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…