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Community Post: 9 Surprisingly Dark Christmas Songs

1. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”

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Darkest lines:
“He sees you when you’re sleeping
He knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake”

2. “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer”

Darkest lines:
“When they found her Christmas mornin’
At the scene of the attack
There were hoof prints on her forehead
And incriminating Claus marks on her back”

3. “In the Bleak Midwinter”

Darkest lines:
“In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone”

4. “Down in Yon Forest”

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Darkest lines:
“Under that bed there runs a flood:
The bells of Paradise I heard them ring:
The one half runs water, the other runs blood:”

5. “We Three Kings”

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Darkest lines:
“Myrrh is mine: it’s bitter perfume
Breaths a life of gathering gloom.
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding dying,
Sealed in the stone-cold tomb.”

6. “The Christmas Shoes”

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Darkest lines:
“I knew I’d caught a glimpse of heaven’s love
As he thanked me and ran out
I knew that God had sent that little boy
To remind me just what Christmas is all about”

7. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

Darkest lines:
“The neighbors might think
(Baby, it’s bad out there)
Say, what’s in this drink?
(No cabs to be had out there)”

8. “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

Darkest lines:
“And the Christmas bells that ring there
Are the clanging chimes of doom
Well, tonight, thank God, it’s them
Instead of you”

9. “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

Darkest lines: The song has fairly normal lyrics, but it was inspired by the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the threat of all out nuclear war – so there’s that.

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