A Post​-​Apocalyptic Christmas

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the first year I gathered stones
and built a Christmas pile
I placed my gifts underneath
and forced a hopeful smile
for once I had succeeded
in reviving olden ways
my aspirations turned to dust,
alone on Christmas Day

I gathered my gifts inside
and held them one by one
a burnt book, some canned food
and a rusty, broken gun
I laid them on my bed
in my dark, cold bunker here
and thought how much has changed
this holiday once filled with cheer

these fragments are all that remain
I sing them now to keep from going insane
a very merry Christmas to you,
if you have survived

I remember singing carols
to neighbors on the street
now they lie in shallow graves
their hearts no longer beat
I decorate these four walls
with images of St. Nick
I even found an old burnt tree
buried under brick

now it’s snowing again
these dark days never end
I used to send out Christmas cards
to family and my friends
but old ways die hard
and all of them have, too
I remember an old man named Elvis
singin’ the Christmas blues

these fragments are all that remain
I sing them now to keep from going insane
a very merry Christmas to you,
if you have survived

peace on earth, goodwill towards men
is what they used to say
but I celebrate alone on this doomsday

I try to block all these bad, bad thoughts
with all my favorite things I sought
a piece of ribbon, a shard of glass
I hear someone whisper
the voice of Christmas past

there was an old story
of one night long ago
not a creature was stirring
much like now, you know?
no one’s come for years
on this I cannot dwell
I’ll just keep singin’ these hopeful songs
that I knew oh so well

“o come, o come Emmanuel”

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from Singles, track released December 4, 2012

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Art Elliot Oakland, California

Art Elliot sings of apocalyptic futures, lost loves, bleak ice ages and depression-era folk art, among other topics.

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