Thursday, December 24, 2009

it's christmas eve in washington

For the past three years, I've posted the lyrics to "Christmas Eve in Washington" by Maura Sullivan, perhaps the corniest, most generally awful Christmas song in the history of ever. It is so saccharine that I can only listen to it once per annum lest my teeth rot out.

But is there no better way to commemorate Just Up The Pike's 1,000th post than with almost as many rousing renditions of this holiday classic? Take it away, YouTube! And thanks to everyone who's read, commented, guest-blogged for, e-mail-tipped, and job-offered JUTP over the years. This one's for you.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Just Up The Pike!

It's snowing tonight in the Blue Ridge
There's a hush on the Ches'peake Bay
The chimneys are smoking in Georgetown
And tomorrow is Christmas Day

The Tidal Basin lies quiet
The tourists have found their way home
Mr. Jefferson's standing the mid-watch
And there's a star on the Capitol Dome

It's Christmas Eve in Washington
America's hometown
For it's here that freedom lives
And peace can stand her ground

It's Christmas Eve in Washington
Our joyous wish to you
Is for peace, love and laughter
to last the whole year through

Snowmen peeking through the windows
It's warm with love inside
'Round the tree the children gather
Awaiting Santa's midnight ride

Mom and Dad are counting their blessings
Reflecting on all they've done
So thankful for another
Christmas Eve in Washington


Cyndy said...

Awww....that's so sweet! Have a Happy Sappy Christmas Dan!

WashingtonGardener said...

I do like the "America's home town" line. DC really should pick hat up and market the hell out of that.

Bowie Mike said...

Congrats Dan on # 1000. We may have to modify the lyrics to include something about the Senators voting on Christmas Eve Day.

chippy said...

Christmas Time in Washington
By Steve Earle

It's Christmastime in Washington
The Democrats rehearsed
Gettin' into gear for four more years
Things not gettin' worse
The Republicans drink whiskey neat
And thanked their lucky stars
They said, 'He cannot seek another term
They'll be no more FDRs'
I sat home in Tennessee
Staring at the screen
With an uneasy feeling in my chest
And I'm wonderin' what it means

So come back Woody Guthrie
Come back to us now
Tear your eyes from paradise
And rise again somehow
If you run into Jesus
Maybe he can help you out
Come back Woody Guthrie to us now

I followed in your footsteps once
Back in my travelin' days
Somewhere I failed to find your trail
Now I'm stumblin' through the haze
But there's killers on the highway now
And a man can't get around
So I sold my soul for wheels that roll
Now I'm stuck here in this town


There's foxes in the hen house
Cows out in the corn
The unions have been busted
Their proud red banners torn
To listen to the radio
You'd think that all was well
But you and me and Cisco know
It's going straight to hell

So come back, Emma Goldman
Rise up, old Joe Hill
The barracades are goin' up
They cannot break our will
Come back to us, Malcolm X
And Martin Luther King
We're marching into Selma
As the bells of freedom ring

Chip Py
Silver Spring

Thomas Hardman said...

No holiday could be complete without Root Boy Slim's Christmas at K-Mart.

I actually knew this guy, who was definitely a fixture in what would eventually become DTSS. He had a heck of a band, too.

I hope everyone had a Super Solstice and will have a Merry Christmas and the best of New Years.

Hugo said...

I also came in to post the lyrics to Steve Earle's Christmas in Washington!

chippy said...

Great Minds Hugo! Great Minds :)