It’s that time of year again when it’s practically impossible to escape the sound of Christmas songs on the radio, television or even when you are out shopping.
Most Christmas songs I like, there are a few I love and look forward to, but there are a handful that I don’t like, and a couple that I really can’t bear to listen to at all.
Second from bottom comes Little Drummer Boy, which I know a lot of people like, but it just gets on my nerves with the constant “rum-pa-pum-pum rum-pa-pum-pum” all the way through.
But the Christmas song that I loath the most, and by a long shot too, is Stop The Cavalry by Jona Lewie. I don’t know really why I don’t like it, but that Northern England brass band sound with the “oom-pah” just really irritates me. Trouble is, once I hear it, I can’t get the wretched thing out of my head, and so for the next few hours I have to listen to my inner self humming “Rum tum taddle um old John Bradelum, tum tum taddle um pom pom pom” and so on to the point where I want to literally scream.
Yesterday evening Debbie and I were watching television, when on it came, I think in a commercial. We both looked at each other and went “aaarrrggghhh!”, and while I tried hard to forget that I had heard it, she kept humming different bits of it, to which I responded “STOP IT”, “SHUT UP!”, “AAARRRGGGHHH!” etc, but it did no good…
So, having heard it again (in my head) this morning, I thought it was time to write a wretched article about this wretched song and try to bury it once and for all – at least until the next time I hear it.
Is there a Christmas song that really drives you nuts? If so, please leave a comment to let us know, and what it is about it that irritates you.
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