Published Dec 09, 2014Back in October, New West Records got into the holiday spirit a little early by releasing the star-studded compilation An Americana Christmas. With the big day fast approaching, Alberta roots troubadour Corb Lund has released a video for his track, "Just Me and These Ponies (For Christmas This Year)."
This tune is a contribution to the canon of bummed-out Christmas ballads. The twangy arrangement is laden with strings as Lund sings about a octogenarian spending the holidays alone except for the company of his horses. The clip brings this to life by showing Lund playing in a quiet television studio after closing time. This is intercut with footage of a fellow hanging out on his chilly farm by his lonesome.
Lund told Rolling Stone that the song is "an amalgam of a few people I know, people who lead lonely lives… Christmas tends to be an extra sad time for them. My personal pick for the low point of the song mood-wise (high point art-wise) is when the old guy has gone to the trouble of buying and wrapping gifts for his loved ones, just on the slightest chance they might show up, but knowing they are almost certainly not. The theme of being old and alone resonates with me personally too, as I've spent 110 percent of my adult life building a career, not a family."
Watch the poignant clip below.