I Believe In Father Christmas written by Greg Lake (of Emerson, Lake, & Palmer)
performed by U2
U2 released this just today for publicity to the (R)ed Wire website
As far as Christmas themed songs go by rock artists, I think Greg Lake's song is one of the strongest. (As I reread that sentance that might not be a huge statement...but I think its a solid song). I find it interesting to be one U2 would choose to cover. When I looked up the lyrics, I noticed the song provokes strong feelings with people.
According to one source, Lake wrote this as an objection to the commercialism of Christmas. He was concerned that the true spirit of Christmas was being lost in the marketing of the holiday.
And that is the way I hear the song. Others do not. Wondering if any of you might have a certain take.
They said there'll be snow at Christmas,
They said there'll be peace on earth,
But instead it just kept on raining,
A veil of tears for the Virgin birth.
I remember one Christmas morning,
The Winter's light and a distant choir,
And the peal of a bell and that Christmas tree smell,
And eyes full of tinsel and fire.
They sold me a dream of Christmas,
They sold me a silent night,
They told me a fairy story,
'Til I believed in the Israelite.
And I believed in Father Christmas,
And I looked to the sky with excited eyes,
Then I woke with a yawn in the first light of dawn,
And I saw him and through his disguise.
I wish you a hopeful Christmas,
I wish you a brave New Year,
All anguish, pain and sadness,
Leave your heart and let your road be clear.
They said there'd be snow at Christmas,
They said there'd be peace on earth,
Hallelujah! Noel!, be it Heaven or Hell,
The Christmas we get, we deserve.