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Monday, October 19, 2015

Music Mondays: What's This?

The film Nightmare Before Christmas may not have turned many heads when it premiered back in 1993, but over the years it has gained the audience that it always should have had, becoming a cult hit, then a major one after its characters first took over DISNEYLAND's Haunted Mansion back in 2001.

The biggest issue audiences seemed to have with the film is that they just didn't understand it at first. Was it a horror film? Was it a Christmas film? A Halloween movie? Once people got it, however, it became the classic it was destined to be. Who can resist the story of a wayward ghoul with a heart of gold?

Jack's first solo song is What's This? in which he describes his dream of not scaring people, but bringing them magic and happiness like Santa Claus. This begins his attempt to innocently co-opt Santa's job by delivering Halloweentown's version of Christmas.

While Chris Sarandon provided Jack's speaking voice, his singing voice came from Danny Elfman, who also wrote the movie's songs and score.


What's this? What's this?

There's color everywhere

What's this?

There's white things in the air

What's this?

I can't believe my eyes

I must be dreaming

Wake up, Jack, this isn't fair

What's this?

What's this? What's this?

There's something very wrong

What's this?

There's people singing songs

What's this?

The streets are lined with

Little creatures laughing

Everybody seems so happy

Have I possibly gone daffy?

What is this?
What's this?

There's children throwing snowballs

instead of throwing heads

They're busy building toys

And absolutely no one's dead

There's frost on every window

Oh, I can't believe my eyes

And in my bones I feel the warmth

That's coming from inside

Oh, look

What's this?

They're hanging mistletoe, they kiss

Why that looks so unique, inspired

They're gathering around to hear a story

Roasting chestnuts on a fire

What's this?
 What's this?

In here they've got a little tree, how queer

And who would ever think

And why?

They're covering it with tiny little things

They've got electric lights on strings

And there's a smile on everyone

So, now, correct me if I'm wrong

This looks like fun

This looks like fun

Oh, could it be I got my wish?

What's this?

Oh my, what now?

The children are asleep

But look, there's nothing underneath

No ghouls, no witches here to scream and scare them

Or ensnare them, only little cozy things

Secure them in their dreamland...

What's this?

The monsters are all missing

And the nightmares can't be found

And in their place there seems to be

Good feeling all around

Instead of screams, I swear

I can hear music in the air

The smell of cakes and pies

are absolutely everywhere

The sights, the sounds

They're everywhere and all around

I've never felt this good before

This empty place inside of me has been filling up

I simply cannot get enough

I want it, oh, I want it

Oh, I want it for my own

I've got to know

I've got to know

What is this place that I have found?

What is this?