There Are Much Worse Things To Believe In

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Elvis:
There are cynics, there are skeptics
There are legions of dispassionate dyspeptics
Who regard this time of year as a maudlin insincere
Cheesy crass commercial travesty of all that we hold dear

Stephen:
When they think that
Well, I can hear it
But I pity them their lack of Christmas spirit
For in a world like ours, take it from Stephen
There are much worse things to believe in

Elvis:
A redeemer and a savior, an obese man giving toys for good behavior

Stephen:
The faith in what might be and the hope that we might see
The answer to all sorrow in a box beneath the tree
Find them foolish

Elvis:
Sentimental

Stephen:
Well you're clearly none too bright

Both:
So we'll be gentle

Stephen:
Don't even try to start vaguely conceiving

Both:
Of all the much worse things to believe in

Stephen:
Believe in the judgment, believe in Jihad
Believe in a thousand variations on a dark and spiteful god

Elvis:
You got your money, you got your power
You got your science, and the planet's going to end within the hour

Stephen:
You got your dreams that don't come true

Elvis:
You got the ones that do

Stephen:
Then you got your nothing

Both:
Some folks believe in nothing
But if you believe in nothing
Then what's to keep the nothing from coming for you

Stephen:
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year
Now if you'll forgive me there's a lot to do here
There are stockings still unhung
Colored lights I haven't strung

Elvis:
And a one-man four-part Christmas carol waiting to be sung

Stephen:
Call me silly, call me sappy
Call me many things, the first of which is happy
You doubt, but you're sad
I don't, but I'm glad

Both:
I guess we're even

Stephen:
At least that's what I believe in

Both:
And there are much worse things

There Are Much Worse Things To Believe In
Written byDavid Javerbaum and Adam Schlesinger
Produced byAdam Schlesinger and Steven M. Gold
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal
Stephen Colbert - vocal
additional musicians unknown
SoundtracksA Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All! (iTunes download), 2008
A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All! (DVD), 2008

     (1 known performance)



A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All! (soundtrack)A Colbert Christmas album cover.jpg


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