by Chris Bodenner

A reader writes:

Laura Nyro's "Christmas in My Soul" is the most depressing Christmas song. Written about the the Vietnam War, the Civil Right Era, the poisonous politics of those times, and it is just as relevant today, although and perhaps because it contains a call for peace, tolerance and hope.

Lyrics after the jump:

I love my country as it dies


In war and pain before my eyes


I walk the streets where disrespect has been


The sins of politics, the politics of sin


The heartlessness that darkens my soul


On Christmas.

Red and silver on the leaves


Fallen white snow runs softly through the trees


Madonnas weep for wars of hell


They blow out the candles and haunt Noel


The missing love that rings through the world


On Christmas.

Black panther brothers bound in jail


Chicago seven and the justice scale


Homeless Indian of Manhattan Isle


All God's sons have gone to trial


And all God's love is out of style


On Christmas.

Now the time has come to fight


laws in the book of love burn bright


people you must win for thee America


her dignity


for all the high court world to see


on christmas

Christmas in my soul


Christmas in my soul


Christmas in my soul.

Come young braves


Come young children

Christmas in my soul


Christmas


in my soul


Joy


to this world.

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