Manic Recession Medley: Paint Xmas Black/Snowstorm of Your Love
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I see a red bough and I want it painted black
No xmas colors cause I want them to turn black
I see the kids walk by dressed in their xmas clothes
Global recession’ or depression don’t they know?
A smaller pile of gifts and they’re all painted black
With santa claus and reindeer never to come back
I wanna see it painted, painted black
I wanna see it painted, painted, painted, painted black

Woah, girls, that’s so dark and gloomy--not really a nice xmas song.
Xmas is supposed to be a happy time. You know, filled with delusions and a healthy dose of denial… 

Ok dad, whatever… how bout this?:

Its getting so cold
the wind blows across the skies
you’ll soon be right here,
To give us our dawn surprise.
you’ll be here with presents soon
you’ll be here although the snow is falling

We’ve been waiting so long
To be there unwrapping
In the snowstorm of your love

That’s what I’m talking about… optimism spitting in the face of inclement weather.  That’s the xmas spirit!... 
Now, we really do have to talk about your presents this year…