Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips attempt to spike the eggnog with some teardrops thanks to their new yuletide track “My Sad Christmas Song,” a moody, atmospheric cut from the Dead Petz collaborators. Cyrus shared the song on Christmas Eve with a note to fans, “#MerryFuckingChristmas.”
“This is my sad Christmas song / I’ve had it stuck in my head all day long / I wrote it in the car on my ride home / ‘Cause I knew I’d walk in the door and I’d be alone,” Cyrus sings on the track, the most melancholy holiday song since LCD Soundsystem dropped “Christmas Will Break Your Heart” a few hours earlier. “Why’d I even put up that fucking tree / If there’s no one here that’s gonna see /Just how pretty she looks on Christmas Eve / ‘Cause there’s no one here next to me.”
Contrary to the song’s lonely lyrics, Cyrus seems to be enjoying her Christmas with friends and family and gifts from Gucci Mane as evidenced by her Instagram. “My Sad Christmas Song” comes just weeks after Cyrus and Wayne Coyne’s crew wrapped up their bonkers Dead Petz tour.
The Flaming Lips themselves are no strangers to offbeat Christmas tunes: Ever since celebrating “Christmas at the Zoo” on 1995’s Clouds Taste Metallic, Coyne and company have sporadically dropped holiday tunes over the past 20 years, including their sci-fi film Christmas on Mars, their 2003 track “A Change at Christmas (Say It Isn’t So)” and their festive, secret 2007 EP Atlas Eets Christmas.