Friday, December 23, 2005

Clyde Lasley and the Cadillac Baby Specials: Santa Came Home Drunk (Bea and Baby)

For whatever it's worth, here's my seasonal offering to this blog. Though, considering its theme is somewhat darker, perhaps it's more like a lump of coal. But damnit, we need more bummer Christmas songs! All this holiday cheer is grating on my nerves.

Interestingly enough, "Santa Came Home Drunk" isn't even the A-side. The A-side is called "Christmas Song" and it's not that "Chesnuts roasting on an open fire" piece of drivel you're force-fed every year. Instead, it's a real nice, raw bluesy number (this time sung by Lee Jackson) that questions whether Santa's coming or not. That same bluesy accompaniment is also used for "SCHD," though it's slowed down just a tad so that Clyde can mumble and growl the sad story of Santa going blotto.

Mr. Lasley raps over an eerie chorus that goes like this:

Ooooh, here comes Santa
Ooooh, here comes Santa
Ooooh, Santa's drunk again

Exchange "Shame on Santa" and "Poor Old Santa" in the next couple of choruses and you get the idea. In the interim, Lasley tells us that Santa got drunk last night and they tried to throw him out. It all started when he started drinking good gin. Then he progressed to whiskey and rum and then things turn almost surreal, especially when he starts dropping names of whiskey like Johnny Walker's. You'll just have to hear it for yourself, which you can do if you can locate Rhino's "Bummed Out Christmas" CD.

Oh, by the way, "Santa'll be around next year. See you later, my friends. I couldn't help it. I've been gettin' on this good golden gin." And the chorus fades along with the record.

I believe this record is from 1960, but I'm not sure. Corrections, if any, are appreciated.

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