The soundtrack of the Guardians of the Galaxy special [LISTEN]

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Cover of The Guardians of the Galaxy Special Soundtrack [LISTEN]

The Marvel special Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special presents the audience with a great soundtrack. The special directed by the talented James Gunn is available on the streaming platform Disney + from November 25, 2022. In the soundtrack you can listen two original songs or I Don't Know What Christmas Is (But Christmastime Is Here) e Here It Is Christmas time.

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In this article you can hear both original songs: I Don't Know What Christmas Is (But Christmastime Is Here) and Here It Is Christmastime. Both are played by the band Old 97's in Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. The Old 97's lead singer plays Bzermikitokolok while the band of musicians collectively are known in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the Knowhere. The song Here It Is Christmastime is sung by Kevin Bacon together with the singer of the Old 97's.

The videos that have been posted on the YouTube platform do not contain scenes from the special, but only a photo of Drax and Mantis under a neon sign with the full title in English. We report the two videos available with text and translation of the two songs.

You can read our review of the Guardians of the Galaxy Special, the supergroup that will return to Italian cinema screens in May 2023 with the third feature film dedicated to their adventures, as you can read in our guide to Marvel releases of 2023.

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I Don't Know What Christmas Is (But Christmastime Is Here)

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The text was written by director James Gunn in collaboration with the band Old 97's.

Original text

Out on the third planet closest to the sun
There's a special celebration
And it sounds quite fun
A jolly old fellow brings toys to everyone
On a holiday they call Christmas
Now I'm not gonna lie
It makes no sense to me
But here's what I've discovered about this Christmas mystery
One, two, three, four!
Santa is a furry freak with epic superpowers
He flies to every human home in under 14 hours
He's a master burglar
A pro at picking locks
If you don't leave milk and cookies out
He will put dung in your socks
If you act nicely through the night
And don't jump on your bed
Santa comes with sugar plums and hurls them at your head
But if you're on his naughty list
He shoots missiles at your toes
He might just roast your chestnuts
With his powerful flamethrower
Rein, rein, rein, rein, rein
Deer, deer, deer, deer, deer
I don't know what Christmas is
But Christmas time is here
He's compelled his creepy elves to do his every wish
One sought to be a dentist
Now he's sleeping with the fish
Mrs Claus, she works the pole
Plans her man's demise
Soon the elves will all rise up
And stab out Santa's eyes
I have, I have, I have, I have
Earthlings are so weird
I don't know what Christmas is
But Christmas time is here
I have, I have, I have, I have
Earthlings are so weird
I don't know what Christmas is
But Christmas time is here
What the heck's a turtledove?
And who lit up that deer?
I don't know what Christmas is
But Christmas time is here
I don't know what Christmas is
But Christmas time is here
Or maybe it's there
Or it's somewhere
I don't know

Translation

Out there on the third closest planet to the sun 
There is a special party
And it looks quite funny
A merry old gentleman brings toys to everyone
At a party they call Christmas
Now, I won't lie to you
It doesn't make any sense to me
But here's what I found out about this Christmas mystery
One two three four!
Santa Claus is a furry weirdo with epic superpowers
Fly to every human home in less than 14 hours
He's an exceptional burglar
A professional lock picker
If you don't leave him milk and biscuits
It will leave muck in your socks
If you behave on that night
And don't jump on the bed
Santa Claus comes with sprinkles and throws them at your head
But if you are on the naughty list
Shoot missiles at your feet
He could roast your chestnuts
With its powerful flamethrower
Ren, ren, ren, ren, ren
On, on, on, on, on
I don't know what Christmas is
But the Christmas holidays are here
He forced his creepy elves to grant his every wish
One wanted to be a dentist
Now he sleeps at the bottom of the sea
Mrs. Claus, she works the post
Plan your man's death
Soon the elves will revolt
And they will stab Santa in the eye
I have, I have, I have, I have
Earthlings are so weird
I don't know what Christmas is
But the Christmas holidays are here
I have, I have, I have, I have
Earthlings are so weird
I don't know what Christmas is
But the Christmas holidays are here
What the hell is a turtle dove?
And who has access to that deer?
I don't know what Christmas is
But the Christmas holidays are here
I don't know what Christmas is
But the Christmas holidays are here
Or maybe it's there
Or is it somewhere
No lo so

