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Ballad of the Mall Santa

by Mr. Kind

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Part of the #Christmas compilation (2012) - HashtagChristmas.org


My name is Carl
But Saint Nick I'm called
One month out of the year
I hold court in a mall

Never seen snow
I'm California raised
Been the king of this Santa Land here for the last 5 holidays

Children and parents line up
Waiting anxiously
With hopes of a picture and to ask gifts of me

I play the part
Perfect to a T
'til the gifts have been given and then it's back to old me

11 months a year no one knows who I am
As I drift between temporary jobs
In my red suit and hat I am where I belong
It's good to be the clause

I've set my sights on
My Mrs. Clause to be
In a kiosk by Sears
where she sells jewelry

I look great with kids
I must be on her mind
For a man in my powerful place
It's just a matter of time

I shouldn't wait too long
Got to make my move quick
Won't have much to offer
Come the 26th

11 months out of the year she wouldn't care who I am
Without this costume to cover my flaws
But I'm irresistible in my glasses and beard
It feels good to be the clause

My name is Carl
But you can call me Nick
5 weeks out of the year
I let myself be tricked

I'm standing in line
Application in hand
The work isn't Santa Clause
but I'm ho-ho-holding on 'til next year


released December 9, 2011
Brian Bergeron - Guitar, vocals, synth
Jonathan Devoto - Kick Drum, Vocals
Geoff McCann - Keys, Synth
Charlie McGwire - Sleighbells, Percussion



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Mr. Kind Oakland, California

Since its inaugural release, OK, Mr. Kind has departed from rough-around-the-edges garage folk rock to the dense electronic leanings of their second EP, Mr. Kind. The band was originally formed to perform the recorded solo material of lead singer-songwriter Brian Bergeron, but Wide Awake | Open Eyes represents each band members’ continually expanding involvement in the songwriting process. ... more

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