Rich Chambers
Music Van Morrison - Lyrics Half-Hour Late

Story

The first song my band Half-Hour Late and I played together was Van Morrison's GLORIA. 
This was our first song in our first rehearsal, long before we ever came up with the name 
Half-Hour Late. So, when it came time to start doing Christmas gigs, we wanted to spruce 
the gigs up with something a little bit different. We figured we may as well change GLORIA 
to SANTA and have at er'. Of course, like many things pertaining to our band, this great idea 
was born out of a few pints of ale at our local pub. But when we sat down at our next 
rehearsal with lyrics that were jotted down on a beer coaster, we realized that it actually 
all worked--and it was an absolute blast to play and now record. I hope you like it!
Rich Chambers
Words and Music: Rich Chambers

Story

I wrote this song in 1994 while I was on a 40 minute jog. I started humming the chorus in the first kilometre of the run, and by the end of the 40 minutes, I had the chorus, verses, and all the lyrics in my head. It is pretty cool when songs come like this one did (I am still not sure why the heck I was thinking about Christmas songs during that particular jog -- it happened to be mid July). This version is a remake of the original 1994 version. I have always felt I could do the song better. I changed the key and sped it up from the original.

Lyrics

 

Let me tell you the true story of how rock n’ roll began
Way back in 1950 before it swept the land
It was Christmas Eve and all was still when I heard a faint sound
It came from way up north it was a band really gettin’ down
 
Rudolph was the drummer Santa clapped his hands
The elves sang loud while they played guitar it was a rockin’ Christmas band
Frosty was the bassman played so hot he melts his hands
Mrs. Claus on the tambourine they were Santa’s Rockin’ Band
 
Santa Claus decided it was time to spread some fun
So he hitched up all the reindeer for one more special run
He filled the stockings of Chuck and Buddy and little Elvis too
With rock n’ roll from the North Pole they’d know what to do
 
Rudolph was the drummer Santa clapped his hands
The elves sang loud while they played guitar it was a rockin’ Christmas band
Frosty was the bassman played so hot he melts his hands
Mrs. Claus on the tambourine they were Santa’s Rockin’ Band
 
Rock n’ roll may change but Santa’s band remains
And every Christmas Eve they still rock hard
So hard
‘Cause they believe in Christmas Eve
 
Rudolph was the drummer Santa clapped his hands
The elves sang loud while they played guitar it was a rockin’ Christmas band
Frosty was the bassman played so hot he melts his hands
Mrs. Claus on the tambourine they were Santa’s Rockin’ Band
Rich Chambers
Hugo, Luigi, Weiss

Story

I was about four years old when my mom bought a Christmas album simply called, "Snoopy's

Christmas Favourites." I had no idea what to expect, but it had Snoopy dancing on the record

album cover, so I figured that it had to be alright. The album contained a cover version of the

Royal Guardsmen's "Snoopy's Christmas" along with a pile of other kid friendly standard

Christmas tunes. I am not even sure if I could tell you the name of the band that was covering

the song, but it was a pretty darn good cover version, and I eventually almost wore out that

record from constant playing. Poor Mom got a little tired of telling me to stop playing that

record, particularly when it was mid-July. She eventually had to hide it from me, and only

brought it out on December 1st of each year.

 

When it came time to record my first Christmas album in 1994, "Snoopy's Christmas" was

near the top of my list for inclusion on the album.  The song, along with "Snow Miser Heat

Miser," has turned out to be one of my heaviest downloaded songs.  As a result, I decided to 

re-record it in 2010.  I hope you enjoy this updated version of "Snoopy's Christmas.  And in

the words of the Red Baron, "Merry Christmas Mein Friend!"

