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WifeLess

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Widow/er Songs for the Holiday Season
« on: December 22, 2015, 07:36:23 PM »
In the early years of the old YWBB, members would sometimes cheer themselves and each other up during the Holidays by cleverly altering Christmas carols and other songs of the season to reflect their newly widowed status. This was accomplished primarily through the use of dark humor and sarcasm, of course.

Below are 5 slightly edited offerings from those talented widows and widowers. Perhaps they will bring a few moments of amusement to Young Widow Forum members this Holiday Season. Please feel free to add any others you wish to this collection, including your own creations if so inspired.



(To the tune of Winter Wonderland)

Sleigh bells ring, why should I care?
In my brain, it's a nightmare.
A miserable sight, I'm lonely tonight,
Walking in a Widow Netherland.

Gone away is my happiness.
Here to stay is the crappiness.
We'll sing mournful blues, as we spread the news,
We're walking in a Widow Netherland.

In the meadow we can build a Bago
And pretend that we are all onboard.
DGI's will wonder where did they go
When all their stupid comments are ignored.

Later on we'll inspire (each other),
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid, all our dreams betrayed,
Walking in a Widow Netherland.



(To the tune of Away in a Manger)

I've spent all the money,
My house is a mess.
This pathetic widow,
She has to confess.

The kids are all grubby,
Their homework's undone.
But who will come help me?
There's simply no one.

My pets are all moaning,
Yes they miss him too.
Or have I not fed them
Between my "boo hoo"s?

Don't tell me its Christmas,
It cant be again.
It sucks to be widowed.
Where is my husband?



(To the tune of Oh Little Town of Bethlehem)

Oh little town of Widowland
How sad we see thee lie.
Beneath the heavy weight of grief
We know your people cry.

Yet in the still of darkness
There comes a ray of light.
From all the healing power they've found
By joining all their might.

Oh, how we came to dwell in here
The heavens won't reveal.
While we seek answers to our prayers
Each day seems so surreal.

Please grant us strength to live and thrive
In the altered reality,
Where we are now abiding
With hopes of serenity.



(To the tune of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen)

The holidays are lousy when your husband is still dead,
If one more DGI speaks up, I'll pummel him to shreds,
I do not want to hear that I should just move on instead,
Oh, tidings of sadness and pain, sadness and pain,
Oh, tidings of sadness and pain.

They seem to think they know it all and just how I should feel,
If they must talk to me they all pretend it isn't real,
They mostly run away and hide so they don't have to deal,
Oh, tidings of sadness and pain, sadness and pain,
Oh, tidings of sadness and pain.

I'm tired of pretending there's no reason to complain,
I wouldn't mind a phone call but they're all just so inane,
I'm not as strong as you may think, despite your wishes plain,
Oh, tidings of sadness and pain, sadness and pain,
Oh, tidings of sadness and pain.

Do not tell me it could be worse, or that you understand,
Do not tell me to seize the day, or give a reprimand,
Do not compare my life to yours and tell me mine is grand,
Oh, tidings of sadness and pain, sadness and pain,
Oh, tidings of sadness and pain.



(To the tune of It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year )

It's the most horrible day of the year.
Everyone is happy,
Even mama and pappy,
But not me, oh noooo.
It's the most horrible day of the year.

It's the most difficult day of the year.
Last year was much better,
I got a new sweater,
And I was in loooove.
It's the most difficult day of the year.

There'll be Kleenex using,
Photo albums perusing,
And staring idly at the waaaall.

There'll be difficult moments,
While seeing the ornaments,
Still boxed down the haaaall.

It's finally the end of 2015.
I hated this year,
Daily shedding of tears.
Grief has been like my waaaar.
Love hurts, that's what I've learned, and much more.

There is one blessing I discovered this year.
I've faced the worst life can give me,
My spouse would be proud of me,
But this much I knoooow.
I'll survive, thanks to all of you heeere!!!!!

« Last Edit: December 21, 2016, 12:58:00 PM by WifeLess »

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Re: Widow/er Songs for the Holiday Season
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2015, 09:41:40 PM »
Thanks much! Now, there're some tunes I can identify with better.

 I'm someone who personally has deep faith in the spiritual reason for Christmas, but alllll this commercially manufactured "joy"  grates on my nerves. Never been a huge fan, but at my second widow-Christmas out, if anything I tune out even more to the vast majority of what just seems like jarring noise to me.

