"Birthday" as written by and William Reid....
Everybody loves me goes away
And I'd kill myself if that would make them stay
And I'm drinking to the day that I was made
And I'm sucking on my grown-ups lemonade

Yeah I'm a mean motherfucker now but I once was cool
Yeah I'm a bad motherfucker now but I once was cool
And I was born a long time ago today
And everybody loves me goes away

And it's Christmas time again
Yeah it's Christmas time again
And it's Christmas time again again and again

In my head
In my head
Am I dead
In my head

Curse the light that laughter shines on me
And I couldn't care if I'm never on TV
I'm fine and fit, I'm wasted, and I'm free
And everybody loves me lets me be

Yeah I'm a mean motherfucker now but I once was cool
Yeah I'm a bad motherfucker now but I once was cool
And I was born a long time ago today
And everybody loves me goes away

And it's Christmas time again
Yeah it's Christmas time again
And it's Christmas time again again and again

In my head
In my head
Am I dead
In my head

In my head
In my head
Am I dead


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    General CommentThis is one of my all-time JaMC faves. Not too sure what it means however. Munki is a fantastic album.
    MilkForWhaleson December 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commentmy fave x-mas song - fucking top notch.
    Lemonheadon May 30, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song is a godsend.
    fishfryon October 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's a sweet song about Jesus. Best song off Munki, hands down. And probably the best Christmas song ever.
    artsluton October 02, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationLet's try this.
    It is well documented that 'Munki' was recorded while the great Reid brothers were involved in a mutually, profoundly fractious syndrome.
    According to Jim, for the duration of the sessions the pair couldn't even stand to appear in the studio together and therefore put down their individual parts totally separately:
    "Me and William weren't really getting along at all. That last year we barely even spoke. Munki ... was really divided. William would go into the studio with the rest of the band and record while I wasn't there, and then I'd go in with them when William wasn't there."
    [Alternative Press Magazine]
    It certainly isn't beyond the realms of possibility, then, to imagine that in a few of the lyrical outings here the unsimpático siblings were taking vicious potshots toward one another.
    This seems more likely given that the songwriting credit on 'Birthday' happens to be to William, and when taken into account that the date of Jim's birthday is December 29th ("It's Christmas time again"), it begins to look as if his older, yet no more secure brother might well have been lashing out, invoking the memory of one of Jim's stereotypical anniversary bashes.
    "And I'm sucking on my grown-up's lemonade"
    "Curse the light that laughter shines on me"
    "Yeah I'm a mean motherfucker now but I once was cool"
    "And everybody loves me goes away"
    These come across like terribly
    bitter putdowns which would make sense in context.
    Take a look at Jim's 'Man on the Moon' for what may be just one example of a tit-for-tat rejoinder.
    ATLKiwion November 30, 2016   Link

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