♫ I Believe In Father Christmas ♫

Until last year, I had not, to the best of my recollection, heard this song.  On mention by David, I listened, liked what I heard, and played it here on ye olde blog.  When I played it last holiday season, most of my readers loved it, a couple hated it … no in-between on this one!  Love it or hate it, I think the lyrics are fitting … this year, especially.


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

21 thoughts on “♫ I Believe In Father Christmas ♫

    • As I said on your blog, I am so very sorry, my friend. It’s NEVER easy to lose a loved one, but it seems especially cruel when it happens at Christmas. My late ex-husband died on Christmas day, and even though we had been divorced for many years by then, it was heartbreaking. Big HUGS, dear Angie. ❤

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  1. Just about my all time favourite Christmas song, even though it might or might not be an objection to the commercialisation of the event, depending on which of them you believe! I love the video, and I traditionally (ok, I’ve done it for 6 years) start my Advent Calendar of songs with it. The Guardian letter is fantastic, it’s a pity he’s no longer with us.

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  2. Wow, my second favourite Christmas song of all time and there have been many songs in my lifetime. W get the Christmas we deserve, so maybe this year we’d better work towards peace on Earth and a good starting point would be peace in the U.S.Start 2021 showing President Biden is working for both sides of the divide and in the interests of the Country, not just one side.
    Cwtch and a BIG Thank you.

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    • I rather thought you might like this one 😉 Yes, I think we all need to work on that Peace on Earth thing, and start caring more about others than we care about material ‘things’. I’m glad if this song brought a smile to your face, Cariad.
      Cwtch

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