo We can live like Eskimos Let’s build an igloo Run around in snowshoes Let’s build an igloo We’ll kiss by rubbing nose to nose Let’s build an igloo We’ll stay warm in ice and snow We’ll pack the snowfall into ice bricks And we’ll form them into a round dome We’ll line with furs and sealskins And we’ll call it home Let’s build an igloo We can live like Eskimos Let’s build an igloo Run around in snowshoes Let’s build an igloo We’ll kiss by rubbing nose to nose Let’s build an igloo We’ll stay warm in ice and snow And the polar bears can come and share Our cosy little den And the reindeer they can stay near If we need some other friends But we’ll be the only people As far as the eye can see Cause our love is snow blind baby And there’s only you and me Let’s build an igloo We can live like Eskimos Let’s build an igloo Run around in snowshoes Let’s build an igloo We’ll kiss by rubbing nose to nose Let’s build an igloo We’ll stay warm in ice and snow Let’s build an igloo Faces rosy from the cold Let’s build an igloo We can learn to take it slow Let’s build an igloo Where we can take off all our clothes Let’s build an igloo We’ll stay warm in ice and snow
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The littlest reindeer Doesn’t pull the sleigh It’s no bigger than a toy All it wants to do is play It rides in Santa’s pocket And nibbles cookie crumbs Drinks eggnog from a thimble With a drop of spicy rum It has tiny little antlers And its tiny little hooves Make a tiny little tapping On the chimneys and the rooves The littlest reindeer Wears a single jingle bell So everybody listening Can tell that all is well And it wears a sprig of mistletoe Oh everywhere it goes So when it sees you sleeping It can kiss you on the nose It has tiny little antlers And its tiny little hooves Make a tiny little tapping On the chimneys and the rooves You might think that it’s an ornament Nestled in the fragrant pine Till it gives a candy cane a lick A twinkle in its eye And it prances on the branches With a caper of delight In a multicolored halo Formed by every winking light The littlest reindeer Is a pampered pet Out of all the other reindeer Santa loves this one the best And when the night is over It settles down to sleep In a stable made of gingerbread Beneath the Christmas tree It has tiny little antlers And its tiny little hooves Make a tiny little tapping On the chimneys and the rooves
4.
A very special season’s here It comes around just once a year And with it comes a special treat It’s very strong and sickly sweet And though you don’t like to admit You wait all year for that first sip Nothing else comes near it It fills you with the holiday spirit Peppermint schnapps Peppermint schnapps Better than candy from a candy shop Drink it down to the very last drop Peppermint peppermint schnapps When Santa brings his sack of loot You want to leave him something good To make him feel like he’s at home And drive the chill from his old bones Oh milk and cookies can be nice But they don’t melt that polar ice He needs something more warming To keep him flying till the morning Peppermint schnapps... The wise men brought to Bethlehem A bottle of the stuff Cause frankincense and myrrh don’t help much When the going’s rough The souls of a thousand candy canes That drowned in alcohol Distilled so when you drink it You don’t feel a thing at all For Christmas family gathers close As Father Son and Holy Ghost You've come up with a dozen ways To make it through the holidays And every single one begins With pouring out a little drink And if you get hung over You'll go ahead and pour another Peppermint schnapps...
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We were young and broke, but we didn’t care You had your pocketwatch, I had my golden hair We were just scraping by, waiting to make it big I was an ingénue, you were just a kid But it was Christmas eve, didn’t know what to do How could I hope to buy some kind of gift for you Ain’t got no trust fund hon, ain’t got no savings bond Just got my student loans, the clothes that I’ve got on I want to give you something that I can’t afford Let you believe with me we’re really not so poor You see that package waiting underneath the tree It’s just a token of how much you mean to me Frankincense (here’s what I wish, what I imagine) Gold and myrrh (that I could give, give what you are worth) Put them in (this is the gift, gift of the magi) The manger (it’s not a fraction of all that you deserve) I used to window shop, I would never tell There was a pair of combs made out of tortoiseshell I tried them on one time, put up my long long hair If I were rich and famous that’s what I would wear You wore your father’s watch, it was a vintage piece It made you feel like fifty million bucks at least But it was fastened with a flimsy nickel chain You wanted better but you said it’s all the same I want to give a token to you of my love A little luxury to keep your spirits up I’ll cut and sell my hair, the only gold I’ve got To buy a golden chain for your pocketwatch Frankincense (here’s what I wish, what I imagine) Gold and myrrh (that I could give, give what you are worth) Put them in (this is the gift, gift of the magi) The manger (it’s not a fraction of all that you deserve) I can’t forget the look that flashed across your face When I walked into our apartment late that day And I took off my hat revealed a pixie cut Gave you a little box told you to open up You pulled out the golden chain that lay inside Were you about to laugh were you about to cry You said I shouldn’t have, because your watch was sold So you could buy for me a pretty pair of combs

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Original holiday songs by Sweet Soubrette, recorded live between 2009 and 2013 at the annual holiday recording parties produced by Meg Reichardt of musical duo Les Chauds Lapins.

To hear the other songs recorded at these parties, check out holidayrecordingparty.bandcamp.com.

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released December 1, 2011

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Sweet Soubrette Brooklyn, New York

Sweet Soubrette features the songwriting, vocals and ukulele of Ellia Bisker, whose dark, edgy "existential indie rock" has won fans' hearts and critical praise since the release of debut album Siren Song. She is joined by a talented backing band, often featuring as many as 8 musicians onstage. Sweet Soubrette's fourth album, Big Celebrity, was released in 2016. ... more

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