The Day of the Christmas Parade

December 20, 2008 2:14 PM

Hollywood is famous for its annual Christmas Parade, which inspired the song "Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)", which Gene Autrey wrote after playing Santa in the parade and hearing children call out to him. I decided to write my own song about the event, as experienced by slightly older children -- the homeless teens who used to (and probably still do) squat in abandoned buildings and under bridges in Hollywood. Ah, memories.


There's a girl with flat blue hair
I used to see her around everywhere
Leather straps around her wrists
And her hands curled up into fists

Was she living in the burned out store?
Well, she don't go round there no more.
Not since the squat there was hit with a raid
On the day of the Christmas parade.

There's a girl with a broken smile
I haven't seen her in quite a while
Leather pants and a surplus coat
A metal collar wrapped round her throat.

Was she living under the overpass?
Oh tell me When did she stay there last?
Was that the last place she stayed
Until the day of the Christmas parade?

There's a girl with a busted nose
And her hair tied up with black bows
Her stocking are full of tears
But she hasn't any others to wear.

Which squat did she stay in last
Where did she stay and where did she pass
What was floor where she laid
Until the day of the Christmas parade

posted by Astro Zombie (1 comment total)

Nice! I like the details ("flat blue hair" in particular is a nice turn of phrase).
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 2:14 AM on December 21, 2008

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