Creepy Christmas Carols

I love Christmas carols, but some of them are downright creepy if you think about the lyrics a bit.

I didn’t really notice it much until a colleague commented that “Baby It’s Cold Outside” may possibly be a story about sexual violence, rather than a harmless, coy flirtation between two people in love. Now I can’t hear the song without getting creeped out.

Then all of a sudden many Christmas songs seemed suspect. A friend commented on “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” whose lyrics are ominous at best: He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake.

That’s enough to give a kid nightmares, I’d say. Heck, that’s enough to give an adult nightmares. I’m gonna start keeping mace under my bed just in case.

And then there’s “Winter Wonderland,” in which a couple performs a mock marriage ceremony officiated by a snowman and later they “dream by the fire” about the plans they made. Yes, that’s what the song is really about. Which isn’t creepy, but it’s a little strange.

“Santa Baby” is a song dedicated to the me-first selfish mentality, and seems to be about a woman with a sugar daddy who she hopes will marry her. Weird at best, and creepily anti-feminist at worst.

I don’t know. I’m re-evaluating some of these Christmas tunes this year…

4 Responses

  1. Great post! Don’t forget Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, where the other reindeer laugh and call him names. That is, until the head honcho puts him in the Number One spot. Then they all change their tune. Hypocrites.

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