Emerson Lake & Palmer: I Believe in Father Christmas Meaning
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Song Released: 1975
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I Believe in Father Christmas Lyrics
They said there'd be peace on Earth
But instead it just kept on raining
A veil of tears for the Virgin's birth
I remember one Christmas morning
A winter's light and a distant choir
And the peal of a...
anonymous Dec 5th, 2012 12:55pm report
This is a song about losing the illusion of Christmas as a child, but Lake himself said this is not an anti-religion song. The last verse is actually an indication of hope, albeit veiled.
This is the quintessential anti-Christmas, anti-Christian song.
It's about a man who stopped believing in Santa Claus AND in God a long time ago. He remembers how happy Christmas made him as a child, when he believed in both the birth of Jesus ("the Israelite") and in Santa Claus (or, as he's known in Britain, "Father Christmas"). But one year, he caught someone (probably his father) putting presents under the tree, and realized that Santa Claus wasn't real. He was just a fairy tale his parents told him, so that he'd behave.
And over time, the man came to believe that Jesus and God were just another fairy tale his parents told, to trick him into being good.
Even as an adult, the man remains bitter at being lied to. He wishes he could still believe in God, as he once believed in Santa, but he can't.
He envies people who still do.
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