Father Christmas (3:42)

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“Father Christmas” is a 1977 single by English group The Kinks. While it failed to chart upon release, it has grown in popularity and is a Christmas staple on some radio stations. It tells the story of a department store Santa Claus who is beaten up by a gang of poor kids who tell him to give them money instead of toys.


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When I was small I believed in Santa Clause
Though I knew it was my dad
And I would hang up my stocking at Christmas
Open my presents and I'd be glad

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  • nick_honest

    best Christmas song ever!

    9 May 3:22am Reply
  • JerryZola25

    classic track

    24 Dec 2013 Reply
  • G8Rbuttercups

    Love it:)

    5 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Jester0one

    Now it feels like Christmas.

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • frearson10

    My favorite Christmas song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    7 Jun 2013 Reply
  • corkontheocean

    I can't believe I've never heard this before!

    13 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Peter88Online

    Much better to hear this on the radio with Christmas than Mariah Carey

    25 Dec 2011 Reply
  • gurrapan

    Give us some money!

    24 Dec 2011 Reply
  • nikkibemiller


    6 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Jester0one

    It's just not Christmas without it

    23 Nov 2011 Reply

    Finnally, a Christmas song i havent heard yet! Go Kinks!

    13 Dec 2010 Reply
  • snappygirl

    Christmas=Xmas= CRISTOSmas in Latin or CRISTOVmas in Greek, take no offense. The X is just an abbreviation using the first letter of the name in Latin or Greek and dates back to first century A.D. I still like the whole word "Christmas" for English speakers, however, since most don't know Latin anymore.

    13 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Blindtiger

    I look forward to hearing this one each year.

    7 Dec 2010 Reply
  • mythfit

    Such an uplifting song! :D /sarcasm

    19 Nov 2010 Reply
  • nur_giggi

    absolute creative Ray

    5 Jun 2010 Reply
  • plaidsheep

    by far, one of my most favorite Christmas tunes.

    23 Feb 2010 Reply
  • skipspence

    x means ten in latin

    12 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Braveshell

    This is pretty old... 1978 I think, so that is why the Steve Austin ref is current to it. Great Christmas track though. Christmas or Xmas... hey the Christians hijacked a PAGAN festival date anyway, so it doen't really matter. The Pagans got the date first.

    12 Jan 2010 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    doesnt X in roman or latin mean christ,so in theory xmas is as correct as christmas,or thats what I've always understood.

    25 Dec 2009 Reply
  • mortytoad

    "Don't give my brother a Steve Austin outfit", HA! Six Million Dollar Man reference. Just now noticed it.

    20 Dec 2009 Reply
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