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a new not-Christmas song by Paul Simon (from his forthcoming album “So Beautiful Or So What”) (MP3)

DOWNLOAD Paul Simon – Getting Ready For Christmas (MP3)

Paul Simon

Getting ready for Christmas Day. And let me tell you, namely, the undertaker, he’s getting ready for your body. Not only that, the jailer he’s getting ready for you. Christmas day. Hmm? And not only the jailer, but the lawyer, the police force. Now getting ready for Christmas day, and I want you to bear it in mind – Reverend Gates

Paul Simon is getting ready to release a new album entitled So Beautiful Or So What. It’ll be out Spring 2011 via Hear Music / Concord Music Group. Its songs have titles like “The Afterlife,” “Love is Eternal Sacred Light,” “Questions for the Angels,” “Love and Blessings,” and “Getting Ready For Christmas Day.” I sense a theme there, but for now I can only speak for one track, the track debuting in this post with Christmas in its name.

Download the MP3 for free above. Buy it at iTunes.

I’m a sucker for holiday music, but “Getting Ready For Christmas Day” is not technically a Christmas song. Named after and sampling the last recorded sermon by pre-war American Christian preacher and gospel singer Reverend J.M. Gates, its lyrics and title reference the holiday, but not in the happy way traditional holiday music does. The song covers topics like a relative spending the holiday in Iraq, and not having very much money (probably not an actual issue for Simon, but that’s besides the point).

That’s part of the sampled part of the lyrics quoted above (right below the old Rev. Gates ad which references another one of Gates’ Christmas sermons, “Will the Coffin Be Your Santa Claus”). You can read all the Paul Simon lyrics, complete Reverend J.M. Gates samples included, below. The single’s cover art is down there too…

Paul Simon

Getting Ready For Christmas Day lyrics

From early in November to the last week of December
I got money matters weighing me down
Oh the music may be merry, but it’s only temporary
I know Santa Claus is coming to town

In the days I work my day job, in the nights I work my night
But it all comes down to working man’s pay
Getting ready, I’m getting ready, ready for Christmas Day

Reverend Gates :
Getting ready for Christmas Day
And let me tell you, namely, the undertaker, he’s getting ready for your body
Not only that, the jailer he’s getting ready for you
Christmas day. Hmm? And not only the jailer, but the lawyer, the police force
Now getting ready for Christmas day, and I want you to bear it in mind

I got a nephew in Iraq it’s his third time back
But it’s ending up the way it began
With the luck of a beginner he’ll be eating turkey dinner
On some mountain top in Pakistan

Getting ready, oh we’re getting ready
For the power and the glory and the story of the
Christmas day

Reverend Gates:
Getting ready, for Christmas day. Done made it up in your mind that I’m going, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago. I’m going, on a trip, getting ready, for Christmas day. But when Christmas come, nobody knows where you’ll be. You might ask me. I may be layin’ in some lonesome grave, getting ready, for Christmas day

Getting ready oh we’re getting ready
For the power and the glory and the story of the
Christmas day
Yes we’re getting ready

Reverend Gates:
Getting ready, ready for your prayers, “I’m going and see my relatives in a distant land.” Getting ready, getting ready for Christmas day

If I could tell my Mom and Dad that the things we never had
Never mattered we were always okay
Getting ready, oh ready for Christmas day
Getting ready oh we’re getting ready
For the power and the glory and the story of the
Christmas day

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