Thanks for Christmas

(Kaspar / Melchior / Balthazar)

The Three Wise Men: #\#i#/#Thanks for Christmas#\#/i#/# single front cover

The Three Wise Men: Thanks for Christmas single front cover

Recordings
XTCfans interview with Andy Partridge
Art
Lyrics
Chords and Tablature

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VIRGIN PRESS RELEASE

Three Wise Men turn up on Virgin, not Mary, but Records

“On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me a partridge in a pear tree ... ”

Yes, Virgin enters into the festive spirit with this seasonal offering, ‘Thanks for Christmas’ by The Three Wise Men. The song was penned by well-known writing team Kaspar/Melchior/Balthazar, the Far East's answer to Holland/Dozier/Holland. Production was by The Three Wise Men and the Good Lord himself. (released Nov 21st Virgin VS642)

Not surprisingly, the release hits the decks shrouded in mystery, intrigue and much speculation. The ‘What's On In Bethlehem’-style sleeve may well proclaim ‘The Three Wise Men’, but this non-de-plume cunningly conceals the identity of one of Virgin's top pop groups! Not that we're telling you which band. Could it be Culture Club, Human League, Heaven 17, China Crisis or even Slapp Happy? Over to you! Just good clean Virgin fun to keep you guessing right into the New Year. It's certainly countdown to Christmas party time. Cheers!

November 10th 1983

 

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Recordings

  1. Recorded at Crescent Studios, Bath, England.
    Produced by The Three Wise Men and The Good Lord.
    Released by The Three Wise Men on 21 November 1983 as a single in the U.K.
    Also available on Rag & Bone Buffet.
    Andy Partridge (lead vocals, Linn drum, guitar)
    Colin Moulding (lead vocals, bass)
    Dave Gregory (vocals, guitar)

    Andy: “I have a soft spot for Christmas songs. For this I wanted the female staff at the Virgin Records office to sing it and we'd put it out under the name ‘The Virgin Marys’ but they thought it would be sacrilegious, so the band did it under the name ‘The Three Wise Men’.”

Art

The Three Wise Men: #\#i#/#Thanks for Christmas#\#/i#/# single front cover

The Three Wise Men: Thanks for Christmas single front cover

The Three Wise Men: #\#i#/#Thanks for Christmas#\#/i#/# single back cover

The Three Wise Men: Thanks for Christmas single back cover

The Three Wise Men: #\#i#/#Thanks for Christmas#\#/i#/# Japanese CD single

The Three Wise Men: Thanks for Christmas Japanese CD single

one-sided test pressings of “Thanks for Christmas” and “Countdown to Christmas Party Time”

one-sided test pressings of “Thanks for Christmas” and “Countdown to Christmas Party Time”

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Lyrics

Thanks for Christmas
Thank you for the love and happiness that's snowing down, all around
Thanks for Christmas
Thank you for the winter friendliness that's snowing down, all around the world

It's nearer, children's eyes shine clearer now
As they decorate the trees, all across the seven seas
It's nearer, yule log fires burn clearer now
In the winter's frosty air, sing with us and we can share our

Thanks for Christmas
Thank you for the love and happiness that's snowing down, all around
Thanks for Christmas
Thank you for the winter friendliness that's snowing down, all around the world

It's dawning, Santa's reindeer yawning now
All their festive work is done, filling houses up with fun
It's dawning, here is Christmas morning now
Greatest day of all the year, listen out and you will hear our

Thanks for Christmas

It's such a shame it's only one day every year
Three hundred and sixty-four days full of doubts and fear
You've been saving your love up, let it out, 'cos Christmas is here

Thanks for Christmas
Thank you for the love and happiness that's snowing down, all around
Thanks for Christmas
Thank you for the winter friendliness that's snowing down, all around the world

Thanks for Christmas

Chords and Tablature

Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2009 14:34:11 -0800
From: "Darrell C. Harvey" <Darrell (at) theharveys dot net>
Subject: Thanks For Christmas chords
Message-ID: <20091214143411.bwndxm7co0kcko8w (at) webmail dot theharveys dot net>


Hey Relph!
I had a request for this song, saying the existing transcriptions
weren't quite right (mainly the last chord of the chorus and the
second chord of the bridge) so thought I'd post this to you.  'Tis the
season etc.  I believe this is one of the few XTC song writing
collaborations (with the Dub stuff & Homo Safari.)

