A Christmas Song About Santa Getting AIDS

Todd-Spence by Todd-Spence on Dec. 18, 2013

by TODD SPENCE (twitter)

There's the Tiny Tim from the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol who has become a symbol of the Christmas season.  And then there's the other Tiny Tim who was a popular singer/songwriter in the late 1960's, eventually recording one of the most INSANE Christmas songs ever; "Santa Claus Has Got the Aids This Year".  You absolutely read that correctly.

To give you a little background, "Tiny Tim" (born Herbert Khaury) was a big staple for television in the 1960's and '70's, making constant appearances on popular variety shows throughout that era as the weirdo with the uekelele and falsetto/vibrato voice, until he eventually faded into obscurity.  He had a few popular songs, mainly known for the tune Tiptoe Through The Tulips, but for our money, it's this cheerful ode to Santa getting a deadly disease that really makes this particular "Tiny Tim" a legend this season.

 

 

"Santa Claus Has Got the Aids This Year" was recorded in 1980, but was actually later released in the 1990's as one of Tiny Tim's previously un-released recordings. Tiny later claimed that he actually meant Ayds, a candy bar from the 1970's that was marketed as an appetite suppressant. 

 

 

Santa Clause taking a dietary supplement?  I don't think so.  Especially when the song has Santa crying out "Oh, this is Santa Claus saying I won't be here this year!  I'm sick in bed with the AIDS! Oh but I'll be back next year!  Next year!  Oh, don't cry for me, a doctor will cure me!".  How does Tiny Tim envision Santa getting the AIDS to begin with?  From the reindeer?  From those damn elves I bet.  The possiblities are endless and pretty twisted.

But, then again, what do you expect from a songwriter who prefers suits made of Budweiser beer labels.

 

 

 

"Santa Claus Has Got The Aids" later placed as #15 in Dr. Demento's "19 Worst Song Titles Ever" list in the New Book of Lists published in 2005.

 

 

15 comments
lordtoad
lordtoad User

AIDS was first recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1981. The CDC started referring to the disease as AIDS in 1982. The disease, itself, was not commonly known until the media ran with it around 1985.


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BlankTitanic
BlankTitanic UserTop Commenter

Tiny Tim on Stern. Best guest ever.

Tony Woods
Tony Woods

never heard of the douche bad. Who cares

Matt Salisbury
Matt Salisbury

According to several online sources, it wasn't called AIDS until 1982, it was still called GRID in 1980 when the article claims this was recorded. Was Tiny Tim ahead of everyone else?

Brian Cornelius
Brian Cornelius

What's scarier is the fact. I've never heard tiny Tim sing with such a deep voice

Karen Dile
Karen Dile

Tip toe thru the tulips with me.

Mike Roche
Mike Roche

Well I didn't think it was possible to make Tiny Tim any more creepier than he was...... & that just did it.

Ken Mentzel
Ken Mentzel

How can Santa Claus get AIDS he only cums once a year and that's down the chimaney lol

asshole1000
asshole1000 User

Creepiest bastard I've ever laid eyes on.