2015 Musical Advent Calendar (December 2): Joseph, Who Understood

Today’s post comes from a recommendation by Ralph Hanson. The song is “Joseph, Who Understood,” by Vancouver’s New Pornographers (the band, not the occupation). This is a song you might not realize is a Christmas song without listening to the lyrics, but what kind of animal doesn’t listen to the lyrics?

It’s a fit for this list because it’s an original song, and it came out in 2007, part of the New Pornographers’ holiday EP “The Spirit of Giving.” The band has released six albums since 2000.

Have a listen.

Now let’s run the numbers:

  • Does it mention Christmas by name? No, but the lyrics are explicitly about the Nativity, which is a bit Christmassy.
  • Are there bells in it? Almost immediately, although not of the sleigh variety.
  • Is it jolly? Not especially, but it is fairly hopeful, so that’s something.

That’s two songs in! You can check out the growing list here, and, as always, keep hitting me up with your suggestions in the comments or on Twitter at @thebobthe.

2 thoughts on “2015 Musical Advent Calendar (December 2): Joseph, Who Understood

  1. Technically, now that I think about it, this is an advent song rather than a Christmas song, given that it deals with the consequences of the annunciation. And the tone of it is definitely the longing of advent. Thanks for the shout out!

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