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Lyr Req: Christians Roasting on an Open Fire

27 Mar 97 - 07:49 AM
LaMarca 27 Mar 97 - 08:56 AM
pagan with recipe book 27 Mar 97 - 12:11 PM
30 Mar 97 - 06:28 PM
GUEST 08 Nov 11 - 06:29 PM
GUEST 08 Nov 11 - 06:36 PM
Ross Campbell 08 Nov 11 - 08:22 PM
Charley Noble 08 Nov 11 - 08:52 PM
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Subject: Christians Roasting on the open fire-lyrics
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Date: 27 Mar 97 - 07:49 AM

I'm a nice person, really(!) but I'm looking for the rest of the words to the diabolically clever parody of the Christmas song "Chestnuts Roasting on the Open Fire".

The lines I know are: Christians roasting on the open fire Lions nipping at their toes

I do sing some pretty, and even reverent, songs too--honest!


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Subject: Lyr Add: CHRISTIANS ROASTING ON AN OPEN FIRE
From: LaMarca
Date: 27 Mar 97 - 08:56 AM

This lovely little ditty is the product of the over-fertile imagination of Joe Hickerson, folk archivist at the Library of Congress, and goes, as near as I remember:

Christians roasting on an open fire
Lions nibbling at their toes
Pagan carols being sung by a choir
While Romans raffle off their clothes
Everybody knows when Nero plays his violin
All of Rome will be a-glow
One dead Jew, and an Arab or two
Hare Krishna, to you.

The opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the sender (but they're not necessarily NOT the views of the sender, either...) Enjoy!


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Subject: RE: Christians Roasting on an open fire
From: pagan with recipe book
Date: 27 Mar 97 - 12:11 PM

so,LaMarca--you MAY be throwing an Ecumenical BBQ at your housewarming,huh? (other clever, but tasteless, remarks edited out here to preserve the dignity of the venue.....*grin*

'your favorite folk facist & box toter'


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Subject: RE: Christians Roasting on an open fire
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Date: 30 Mar 97 - 06:28 PM

Thanks for the "lyrics"! And I had no idea Joe Hickerson wrote them!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Christians Roasting on an Open Fire
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Nov 11 - 06:29 PM

Joe Hickerson is an old friend of our family, and we keep in touch with him.

After seeing him do this in the 70's at a house concert -- the tune haunting me for years as perhaps being unfinished -- I was compelled to finish it off with a second verse moving the joke from ancient history to contemporary times poking fun at today's insane clashes between world religions and cultures.

Being that we now live in the internet age, this newfound parody called for a video parody (vparody??) loaded with awful visual pun-ishment. Not to leave the viewer disoriented -- the video concludes with what most folks do -- enjoy a nice quiet little Christmas (or whatever it is) while pretending that anything on the other side of the front door does not exist.

The video is located at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHZHrkIA1r8 Please enjoy. Joe Hickerson has seen it and got a bang out of it (He did not hurt anything in the process).

Here are the lyrics. The version I got from Joe is from a recording of the house concert -- the words being slightly different than those above.

["A" part of the tune]
Christians roasting on an open fire
Lions nipping at their toes
Pagan carols being sung by a choir
Romans raffling off their clothes
Everybody knows when Nero played his violin
Ancient Rome was all a-glow
One dead Jew, and an Arab or two
Three wise men in starry night.

[the bridge]
You know Osama's on his way
He's got machine guns mounted on his sleigh
And Denny's offering him coupons for a Midnight meal
Two pancakes, one bomblette, what a deal!

["A" part and conclusion]
And so, I'm offering to do Bill Maher
A-Huff, Dan Savage, Micheal Moore
Although its been tried many times, many ways
Hare Krishna, Hare Rama, Hare Krishna to you.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Christians Roasting on an Open Fire
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Nov 11 - 06:36 PM

Note: I gave my re-incontroversion of Joe's parody the name "The Latter-Day Christmas Song" to mark the bidirectional historical insignificance of the parody (or perhaps this is now a Parody to the second power?).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Christians Roasting on an Open Fire
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 08 Nov 11 - 08:22 PM

The Latter-Day Christmas Song (Christians Roasting On An Open Fire)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Christians Roasting on an Open Fire
From: Charley Noble
Date: 08 Nov 11 - 08:52 PM

Ross-

Thanks so much for providing the link to that tasteful rendition.

You owe me a new keyboard.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Christians Roasting on an Open Fire
From: Stringsinger
Date: 09 Nov 11 - 01:34 PM

And Have a Nagilah.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Christians Roasting on an Open Fire
From: Stringsinger
Date: 09 Nov 11 - 01:38 PM

Have two, they're small.


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