1986Released
3:42

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Interesting facts and trivia about Father Christmas. By Songfacts®.

"Father Christmas" is the name used in The UK and Australia for Santa Claus. This song is about a kid whose Christmas experience is a bit unusual. He never believed in Father Christmas, but finds himself performing as the character, and gets mugged by kids who tell him they want his money, not toys. He asks that if Father Christmas does exist, he bring a job for his dad and a machine gun so he can scare off the kids who mugged him.

This song is played in the background at the end of the movie Step Brothers as the camera is slowly zooming in on the family during The Holidays.

Ray Davies frequently stole shows by performing the song live wearing a Santa costume. "When the record came out we were on tour with a very successful band at the time supporting them," he recalled during an interview with Southern California radio station KSWD. "I went on dressed as Santa at the end of the show to do 'Father Christmas.' And the other band found it hard to follow us. The following night with the same band I went to run on but there was a bunch of heavies preventing me from running on stage. And I was protesting. But the people said, 'The Kinks didn't do an encore but Santa Claus was there and they were stopping him from going on stage.'"

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Song Analysis

Key, BPM (tempo) and time signature of Father Christmas.
GKey
MajorMode
4/4Time Signature
153BPM

Album

The album Father Christmas is released on.

Released By

The record label that has released Father Christmas.
Sanctuary Records
© 1986 Kinks Properties Limited under exclusive license to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company
℗ 1986 Kinks Properties Limited under exclusive license to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

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