Merry Christmas!

  - Jeff Truzzi



THANKS FOR CHRISTMAS
by Kaspar/Melchior/Balthazar (aka Partridge/Moulding/Gregory)
transcribed by Jeff Truzzi


Each line = 1 bar
************ = repeat marks


(Intro)
C
G7
C - F
C - G - C

(Chorus)************
C - C/G
Am7  (x.0.2.0.1.0)  - G/B
C - C/G
C
Dm
G
Dm
G (notes: G A Bb B C C# D Eb)
C - C/G
Am7 - G/B
C - C/G
C
Dm
G
Dm
Ab/Bb
Ab/Bb

(Verse)
Bb
Dm/A
Ab
Db
F#
F#
F#m
F#m

Bb
Dm/A
Ab
Db
F#
F#
G
G (repeat from Chorus) ************

C - C/G
Am7 (x.0.2.0.1.0)  - G/B

(Bridge)
D
Am7 (x.0.2.2.1.3)
Em
D - A
D
Am7
Em
D - A
C
Ab/C  (x.3.6.5.4.4)
Am/C  (aka C6 x.3.2.2.1.0)
Ab
Ab (to Out Chorus in Db - 1/2 step up)

(Out Chorus - 2X)************
Db - Db/Ab
Bbm - Ab/C  (x.3.6.5.4.4)
Db - Db/Ab
Db
Ebm
Ab
Ebm
Ab

(Tag - repeat & fade)************
Db - Db/Ab
Bbm - Ab/C

Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2002 20:52:03 +0000
From: "the Q enigma" <sq7_ (at) hotmail dot com>
Subject: Re: happy families tab
Message-ID: <F60bfFK1uFdZFKkG6pW00016042 (at) hotmail dot com>


                    thanks for christmas

                             by

                            xtc

                     tabbed by sistahQ


intro:

C            G             C      F     C-G-C
1..2..3..4..1..2..3..4.. 1..2..3..4..1..2..3..4..


C
thanks for christmas thank you for the love and happiness that's

Dm       G    Dm  G
snowing down all around

C
thanks for christmas thank you for the winter friendliness that's

Dm       G    Dm  G#
snowing down all around the world



A#    A#maj7  A#7       C#                   F#
it's nearer children's eyes shine clearer now

                               F#m
as they decorate the tree  all across the seven seas

A#   A#maj7 A#7      C#                    F#
it's nearer yule log fires burn clearer now

                                G7
in the winter's frosty air sing with us and we can share our


thanks for christmas thank you for the love and happiness that's
snowing down all around
thanks for christmas thank you for the winter friendliness that's
snowing down all around the world

it's dawning santa's reindeer yawning now
all their festive work is done filling houses up with fun
it's dawning here is christmas morning now
greatest day of all the year listen out and you will hear our

C
thanks for christmas.....


D            Em                 G         D-A-D
it's such a shame it's only one day every year

D                    Em                G             D-A
three hundred and sixty four days full of doubts and fears

C                            Cm           C
you've been saving your love up let it out

                      G#7
cause christmas is here

C#
thanks for christmas thank you for the love and happiness that's

D#m     G#   D#m G#
snowing down all around

C#
thanks for christmas thank you for the winter friendliness that's

D#m     G#   D#m  G#          C#
snowing down all around the world

C#
thanks for christmas...

chords

  C            G            F            Dm           G#           A#
335553       355433       133211       200231       466544       113331

A#maj7        A#7           C#           F#          F#m           G7
113231       113131       446664       244322       244222       353433

  D            Em           A            Cm          G#7          D#m
200232       022000       002220       335543       464544       668876


thanks for christmas, and thanks for the song - happy holidays!

