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Songs of the season, Shelby style: Just hum along

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By Steve Doyle

With Christmas season on full furry-red-suit fury, our radio airwaves are full of the carols, melodies and parodies that brighten our days and help us carry holiday themes all year round.

Starting on Thanksgiving, they’re there, 24/7, at any of a number of spots on the dial, varying versions and spectacular spoofs along with just the first-sung hymns of the holidays.

In fact, if you close your eyes and punch from station to station or track to track, no telling how those songs and messages might blend together.

Here are a couple I found. I’m providing the lyrics, but I hope you can hum the tunes.

 

We want a Harley plant for Christmas

Only a Harley-Davidson plant will do

We don’t want car parts, nothing that will glow

We want a Harley plant to help us grow!

 

We want a Harley plant for Christmas

We don’t think Santa will mind, do you?

He won’t have to use our dirty chimney flue

He can just plop it down in Shelby town

That’s the easy thing to do!

 

We can see us now on Christmas morning

Driving down I-64, our eyes very clear

Oh what a joy and surprise

When we drive so slowly by

And see a gleaming new plant right here!

 

We want a Harley plant for Christmas

Only a Harley-Davidson plant will do

No home appliances, no feed by the ton,

We only like Harley-Davidsons

And we want Harley to like us, too!

 

Some folks say a Harley plant would cause us woe

Some say we’re dreaming that it won’t show

 

We have a piece of land, no need for Harley to worry

They can build the perfect plant in a real big hurry!

 

We can see us now on Christmas morning

Driving down I-64, our eyes very clear

Oh what a joy and surprise

When we drive so slowly by

And see a gleaming Harley plant right here!

 

We want a Harley plant for Christmas

Only a Harley-Davidson plant will do

No home appliances, no feed by the ton,

We only like Harley-Davidsons

And we want Harley to like us, too!

   

And then I went to another station and came across…

 

Our factories have been closing, it’s plain to see

We don’t know who to blame

For this sad catastrophe

But our one wish before Christmas is plain as can be

 

All we want for Christmas

Is a Harley assembly plant

A Harley assembly plant

See, Harley assembly plant

 

Gee if we could only

Have a Harley assembly plant

In Shelby we all could celebrate

A very, very Merry Christmas!

 

It seems so long since we could say,

"Come on over, we’re hiring today”

Wouldn’t our folks be happy as can be

If only we could make those Harley folks see…

 

All we want for Christmas

Is a Harley assembly plant

A Harley assembly plant

See, a Harley assembly plant

 

Gee if we could only

Have a Harley assembly plant

In Shelby we all could celebrate

A very, very Merry Christmas!

 

We’ve set them up with land

And we’ve hurried up our plans

We’ve opened our wallets, put up signs of cheer,

Now we’re simply hoping Santa will hear…

 

All we want for Christmas

Is a Harley assembly plant

A Harley assembly plant

See, a Harley assembly plant

 

Gee if we could only

Have a Harley assembly plant

In Shelby we all could celebrate

A very, very Merry Christmas!

 

So Santa please help; we can’t do it alone

The union is giving up, though many may go home

Those ousted can come here to work and for us go to bat,

Because it would be so obvious to everyone that…

 

All we want for Christmas

Is a Harley assembly plant

A Harley assembly plant

See, a Harley assembly plant

 

Gee if we could only

Have a Harley assembly plant

In Shelby we all could celebrate

A very, very Merry Christmas!

 With all due respect to John Rox, who in 1950 wrote “I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas,” and to Don Gardner, who in 1946 wrote “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth.”

 If you have a silly song you'd like to share, send it along, We will print the best ones.