"Christmas At Ground Zero" as written by and Al Yankovic....
It's Christmas at ground zero
There's music in the air
The sleigh bells are ringing and the carolers are singing
While the air raid sirens blare
It's Christmas at ground zero
The button has been pressed
The radio just let us know that this is not a test
Everywhere the atom bombs are dropping
It's the end of all humanity
No more time for last minute shopping
It's time to meet your final destiny
It's Christmas at ground zero
There's panic in the crowd
While we dodge debris let's trim the tree
Underneath the mushroom cloud

You might hear some reindeer on your rooftop
Or Jack Frost on your windowsill
But if someone's climbing down your chimney
You better load your gun and shoot to kill
It's Christmas at ground zero
And if the radiation levels OK
I'll go out with you and see all the new
Mutations on New Year's Day
It's Christmas at ground zero
Just seconds left to go
I'll duck and cover with my Yuletide lover
Underneath the mistletoe
It's Christmas at ground zero
Now the missiles are on their way
What a crazy fluke we're gonna get nuked
On this jolly holiday
What a crazy fluke we're gonna get nuked
On this jolly holiday


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"Christmas at Ground Zero" as written by Al Yankovic

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    General CommentThis is the Christmas song to end all Christmas songs. It came out right at the time the Cold War was nearing the end. Deep into the Reagan era, we the Americans were at grindstone odds with the Soviets. Weird Al does have a way with keeping his ear to the ground on current events like with the song "Headline News". I think this is his ode to nuclear war. It's really, really intelligent by the way he turned into a Christmas song. This is my favorite Christmas tune of all time...does anybody else agree?
    OpinionHeadon October 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentHa ha this song is hilarious. one of my favorite christmas tunes. Its funny thinking about being nuked during christmas. I especially like the part about shooting someone coming down the chimney.
    WiseWizon November 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is totally awesome. It's really really catchy tune. So catchy, in fact, that i was singing it around the house last christmas and mum yelled at me. Then i played her the song and she thought it was funny!!!
    sire_of_black_eyesson December 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI just bought The Ultimate Weird Al Yankovic Video Collection on DVD. There is a video on the disc with this song. In the middle of all the "duck and cover" and Christmas footage, there is a shot of the current president of the time. Can anyone guess who it is? The clue is that he just passed on this year.
    OpinionHeadon December 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is more like Tom Lehrer (another comedy singer). Wierd Al normally writes, taking the piss out of non-serious stuff, here we see him making a serious point.
    DJB13on June 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commentlol this song's great. It's the only christmas song I actually like!!
    Evil_Sock_Ladyon August 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love the alarm sounding during the solo and at the end. Very eerie effect.
    pikespiceon September 19, 2006   Link

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