Q

Date: Sat, 16 Dec 1995 22:59:44 -0800 (PST)
From: Martin_Monkman (at) fincc04 dot fin dot gov dot bc dot ca
Subject: Thanks For Christmas
Message-id: <9511168191.AA819183381 (at) FINSMTP1 dot FIN dot GOV dot BC dot CA>


THANKS FOR CHRISTMAS
====================
(Kaspar/Melchior/Balthazar)
 from the album "Rag and Bone Buffet"

[see explanatory notes at the bottom of the page]

INTRO -- TAB

  q  q  e  e  e  e   q  e  e  q  q    q  e  e  q  q    q  s  s  s  s  s  q  q
|------------------|----------------|----------------|------------------------
|------------------|----------------|----------------|------------------------
|------------------|----------------|----------------|-------------2--4--5--5-
|----5--3--2-------|-------2--3-----|----------------|----2--3--5-------------
|-3-----------5--3-|-5--5--------2--|-3--3--2-----2--|-3----------------------
|------------------|----------------|----------5-----|------------------------

CHORUS
C - C(add D) pattern*
Thanks for Christmas
C - C(add D) pattern*
Thank you for the love and happiness
       F   Fmaj7  G     F   Fmaj7  G
That's snowing    down, all a-     round
C - C(add D) pattern*
Thanks for Christmas
C - C(add D) pattern*
Thank you for the winter friendliness
       F   Fmaj7  G     F   Fmaj7  C     (D) Ab
That's snowing    down, all a-     round the world

VERSE 1
     Bb      Ab         Db                 F#
It's nearer, children's eyes shine clearer now
F#
As they decorate the trees
F#m7
All across the seven seas
     Bb      Ab       Db                 F#
It's nearer, Yule log fires burn clearer now
F#
In the winter's frosty air
F#m7
Sing with us and we can share a

(repeat Chorus)

VERSE 2
It's dawning, Santa's reindeer yawning now
All their festive work is done
Filling houses up with fun
It's dawning, here is Christmas morning now
Greatest day of all the year
Listen now and you will hear our

Thanks for Christmas

BRIDGE
D           G                             D
It's such a shame it's only one day every year
D                 G                                      D
Three hundred and sixty four days filled with doubts and fears
C                       Ab(C)**
You've been saving your love up
       C                        Ab(C)**
Let it out, 'cause Christmas is here

(repeat Chorus up semi-tone; i.e. start on C#)

Thanks for Christmas

(repeat to fade)

NOTES
-----
* C- C(add D) pattern -- tab
----------------------------

I've been playing the first two lines of the chorus in a manner that
picks out the melody line while brushing the chords in a down-up
motion in between notes; in tab, the first line looks like this:

   Thanks    for       Christ-   -mas
|------0--0------0--0------0--0------0--0--|
|------1--1------1--1------1--1------1--1--|
|------0--0------0--0------0--0------0--0--|
|---2--2--2---0--0--0------2--2---0--0--0--|
|------3--3------3--3---3--3--3------3--3--|
|------------------------------------------|
       C         C(add D)  C         C(add D)

For the second line, the melody notes are as follows; the chords
oscilate back and forth between C and C(add D) -- you'll figure it
out!

   Thank you for the love and happ-i- -ness
|-----------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------|
|---2-----0-------0---2----0-------0---2--|
|-------------3----------------3----------|
|-----------------------------------------|


** Ab(C) -- the odd-ball chord in the bridge
--------------------------------------------

I think I've named this chord correctly! It looks like:

E  -----
B  --1--
G  --1--
D  --1--
A  --3--
E  -----


Happy Christmas!

Martin

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