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Holiday songs featuring food and drink!

Happy holidays, Chowhounds! Let's celebrate with our favorite holidays songs featuring food and drink. I'll kick it off with two 80s classics:

"Do They Know It's Christmas (Feed the World)" from Band Aid:
"Here's to you--raise a glass for everyone! Here's to them--underneath that burnin' sun. Do they know it's Christmastime at all? Feed the world--let them know it's Christmastime!"

and "Christmas Rapping" from The Waitresses (dig the light show in this clip):

"A&P has provided me with the world's smallest turkey! Already in the oven, nice and hot, oh damn! Guess what I forgot! So on with the boots, back out in the snow, to the only all night grocery...you mean you forgot cranberries, too?"

HO-HO-HO! Whatcha got on your holiday playlist that fits this category?

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  1. The words from my all time favorite seasonal rap video by RUN D.M.C., Christmas in Hollis (Queens):

    "It's Christmas time in Hollis Queens
    Mom's cooking chicken and collard greens.
    Rice and stuffing, macaroni and cheese.
    And Santa put gifts under Christmas trees
    Decorate the house with lights at night
    Snow's on the ground, snow white so bright
    In the fireplace is the yule log
    Beneath the mistle toe as we drink egg nog
    The rhymes you hear are the rhymes of Darryl's
    But each and every year we bust Chrsitmas carrols"

    "We want to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!"


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      1. re: kattyeyes

        Thanks for the link katty, Mr Bushwick will love to see that when he gets back. Good Thread.
        Awful crappy weather here today, that video got the Christmas spirit groovin' in the bushwick house!

    1. Well, let's see...

      We have "Chestnuts roasting by an open fire" (The Christmas Song)

      The Wassail Song

      The Twelve Days of Christmas. I mean, French hens, Geese WITH eggs, maids a milking and making cheese, and well... hmmm.... I've eaten swan and MUCH better to look at them, but partridge are tasty, as are pears!

      Christmas is a comin' and the geese are getting fat...

      We Wish You A Merry Christmas (Figgy pudding!!!)

      Let it Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow (corn for popping)

      Have A Jolly Jolly Christmas (a cup of good cheer)

      Over The River And Through The Woods To Grandmother's House We go (last stanza ends with "Hurrah for the fun, the pudding's done, hurrah for the pumpkin pie)

      Good King Wenceslas Looked Out On the FEAST of Stephen (then later, Bring me flesh and bring me wine, bring me pine logs hither.
      Thou and I will see him dine, when we bear him thither"

      There are more, I'm sure, but my memory just won't pull them out. Oh! Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies! How could I forget that? hmmmm... I think I'll go make myself a wassail... Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!.

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      1. re: Caroline1

        No, really??? You've eaten SWAN?! I didn't know they were--er--edible. Great additions. There must be more. Let us think of them. :)

      2. Well, there's always that old "grandma got run over by a reindeer" song--hadn't grandma been "drinking too much eggnog"?

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        1. re: nofunlatte

          Yes, drunk on eggnog and something about medication left behind and a goose on the table and a pudding made of pig so it definitely qualifies. Written by Randy Brooks and sung by Elmo and Patsy (Shropshire), recorded in1979, it was covered by quite a few others, including The Irish Rovers, had a TV special, re-recorded in 1992 and 2000 by Elmo, was featured on Grey's Anatomy, this song had longevity well past it's15 minutes, LOL, and is probably still going strong in some circles.
          Info by Wiki, BTW.

        2. "Christmas is the Time to Say I Love You" - Billy Squier (this is one of my very favorites!):

          "Moonlight and brandy, sweet talk and candy..."

          And, nofunlatte, you're absolutely right about grandma..."She'd been drinking too much eggnog, and we begged her not to go, but she forgot her medication, and she staggered out the door into the snow..."


          And grandpa's drinking beer and playing cards...then back to the food, "Now the goose is on the table, and the pudding made of fig..."

          The 80s were good to us, weren't they?! *<:)

          1. This is a total goof--"Chinese Food on Christmas!"
            Gotta love the little keyboard jam that morphs into Hava Nagila!

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            1. re: kattyeyes

              Katty - you are hilarious!

              Youtube is blocked here at work - but heck your descriptions are funny enough!

              Cannot wait to check out the keyboard jam of Hava Nagila!! LOL

            2. "Marshmallow World"! The song lyrics feature food, and this classic Dean Martin/Frank Sinatra rendition...


