Thanksgiving Carols


Christmas seems to be the only holiday that gets a soundtrack. Unfortunately, many people get quite tired of that soundtrack. I’ve had at least a few people tell me how much they hate Christmas carols, and I always have to explain to them that they really don’t.

They just hate the 25 or so Christmas carols that get played into the ground every year by the radio stations and malls. For these people, I picked out 12 great Christmas songs that aren’t played so much; do check them out.

Thanksgiving, on the other hand, doesn’t have nearly as much music. I can only think of four Thanksgiving songs.

One, Sleigh Ride, is generally associated with Christmas, but the “pumpkin pie” line really suggests more of a Thanksgiving jaunt.

Two, I’ve Got Plenty to Be Thankful For, is from the 1942 movie “Holiday Inn.” This movie spawned a much better-known Christmas tune for Bing Crosby, “White Christmas,” and let’s face it, “Plenty” isn’t that great. Even in the movie, Bing doesn’t sing it, just listens to it on a record player and makes sarcastic comments the whole time.

Three, David Stoddard’s “The First Thanksgiving,” told from the perspective of the Native Americans. (I’ve linked it before, you might remember it.)

Four, uh, well. I found another song about Thanksgiving just recently, but this one should come with a disclaimer. No cursing or anything graphic in it, but, well. I think you can figure out the problem with it by the name of the song.

It’s Rasputina’s “The Donner Party.” If you don’t know what the Donner Party is or what they’re most known for you may want to find that out first. Before you listen to the song. Then think twice before you listen to it. You might not want to eat Thanksgiving dinner ever again.

It’s alarming. It’s very alarming. I’m pretty sure it’s also totally fictional. … I certainly hope.

2 Responses

  1. Miki T-B

    Listening to Christmas carols wouldn’t be so bad if we didn’t have to start hearing them until Dec. 1. Having to listen to them all of November too gets to be a bit much. There should be NOTHING Christmas until Dec. 1.

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