I was flipping around on my car radio last night on the way home from a friend's house and came across a show of rock-related Christmas music on one of the stations. Apparently, the Beatles used to record albums specifically for their fan club and send them out around Christmas. Usually, they covered other Christmas songs on these albums. Once, they didn't.
And the result was the truly stultifying "Christmas Time Is Here Again", which does not quite set the record for minimal and banal lyrics, but gets frighteningly close. I can only conclude that this is one of those things that's only really interesting if you are stoned out of your mind. Possibly not then. And it goes on for what seems to be forever. I didn't actually time it, mind you, but "forever" was the definite impression that Gretchen and I had of how long the song was continuing.
At this point, I'm sure that some of you -- who have been fortunate enough to avoid ever hearing this sad beastie -- are being skeptical about the whole thing. But through the magic of the Internet, there are numerous web sites that will allow you to see the lyrics. One of them is here:
You've Been Warned