              ...features drink insomuch as at least one (guess who) and possibly both of them are completely hammered.

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              1. re: roundfigure

                CLASSIC--what a great add! I agree with you about featuring drink--HA HA HA!

                And Miss NellyNel, I can't wait till you join in the reindeer games with us! Surely there are more food and drink songs to add...well, hey, here is one more:
                "The 12 Pains of Christmas!"
                "Gotta make 'em dinner!"
                How much does the mom sound like Mercedes Ruehl?!
                "ONE LIGHT GOES OUT, THEY ALL GO OUT!!!"

              2. The Boars Head Carol

                ..."The boar's head, as I understand
                Is the rarest dish in all this land"...

                1. and for the Non-Christians among us...............

                  Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah, come light the menorah
                  Let's have a party, we'll all dance the horah
                  Gather 'round the table, we'll give you a treat
                  Dreydles to play with and latkes to eat.

                  Hanukkah say ha ha ha
                  Hanukkah say ha ha ha
                  Hanukkah oh Hanukkah
                  Hanukkah and freedom

                  Spin the dreidle, spin, spin, spin
                  Spin the dreidle, spin, spin, spin
                  Spin the dreidle, spin the dreidle
                  Hanukkah and freedom

                  Eat your latkes yum, yum, yum
                  eat your latkes yum, yum, yum
                  eat your latkes/eat your latkes
                  Hanukkah and freedom

                  Ocho Kandelikas, a Hanukkah song in the language Ladino from the Sephardic Jewish tradition. The song says that “beautiful Hanukkah is here” and describes all the wonderful things that will happen this time of year. The songs counts out the eight candles for the eight days of Hannukah.

                  I’ve added an English verse here but if you speak Spanish, you will especially enjoy this song!

                  The holiday of lights is here
                  Good friends and happiness to share
                  Sweets with honey for us to eat
                  Candles to light and friends to greet

                  One little candle… (etc.)
                  8 little candles …. For me

                  Hanukah lindo sta aki
                  ocho candelas para mi
                  Una kandelika, dos kandelikas,
                  tres kandelikas, kuatro kandelikas,
                  sintju kandelikas, sysh kandelikas,
                  sieto kandelikas, ocho kandelikas para mi.

                  Muchas fiestas vo fazar,
                  con alegrias i plazar
                  Una kandelika (etc.)

                  Los pastelikas vo kumer,
                  con almendrikas i la miel
                  Una kandelika (etc.)

                  Take a Potato
                  Traditional Children's Song Lyrics

                  Take a potato, pat pat pat.
                  Roll it and make it flat flat flat.
                  Fry it in a pan with fat fat fat
                  Chanukkah latkes just like that.

                  Unfortunately, I don't have English Lyrics for any of the Israeli songs in Hebrew that celebrate Sufganiyot-Jelly Donuts, the other Hanukah treat

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                  1. re: bagelman01

                    Great additions, bagelman01! Wishing a Happy Festival of Lights to you and yours!

                    1. re: kattyeyes

                      Hi Katty!
                      Ugh these are so great!
                      I am drawing a complete blank here!
                      Ughhhh...Gotta have have coffee...maybe that will spark my brain.....

                  2. Good day and welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas by Bob and Doug McKenzie!


                    "Four pounds of backbacon, three French toasts, two turtlenecks and a beer...in a tree!" Be patient, the actual song starts at 0:45--and it's a fun video.

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                    1. re: kattyeyes

                      Ooh, I so totally forgot about them! And they sampled RUN! That made my day, in the middle of the nasty EC snowstorm with the company Christmas party canceled. Thanks, katty!

                    2. Oh yes indeed, I figured that 'Chinese Food On Christmas' would make it here :) . Definitely a favorite. Chowhounders in these parts(and in the know) are sure of exactly where to go for such fare...certainly wish I could join them that day. Forget the same old-same old, avoid all the crazed shoppers at both the big-box menageries and the grocery chain slop-stops, just give me wonderfully strange good eats this holiday season.

                      As for another favorite song featuring food or drink, how about "Old St. Nick's got bourbon breath"? Yeah, you know it. Wishing all a great Holiday whichever that may be:

                      1. Happy Thanksgiving, hounds! This is as good a time as any to bump this thread and see what other food 'n drink songs we can add.

                        Adam Sandler's Thanksgiving song: