"Christmas in July" as written by and Sufjan Stevens....
If I missed my chance, I didn't even try
I'm not one to regret Christmas in July
If my timing is bad, like a fish on a bike
Would you let me pretend: Christmas in July?

I'm not one to admit; I'm not one to fight
Maybe I was wrong, or maybe I was right
Like when I went to school, drinking coffee at night
And I did what I did; now I do what I like

Open the champagne, party and pensive
Your mother said it's very expensive
Do what you want to, don't even ask us
Paraguay, Boston, Philly, Damascus

Maybe its the snow, the endless winter nights
And the winter coat, the one you never liked
But I'll take the sun and I'll take my kite
Christmas on the beach, Christmas in July

And I love my friends, even if they fight
Christmas in July, just to keep them quiet
And I love you too, I love you through the night
But now that you're away, Christmas isn't right

Don't take offenses; come to your senses
Your confidence is straddling fences

If I miss my chance, I didn't even try
I'm not one to regret Christmas in July


Lyrics submitted by monkishtroy, edited by Aragorn224, Mellow_Harsher

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  • +2
    General CommentThese are the correct lyrics:

    If I missed my chance, I didn't even try
    I'm not one to regret Christmas in July.
    If my timing is bad, like a fish on a bike,
    Would you let me pretend: Christmas in July?

    I'm not one to admit; I'm not one to fight,
    Maybe I was wrong, or maybe I was right
    Like when I went to school, drinking coffee at night,
    And I did what I did; now I do what I like.

    Open the champagne, party and pensive
    Your mother said it's very expensive
    Do what you want to, don't even ask us
    Paraguay, Boston, Philly, Damascus

    Maybe its the snow, the endless winter nights
    And the winter coat, the one you never liked
    But I'll take the sun and I'll take my kite,
    Christmas on the beach, Christmas in July
    And I love my friends, even if they fight
    Christmas in July, just to keep them quiet
    And I love you too, I love you through the night
    But now that you're away, Christmas isn't right

    Don't take offenses; come to your senses,
    Your confidence is straddling fences

    If I miss my chance, I didn't even try
    I'm not one to regret Christmas in July



    truejay001on August 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment10/4 time signature? or am i crazy?
    Regardless, a great song.
    SufjanMyHeroon November 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes after re-reading my suggestion i have realized that 10/4 is not in fact a reduced fraction, but 5/2 certainly is
    SufjanMyHeroon November 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's "I'll take the sun, and I'll take mt kite."
    Miss Miseryon November 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHey Miss_Misery, I changed it. Sorry about that :P

    The "guy" thing sort of reminded me of the "take my boy" line from "Man of Metropolis," so I thought it wouldn't be too weird of Sufjan to use it for "Christmas in July."

    But "kite" makes more sense, LOL.
    monkishtroyon November 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love that sort of...upbeat...smooth...jazzy...thing... right before the flourish at the very end. I really, really do, even if I can't tag it right. :)
    Tsuppion January 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentprobably a bar of 6/4 and a bar of 4/4...it's too hard to follow the beats on 10/4. Also later there is some 6/8 for the chorus.
    la7crosse11on October 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAs far as I can tell, it goes:
    5/4 - 8 times
    10/8 - 15 times
    9/8 - 12 times
    11/8 - once
    10/8 - 15 times
    7/8 - once
    9/8 - 11 times
    11/8 - once
    10/8 - 3 times
    9/8 - once
    4/4 - 16 times
    then the last note.

    Sufjan is crazy.
    sixfoottallrabbiton August 06, 2008   Link
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    General Commenthaha... oh, sufjan. the crazy, constantly-changing time signatures give me an anxiety attack.
    harloton May 04, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think the lyric is "Maybe it's the snow, the endless winter nights,".
    somecallmebeccaon April 26, 2007   Link

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