Little orphans in the snow / With nowhere to call a home
Start their singing, singing

Waiting through the summertime / To thaw your hearts in wintertime
That’s why they’re singing, singing…

Waiting for a sign to turn blood into wine
The sweet taste in your mouth / Turned bitter in its glass
Israel…in Israel…

Shattered fragments of the past / Meet in veins on the stained glass
Like the lifeline in your palm
Red and green reflects the scene / Of a long-forgotten dream
There were princes and there were kings
Now hidden in disguise / Cheap wrappings of lies
Keep your heart alive with a song from inside

Even though we’re all alone, we are never on our own when we’re singing

There’s a man who’s looking in, and he smiles a toothless grin
Because he’s singing, singing…
See some people shine with glee, but their song is jealousy
Their hate is clanging, maddening…
In Israel…will they sing Happy Noel?
Israel…in Israel..in Israel will they sing Happy Noel ?


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  • +6
    Song Meaning>>Red and green reflects the scene

    A nice trope -- red and green being both the traditional Christmas colors and two of the national colors of the Palestinians.
    smendleron December 17, 2009   Link
  • +4
    Song MeaningSIOUXSIE: "No it's not about religion as such, it’s more general. A disillusioned person, or whole race who’ve ceased to understand or believe in what they held to be the truth. It tries to put across, you shouldn’t cover what you feel inside by teaching or attitudes imposed on you. It emphasises the strength of the individual." Source: Sounds 28/02/81.

    So basically it is about questioning your beliefs and don't just follow things that are forced on you by authority.
    JJKelsallon December 01, 2012   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretationi think the song is about refugees, people who once fled, raised a state where given broken dreams. ( turned his blood into wine, (old history), but later the (current time) the wine turned bitter in the glass in this new "promised" land.
    People are still enslaved by political false dreams.. but there is an old men walking bye, he has no tooth left, there is something still there of freedom most of us dont see. After that it is wondering happy noel.. do people still understand what freedom means.

    Israel is a best portrait for this, but there are many places like it, where people flee and try to find something better, and are given "new dreams" to work hard pay rent
    Peter-Arton September 27, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIsrael is where it all began, you know. And 'Happy Noel' screams Christmas to me. The whole lyrics, it evokes this sense of happiness because, like it says, they're singing, not literally singing per se, but just celebrating life.
    Meirionaon February 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDon't know what it's about, but I love Siouxsie's voice and I just wanted to comment on how well-written this piece is, and I don't know how big they were in the 80's, during their reign, but as far as 80's music goes, as far as any ALT band goes, they are awesome and should get more airtime.
    FakeLoveRemedyon July 12, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song reminds us of the violent, hateful nature of contemporary Israel, the allusions to blood, despair, a religious philosophy fragmented and it's continuous decay in a world of reason where Israeli society is unsustainable under a Zionist movement fascinated with ethnic cleansing and annihilation of it's neighbours.
    Mazorton January 18, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Link(s)This is a mysterious song - many levels of interpretation are possible. It is one of my all-time favorite songs. Siouxsie and the Banshees transcend mere rock'n'roll - they are something else altogether. I posted about this song at my blog in case you are interested:

    connecthook.wordpress.com/2011/10/08/next-christmas-in-jerusalem/

    All of the insightful commentary I have read here has only made me value the song even more. Really fascinating. I wonder if Siouxsie was consciously thinking of the Palestinian colors or simply the holiday colors of red & green. I would love to know what her own explanation of the lyrics is. God bless.


    NomadMonadon October 21, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt strikes me there must be some atonement for Siouxsie's wearing of a Nazi armband, and antisemitic references in Love in a Void. As she grew up she realised she'd been misguided or naive at best, plain racist at worst. We all do and say dumb things when we are young, maybe she saw a chance to seek make a statement that countered earlier perceptions. Also, she spent a year wearing the Star of David...
    feufolleton April 11, 2019   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNot being a historian at all, I love the group, saw them in San Francisco back in the day (The Warfield?) The song always perplexed me, gave me things to think about. On one hand I felt it was pro Israel, the color reference reminded me of the U2 song (War?). It seems to me a song of encouragement to any and all oppressed people, a song of joy and sadness. Enjoying all the comments ✌????
    corey10649on June 19, 2022   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningHere\'s a thought straight out of left field. It\'s not actually a song about the land of Israel or the people everyone thinks of as "Israelis" (the Jews), but the other Israel. The one that got lost nearly 200 years before the Jews were taken to Babylon and which no one knows the whereabouts of. I think the line in bold(?) is a clue to Siouxsie\'s subconscious intentions.\n\nRed and green reflects the scene / Of a long-forgotten dream\nThere were princes and there were kings\n*Now hidden in disguise / Cheap wrappings of lies*\nKeep your heart alive with a song from inside\n\nNo one knows where the other Israel is because they\'re "hidden in disguise" and they\'ve "wrapped themselves in lies". Everyone knows who the Jews are, so it can\'t be referring to them, Ditto for the Church.
    Mark76on February 24, 2022   Link

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