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TTRH2.14 Bob Dylan TTRH Season 2 Ep 14 ‘Christmas’

Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour
Season 2 – Episode 14


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Theme Time Radio Hour – Your home for Yuletide Dreams, Xmas-Tree Themes and Santa Schemes

Well it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And for the next couple of hours, it’s going to sound like Christmas too. This is the special yuletide extravaganza edition of TTRH, chock full of Christmas themes, holiday dreams, and jingle bell schemes.

I heard the bells on Christmas Day

Their old familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet

The words repeat

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,

The belfries of all Christendom

Had rolled along

The unbroken song

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till, ringing, singing on its way

The world revolved from night to day,

A voice, a chime,

A chant sublime

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each bleak, accursed mouth

The cannon thundered in the South,

And with the sound

The Carols drowned

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;

‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said;

‘For hate is strong,

And mocks the song

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!’

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:

‘God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!

The Wrong shall fail,

The Right prevail,

With peace on earth, good-will to men!’

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas ?

People all over the world forgot about Merry

Too busy fighting wars

Trying to make it to Mars

Searching for light and can’t seem to find the right star

Searching for light and can’t seem to find the right star

Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas ?

-The Staple Singers

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Some people call Bob Seger the poor man’s Bruce Springsteen, but personally, I always thought Bruce was the rich man’s Bob Seger. I love ‘em both though.

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I think it’s actually against the law to do a Christmas programme and not play one of Charles Brown’s songs … this is one of the best.

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Dylan’s magnificent and seminal Theme Time Radio Hour series continues with this episode themed on Christmas, that time for families to bicker and fight; that time for getting drunk in the morning, staying drunk all day and watching repeats of rubbish movies on TV!

Of course, being XFM, this is another repeat! This was originally the 34th episode of Series 1 and was a special Two-Hour Episode themed on Christmas and New Year’s. I

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“Mommy quick come here
Santa’s sweaty and he smells of beer”
He says “kid shut your mouth, you give me a headache”
And he’s jolly and hairy
But it’s hard to be merry
When the guys at the bar all say he looks like a fairy
But he’s doing it just for the loot
The man in the Santa suit

Fountains of Wayne

Right now we’d like to say Feliz Navidad to all of our Cuban Friends!

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Shepherds quake at the sight

Glories stream from Heaven afar

This week’s show was broadcast on XM Satellite Radio on 19 December ’07.

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King Stitt was a toaster, and I don’t mean you could put bread in him…That was so good we might play it twice!

To all of our friends listening in behind bars, we know you made mistakes, we’re sorry you have to be there, but Merry Christmas to all of you, from all of us here, at Theme Time Radio Hour.

Yap, it’s another repeat! Being atheist and a tad cynical, we’re not big fans of the whole Christmas debacle! That’s why I changed my forename by deed poll to Scrooge!

However, there are a lot of things we like in this show!

Lotsa literary stuff, as usual. There’s a reading by Dylan of the 1822 poem “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore; as well as a reading of the 1862 poem “Christmas Bells” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Some Charlie Dickens also!

That vile cretin Oliver Cromwell rather strangely gets spoken about. Damned seventeenth century puritans! Almost as bad as all these fucking twenty-first century puritans!

Lotsa guest this week. We get Matt Groening, Steven Wright, Barry White and others.

Typically varied songs across the show, of so many various musical styles – blues, punk, ballad, jazz, rock steady, reggae, Cuban, South African, etc etc etc!

Some great blues tracks here by the likes of Hop Wilson and Sonny Boy Williamson as well as a “non-blues” track from the great bluesman Leadbelly.

Some really good numbers such as that from Gerry Mulligan & Judy Holiday, The Bellrays,Bob Dorough & Miles Davis etc.

I liked the title of this one; I Want A Casting Couch For Christmas!! We guess that Marilyn Monroe wrote the lyrics!

Of course, being Xmas, a few of the songs are turkeys! We’ll let em slide!

Bob is in rare form with the witticisms and the bad jokes! He must’ve had his snout in the Christmas punch bowl (or around the Xmas pipe!) for a few hours before recording!

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If you’re spending Christmas in Jamaica, you might see Santa riding a cart and a donkey !
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I don’t need to tell you anything more about Sonny Boy Williamson, we’ve played him a lot on TTRH. Here’s Sonny Boy with his hands in his baby’s dresser drawer, and you wouldn’t believe what he’s trying to find!

One of the most popular features on Theme Time Radio Hour is the double entendre – the song that says one thing and maybe means another. This one skates dangerously close to being a single entendre … Kay Martin played in a lot of hotel lounges; our paths crossed more than once when I was on the road. She’s a fine performer, always put on a good show!

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By the mid-60’s Nancy Wilson was the second biggest seller on Capital Records. You know who number one was? That’s right, Glen Campbell! ….. Nah, I’m just kidding. It was the Beatles.

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The Three Wise Men – Caspar, Balthazar, and Melchior “Three names you don’t hear much any more…well, except for Balthazar!

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According to research, the most popular resolution in early Babylonia was to return borrowed farm equipment …I wish Harold would bring back my lawn mower.

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Irving Berlin struggled with writing a Christmas song. He stayed up all night writing it. The next day he told his secretary, ‘Grab your pen, and take down this song, I just wrote the best song I’ve ever written. Hell, I just wrote the best song anybody’s ever written.’ That’s pretty confident.

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We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, a pocket full of money and a cellar full of beer.


Swinging For Christmas (Boppin’ For Santa) – Tom Archia – (1948)

Christmas Is A-Comin’ – Leadbelly – (194?)

A Party For Santa Claus – Lord Nelson – (1963)

Sock It To Me Santa – Bob Seger & The Last Heard – (1966)

Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas ? – The Staple Singers – (1970)

Please Come Home For Christmas – Charles Brown – (1960)

Jingle Bells – Johnny Paycheck – (1967)

It Must Be Christmas – Gerry Mulligan & Judy Holiday – (1961)

Christmas Morning – Titus Turner – (1952)

Poor Old Rudolph – The Bellrays – (2001)

Blue Xmas – Bob Dorough & Miles Davis – (1962)

Far Away Christmas Blues – Little Esther & Johnny Otis Orchestra – (1950

Beatniks Wish – Patsy Raye & The Beatniks – (1959)

Don’t Believe In Christmas – The Sonics – (1965)

Christmas Tree – King Stitt – (1969)

Silent Night – Huey “Piano” Smith and the Clowns – (1962)

Must Be Santa – Brave Combo – (1991)

Mambo Santa Mambo – The Enchanters – (1957)

Fiesta De Navidad – Celia Cruz & La Senora Matancera – (1961)

Merry Christmas Darling – Hop Wilson & His Buddies – (1960)

Merry Merry Christmas – Alton Davis & The Lipsticks – (1972)

The Merriest – June Christy – (1961)

Truckin’ Trees For Christmas – Red Simpson – (1961)

Christmas In Jail – The Youngsters – (1956)

I Want A Casting Couch For Christmas – Kay Martin & Her Body Guards – (1962)

Santa Claus – Sonny Boy Williamson II – (1960)

Hello Mr. New Year – Cool Breezers – (?)

Happy Christmas, Happy New Year – Mabel Mafuya – (1958)

Christmas To New Year’s – The Larks – (1951)

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve – Nancy Wilson – (1965)

Here she be Dylanite dogs – in two different forms!

The full show on one mp3;

Xmas part 1

Xmas part 2

Various individual show components recorded as individual mp3s;


Part 2

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January 8, 2008 - Posted by | Music_ClassicRock, TTRH Season 2, _BOB DYLAN, _Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour, _MUSIC

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