"Elf's Lament [featuring Michael Bublé]" as written by and Ed Robertson....
I'm a man of reason, and they say
"'Tis the season to be jolly but it's folly when you volley for position"

Never in existence has there been such a resistance
To ideas meant to free us
If you could see us, then you'd listen

Toiling through the ages, making toys on garnished wages
There's no union
We're only through when we outdo the competition

I make toys, but I've got aspirations
Make some noise, use your imagination
Girls and boys, before you wish for what you wish for
There's a list for who's been
Naughty or nice, but consider the price to an elf

A full indentured servitude can reflect on one's attitude
But that silly red hat just makes the fat man look outrageous

Absurd though it may seem, you know, I've heard there's even been illegal doping
And though we're coping, I just hope it's not contagious

You try to start a movement, and you think you see improvement
But when thrown into the moment, we just don't seem so courageous

I make toys, but I've got aspirations
Make some noise, use your imagination
Girls and boys, before you wish for what you wish for
There's a list for who's been
Naughty or nice, but consider the price to an elf

You look at yourself, you're an elf
And the shelf is just filled with disappointing memories
Trends come and go, and your friends wanna know
Why you aren't just happy making crappy little gizmos
Every kid knows they'll just throw this stuff away

We're used to repetition, so we drew up a petition
We, the undersigned, feel undermined
Let's redefine "employment"

We know that we've got leverage, so we'll hand the fat man a beverage
And sit back while we attack the utter lack of our enjoyment

It may be tough to swallow, but our threats are far from hollow
He may thunder, but if he blunders, he may wonder where the toys went

I make toys, but I've got aspirations
Make some noise, use your imagination
Girls and boys, before you wish for what you wish for
There's a list for who's been
Naughty or nice, but consider the price
Naughty or nice, but consider the price
Naughty or nice, but consider the price to an elf


Lyrics submitted by Eamon

"Elf's Lament" as written by Ed Robertson

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Elf's Lament [featuring Michael Bublé] song meanings
Add your thoughts

8 Comments

sort form View by:
  • 0
    General CommentWow...Apparently Elf's are depressed and opressed by Santa and are tired of doing so much work for little. THey also mention how all teh gifts they give are just put onto shelves and are dissapointing, and are upset that no one appreciates their work. And they just get tired of giving things to people who just want. People who are so un-XMAS like. GIve people!
    Sanjuroon December 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think I am seriously over-thinking this whole album (and seriously depressing myself in the process).

    But this song makes me think about the real people who are *really* making most of the stuff we give at Christmas: most of it is probably made in sweatshops, by people who are treated badly and can't organize a union and can't improve their situation.

    And "consider the price to an elf" is something to think about when you're shopping. :( (ie, for those of you who have issues with subtlety, boycott sweatshop-made products!)
    gravity_defianton December 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTotally agreeable. I mean, Elfs may just be a term used to state the situation better for those like them that aren't really given anything for their hard work. They don't get appreciated for their work. And we just don't give a damn about the product they worked so hard on to live.
    So...I guess we're all big giant a-holes in the end. Go figure.
    There's nothing wrong with overthinking the album. It may be just one big holiday message that tells us to be in the TRUE Christmas spirit. Well...aside from the chanakuh songs which...Well...I'm not JEwish so I won't go into that in fear I know nothing about it.
    Most of the new and original songs to the album are all about the same thing really. Snowman could be that we should get involved in XMAS, Elf's Lament is that we should appreciate the gifts that we buy or get, XMAS Pics may be that we should focus on our family.
    Then there's Deck the Stills...which...that's just fun.
    Sanjuroon December 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song really reminds me of the Calvin and Hobbes cartoon, in which Calvin writes a letter to Santa stating that he's operating in the North Pole to avoid tax and human rights and keeping the pay of his elves low.

    If you think about it, Santa is a pretty bad fellow. Sure, he says his elves are happy, but how can we be sure?

    This song basically makes people see the "other side" of things, like how PETA laughably claimed that Pokemon was supporting animal cruelty.
    Occams_Harmonyon June 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWho's the third singer in this song? you know, he starts with "a full indentured servitude..." Is he a guest singer? sorry, i'm new to the band and I really can't tell.
    Grausteinon April 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI Believe That The Third Singer is Micheal Buble, Graustein.
    stereogum16on May 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove this song. Makes me laugh. I try not to go too deep into a holiday album.
    MyOwnHero18on July 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about the Working Class Heroes who are still ambitious.

    I can relate to this song personally, high school drop out, working full-time + overtime on garnished wages... I do have a union, but I can imagine that there are far and far worse cases than me. I should not complain.

    I believe this person is singing to a girl, feeling too low or less to be with her because he earns not enough to support her...

    I believe the Red Hat points out to the socialist aspect which is ofcourse abandoned on the North Pole.



    "It may be tough to swallow, but our threats are far from hollow
    He may thunder, but if he blunders, he may wonder where the toys went"

    ELVES ON STRIKE!

    Amusement on the workplace may also be a motive for this song... Lack of our enjoyment...

    Definitely more to it than the happy HO HO HO Merry Christmas boys and girls message.
    LittlePrincezzon September 15, 2008   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain