“Hey Hey there’s a snowman….Hey what a snowman”

Wishing a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year’s to everyone! Thank you all for your kind words for the videos

“Snowbound” was released on the album …And Then There Were Three, their ninth studio album, in the spring of 1978. The three mid-perid Genesis albums (after Peter Gabriel departed and before they traded their heavy progressive sound for a more pop-orientated and commercial one) are by far my favorite the band ever recorded (yes, that does include the more critically acclaimed Gabriel years!). I’ve done several other videos for tracks from those albums and included some of my personal thoughts for them.

After some requests for a Christmas video, I actually went in and (almost) finished one for my favorite Christmas song (“Step Into Christmas”). I was surprised and disappointed to find that this song would be blocked worldwide (strange since Sir Elton’s music seems happy to be shared and allowed to play?…but I believe I can understand why this particular track is more tightly controlled.) I thought about re-working the vid to another song, but the thought of re-rendering the numerous effects to other art didn’t make me feel any joy…so it will have to wait until another time. Next idea was to kill two birds and do “Snowbound”….Christmas-y AND another favorite mid-period Genesis track! 😉

So here is my Christmas song, ALTHOUGH…it’s not really a Christmas song at all and is actually a very dark tale.
(If you’re interested I found this great lyric interpretation by Jamie Snuggles | 2/16/13

*****This is (to me) great example of the visual story telling ability of many of the earlier Genesis songs. It has a rather Grimm’s feel to me, in that the story teller is describing a traveler who chooses a poor night to sleep outside and is encased by an unexpected winter snowstorm and subsequently dies during the night from exposure. The local children arrive in the morning to play, (“here they come to play their magic games”) only to discover a “snowman” on their playground. What follows is something best left to the imagination (“Carve their names upon his frozen hand”)(‘Here in a ball that they made/ From the snow on the ground,/ See it rolling away/ Wild eyes to the sky”)(They’ll never never know”) also the line (“pray for the Snowman”) infers that this was once a living person) or within the confines of a horror movie scriptwriter’s mind. The score is gentle and soothing, but the story is anything but.*****)

It’s a beautiful song and I hope you enjoy the video.

Special thanks to everyone who’s art contributed to this new art….THANK YOU!!!

And THANK YOU for watching!!!

[Lyrics]

Lay your body down upon the midnight snow,
Feel the cold of winter in your hair
Here in a world of your own,
In a casing that’s grown
To a children’s delight
That arrived overnight.

And here they come to play their magic games
Carving names upon your frozen hand.
Here in a world of your own,
Like a sleeper whose eyes
Sees the pain with surprise
As it smothers your cries
They’ll never never know.

Hey there’s a Snowman
Hey, Hey what a Snowman
Pray for the Snowman
Ooh, Ooh what a Snowman
They say a snow year’s a good year
Filled with the love of all who lie so deep.

Smiling faces tear your body to the ground
Covered red that only we can see.
Here in a ball that they made
From the snow on the ground,
See it rolling away
Wild eyes to the sky
They’ll never, never know.

Hey there’s a Snowman
Hey what a Snowman
Pray for the Snowman
Ooh, Ooh what a Snowman
They say a snow year’s a good year
Filled with the love of all who lie so deep.

Hey there goes the Snowman
Hey,hey there what a Snowman
Hey there lies the Snowman
Hey he was a Snowman
They say a snow year’s a good year
Filled with the love of all who lie so deep.

Hey,there goes the snowman
Hey,hey there what a snowman…

And a few alternate thumb captures:

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More Genesis vids:

Many Too Many – Genesis HD 1080p

Me And Sarah Jane – Genesis HD 1080p

Heathaze – Genesis HD 1080p

Your Own Special Way HD 1080p

Ripples – Genesis HD 1080p

Thanks for the visit!

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