Tuesday Tunes: Nick Lowe, “Christmas at the Airport”

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I’ve flown on Christmas day (spent Christmas eve stuck in the San Francisco airport sleeping on a row of seats next to an automatic door that kept opening for no reason at all) so this video hits home. Nick Lowe gets it about as right as you can on “Christmas at the Airport,” a tune from his first Christmas album, “Quality Stree: A Seasonal Selection for all the Family.” It is a humorous look at coping with airports on Christmas with a surprise happy ending.

Happy and safe travels this Christmas season!

“Outside the taxi window
on the way to catch my flight
i noticed snowflakes playing
in the ever failing light
when you dropped me at departures
i was really coming down
deep and crisp beneath
and it settled on the ground

It looks like christmas, christmas at the airport
all the planes are grounded
and the fog is rolling in

It looks like christmas, christmas at the airport
this year
doors are locked and bolted
let the festivities begin

The terminal was seething
without much christmas cheer
so i found an empty closet
and bedded down in there
when i woke much later
i was quite alone
checkin was deserted
everyone had gone

It looks like christmas, christmas at the airport
i took a set of xrays and they came out very well
it looks like christmas, christmas at the airport this year
now i’m doing santas sleighride on the baggage carussel

It looks like christmas, christmas at the airport
i should be at the table with all my kith and kin
it looks like christmas, christmas at the airport this year
dont save me any turkey i found a burger in a bin”

Author: Tom W.

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