 

Lyrics

The news had come out in the First World War
The bloody Red Baron was flying once more
The Allied Command ignored all of its men
And called on Snoopy to do it again
 
Twas the night before Christmas 40 below
When Snoopy when up in search of his foe
He spied the Red Baron and fiercely they fought
With ice on his hands Snoopy knew he was stopped
 
Christmas bells those Christmas bells
Ring out from the land
Bringing peace to all the world
And good will to men
 
The Baron had Snoopy dead in his sights
He reached for the trigger to pull it up tight
Why he didn't shoot well we'll never know
Or was it the bells from the village below
 
Christmas bells those Christmas bells
Ring out from the land
Bringing peace to all the world
And good will to men
 
The Baron made Snoopy fly to the Rhine
And forced him to land behind the enemy lines
Snoopy was certain that this was the end
When the Baron cried out "Merry Christmas Mein Friend!"
 
The Baron then offered a holiday toast
And Snoopy our hero saluted his host
And then with a roar they were both on their way
 
Each knowing they'd meet on some other day
 
Christmas bells those Christmas bells
Ring out from the land
Bringing peace to all the world
And good will to men

 

Rich Chambers
2010-10-17
Jules Bass & Maury Laws

Story

I've always loved Christmas, Christmas shows, and Christmas music. It started when I was a small kid. I can remember looking so forward every year to watching Frosty the Snowman or Rudolph on TV. There of course were no DVD's back then so my mom used to diligently scour the TV guides to make sure that she had me in front of the TV on the appropriate day and time. To miss one of these shows was devastating as the next chance to seem them would be a year later, which to a small child, was an eternity. The Christmas when I was 6, my mom said there was a show on TV that I might like. She said it was called "The Year Without a Santa Claus." Well, it happened to be the afternoon of Christmas Eve and I was way too fired up at that point to focus on much of anything, even to watch a Christmas special. Now that I am a parent, I realize my mom was trying anything to get me to settle down just for a few minutes. I finally reluctantly agreed to try and settle in to watch the show. It was a brand new Christmas special so I really did not know what to expect. As I started to watch, I thought to myself that it was an okay show ... until THEY Showed up. Oh yes, and for anyone who has seen the show, you know exactly who I am referring to when I say "THEY." The Snow Miser came on first with his ragtime based version of his theme song. I was all smiles. Then the Heat Miser came on with his somewhat bluesy based version of the same song. By that point I was hooked. For the rest of that Christmas Eve and the following Christmas day, I was randomly interchanging between pretending to be the Snow Miser and the Heat Miser. I think by Christmas dinner my mom was regretting putting me in front of that show the day before. You can bet when Christmas rolled around the next year, The Year Without a Santa Claus was at the top of my list as a "must see" show. Jump ahead to 1994 and my Christmas album Santa's Rockin' Band. Snow Miser and Heat Miser was a must for me to include on the album. My friend and bandmate Todd Foxcroft joined me on the vocals as the Heat Miser and I took the reins of the Snow Miser. Todd and I laid the entire track down in one take, and in doing so, had our engineer laughing so hard that he forget to press stop at the end of the recording. It was an awesome moment. Since then, my Snow Miser and Heat Miser song has been the most popular and requested song I have ever recorded. So much so that I decided to remaster it for Christmas 2010, adding some new life and dimension to those loveable Christmas curmudgeons. I hope you like it and Merry Christmas!

Rich Chambers
12/23/2013
Rich Chambers

Lyrics

It’s  a cold winter night, December 24th not a single cloud in the sky
The North Pole’s buzzing the elves are jumping 
they’ve packed the sleigh up high
The reindeer team is getting ready to fly
Around the world in world record time
 
Hold on Santa
Hold on Santa
Rudolph and they boys were clocked at a 110
Hold on Santa it’s Christmas Eve again
 
Santa stopped in Canada, Bangladesh and China, England and Mozambique
He flew a million miles all around the world while everyone was asleep
Milk and cookies were eaten on the run
So little time and so much work to be done
 
Hold on Santa 
Hold on Santa
Rudolph and the boys were clocked at 110
Hold on Santa it’s Christmas Eve again
 
Hold on Santa
Hold on Santa
Rudolph and the boys were clocked moving at Mach 10
It’s Santa Claus and it’s Christmas Eve again