Wednesday, December 3, 2008

same old lang syne

Okay, I've come with a gripe. Light 96.9 plays nothing but Christmas music the day following Thanksgiving and I LOVE it, I keep the stereo on most of the time just to enjoy the wonderful classics that make the Holiday season so awesome. I'm talking goodies like -

Jingle Bell Rock
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer
Oh Holy Night
Merry Christmas from the Family
Chipmunk Christmas
Santa Claus is Watching You

The list goes on and on...

But the last few years I've noticed one song in particular that comes on several times per day and each time I find myself thinking - does this even classify as a Christmas song? Other than it mentions it's Christmas Eve? So today I googled the damned thing and shook my head in disbelief at the lyrics, the stupidity and honestly the oddity that places this little ditty on the radio with other Christmas tunes.

Don't take my word for it, above is the song on Youtube and below are the lyrics. I'm looking for other opinions here - what do you think??

Dan Fogleberg "Same Auld Lang Syne

Met my old lover in a grocery store
The snow was falling Christmas Eve
Stole behind her in the frozen foods
and I touched her on the sleeve
She didn't recognize the face at first
but then her eyes flew open wide
Tried to hug me and she spilled her purse
and we laughed until we cried
Took her groceries to the checkout stand
The food was totaled up and bagged
stood there lost in our embarrassment
as the conversation dragged
Went to have ourselves a drink or two
but couldn't find an open bar
Bought a six-pack at the liquor store
and we drank it in her car
We drank a toast to innocence, we drank a toast to now
Tried to reach beyond the emptiness
but neither one knew how
She said she'd married her an architect
Kept her warm and safe and dry
She said she'd like to say she loved the man
but she didn't like to lie
I said the years had been a friend to her
and that her eyes were still as blue
But in those eyes I wasn't sure if
I saw doubt or gratitude
She said she saw me in the record store
and that I must be doing well
I said the audience was heavenly
but the traveling was hell
We drank a toast to innocence we drank a toast to time
We're living in our eloquence, another old lang syne
The beers were empty and our tongues grew tired
and running out of things to say
She gave a kiss to me as I got out
and I watched her drive away
Just for a moment I was back in school
And felt that old familiar pain
And as I turned to make my way back home
the snow turned into rain.


Tania said...

Yeah that seems like a damper to the Christmas spirit there. You should call the radio station....maybe they don't really know what the song is about? :P

Lawfrog said...

I think they toss this song on for the New Year's Eve aspect of it, which isn't really a Christmas thing so yeah, I don't know why it's on Christmas radio, so to speak.

That said, I must admit that I love this song:)