Christmastime

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"Christmastime"
A Very Special Christmas.jpg
Cover of A Very Special Christmas 3
Song by The Smashing Pumpkins
ReleasedOctober 7, 1997
Studio sessions
Length3:27
Songwriter(s)Billy Corgan

"Christmastime" is a holiday song by The Smashing Pumpkins. It was released on the A Very Special Christmas 3 compilation album in October 1997. The album was sold to benefit the Special Olympics, and included other alternative rock artists like Chris Cornell and Blues Traveler. It was also included on the Rarities and B-Sides compilation.

Essentially a solo Billy Corgan performance to R&B producer Arif Mardin's production, "Christmastime" was recorded in December 1996 at The Hit Factory in New York City while Corgan was producing Ric Ocasek's solo record, Troublizing.[1] An acoustic Sadlands demo version from 1996 is the first known recording and was included on the 2014 reissue of Adore.

Spin magazine said the song would "make you fall in love with [The Smashing Pumpkins] all over again," praising Corgan's "heartbreakingly alive" vocals that "carefully unspooled a ribbon of melody through minor-key harmonics given Mozart-like momentum" by Arif Mardin's production.[2]

In 2022, the song was featured in The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

we watch the children playing
beside the christmas tree
presents are wrapped up
it's beautiful, and secretly a gift still hides
the fun awaits for you inside

christmastime has come
there'll be toys for everyone
'cause christmastime has come for you

i remember dreaming
wishing, hoping, praying for this day
now i sit and watch them
the little ones i love so excited by the wait

christmastime has come
there'll be toys for everyone
'cause christmastime has come for you

and now the word is given
it's time to peek inside
it's time to let the toys out
so anxious for your look of joy and delight
they've waited for just your surprise

christmastime has come
there'll be toys for everyone
'cause christmastime has come for you

christmastime has come
there'll be toys for everyone
'cause christmastime has come for you

for you

Availability

TitleNotesType
A Very Special Christmas 3Compilation
Adore2014 Reissue CD 3: In a State of PassageStudio
Rarities and B-SidesCompilation
Thirty-Three (podcast)Podcast

Tour stats

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Pumpkins Star's Xmas Cracker", Kerrang!, August 6, 1997
  2. LLC, SPIN Media (1998-05-01). SPIN. SPIN Media LLC.

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