On a lark last night somewhere between White Christmas on AMC and A Christmas Story on TBS, my daughter Chandler and I wondered if the up beat Holiday jingle being played this season in the Honda and Tommy Hilfiger commercials was just a jingle or actually a real song.  Well, thanks to ATT U-verse controls to be able to back the song up and play it again, and thanks to the iPhone App Shazam I soon discovered that Holiday, oh, holiday, the best time of the year, is a real song.  It’s by Vampire Weekend, (I know) and the song, surprisingly enough is called–HOLIDAY, and came out Jan. 10, 2010.

I’m a sucker for syncopation that makes the down beat the up beat and the up beat the down beat.   Very cool, guys.

Here, you can watch it and ready the lyrics below.

Holiday by Vampire Weekend

Holiday, oh, a holiday
And the best one of the year!
Dozing off underneath my sheets
While I cover both my ears!

But if I wait for a holiday
Could it stop my fears?
To go away on a summer’s day
Never seemed so clear!

Holiday, still so far away
Our republic on the beach!
I can’t forget just how bad it gets
When I’m counting on my teeth!

But if I wait for a holiday
Could it stop my fears?
To go away on a summer’s day
Never seemed so clear.

A vegetarian since the invasion
She’d never seen the word bombs
She’d never seen the word bombs blown up to 96-point Futura
She’d never seen an A-K
In a yellowy day-glo display
A t-shirt so lovely,
It turned all the history books gray.

I got wheels, I got Cutter spray
And a healthy sense of worth!
Half of me is the gasoline
But the other half’s the surf!

So if I wait for a holiday
Could it stop my fears?
To away on a summer’s day
Never seemed so clear.

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  1. DC Urban Dad

    Great song and great band. Happy Holidays!

  2. Chuck

    That is probably the most annoying song I’ve heard in the last 25 years. Everyone in the house dives for the mute button as soon as it starts. The Honda advertising team needs a vacation.


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