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

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Sculpture by Liz Lomax

Rudolph the Black Sabbath Reindeer
to the tune of "Iron Man"

See his shiny nose
You would even say it glows
Reindeer call him names
Won't let him play no reindeer games.

[Chorus] Nobody wants him
He can't ride on their sleds
Nobody likes him
So Rudolph plots his revenge.

Santa wouldn't believe
Until that foggy Christmas Eve
"With your nose so bright,
Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"

Nobody liked him
They just turned away
Screams of vengeance
As he crashes the sleigh.

Rudolph's nose so red
Fills his victims full of dread
Christmas catastrophe
He'll go down in history.

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