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Lyr Add: Shopping Shanty / Santa Come Back

Bat Goddess 27 Nov 02 - 08:14 AM
Charley Noble 27 Nov 02 - 10:31 AM
Julia 27 Nov 02 - 09:30 PM
Bat Goddess 21 Dec 13 - 11:40 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Shopping Shanty / Santa Come Back
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 27 Nov 02 - 08:14 AM

I just heard back from Brian Chadbourne, Portland, Maine, who wrote this marvelous holiday parody of "Paddy Lay Back."

What he said was, Of course you can publish the lyrics. I'm glad
they're still relevant after all these years!


And here they are (from a copy he gave me back in the '80s):

Santa Come Back (aka Shopping Shanty)

By Brian Chadbourne
sung to the tune of "Paddy Lay Back"

'Twas a cold and windy morning in December
When all of my money it was spent.
Where it went to, I really can't remember
So back to the credit union I went.

Chorus:
Santa come back! Take up the slack!
My Christmas list gets longer every year!
So why's it have to start before Thanksgiving?
It's enough to make me lose my Christmas cheer!

This year there was a great demand for presents
For my relatives and friends one and all.
So I jumped into my car feeling quite pleasant
But soon was looking for parking at the Mall.
Chorus

I was in the Toy Department when I saw 'em.
Such an ugly bunch I'd never seen before.
There were "Gobots," "Commandos" and "Transformers"
And "Laser Tag" games piled up on the floor.
Chorus

'Twas then I made my mind up that I'd leave there.
Get back in my car and homeward I would go.
The weather bureau told me it would be fair,
And soon the roads were covered with ice and snow.
Chorus

For old Jack Frost he knew a thing or two, sir,
And soon I found me off the road again.
'Cause I'd spent all of my money buying presents
And forgot to put my snow treads on again.
Chorus

So there I was once more again at Sears, boys.
The same old ruddy business over again.
So reach into your pocket and get your plastic
And listen to the register's refrain.
Chorus


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Shopping Shanty / Santa Come Back
From: Charley Noble
Date: 27 Nov 02 - 10:31 AM

Linn-

Thanks for checking this out with Brian and posting it for all to savor. Apparently I've folk-processed one line in the next to last verse where the rhymes repeat:

For old Jack Frost he knew a thing or two, sir,
And soon I found me off the road again;
'Cause I'd spent all me money buying presents,
And me ol' snow treads was wearin' pretty thin. (CHO)

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Shopping Shanty / Santa Come Back
From: Julia
Date: 27 Nov 02 - 09:30 PM

Great!! Sorry I didn't get the lyrics to you before, Linn- but you are some resourceful, you are! (been all drove up) Glad this thing is finally getting out- guess we sorta figured it had already.
have a good'un


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Shopping Shanty / Santa Come Back
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 21 Dec 13 - 11:40 AM

I'm late off the mark, but today's Press Room Shanty, Sea Music and Seasonal Song Singaround will be a good time to sing this song for the first time this season.

Thanks, Brian!

Linn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Shopping Shanty / Santa Come Back
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 22 Dec 13 - 08:21 PM

Fun song!


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