The holiday season is a time for festive songs about the joy of the season, but it’s also a prime opportunity for some tongue-in-cheek approaches to the “holiday song.” Robbie Robertson, legendary guitarist/songwriter of the Band, took the opportunity to do just that with his new song, “Happy Holidays.”
Featuring some typically gorgeous Robertson guitar lines, the song’s lyrics are snarky and clever, venturing a bit away from tried-and-true holiday season platitudes.
“We love Christmas and the holidays, it brings good cheer, and also stress and depression, so I wanted to do a song that celebrates both sides and have a little fun,” said Robertson in a statement about the tune, which premiered on Monday.
Proceeds from sales of the track will be donated by Robbie Robertson to the American Indian College Fund.
This is an especially prolific time for Robertson, who released his new album, Sinematic, back in September. A collection of music heavily inspired by his work on various film projects over the years. Two songs from the album, “I Hear You Paint Houses” and “Remembrance,” will be featured in Martin Scorsese’s new film The Irishman, which will premiere on Netflix on Wednesday, Nov. 27.
And earlier this month saw the release of the special 50th anniversary reissue of the Band’s classic 1969 self-titled studio album, a crucial record in the group’s influential history and a landmark moment in music overall. If you haven’t yet given that a listen, be sure to do so.