Xmas songs no. 10: The Matches – “December Is for Cynics”

A Santa Cause-It's a Punk Rock ChristmasThe Matches were a quartet from Oakland. Their music is probably best described as pop punk blended with alternative rock. After self-releasing their 2003 debut album E. Von Dahl Killed the Locals, they signed to Epitaph Records who re-released it and put out their second, 2006’s Decomposer. I really liked Decomposer but didn’t care for 2008’s A Band in Hope. The group went on hiatus in 2009 and hasn’t done anything since. “December Is for Cynics” comes from a 2003 compilation called A Santa Cause: It’s a Punk Rock Christmas which benefited the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.


Black frames to stare out
Mod lang slang to wear out
Scoff at squares in sweaters
Ho ho ho, we’re so much better

Used is the new black
Downloads are the new crack
Mocking carols that we hate
Damn, it’s easy being great

So to hell with holiday romantics
December is for cynics
December is for critics
Let’s get high on art supplies and hibernate
December is for cynics
Damn, it’s too easy being great

I brought you a bottle of wine full
Of flowers and this vinyl
I know we both made it clear
No stupid presents this year
But snopes.com said if you play
“Strawberry Fields” the wrong way
You can hear Lennon’s ghost say
“I buried Paul”

So to hell with holiday romantics
December is for cynics
December is for critics
Let’s go buy some take out and hibernate
December is for cynics
Damn, it’s too easy being great

So to hell with holiday romantics
December is for cynics
December is for critics
Let’s just try to sleep late and hibernate
December is for cynics
Damn, it’s too easy being great

So to hell with holiday romantics
December is for cynics
December is for critics
Let’s get by on Nyquil and hibernate
December is for cynics
Damn, it’s too easy being great

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