Springsteen, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”
I went on a couple a dates with a guy once who hated—hated, hated, HATED—Springsteen. And you know, honestly, I get it. The guy is so…well…Springsteeny, that sometimes it’s hard to take seriously. He’s an easy caricature, but goddamn the man wrote The River (which is regularly covered by Josh Ritter, because damn if I can’t tie any rant ever back to a Ritter song). If you can’t respect that songwriting, then I don’t want to know you, and I certainly don’t want to give you a second date if you can’t articulate your hate beyond “He’s just too much.”
ANYWAY. Dude and I got into a fight over Springsteen, and this song was one of the defenses in my arsenal. It’s clear Springsteen doesn’t take HIMSELF half as seriously as Detractor Boy took him, because no man who wears a red fur-trimmed Santa cowboy hat in front of 20,000 screaming fans (as Bruce does in this video) can be accused of being too earnest.
When I was looking for suggestions for this project, Sharon reminded me of this one. “I’d be sick of Springsteen’s ‘Santa Claus’ if he wasn’t cracking up during it,” she said. “That saves the whole thing.”
This isn’t actually the best, most jolly-filled version of this song, but I saw the hat and couldn’t pass it up. That saves the whole things.