Krampus The Christmas Demon.mp3
Christmas Music Studio
Instead of sugar plum fairies and figs
Your vision could be filled with a fag of twigs
Is Krampus amongst us?
Have you been naughty or nice
If Krampus is amongst us…
Better think twice
It won’t be “all is well”
When he scares out the living hell
Scaring out the devil in us
Born with goat’s horn
He’s on his way St. Nicholas Day
In his rusty chain you’ll remain
If you don’t refrain from disdain
ABOUT THIS SONG
Chords — Dm
128 beats per minute with a cowboy hoedown groove.
Daniel — Vocals, Keyboards
The song was inspired by an article in the Christian Science Monitor “Is Krampus the Christmas demon becoming too commercial?”
Chains, devil horns, and pitchforks are not things most people associate with the holidays. But for many in the Alpine region of Europe, that’s precisely where Krampus – a half goat, half demon creature, carrying rusty chains and sticks – belongs: in the Christmas season.
Yet some say that the centuries-old European folktale is turning commercial, as Krampus-themed chocolates, decorations, and greeting cards are readily available. Yet at the same time, could he actually be a subversive force for anti-consumerism?
Think of him as the anti-Santa. Krampus – as he is called in his native Austria, though he goes by other names throughout Europe – is St. Nicholas’s helper and his task is to scare small children into being good. On Dec. 6 – the saint’s feast day, or St. Nicholas Day – the pair will dole out chocolates and fruit to good children across Europe, while misbehaving children can expect a punishment instead, usually a bundle of twigs.
Written and recorded in West Chester, PA, United States of America.
From the album Miss Christmas and part of the on-going Christmas Music Experiment.
By Daniel Brouse