music? j/k: Music by Jan Krueger

Song: Battle Cry – “Not what it used to be...”

Liner notes

Without fail, every year, when christmas approaches, I get this feeling of "gosh, this is a lot of work!" I tend to agonize over gifts and dismiss 90% of ideas, usually ending up buying something not terribly inspired. Until that point I hate Christmas, and when that point is past, I tend to enjoy it.

That might have been an even more interesting theme for a song, but it just so happens that I wrote the song while the point of like hadn't arrived yet, and so it's a song about not liking Christmas in general. Even if that's not entirely the way I see it, it still does resonate with me on some level. I really do feel Christmas could be something rather more special without all the bits that feel almost obligatory. A time of year in which people come together and enjoy each other's company, keeping the traditional layout with the tree and all maybe, but not running off on a rampage through stores for a week.

But what we've got now you can make work for everyone, so I'll leave it to you to decide whether the song is more heartfelt or whin.

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Specs

Length3:40
Written on2014-12-20
Recorded on2014-12-23
Published on2014-12-23
ScheduleA fortnight
Quality levelExtended demo
My rating****

Words

Was on my way from work today, and I met Crowds all pushing every way, how could I forget It's that time once more, hitting every store Wondering how it ever worked before With that battle cry, they're hunting in the streets Looking for some love to buy and sweets Not much time left, everyone stressed Looking for the perfect piece to put under lit up trees Wracking their brains, there's so much thinking Create surprise with what they're wishing for It's so vexing, some have started drinking Brings back memories of the war With that battle cry, they're hunting in the streets Looking for some love to buy and sweets Not much time left, everyone stressed Looking for the perfect piece to put under lit up trees Candles given way to LEDs (so ecological) Fir has given way to plastic tree (more time to hunt for all) Tradition given way to ads, feelings given way to fads (Economy recovering from its fall) Festive mood has given way to gorging on cheap crap all day And not to mention giving cheer has given way to buying out of fear With that battle cry, they're hunting in the streets Looking for some love to buy and sweets Not much time left, everyone stressed Looking for the perfect piece to put under lit up trees Where do we go from here, from that arm's race We've looked so much at boxes instead of at each other's face Can't we take some time away from this, I think we'll see A different kind of gifting there would be But no With that battle cry, they're hunting in the streets Looking for some love to buy and treats Not much time left, everyone stressed Looking for the perfect piece to put under lit up trees With that battle cry, they're hunting in the streets Looking for some love to buy and sweets Not much time left, everyone stressed Looking for the perfect piece to put under lit up trees

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