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Song Parodies -> "The Shortest Day (Winter Solstice Anthem)"

Original Song Title:

"The Longest Day"

Original Performer:

Paul Anka

Parody Song Title:

"The Shortest Day (Winter Solstice Anthem)"

Parody Written by:

Susanna Viljanen

The Lyrics

There's a day - in late December
That's the day - when sunlight's weak
That's a day - named by Saint Thomas
Time of year when days are bleak
The shortest day! The shortest day
Tom gave name for shortest day!
Half past nine is sunny morn -
GHA goes Capricorn!

Many days has been since Johnny
Many days till summer's light
Christmas ale, of Anne is ready
Party through the winternight!
The shortest day! The shortest day
Tom gave name for shortest day!
Half past nine is sunny morn -
GHA goes Capricorn!

There's the day four days to Christmas
Ten more days for New Year's eve -
Twenty min the Sly is longer -
Light will win! Would you believe?
Here in Finland, the Christmas ale is traditionally brewed on St. Anne (9th December). It is ready on 21st December (St. Thomas). Winter Solstice was named to Apostle Thomas "as his faith was weakest, the day is shortest on his day, but like he believed after he saw Christ, the days will grow now longer" as the story goes. Thomas is considered as the patron saint of brewers (and brewsters, of course). We made our own batch already on Oscar (1st Dec) so we get a little longer for storage fermentation. St. John the Baptist is 25 June. Since the sun will rise two minutes earlier and set two later each day after Thomas, the day is 22 minutes longer on St. Sylvester (31st December).

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Yoidy - December 11, 2006 - Report this comment
This reminds me of a poem called The Happiest Day, The Happiest Hour. It has that same breezy style. 555
AFW - December 11, 2006 - Report this comment
Very Interesting, and entertaining
Susanna Viljanen - December 11, 2006 - Report this comment
It is usual in Finland to refer a day by the saint whose day it is. Finland has retained the Medieval tradition of "firstname days"; in the Middle Ages the Catholic church nominated the days of the year after saints. They were important milestones in the agriculture, and many firstnames refer to traditions of their days. Phrases like "Nice Thomas brings the Christmas, nasty Canute takes it away" are commonplace; Christmas time in Finland traditionally has lasted from Thomas (21 Dec) to Canute (6 Jan). Susanna (and Tiburtius) is 11 August.

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