Brett Dennen is a musician I’ve been listening to a lot in the last year. He just wrote a song for Christmas. Like all of his songs, this one is thought provoking. Whether or not you agree with his politics- listen to his message. He’s “feeling the dissonance” between the way the world is and the way it’s meant to be… He’s feeling the desire of Advent.

You can listen to the song here and read the lyrics below.

The Holidays are Here
by Brett Dennen


Pilgrims in the parking lot
Arteries clogged with blood clots
Pushing through the aisles of department stores
Neon crosses and Christmas lights
Credit card debts and brand new bikes
The holidays are here and we’re still at war

The rabbi reads from the testament
The banker gazes at the year’s investments
Salvation santa’s solicit for the poor
Deception of democracy
The philanderings of faux foreign policy
The holidays are here and we’re still at war

Smoggy skies and fixed elections
Injustice strikes from all directions
People with their backs against the floor
Looking for someone to set us free
A king with fists like Mohammad Ali
The holidays are here and we’re still at war

A mother knows what is best for you
Even though it’s hard to listen
Your father knows he can count on you
Though you couldn’t count on him

Christopher Columbus knew
Vasco De Gama and Magellan too
The profits of oppression grow like never before
All hail to the captalist thief
And mourn your lost ones and covet our grief
The holidays are here and we’re still at war

Hurricane waters ravage southern towns
And black and brown people are left to drown
While the White House and the emergency management agency ignores
Victims seek shelter in the Astrodome
And the National Guard says “Don’t go home”
The holidays are here and we’re still at war

Police officers hassle the homeless
Domestic disputes, alcohol and violence
The jailhouse opens wide its door
A corporation cuts a million employees
And the factory is moving overseas
The holidays are here and we’re still at war

A mother knows what is best for you
Even though it’s hard to listen
Your father knows he can count on you
Though you couldn’t count on him

Jesus sheds another tear
Into a sea of two thousand years
Into the eve of a new year once more
Tears of joy, resolutions of sorrow
Toast to health and wealth tomorrow
The holidays are here and we’re still at war

Religious wars and domination
World trade and globalization
The prices of petroleum soar
Lonesome churches are packed with sinners
Non-believers and new beginners
The holidays are here and we’re still at war

Say a prayer for the less fortunate
Prisoners and soldiers you never have met
Understand what it is they’re fighting for
Say a prayer for your enemies
Say a prayer for the victims and their families
The holidays are here and we’re still at war

Yes, the holidays are here and we’re still at war
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About Jennie Joy

I'm a lover and truth-seeker. This blog is a place for me to share my thoughts, struggles, and sincere searchings as I get to know God and welcome the reality of His kingdom in and through me.

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