♫ I Believe In Father Christmas ♫

I had never, to the best of my knowledge, heard this one before, but since David mentioned that it was one of his favourites, I decided to check it out.

I Believe in Father Christmas (aka Santa Claus) is a song by English musician Greg Lake with lyrics by Peter Sinfield. Although it is often categorized as a Christmas song, this was not Lake’s intention. He said that he wrote the song in protest at the commercialization of Christmas. Sinfield, however, said that the words are about a loss of innocence and childhood belief. Released in 1975, the song reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart, but only made it to #95 in the U.S.

I got a chuckle out of this bit of trivia …

In 2005 Lake wrote a letter to The Guardian about the song, in answer to a reader question regarding whether it was possible to survive on Christmas royalties alone:

“In 1975, I wrote and recorded a song called “I Believe in Father Christmas”, which some Guardian readers may remember and may even own. It was a big hit and it still gets played on the radio every year around December, and it appears on more or less every Christmas compilation going. So I can tell you from experience that it’s lovely to get the old royalty cheque around September every year, but on its own, the Christmas song money isn’t quite enough to buy my own island in the Caribbean. I’m on tour at the moment and the Christmas song is as well received now as it was 30 years ago – maybe even more so. If Guardian readers could all please request it be played by their local radio stations, maybe that Caribbean island wouldn’t be so far away – and if I get there, you’re all invited.”

I Believe In Father Christmas
Greg Lake

They said there’ll be snow at Christmas
They said there’ll be peace on earth
But instead it just kept on raining
A veil of tears for the virgin birth
I remember one Christmas morning
A winter’s light and a distant choir
And the peal of a bell and that Christmas tree smell
And their eyes full of tinsel and fire

They sold me a dream of Christmas
They sold me a silent night
And they told me a fairy story
‘Till I believed in the Israelite
And I believed in father Christmas
And I looked to the sky with excited eyes
‘Till I woke with a yawn in the first light of dawn
And I saw him and through his disguise

I wish you a hopeful Christmas
I wish you a brave new year
All anguish, pain and sadness
Leave your heart and let your road be clear
They said there’ll be snow at Christmas
They said there’ll be peace on earth
Hallelujah, Noel be it heaven or hell
The Christmas we get we deserve

Songwriters: Greg Lake / Peter John Sinfield / Serge Prokofieff
I Believe In Father Christmas lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Music Sales Corporation

26 thoughts on “♫ I Believe In Father Christmas ♫

  1. You never heard this song before? I’ve been hearing this since the 70’s … It gets played all the time on classic rock stations! Also, you must not be a Emerson, Lake & Palmer fan. I have always loved this tune. I don’t even listen to classic rock stations anymore … only classical … but I have it on a CD of Christmas tunes that I burned many years ago, when you could D/L tunes for free … the good old days, when everything on the internet was free.

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    • No, if I ever heard it, I’ve long since forgotten. And now, I’m really going to look like a cultural throwback when I tell you that until yesterday, I had never heard of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, either! Sigh. I’m not sure where I’ve been all my life! 😉

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  2. OMG…this song brings back so many memories Jill. My best friend and I spent a lot of Christmas Eves together…our families were close…and this song was always one of, if not THE favorite of all. Just a great, great song!

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  3. Timely one Jill.
    Never liked it though, it came along through the beginning of our very hard years, and when we looked forward to Christmas as our one reward in crap years and did not need someone telling us how they felt about Christmas…while making money out of it.
    That said I dislike Paul McCartney’s smug shallow ‘Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time’ even more.
    Hurrrrrmmmmph! 😤
    (Give me ‘Must Be Santa’ by Bob Dylan any day of the week)🎅🏻
    Tomorrow I’ll best wishes for you and yours. 😉

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    • Ahhhh … and that is the wonderful thing about music … we each take something different from it, each interpret it our own way. I’m sorry you didn’t like this one, and I have duly noted your request for Dylan’s song! 😉

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        • Oh yes, I do know that, Sir Roger!!! 🤣

          Harrrrummph back to you! Now, since it’s officially Christmas Eve, how about you trade the Harrrrummmph in for a smile for the next day or even two?

          Thank you, my wonderful friend, and I wish the merriest Christmas and lots of love to you and Sheila, as well as the rest of your family! The moggies, who have been veritable brats today, send their love and Christmas wishes also … 😻😻😻😻😻

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          • Hey you kitties,…..you don’t want Santa to bring a big sloppy dog into the house who will wander about, slobbering over you and sitting on you do you?…….🙀🙀🙀🙀🙀….now be good for Gwannie!
            Yep! I’ve had my pre-Christmas Hrrrummmmph! And hoping my Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and UK Boxing Days will be nice 🎄 🌲 🌳….intended image 👴🏻 (but with a mop of hair)

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              • Good kitties 😽😽😽😽😽. My son as his family have adopted two kittens (Mabel & Kirby) who have been having fun this Christmas morning with lots of discarded wrapping paper.
                It is a different song isn’t it? There are lots of versions in a less boisterous but for us who remember the early sombre and sober Mr Dylan, this is so much fun and an older him saying ‘What The Heck!’ 😃
                Hope your Christmas Day is going ok Jill (16:23pm GMT here)

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                • Our babes had fun with wrapping paper and bows, but most of all boxes … those kids love boxes better than anything in the world, I think! I bet Mabel and Kirby won your heart, didn’t they? We went shopping at the local pet store for the babes’ Christmas stocking a few days before Christmas, and I was enamoured of the kitties … it seemed that they all were begging me with their sad eyes, to take them home. Sigh … never could resist a pair of eyes in a furry face! However, daughter Chris, recognizing the look in my own eyes, quickly grabbed me by the arm and made me go sit in the car while she and Miss Goose finished the shopping!

                  We did indeed have a fine Christmas, Roger! As usual, we shared a holiday meal with our Iraqi friends, Maha & Ali, and they are always a delight. But … I am exhausted and rather glad to have reached the finish line of this holiday.

                  Happy Boxing Day, my dear friend!

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