The 1977 ELP version of "I Believe in Father Christmas" from Works, Vol. At the time he wrote it, Prokofiev was living in Paris, pining for his homeland, a former proponent of dissonance who had steadily turned to composing the more melodic material favoured by his Soviet paymasters before his eventual return to Moscow in 1936.

Sinfield, however, said that the words are about a loss of innocence and childhood belief. Lyrics to 'I Believe in Father Christmas' by Emerson, Lake & Palmer: They said there'll be snow at Christmas They said there'll be peace on Earth But instead it just kept on raining A veil of tears for the Virgin birth I remember one Christmas morning The lyrics are mostly Sinfield’s, and the first two verses juxtapose his own early memories of Christmas (“eyes full of tinsel and fire”) with his subsequent loss of innocence (“And I saw him and through his disguise”). A second recording by the full ELP trio, but with a more sparse arrangement, was included on the 1977 album Works Volume 2. I believe in Father Christmas is a testament to a true belief as opposed to a hypocritic one. [9] The song also reached #98 in Australia in late 1975. I'm on tour at the moment and the Christmas song is as well received now as it was 30 years ago – maybe even more so. Opening with the original Greg Lake single "I Believe in Father Christmas," featuring a full orchestral backing, it then jumps ahead 20 years to Troika (from Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kije Suite), as done by Keith Emerson -- utilizing the same musical source that Lake and Peter Sinfield appropriated for "I Believe in Father Christmas" (and which, in turn, is familiar to millions of filmgoers for its use in Ronald Neame's The Horse's Mouth and Woody Allen's Love and Death), the music becomes a showcase for Emerson's nimble-fingered keyboard work. In 2005 Lake wrote a letter to The Guardian about the song, in answer to a reader question regarding whether it was possible to survive on Christmas royalties alone: In 1975, I wrote and recorded a song called "I Believe in Father Christmas", which some Guardian readers may remember and may even own. At this point Sinfield was concerned that the song would be too bleak, so he resolved matters with a more uplifting final verse (“I wish you a hopeful Christmas”). [1] In addition to being a surprisingly effective and successful showcase for art rock Christmas music, this holiday EP is also well-representative of Emerson, Lake & Palmer's sound across several decades. Cover versions range from the excruciating (2009 X Factor winner Joe McElderry’s version has a jaunty beat that’s wildly inappropriate) to the bombastic (U2’s Bono batters listeners into submission when he goes up an octave). "I Believe in Father Christmas" is a song by English musician Greg Lake with lyrics by Peter Sinfield. In the autumn of 1975, Greg Lake – the Lake in prog-rock supergroup Emerson, Lake, and Palmer – embarked with a production crew to one of the most famous locations on Earth to shoot a music video for his holiday song, "I Believe in Father Christmas." [3], Lake wrote the song at his West London home, after tuning the bottom string of his guitar from E down to D.[4] While the song is against the commercialisation of Christmas, it has often been misinterpreted as an anti-religious song and, because of this, Lake was surprised at its success. There was a feeling of forgiveness, acceptance. Sinfield, however, said that the words are about a loss of innocence and childhood belief. I would’ve been pissed off if I’d been beaten by Cliff (Richard)." The video for the record was shot on the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt, and in the Dead Sea Scrolls caves in the West Bank, and includes footage from the Vietnam War.[4]. And by adding a snippet of twinkling sleigh-ride music by Sergei Prokofiev, they summoned the sparkle of Christmas, creating, as Sinfield has said, “a picture-postcard Christmas, with morbid edges”. [7] It was kept from number one by Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody". However, orchestrator Godfrey Salmon was less charitable: "I was surprised the single wasn’t more successful. This song has become a timeless expression of a feeling I think many of us have.

"[8] The record continued to sell and in 1984 and 1986 reached 84 and 98, respectively, on the UK Singles Chart. And I do believe in Father Christmas.” In another interview with ‘Uncut’ Gregory told the story of this Christmas song, he said: “I wrote it in my house in west London. How wrong can you get? ELP’s keyboardist Keith Emerson had encouraged each member of the band to come up with solo material, so in 1975 Lake teamed up with lyricist Sinfield to create something out of a “Christmassy” chord sequence Lake had written.

And the entire disc ends with ELP's version of Kim Fowley's "Nutrocker" from Pictures at an Exhibition, a flashy rendering of a part of the Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite, which leaves one with a pleasant progressive rock take on the holiday, surprisingly without too much pretentiousness. 2 follows, leaner and less opulent than Lake's solo version and featuring Emerson and Carl Palmer's playing. "I Believe in Father Christmas" is a song by English musician Greg Lake with lyrics by Peter Sinfield. Meanwhile, Emerson — whose love of classical music had led ELP into crossover adventures in their Moog-driven arrangements of pieces such as Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition — suggested inserting the Prokofiev snippet. These were early days for film composers, and the jaunty “Troika” section eventually used by Lake was one of the first pieces of film music to become an orchestral suite.

", The instrumental riff between verses comes from the "Troika" portion of Sergei Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé Suite, written for the 1934 Soviet film Lieutenant Kijé;[5] this was added at the suggestion of Keith Emerson (an adaptation of the same song was used on Emerson's later Christmas album). It has subsequently become a perennial on radio playlists and, ironically, given its anti-commercial lyrics (“They sold me a dream of Christmas”), supermarket soundtracks. He said that he wrote the song in protest at the commercialisation of Christmas. Emerson, Lake & Palmer – I Believe In Father Christmas Lyrics. It’s warm, catchy as hell, one of the most enduringly popular Christmas songs, and yet its roots lie in that thoroughly un-poppy genre, prog rock.

Also worth mentioning in dispatches is a rendition, available on YouTube, featuring Lake alongside fellow prog-rock veteran Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, on flute. Sinfield described the song as "a picture-postcard Christmas, with morbid edges."[6].

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