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Re: Widow/er Songs for the Holiday Season
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2015, 07:55:59 PM »
sojourner,

Glad you enjoyed, and I agree with you about all the commercialism and manufactured joy. I still recall my first Holiday Season as a widower, just a few months after losing my wife in August 2009. Weeks of Christmas music and ads, as well as partying and celebration all around. But it was a melancholy time for me. Fortunately, I had recently joined YWBB and found comfort in many of its writings, including the humorous songs and carols that appear above. Whether somber or comical, those posts by veteran and contemporary members helped me make it through.

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Re: Widow/er Songs for the Holiday Season
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2015, 09:06:58 PM »
Love these, WifeLess, thanks for posting!

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Re: Widow/er Songs for the Holiday Season
« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2015, 08:46:13 AM »
canadiangirl,

Thanks for your post.

I hope the above words of widows past have brought a bit of levity to all here who need it this Holiday Season.

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Re: Widow/er Songs for the Holiday Season
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2016, 12:18:30 PM »
The Holiday Season can be an especially difficult time for widows and widowers. So for those in need of a laugh, I am bumping this up from last year.

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Re: Widow/er Songs for the Holiday Season
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2016, 12:57:08 PM »
I would love to enclose a few of these in my Christmas cards in response to all the "my life is perfect" cards I get every year, but I don't think it would go over well. I can hear it now in fact: "Wow, she is still has so much grief anger... It's not healthy... She really should be moving on by now.... and yadda yadda yadda..."  ;D
« Last Edit: December 20, 2016, 12:59:11 PM by kjs1989 »

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Re: Widow/er Songs for the Holiday Season
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2016, 01:02:50 PM »
I would love to enclose a few of these in my Christmas cards in response to all the "my life is perfect" cards I get every year, but I don't think it would go over well. I can hear it now in fact: "Wow, she is still has so much grief anger... It's not healthy... She really should be moving on by now.... and yadda yadda yadda..."  ;D
Amen.

LOVE Love Love these songs... thanks for posting!
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Re: Widow/er Songs for the Holiday Season
« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2016, 04:28:54 PM »
Wifeless - you have outdone yourself! Thank you!

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Re: Widow/er Songs for the Holiday Season
« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2016, 09:59:59 AM »
Mine is really short . . .

Time again for melancholy. Fa la la la la la la la!
'Tis the season to be jolly? Fa la la la la la la la!
Drink some wine, by the barrel, Fa la la la la la la la!
Can't stand to hear another Christmas carol, Fa la la la la la la la!
Fa la la la la la la la fuck you!
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My beloved husband, best friend, fellow privateer and my only rogue

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Re: Widow/er Songs for the Holiday Season
« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2016, 04:06:41 PM »
People just don't understand.  I have quoted these to people, and they just say, "Oh, that's so sad".  Uh, have you MET me?  Sad isn't even the tip of the iceberg!  You want me to be JOLLY?!  REally?!
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Re: Widow/er Songs for the Holiday Season
« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2016, 06:48:55 PM »
cassandra,

That's the spirit! (Or lack thereof.) Nice job. Thank you for your contribution.

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Re: Widow/er Songs for the Holiday Season
« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2016, 05:44:35 PM »
Cassandra, sorry - but this made me laugh. Good one!

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Re: Widow/er Songs for the Holiday Season
« Reply #13 on: December 23, 2016, 08:05:46 PM »
cassandra,

That's the spirit! (Or lack thereof.) Nice job. Thank you for your contribution.

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"Until my last breath, I loved you more than life itself." ~Kirk, in his envelope to be opened only upon his death.  And now I to you, My Love, until my last breath...

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Re: Widow/er Songs for the Holiday Season
« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2016, 07:44:52 PM »
These were very entertaining to read, thank you. They capture the essence of being a widow during "this season" when people, who normally don't get it (less face it!), don't get it even more.

I have been basically alone for the past week, which I did for myself when I'd had just too many senseless comments made to me, just one too many people with their cheerful family photos and "look at us so happy together". (It was just easier then punching them all)

Here is hoping that we all are able to find our way in 2017, for I cannot stay on this current path too much longer.

MB
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