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Curiosity

  • In the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special Star-Lord is seen several times in total disagreement while listening to the song. You may notice that he says "no" when discussing Santa's safecracking skills and protests at both the manure in his socks point and the flamethrower point. Another protesting "no" from Star-Lord comes at the point where Mrs. Claus is mentioned. On the contrary, our hero agrees with the line "Earthlings are so strange"
  • In English the word reindeer translates to reindeer, and this English word is made up of two words that also have meanings separately, namely rein and deer. Rein means bridle and deer means stag. So the point where the original text repeats rein five times and then deer five times can be translated with the repetition of the words bridle and deer, but it sounds like ren, ren, ren, ren, ren; na, na, na, na, na
  • The reference to the dove concerns the Christmas decorations in the shape of a white dove, widespread in some countries such as the United States

Here It Is Christmas time 

Here It Is Christmastime was written by the band Old 97's.

Original text

When we are born
We are swaddled and snuggled
Whispered to, fussed over
Tickled and cuddled
When we grow up things get muddled
And here it is Christmas time
Will you stop by for a piece of delicious peach pie?
While I tell you my yuletide wishes
You can help me do the dishes
'Cause here it is Christmas time
And we all want someone
Who will love us and hold us
To curl up alongside
When nights are the coldest
And we all want someone
Who will hug and kiss us
All I want is you for Christmas
Let us examine the holiday spirit
Let the little kids sing so we can all hear it
Light up a fire and pull the chair near it
'Cause here it is Christmas time
We all want someone
Who will love us and hold us
To curl up alongside
When nights are the coldest
And we all want someone
Who will hug and kiss us
All I want is you for Christmas
When we are born we are swaddled and snuggled
Whispered to, fussed over
Tickled and cuddled
And when we grow up things get muddled
And here it is Christmas time
And we all want someone
Who will love us and hold us
To curl up alongside
When nights are the coldest
And we all want someone
Who will hug and kiss us
All I want is you for Christmas
All I want is you for Christmas
All I want is you for Christmas

Translation 

When we are born
We are curled up and swaddled
They whisper to us and reserve attention
They tickle and cradle us
As we grow up things get confusing
And here is Christmas
Will you stop by for a delicious peach tart?
While I wish you Christmas
You can help me clean the dishes
Because here Christmas is here
And we all want someone
Who will love and hold us
to snuggle next to
When the nights are colder
And we all want someone
Who will love and hold us
All I want for Christmas is you
Let's examine the holiday spirit
Let the children sing so we can hear them all
Let's light the fire and put the chair next to it
Because here Christmas is here
And we all want someone
Who will love and hold us
to snuggle next to
When the nights are colder
And we all want someone
Who will hug and kiss us
All I want for Christmas is you
When we are born
We are curled up and swaddled
They whisper to us and reserve attention
They tickle and cradle us
As we grow up things get confusing
And here is Christmas
And we all want someone
Who will love and hold us
to snuggle next to
When the nights are colder
And we all want someone
Who will hug and kiss us
All I want for Christmas is you
All I want for Christmas is you
All I want for Christmas is you

The other songs from the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special soundtrack

The other songs of the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special soundtrack are really interesting and represent original choices for this special, which is so very alternative in its musical choices. Fairytale of New York by the Pogues with Kristy MacColl is one of the most famous and listened to songs in the period of December and January in Ireland and England. Personally I find the song by the Smashing Pumpkins Christmastime particularly beautiful. Below is the list of songs featured in the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special soundtrack:

  • Fairytale of New York by The Pogues with Kristy MacColl
  • Dead by XMas by Hanoi Rocks
  • Christmastime by The Smashing Pumpkins
  • Christmas Treat by Julian Casablancas
  • Is This Christmas? by The Wombats
  • Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses
  • Just Like Christmas by LOW
  • I Want An Alien for Christmas by Fountains of Wayne
  • Mrs Claus from Little Jackie
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