I Believe in Father Christmas: Greg Lake
Greg Lake's I Believe in Father Christmas
Released in 1975, I Believe In Father Christmas by Greg Lake has become a perennial Christmas favourite, both for radio stations and the public.
It is also my favourite among many Yuletide pop songs that were recorded in the 1970s. It proved very popular in the UK, but across the other side of the Atlantic, it was largely ignored.
Its mixture of familiar Christmas sounds overlaid with both pop and classical styling make it somewhat unique among the most well-known seasonal songs of the Seventies.
It's really not surprising as Greg Lake was one third of the highly successful group, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, which was famous for its progressive fusion of rock and classical music.
Up until now this track has been Greg Lake's only single release and, hopefully, you will enjoy the song as much as I do.
The Official Video
Unusually for a video about Christmas, there is no snow, no sparkling lights, no lit tree, but there is a lot of sand and sunshine.
This is because Greg Lake decided to film the video in Israel, the birthplace of Jesus. Much of the footage is recorded in and around the Sinai Desert with local Bedouins serving as extras.
In addition, some controversy surrounds the video due to the inclusion of film from the Vietnam War, showing air missile attacks and warfare in general. While disconcerting for some, the final moments of the video sum up the reasons for these images.
Included here is one of the versions of the video.
Discussing the Creation of the Song : Greg Lake & Peter Sinfield
Greg Lake and the song's lyricist, Pete Sinfield, are featured here talking about the creation and evolution in the making of I Believe in Father Christmas, including a discussion about the song's video.
A Secular Christmas Song?
Owen Adams of The Guardian newspaper in the UK surmises that I Believe in Father Christmas is a Christmas song for atheists. A serious or satircal viewpoint? Read on...
Greg Lake's 1975 single (kept from the Christmas number one slot by Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody) I Believe in Father Christmas, could well be the sole atheist festive hit.
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