Don’t shoot me, Santa

Our first Christmas YouTube of the year! And what a heartwarming one it is, too: the Killers, performing a country-tinged “Don’t Shoot Me, Santa.”

“Don’t Shoot Me Santa” may be more “Bad Santa” than “Silent Night,” but what makes this single especially heart-warming is that all the proceeds of the song will go to Bono’s (RED) campaign, which raises money for AIDS in Africa. The single will be available for download through iTunes on World AIDS Day, December 1.

Why, this instant classic would bring a tear to the eye of the most wizened, shriveled heart, and is certainly worthy of taking its place beside such examples of the form as the 12 Days of Bollywood Christmas, A Charlie Brown Kwanzaa, Christmas on Acid, etc!

stolen from Nag on the Lake

Lyrics over the jump

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Brandon: Oh Santa
I've been waiting on you 

Santa: That's funny kid
Because
I've been coming for you 

Brandon: Oh Santa
I've been killing just for fun 

Santa: Well the party's over kid
Because I
Because I got a bullet in my gun 

Brandon: A bullet in your what? 

Santa's got a bullet in his gun
You know it
Santa's got a bullet in his gun 

Don't shoot me Santa Claus
I've been a clean living boy
I promise you
Did every little thing you asked me to
And I can't believe the things
I'm going through 

Don't shoot me Santa Claus
When no one else around
Believes me
When the children on the block
They tease me
And I couldn't let 'em off
That easy 

O Santa
It's been a real hard year
Year 

Santa: There just ain't no getting around this
Life is hard
But look at me
I turned out all right 

Brandon: Hey Santa
Why don't we talk about it
Work it out 

Santa: Believe me
This ain't what I wanted
I love all you kids
You know that
Hell, I remember when
You were just ten years old
Playing out there in the desert
Just waiting for a sip of that
Sweet Mojave rain 

Brandon: In the sweet Mojave rain
The boy was on his own... 

Don't shoot me Santa Claus
I've been a clean living boy
I promise you
Did every little thing you asked me to
And I can't believe the things
I'm going through 

Hey Santa Claus
When no one else around believes me
When the children on the block
They tease me
And I couldn't let 'em off
That easy 

Yeah they're coming
So why can't you see
I couldn't turn my cheek no longer
The sun is going down
And Christmas is near
Just look the other way
And I'll disappear forever 

Don't shoot me Santa Claus
When no one else around believes me
When the children on the street
They tease me
I couldn't let 'em off that easy 

Believe me
Santa
Santa
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