Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Pet Peeve

One thing that gets my ire up (channeling my inner Ed Anger here) is the mischaracterization of Jingle Bells as a Christmas song. Of course, the song has nothing to do with Christmas, but a little peek into history reveals a much richer backstory than I had ever expected.

Without further ado, here's a link to a story which exposes the drag-racing, rock and/or rolling origins of the song. After reading it, I suddenly realized why most renditions of the song only include the first verse.

Heh, just wait until my post about the possible origins of Santa Claus "iconography".


zombie rotten mcdonald said...

You'll be happy to know that the Barenaked ladies do a version with all the verses, the latter two at an appropriately breakneck speed.

Substance McGravitas said...

A young couple - one of 'em kinda loose - racing away on a crazed-with-speed donkey is close enough.

Smut Clyde said...

They have stopped along the way and are encouraging their angels to bathe in the fountain, in violation of municipal directive 16(c)/i.