Subversive Carols: I heard the drones on Christmas Day

This series will interpret our beloved Christmas and Advent carols not as sentimental songs, but as a challenge to the status quo. Many of these subversive themes are already found in the lyrics, yet are often not pointed out. Enjoy the 12 days of Subversive Carols!

For this post, I wanted to do something different. Instead of interpreting a carol, I rewrote one. Recently, the US’ use of drones for military combat has been on my mind, and even more so with the misfiring and killing of 17 persons traveling to a wedding in Yemen. That is so disgusting, inhumane, and evil. Out of my frustration, I crafted this song. I hope to have audio up soon as well.

I heard the drones on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar humming sway,
In bloody snow
the bodies lay
Of peace on earth, goodwill to All!

And we feared the coming drones,
the minions of America
Had rolled along
The skies stark black
Of peace on earth, goodwill to All!

Our crying, screaming in dismay,
The world revolts both night to day,
A chant so strong,
Our protest song,
Of peace on earth, goodwill to All!

Then shouting from the commander’s mouth
Another drone takes to the sky
The bombs a sound
Our protests drowned
Of peace on earth, goodwill to All!

They have taken our rights away,
We are but a game to them,
And made forlorn
Our songs are worn
Of peace on earth, goodwill to All!

And in despair we bowed our heads;
“There’s no peace on earth,” we said;
“The US is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, goodwill to All!”

Then we cried out ever more
“We do not want this empty war
We’re tired of this
We’ve lost it all.
Of peace on earth, goodwill to All.”

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