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Back Door Santa Christmas Song

Back Door Santa

Year: 1968

Written By: Clarence Carter, Marcus Daniel

The ever so suggestive 'Back Door Santa' was written in the wake of the summer of love by blind blues artist Clarence Carter. The sexual innuendo has done little to turn artists away from the tune however, and it has appeared in many guises since its arrival in 1968. To be truthful 'Back Door Santa' hardly adhers to traditional Christmas music templates but its undeniable swing makes it an ideal choice for boisterous holiday parties. Run DMC fans will recognise the opening sequences immediately as the trio used the brass parts to great effect on their own 'Christmas in Hollis', which was successfully used in the original 'Die Hard' movie in 1989. That version has premiered on the 'A Very Special Christmas' collection 2 years previously and in a odd quirk of fate that very same compilation also included a (pretty ropey) live version of 'Back Door Santa' by Bon Jovi!

'Back Door Santa' has had plenty of other outings, like an especially successful one by Melbourne rockers Jet who released the song as a festive treat in 2003. Even better was the Black Crowes 2005 take, which while particularly loyal to the original was still imbued with their own spirit. Going back to the early 90's cult act Cud created a slightly ramshackle version for their fans that included some Christmas messages at the end. It was released on flexi-disc, a recordable media format that has rightly been consigned to the dustbin a long time ago.

 

Back Door Santa Lyrics

They call me Back Door Santa
I make my runs about the break of day
They call me Back Door Santa
I make my runs about the break of day
I make all the little girls happy
While the boys are out to play

I ain't like the old Saint Nick
He don't come but once a year
I ain't like the old Saint Nick
He don't come but once a year
I come runnin' with my presents
Every time you call me dear

I keep some change in my pocket, in case the children are home
I give 'em a few pennies so that we can be alone
I leave the back door open so if anybody smells a mouse
And wouldn't old Santa be in trouble if there ain't no chimney in the house

They call me Back Door Santa
I make my runs about the break of day
I make all the little girls happy
While the boys are out to play

That's what they call me, Back Door Santa
That's what they call me
They call me Back Door Santa
That's what all the girls call me

I give 'em all little presents
That's what they call me
They call me Back Door Santa
And I like for them to call me that
They call me Back Door Santa
And I like it and I like it and I like it
 

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