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Songs: Thank Goodness For Christmas

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Oh thank goodness for Christmas
Well done Mary and the Holy Ghost
It's extremely convenient
That you had baby Jesus
When we needed a party the most

Oh thank goodness for Christmas
Without it we'd all get S.A.D.
It's so dark, dank and wet
From November to Feb
Fairy lights give off Vitamin D

Oh thank goodness for Christmas
Christmas dong ding dong ding dong

Oh thank goodness for Christmas
It's saving the economy
Think of all those employed
Making mince pies and toys
And the huge Beano Book industry

Oh thank goodness for Christmas
We can clear out the drinks cabinet
Booze bought on holiday
All goes down the same way
As the fancy brandy your Auntie sent

Oh thank goodness for Christmas
Christmas dong ding dong ding dong

Oh thank goodness for Christmas
A showcase for the BBC
We'll get new Doctor Who
Strictly Come Dancing too,
Morecambe And Wise from the seventies

Oh thank goodness for Christmas
Keeping the fitness business afloat
If we didn't all eat
Chocolate and cake all week
In Jan all of the gyms would be closed

Crackers and Christmas trees
Would go to waste
If Christmas disappeared
What would we do on Boxing day?

Oh thank goodness for Christmas
Every year I get to write a song
You might like it or not
But at least you have got
To admit that it's never that long

Oh thank goodness for Christmas
Christmas dong ding dong ding dong
Oh thank goodness for Christmas
Christmas dong ding dong ding dong
Oh thank goodness for Christmas
Christmas dong ding dong ding dong



Published by Wipe Out Music Publishing

I wasn't planning on writing a song for Christmas 2011 - I was so busy sorting out 'Dinosaur Planet' that I didn't really have time to do one, let alone to publicise it, but when Fika Recordings got in touch to ask if I'd be up for writing one for their Advent Calendar, well, how could I refuse?

The idea for the song went through many permutations - it was initially called "Thank F*ck For Christmas" then over the course of a long walk with The Baubles On My Tree wandered into becoming a general GUIDE to How To Do Christmas before staggering back to the gentler idea of listing just why Christmas is so ACE. The first verse popped up straight away, but then it was a bit of a struggle to think of vaguely amusing/daft things to bring up to be thankful for which, in a KRAZY kind of way, were also sort of true.

I sent the first version of this tune to The Validators, only for Frankie Machine to suggest AMENDING the tempo and the key, which I duly did, removing several extraneous KEY CHANGES (tho obviously there's still one in there) and putting in the middle bit about Boxing Day. The Validators then recorded their own parts seperately before sending them back to me for MIXING.

I did have an idea to do a video for it featuring various football teams singing their club songs, as it sounds like a football song to me, but ALAS there wasn't the time. Maybe next year?



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