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.