There Is No Santa

from by Jed Davis

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Nestled snug by the Yule Log broadcast
Through the night it loops before you
Flames that burn but don't consume
Fake a fire that cannot warm you

And nothing's stirring in the chimney
Except the North Wind, blowing bitter
'Cause it knows Saint Nick wears red and white
Just to move more Coke in the winter.

And if there is no Santa
Then everyone's a liar
Daring you to try and piss out
A television fire
Like a snowbird on a wire

Ate your veggies, did your homework
Cheek turned to your schoolmates' mocking
Wonder why you've been left hanging
Empty as a stocking

A thousand clockwork soldiers marching
Bootprints scar the frosted pavement
Crushed tin hearts and rose-shaped cinders
And no one stoops to save them

And if there is no Santa
Who'll defend the dream you're clutching?
And what's the point of being good
When nobody's even watching?
In a movie, this shit might have been touching.

When it's your turn to fall
How will you let go?
Will you topple like an evergreen
Or drift to earth like snow?

Someone's got to rise and deliver
Prove there's more than take or leave it
Someone's got to hold out a hand
Say 'I love you' and really mean it

So who will wrap and who will ribbon?
Who will trim in lights and tinsel?
Who'll make sure it was worth every tear?
If you care at all, then you will

You say there is no Santa
You don't even know you're kidding
As the Yule Log glows behind the pile
Of the gifts you can't help giving
Like you just can't stop believing.
You just can't stop believing.


from In The Presence Of Presents 2006, released December 25, 2006
Words and music by Jed Davis
Published by Eschatonality/ASCAP

Jed Davis: vocals, keyboards
Sean Gould: guitars
Dan Green: bass
Joe Abbatantuono: drums
Produced by Jed Davis
Mixed by Pete de Boer at The Magic Shop, New York, NY
Engineered by Sean Gould and Merle Chornuk at Pilot Recording Studios, New York, NY
Mastered by Dave McNair


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