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
Israel
In Israel

Shattered fragments of the past
Meet in veins of 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
Singing

Hohhhh
Hohhhh

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?
In Israel
In Israel

Israel
In Israel
In Israel
Will they sing Happy Noel?



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  • +6
    Song Meaning

    SIOUXSIE: "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
  • +5
    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
  • +2
    General Comment

    The 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
  • +2
    My Interpretation

    i 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 Comment

    Israel 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 Comment

    Don'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
    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/](http://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 Comment

    It 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 Comment

    Not 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
  • 0
    General Comment

    The more I study the lyrics the more it suggests it really does have something to do with the history and founding of (contemporary)Israel

    Sozlukon January 07, 2007   Link

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