by Chris Bodenner

A reader writes:

My all-time favorite, because it is both an amazing song and amazingly depressing, is Prince's "Another Lonely Christmas." The narrator is mourning the loss of his lover seven years prior on Christmas Day. Terribly depressing. And yet, it rocks incredibly hard.

Another writes:

Has special meaning to me, as my mother passed away on December 28, 1984, three days after Christmas.  I well up almost every time I hear it.

I couldn't find a video for the song, but here is a link to an audio version. The video above is a different song by a very different artist, but it hits the same basic theme. Lyrics for the Prince version after the jump:

Last night I spent another lonely Christmas


Darling, darling, U should've been there


Cuz all the ones I dream about


U are the one that makes my love shout


U see, U are the only one I care 4

Remember the time we swam naked in your father's pool


Boy, he was upset that night


But boy, was that ever cool


Remember that night we played pokeno 4 money


And U robbed me blind


Remember how U used 2 scream so loud cuz U...


U hated that number 9


Hey, I saw your sister skatin' on the lake this afternoon


Good heaven, how she's grown


She swoons the boy skaters cuz she's so tall


But of all your father's children


All your father's children, baby


U know U are the finest of them all


U are brighter than the northern star and I...

Last night I spent another lonely Christmas


Darling, darling, U, U should've been there


Cuz U see, of all the ones I dream about


U are the one that makes my love shout


U see, U are the only one I care 4, listen

Do U still like banana daiquiris


boy we used 2 get so touched


U use 2 get so horny


U'd make me leave the lights on


I'd pay money just 2 C


your happy dancin silouette upon the pier


Sometimes I think I hear U smilin


Sometimes I think your here


I find myself holding every pillow


N the bed U and I used 2 share


Last night I spent another lonely Christmas


Darling U shouldn't B


U shouldn't B there, cuz U C

Last night I spent another lonely Christmas


Darling, darling, U, U should've been there


Cuz U see, of all the ones I dream about


U are the one that makes my love shout


U see, U are the only one I care 4, yeah

My mama used 2 say always trust your lover


But now I guess that only applies 2 her


Cuz baby, U promised me


Baby, U promised me U'd never leave


Then U died on the 25th day of December

Oh baby, last night, oh, I spent another lonely, lonely Christmas


Darling, baby, U, U should've been there


Cuz all the ones I dream about


U are the one that makes my love shout


U see, U are the only one I care 4, yeah

Your father said it was pneumonia


Your mother said it was stress


But the doctor said U were dead and I...


I say it's senseless


Every Christmas night 4 7 years now


I drink banana daiquiris till I'm blind


As long as I can hear U smiling, baby


U won't hear my tears


Another lonely Christmas is mine, yeah, mine, yeah


Another lonely Christmas is mine

Last night, yeah, I spent another lonely, lonely Christmas


Darling, darling, U should've been there, yeah


Cuz all the ones I dream about


U are the one that make my love shout


U see, U are the only one I care 4

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