Momma told me boy, you best behave
Cuz Santa keeps a list of all his faves
And if you don't shape up you ain't gettin squat.
But the devil on my shoulder's gettin hot

Hotter than heaven
cool outta sight.
If I'm gonna do wrong, I'm gonna do it right

So he took me for a ride in 'is Cadillac,
Stolen from a cleptomaniac at a horse-race track
I said, Sir it's Christmas Eve
People should be home in bed
Instead, he said
You merry gentle men always bet on red

The Duke of deception malice and spite
If I'm gonna do wrong I'm gonna do it right

When you're done,you're really done
We look back and say hey that was fun
When all you wanted was a BB gun
Santa Claus never did come

When you're done, you're really done
We look back and say, Hey, that was fun

So he took me for a ride in his big old sleigh
We flew around the world in just one day
Johnny Mathis sang

I said Sir what you got for me in that sled?
Instead, he said
Boy you been bettin on a darker shade of red

Hotter than Heaven, Cool outta sight
Duke of Deception, Malice, and Spite
Johnny is singin
Remember tonight
If you gotta do wrong,
You better do it RIGHT

Lyrics submitted by freehat17

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    My InterpretationFirst of all, there is a mistake in the lyric. "When all he ever wanted . . . Santa Claus heaven become"
    Should be "Santa Claus never did come" Half of the sites are useing the formar one, but it doesn't really make any sense.

    The song was a little bit confusing at the begining: who exactly was the guy driving the boy around? The Devil? Or the Santa Claus?
    Once I got it that it was most likely the devil appeared to be like the Santa I would make the interpretation that the song is about making

    choices. That athough at one glance the tour the devil's taking the boy into is a gay and surreal, the undercurrent is ink-dark of settling

    the debt and consequences of trading with the devil.

    At one hand, the following can be interpreted as the suggestion to treasure and enjoy the moment "now". At the other hand, if someday one

    must face the justice and the outcomes of his own deeds will it still be fun?
    When you're done
    You're really done
    Will you look back and say; "hey that was fun?"

    That's what I think the song is about. I do notice that the song seems to leave the judgement open, that it's not very sure according the

    devil's answer "you are betting on a darker shade of red," whether the boy got what he wanted - the thing "in the sled." That either betting

    on the black or red make no difference on a roulette table. But I believe that the suspension is made deliberately and the actual message is

    shown in the conotation of the word "Instead" and "Darker tone" and ultimately it is obvious that the song is actually making a warning.

    Probably, the boy never did go back . . .
    By the way, citing the lyric from (, a more accurate one, in the very last sentense "you better do it right," the

    word "right" is all capitalised as "RIGHT" making the suggestion of making the right choice at the start or at least, do not make a deal with the devil.
    Weslaion July 05, 2012   Link
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    General Commentman this song is hilarious i luv smash mouth! its the music that gets me up when im down!
    slammed234on March 16, 2007   Link

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