"Red Water (Christmas Mourning)" as written by and Peter Thomas Steele....
Wake up, it's Christmas mourn
Those loved have long since gone
The stockings are hung but who cares
Preserved for those no longer there
Six feet beneath me sleep
Black lights hang from the tree
Accents of dead holly
Whoa mistletoe
(It's growing cold)
I'm seeing ghosts
(I'm drinking old)
Red water
Red water

Red water chase them away
My tables been set for but seven
Just last year I dined with eleven
Goddamn ye merry gentlemen
Whoa mistletoe
(It's growing cold)
I'm seeing ghosts
(I'm drinking old)
Red water
Red water
Red water chase them away.


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"Red Water (Christmas Mourning)" as written by Peter Thomas Steele

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  • +3
    General CommentMy husband and I walked down the aisle to this song..the intro sounds kind of like an alternative wedding march doesn't it? Type O Negative are one of the best live bands. I went to see them when I was pregnant with my first son, he kicked a lot so he must've enjoyed the show!!!
    EtherealGothon March 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song depicts a person who has lost four family members "The table's been set for but seven, just last year I dined with eleven", and is drowning his sorrows with a bottle of red wine (red water); thus attempting to "chase away" the memories of those he has lost. I used to listen to this on repeat on the night of Christmas Eve while staring at the tree, reminiscing over Christmases past, and always finding that the ones in the past were better than the present as the years went by. It reminds me of how innocence fades with time. This is why I never have a Christmas tree in my house.
    SamuraiWolfon March 27, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song has a whole new meaning now that we have lost Pete...
    dust_devilon April 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentChristmas is almost here and I can't listen to this song without my eyes welling up. By far the most depressing Christmas song ever. Depressing yet absolutely beautiful.
    saatwikon December 11, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow..I'm surprised no one has commented on this song. THis is one of my top fav Type O songs. I think it's about someone that has lost a wife, husband, girlfriend, or boyfriend, and they are experiencing the first Christmas without them. It's really sad. I can only imagine what CHristmas without a loved one would be like.
    Chilibean13on May 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about the death of Peter's father.

    This is one of my favorite songs on October Rust, and definitely the darkest song on that CD. Apparently they never play it live and never will, from what I've read.
    jc6mdon September 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about Peter's father like jc6md said, but to elaborate: It's about remembering all those lost and to "chase them away" with a trusty bottle of vino. Really depressing, yet nevertheless a powerful song.
    seinfeldon January 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, it's so underrated. It's sad but beautiful.
    phantombreezeon February 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow.... that's almost all I can say. These TypeONeg songs are just stunning. They sound so very black. It's amazing.
    LoneWlfon August 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI had never thought about the intro that way, but it kinda makes sense.
    It's more of a depressing song to me, though.
    Great song, either way.
    Eliminationon March 09, 2006   Link

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