Nathaniel Rateliff And Elle King Share Holiday Song 'Xmas To Forget'

By Katrina Nattress

December 23, 2020

As if 2020 wasn't enough of a bummer already, many of us are unable to celebrate the holidays with family or friends this year. And it sucks. If you're feeling bitter right now, Nathaniel Rateliff wrote just the song for you. He and Elle King teamed up for the relatable "Xmas To Forget" that perfectly sums up this holiday season with lyrics like “It’s gonna take time, speed, liquor and wine to get there/ And this Godd**n year doesn’t seem fair/ Well the only thing I’m wrapping up is my regrets/ So let’s make this a Christmas to forget.”

Cheers to that!

“Elle and I had been talking about working on a couple of tunes and doing a version of one of the Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers Christmas songs. But as we were working on it we decided it would be fun to write our own," Rateliff said in a statement. "Joseph (of the Night Sweats) said we should write a Christmas to forget in reference to how hard this year has been for everyone so we ran with the idea.”

“Well considering it’s been a pretty tough year and the big 'togetherness' theme of the holidays is less than ideal, we thought the best way to communicate that was through song. And if we’re all ending out the year in flames, let’s do it laughing. Here’s to a Christmas to forget,” King added.

Proceeds from the single will benefit The Marigold Project, Rateliff’s foundation supporting community and nonprofit organizations working for economic and social justice.

Listen to "Xmas To Forget" above.

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