CHRISTMAS IN HOLLIS
(Simmons / McDaniels / Mizell)
Run DMC recorded 1987
It was December twenty fourth on Hollis Ave' in the dark,
When I see the man chillin' with his dog in the park.
I approached them very slowly with my heart full o' fear,
Looked at his dog, oh my God, a ill reindeer!
But then I was 'illin' 'cause the man had a beard,
And a bag full o' goodies; Twelve o'clock had neared.
So I turned my head a second and the man was gone,
But he left his driver's wallet smack dead on the lawn.
I picked the wallet up and then I took a pause,
Took out the license and it cold said "Santa Claus"!
A million dollars in it, cool hundreds of G's,
Enough to buy a boat and matching car with ease.
But I'd never steal from Santa 'cause that ain't right,
So I'm goin' home to mail it back to him that night.
But when I got home I bugged, 'cause under the tree
Was a letter from Santa and the dough was for me!
It's Christmas time in Hollis, Queens;
Mom's cookin' chicken and collard greens,
Rice and stuffing, macaroni and cheese,
And Santa put gifts under Christmas trees.
Decorate the house with lights at night,
Snow's on the ground, snow white, so bright!
In the fireplace is the yule log,
Beneath the mistletoe we drink egg nog.
The rhymes you hear are the rhymes of Darryl's,
But each and every year we bust Christmas carols.
9Christmas carols, Christmas carols, Christmas carols...)
Rhymes so loud and proud you hear it,
It's Christmas time and we got the spirit.
Jack Frost chillin', the orchids out,
And that's what Christmas is all about!
The time is now, the place is here,
And the whole wide world is filled with cheer!
My name's DMC with the mic' in my hand
And I'm chillin' and coolin' just like a snowman.
So open your eyes, lend us a ear,
We want to say "Merry Christmas and a happy new year"!
(Transcribed by Peter Akers - November 2013)