A Christmas Song About Santa Getting AIDS

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. 


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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.



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“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.