Oh, yeah — now, don’t make too much fun of me but it was only recently upon listening to WinterWonderLand by Cocteau Twins that I realized that “parson brown” was not a color — but a minister. …and I still don’t understand what “upsot” means from JingleBells. Maybe if Cocteau Twins had covered that one the meaning would have come to me.

December 25, 2005. Uncategorized.


  1. Jon replied:

    I think ‘upsot’ refers to fact that the horse was smoking crack and the sleigh riders ended up in a snow bank, though it’s been ages since I’ve had to sing that song all the way through….

    Merry Christmas!!!

  2. thomas replied:

    Merry X-mas Matty!

  3. ing replied:

    Parson Brown:

    Sounds like the color my mom painted the kitchen cupboards in 1974.

  4. snarl71 replied:

    oh, Matt.

    You know youv’e got a history with song lyrics. Like Culture Club’s Kharma Chameleon..instead of “red, gold and green” you thought it was “red golden dreams”.

    Oh, and what were the others? they always made me laugh.

  5. Tim replied:

    Err …. is it not ‘Red golden dreams’ then?? D’oh! I just assumed that he was on something when he wrote that lyric.

  6. Aaron replied:

    Whenever I think of that song, it reminds me of tinsel.

  7. ginab replied:

    Now I feel like I’ve never heard Jingle Bells. Can you hear me sniffling? I have to wait a whole YEAR before I can really listen close, and sniif-sniff help you out here, Matt.


  8. Karyn replied:

    …ah….it’s NOT red golden dreams? Oh dear. So that’s what…22 years I’ve been singing it wrong?

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