A New Dylan Christmas Song Uncovered

A New Dylan Christmas Song Uncovered

by Larry Fyffe

The unwavering detectives at the Untold Dylan offices have managed to lay their sleuth-hound paws on the lyrics of a yet-to-be-released new Christmas song by Bob Dylan.

For the pleasure of our readers only, we publish the song’s lyrics along with its title:

Hard Reindeer Are Gonna Fall

Oh where have you been, Rudolf?, my red-nosed son
Where have you been?, my sad young one
The other reindeer call me nasty names
I’ve been left out of all their reindeer games
I’ve been up early mornin’, lookin’ for a deer yard
And it’s hard, and it’s hard, and it’s hard
And hard reindeer a-gonna fall

Oh what have you seen?, my red-nosed son
What have you seen?, my sad-eyed one
I saw St. Nick’s throne with no body on it
I saw a red sleigh with grey fog all around it
I saw ten thousand children with stockings all empty
And it’s hard, and it’s hard, and it’s hard
And hard reindeer a-gonna fall

Oh what’ll we do now?, my red-nosed son
What’ll we do now?, my sad-eyed one
Well the weatherman, he ain’t so proud
I can lead Santa through the darkest cloud
With my red nose a-blinkin’, and my horns a-blowin’
The soles of those socks won’t be forgotten
I tell ya ol’ foggie, you ain’t hard
It’s not hard, it’s not hard, it ain’t hard

The eight other reindeer shouted
out with glee
And they all played games around the
Christmas tree
Everyone of them’ll go down in history
Rudolf, Dasher, Dancer, Donner, Vixen
Comet, Cupid, Prancer, Blitzen
The tree caught on fire and killed them all
Blazin’ reindeer meat’s a-gonna fall
And its hard, it’s hard, it’s hard, it’s very hard

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One comment

  1. In an exclusive interview, Untold learned that the above song has roots that go back to Woody Guthrie’s
    ‘Nineteen-Thirteen Massacre’.

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