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Holiday Song Remix: New Classics We'd Really Like to Hear

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Sculpture by Liz Lomax

Purple Sleighs
to the tune of "Purple Haze"

Purple sleighs
Ride through my brain
Zebra stripes
On my candy cane
Foxy ladies
Decorate my walls
'Scuse me while I deck my balls.

Magic mushrooms
And mistletoe
Elves and gnomes
Dancing in the snow
Orange sunshine and silver bells
Looks like we're heading for that First Noel.

Move over, Rover!
And let Santa take over!

Purple sleighs
Ride through my brain
Crosstown traffic
Down Jingle Bell Lane
Come join our funky gypsy band
We'll go walking in a windowpane wonderland.

Stockings hung
By the chimney with care
Lysergic headband
Holding back my hair
Partridges in the party tree
Lord, that Christmas spirit cast a spell on me.

Not necessarily merry, but...
Feliz Navidad.

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