Cruel Yule (1996)

Additional musicians:

Lead Vocal:  Phil Sick

Backing Vocal:  Tess Gillard

Guitar: James Bellamy

Away in a Manger and A Christmas Carol:  Laura and Rebecca Davies

Cruel Yule - Stephane Herridge
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It’s Christmas Eve and the shops are closing

The chill of the air means that night’s approaching

For some it’s mulled wine between cupped hands

For others it’s a dog end and soup from a van

It’s Christmas Eve and the pubs are closing

Back of a cab, dribbling and dosing

You’re so pissed you’re tired and yawning

But you’ll start again on Christmas morning

Christmas present just like Christmases past

Cruel Yule

 

The vicar puts a dress on the sermon begins

The Ten Commandments and the seven deadly sins

Same old faces, sanctimonious to the last

Tell that to the turkey with a skewer in his arse

Christmas present just like Christmases past

Cruel Yule

 

The older generation is senile and smelly

The spend all their time in front of the telly

It’s a fucking nuisance and a crying shame

When they fart when they shouldn’t and don’t know your name

A modern day story for most it’s a mare

Everyone appears but no one really cares

Society is shrinking, parents getting frightened

Children still grow up thinking they’re entitled

Christmas present just like Christmases past

Cruel Yule

 

Is it worth the waiting for, if you happen to be poor?

All you ever get is Cruel Yule

Christmas present just like Christmases past

Cruel Yule

Christmas is coming the goose is getting fat

Go and put a penny in the old man’s hat

If you haven’t got a penny a ha’penny will do

If you haven’t got a ha’penny then fuck you.

 

Materialism, annihilism, hypocrisy and greed

Good old fashioned values which human nature bleeds

It’s less than we can hope for and more than we deserve

It’s just another lesson which remains to be learnt

It’s a salutary tale where, as each year passes

Greater division between the classes

Now more than ever the evidence is there

When Christmas comes and war is declared

Christmas present just like Christmases past

Cruel Yule

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