Sound Ideas: How the Does Saved the Day

by Carl Strang

Back before this blog, my main creative hobby was writing little songs, which I collected into recordings that I distributed as my Christmas cards each year. Only one song with a Christmas theme came out of that effort.

Caribou, North America’s version of the reindeer

Caribou, North America’s version of the reindeer

It was not one of my best, but the song had a smidgen of biology in it, so I feel I can share it here, in this week.

How the Does Saved the Day (by Carl Strang, copyright ©2006)

It was easy in the old days, when children were so few: a simple sled pulled by one reindeer, Santa could make do.

But as the children multiplied, the sled became a sleigh, and more and more deer needed, so much his bag did weigh.

And then when eight were not enough, “More speed!” was Santa’s cry. So with a genius miracle he taught those eight to fly.

He tinkered and adjusted, Santa was his own pit crew. But even magic has its limits, what could Santa do?

Now, Santa, think outside the box. Don’t need technology. The answer that you need, you’ll find in deer biology.

The word’s gone ‘round in deer land that Santa’s bucks can fly. A would-be groupie doe is looking wistful to the sky.

That doe has found a child’s house. She hopes the bucks stop here. It may be Christmas time for us, but it’s the rut for deer.

And now those sleigh bells fill the air, and Santa wonders why his deer are pulling harder now. They plummet from the sky.

And Santa looks below and sees beside the house, a doe. And in an instant understands, and shouts his “Ho ho ho!”

So, Santa, think outside the box. Don’t need technology. The answer that you need, you’ll find in deer biology.

So now they fly from house to house. The doe flies in the lead. She got her pinch of magic dust. The sled zooms at top speed.

And one by one, another seven does achieve their dream. And far from being groupies, they’re essential to the team.

The fastest deer are happy deer. They’re done in record time. And Santa’s very pleased with this new pulling paradigm.

His deer food budget’s doubled, to which he says, “Ho-kay!” His thoughts turn to more harnesses and a much larger sleigh.

So, Santa, think outside the box. Don’t need technology. The answer that you need, you’ll find in deer biology.

And so, we leave a happy scene of reindeer munching hay. They’re eying one another in the games real reindeer play.

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3 Comments

  1. Lisa Rainsong said,

    December 23, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    This is hilarious – what a great concept!

  2. Nikki Dahlin said,

    December 23, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Move over Gene Autry!

  3. old and tired said,

    December 23, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Once again you cajole the corners of my mouth to lift in an, of late, unusual upturn.


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