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Thanks to everyone who left a comment. Loved hearing from all of you, and now I have some more songs for future installments of Sexy Song Saturday! The winners of the books are: Marlena Fein and RaonaidLuckwell. I’ll contact you both to get you your prizes! Also, please head over to R@R to see if you’re a winner there!

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The Hot Holiday Hop starts today in honor of J. Kenner’s Release Me and Random House is giving away some great prizes! Julie’s book is Picture (Device Independent Bitmap) 1getting some really super reviews which I am very psyched about (18+ only, if you’re considering it!).

But before we get to that, I also must mention that it is Sexy Song Saturday (“SSS”)! I started my SSS feature earlier this year, and this is only its third installment (you can read the first and second ones, if you’re interested). Because it’s the holiday season, I’m going to deconstruct a holiday song—the famous Santa Baby.

Have a listen (sung by the inestimable Eartha Kitt), and check out the lyrics:

Santa Baby
Written by J. Javits and P. Springer

Santa Baby, slip a sable under the tree, For me.
been an awful good girl, Santa baby,
so hurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa baby, a 54 convertible too,
Light blue.
I’ll wait up for you dear,
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight.

Think of all the fun I’ve missed,
Think of all the fellas that I haven’t kissed,
Next year I could be just as good,
If you’ll check off my Christmas list,

Santa baby, I wanna yacht,
And really that’s not a lot,
Been an angel all year,
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa honey, there’s one thing I really do need,
The deed
To a platinum mine,
Santa honey, so hurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa cutie, and fill my stocking with a duplex,
And checks.
Sign your ‘X’ on the line,
Santa cutie, and hurry down the chimney tonight.

Come and trim my Christmas tree,
With some decorations bought at Tiffany’s,
I really do believe in you,
Let’s see if you believe in me,

Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing,
A ring.
I don’t mean on the phone,
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight,
Hurry down the chimney tonight,
Hurry, tonight.

The song was written in 1953, is noteable for being one of the few hit Christmas songs written by someone with two x-chromosomes (go, Joan Javits!), and has been described as a tongue-in-cheek look at the Christmas list of a woman who wants extravagant gifts.

On first blush, and without hearing the song, you could certainly read it that way, but when you listen to the song, with all its “boo doo be doos,” in the background and its pregnant pauses between lines, a different picture emerges.

First of all, the song is written as if she’s talking to Santa…but is she really? I’m not so sure. Now, this might be sacrilegious, but what if Santa = sugar daddy? Sure, it can be in a holiday style, but I’m envisioning a man dressed up as Santa Claus (like in the old movies) sneaking around the house trying not to get caught by the kids. Santa’s a “baby,” a “honey,” and a “cutie,” and there are all those “other fellas that [she hasn’t] kissed,” which leads me to think that Santa really isn’t Santa. This is especially true because of the lyrics of last two stanzas in general, and these two lines in particular:

Come and trim my Christmas tree,
With some decorations bought at Tiffany’s

and

Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing,
A ring.
I don’t mean on the phone

I won’t get into the obvious double entendre of trimming one’s tree (especially with the pause between that and the next line, leaving just enough space for the listener to wonder), but I will certainly discuss the “ring.” I’m interpreting this as an engagement ring. It’s the good-girl (but not really) as gold-digger ploy, I think. Plus, the breathless, “hurry, tonight,” really nails it home.

So part of my reading of this song is Eartha Kitt’s sex-kitten voice and part of it is that I’m convinced these are seriously suggestive lyrics. What do you think? Have I just completely spoiled an innocent holiday classic, or am I right on the money?

And now, what you’ve all been waiting for: the prizes! The Hot Holiday Hop runs from 12/1-12/10, and Random House is generously giving away:

  • Grand Prize $25 Gift Certificate to a retailer of your choice!
  • 10 print copy winners of RELEASE ME, must be 18 or older!
  • 15 Net Galley Preview copies of RELEASE ME, must be 18 or older!

The Rafflecopter link to enter is here.

And hop on over to these other sites for more chances to win!

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5. Elisabeth Barrett 6. Review From Here
7. Forget About TV Grab a Book 8. Author Julieanne Reeves
9. Tempting Reads 10. Cocktails and books
11. Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews 12. Read Your Writes Book Reviews
13. Romantic Reading Escapes 14. Mimmi’s Musings
15. Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Review 16. In Love with Romance
17. Treasuring Theresa 18. Ex Libris
19. BookHounds 20. Read-A-holicZ
21. Fic Fare 22. From the TBR Pile
23. The Romanceaholic 24. Talk Supe
25. Books R Us 26. Manic Readers Guest Author blog
27. Book Lovin’ Mamas 28. Blogging by Liza
29. Saucy & Sinful Reviews Blog 30. Tome Tender
31. Bookshelf Confessions 32. Delighted Reader
33. RomCon – Romance Readers Convention 34. Sascha’s Secrets
35. The Book Reading Gals 36. Readaholics Anonymous
37. herding cats & burning soup 38. Tyhada’s Bookshelf
39. Reading Reality 40. The Itzel Library
41. The Book Tart 42. Yvonne @ Socrates’ Book Review Blog
43. Book Monster Reviews 44. Book Obsessed Chicks Blogspot
45. Book Lovers Inc. 46. Boekie’s Book Reviews
47. Autumn After Dark 48. J. Kenner Hot Holiday Hop Featuring Release Me!
49. Sinful Reads Blog 50. Novels On The Run
51. Sharon the Librarian 52. Book Lovers Inc.
53. Seduced By A Book

I’ve been on a giveaway spree myself, so while the giving’s hot (put intended), I’m going to give away an autographed copy each of Deep Autumn Heat and Blaze of Winter. All you have to do is to leave a comment either (a) letting me know whether you agree/disagree with my reading of Santa Baby; or (b) giving me a song suggestion for another Sexy Song Saturday. U.S. only, please, and the contest ends at 9pm PDT on 12/10.

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