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Christmas has started really early this year around these parts. (I guess by ‘Christmas’ I mean the decorations in the shops and ads on the telly and whatnot, which is kind of horrible when you think about it, if that’s what ‘Christmas’ has become in my head, but anyway, I digress).

I’m not a fan of Christmas coming straight after Halloween, personally, but it’s obviously wormed its way into my conciousness somehow. I’ve done the whole ChrisReaDrivingHomeForChristmas thing once or twice so this has come out as a Christmas driving song. Even more unusual for me, it’s a character song, meaning I was thinking when I was writing it, ‘What’s this guy going to do next’. Normally I’m thinking from my own perspective.

I almost did a Christmas song last year but I flaked on it, so I’m moderately happy that I’ve had this germ of an idea now.

I should warn you though, that this does not end well…


Going homeward I look through the window,
It’s cold and the snow coats the mountains,
Passing by me these long miles down the road,
Looking forward to meeting and greeting.

It’s you I return to,
It’s you I would love to,
It’s you and I see you,
It’s you and I need you,
The talk of the town
And the world, you’re so pretty,
I love you so much,
Come here and sit with me.

I see you, I wanted to be there,
Fire lit and tree smothered in tinsel,
Christmas and the warmth of the season,
Good will to all men and all women.

It’s you I return to,
It’s you I would love to,
But I got interrupted,
Did not see it coming,
More than half way home,
Got caught in a car crash,
As they cut me out,
I bled out on the roadside.
So I won’t be back,
Goodbye my darling,
I will miss you so,
I am so sorry.


from Throwing S​*​*​t at a Wall, released January 1, 2011
Everything by Bill.




Bill Coleman Ireland

Makes music with a laptop, a guitar and a pile of live-recorded loops. Reminds people of Eels, Flaming Lips, Talking Heads...

Spent 2011 writing and recording a song a week - check out the "Throwing S**t at a Wall" album.

Currently working on his third studio album.
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