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Encyclopedia > I Believe in Father Christmas
"I Believe In Father Christmas"
Single by Greg Lake
B-side(s) Humbug
Released November 1975 (UK)
Format 7"
Recorded 1974
Genre Progressive Rock
Length 3:32
Label Atlantic Records
Writer(s) Greg Lake / Peter Sinfield
Peak chart positions

"I Believe In Father Christmas" is a song by Greg Lake (most famously a member of Emerson, Lake & Palmer). Although it is often categorised as a Christmas song this was not Lake's intention. It is widely believed that Lake wrote the song in protest at the commercialization of Christmas and its effect on the Middle East. A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Look up humbug in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In music, a single is a short (usually ten minutes or less) record, usually featuring one or two tracks as A-sides, often accompanied by several B-sides—usually remixes or other songs. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Peter Sinfield (born on December 27, 1943 in London, England) is most famously known as the lyricist for early incarnations of King Crimson. ... // A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... “British Hit Singles” redirects here. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1995 re-release album cover of White Christmas A Christmas song is a song which is normally sung during the Christmas period, and usually has lyrical content addressing the holiday, the winter season, or both. ... The process of introducing a new product into the market is called commercialization. ... Christmas is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ...

The song is often misinterpreted as an anti-religious song and, because of this, Lake was surprised at its success. He said in a Mojo magazine interview: Mojo is a popular music magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

"I find it appalling when people say it's politically incorrect to talk about Christmas, you've got to talk about 'The Holiday Season.' Christmas was a time of family warmth and love. There was a feeling of forgiveness, acceptance. And I do believe in Father Christmas."

The song was recorded by Lake in 1975 and released separately from ELP, it is currently his only hit solo release. The original later appeared on the group's 1977 album Works Volume II. It has also appeared on several other ELP and Christmas compilation albums. Mostly notable of these re-releases is the 1995 album titled I Believe in Father Christmas which also featured a re-recorded version of the song by the whole band. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In popular music, a solo album is an album made by a current or former member of a band. ... Works Volume II is an album released in 1977 by Emerson, Lake & Palmer. ...

The video for this song contains shots of the Vietnam War which has led to complaints from some that it should not be shown with light-hearted Christmas songs. These images of rocket barrages, air strikes, and mobile artillery are a violent backdrop to a peaceful sounding song and create a hard-hitting message. Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000... Happiness is an emotional or affective state that feels good or pleasing. ...

The instrumental riff between verses comes from the "Troika" portion of Sergei Prokofiev's "Lieutenant Kije Suite" written for a 1934 film. In poetry, a stanza is a unit within a larger poem. ... Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (Russian: , Sergej Sergejevič Prokofijev; April 27 (April 151 O.S.), 1891–March 5, 1953) was a Russian and Soviet composer who mastered numerous musical genres and came to be admired as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. ... Lieutenant Kije (Подпоручик Киже) is a short story by the Soviet author Yuri Nikolaevich Tynyanov (1894-1943) published in 1927. ...

In recent years it has been covered by Human Drama (1999) and The Sloppy Horse (2006). Human Drama is a gothic rock/dark wave band[1][2] led by singer/songwriter Johnny Indovina[2][3]. They are primarily known for playing a mixture of sad acoustic and gothic atmospheric melodies. ... The Sloppy Horse is an alternative folk band founded in 2005 by lead singer/songwriter/guitarist Jasper Ægir. ...



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