San Dieg-O Holy Night

Dec 21, 2018

Sick and tired of all those 'classic' holiday songs? You're in luck! In this music parody game we rewrote public domain holiday songs to make them about things associated with sunny San Diego.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Next, we'll play a game where we give holiday songs a So Cal twist. I imagine the holidays in California just being much more chill - not just because you're all surfers and yogis, just because of all the legal weed.

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EISENBERG: Let's meet our contestants. First up, Angela Estes - you're a cake decorator.

ANGELA ESTES: I am. Hi, Ophira.

EISENBERG: So - hi.

ESTES: (Laughter).

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EISENBERG: So I imagine people - when they ask you to make a cake for them, they must ask for some things that defy baking laws of nature.

ESTES: They can, yes.

EISENBERG: (Laughter) What is the - what are the more elaborate things you've been asked to...

ESTES: Sure.

EISENBERG: ...Accomplish?

ESTES: One of the more interesting ones was a cake that looked like an overhead projector...

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ESTES: ...So, like, a vintage projector. It was actually for their wedding.

EISENBERG: For their wedding.

ESTES: Yeah. It was two teachers.

EISENBERG: Ah, yes. OK.

ESTES: So they had...

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ESTES: Yeah.

EISENBERG: That's cute.

ESTES: They had a school-themed wedding. And so they said, just go wild. And so I proposed this last, thinking it was just too crazy. And they chose that one (laughter).

EISENBERG: That is amazing. All right. So when you ring in, we'll hear this.

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EISENBERG: Your opponent is Sophie Wasserman. You're a STEM education specialist at the San Diego Air and Space Museum - very cool.

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SOPHIE WASSERMAN: I am, thank you.

EISENBERG: So you're building rockets and rovers and robots for pre-K to eighth grade students. So what kind of robots are you building?

WASSERMAN: We work our way up to battle bots, which is my absolute favorite thing to do.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

WASSERMAN: So first, they learn how to move, then they learn how to scribble with some markers. And then finally, they fight each other to the death (laughter).

EISENBERG: OK, good. Yeah.

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JONATHAN COULTON: The robots not the kids.

WASSERMAN: Both.

COULTON: OK.

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EISENBERG: Sophie, when you ring in, we'll hear this.

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EISENBERG: Remember, Angela and Sophie, whoever has more points after two games will move on to our final round. Let's go to your first game. This game is called San Diego Holy Night. Jonathan Coulton, take it away.

COULTON: We rewrote public domain holiday songs...

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COULTON: ...To make them about things associated with San Diego. Ring in and tell us what I'm singing about. And if you're correct, you can earn a bonus point by identifying the original song. Here we go.

(Singing) There are all kinds of fauna here in Balboa Park, Bai Yun and son, absolutely apes, monkey trails, polar bear plunge and the Outback Koalafornia (ph).

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COULTON: Angela.

ESTES: The San Diego Zoo.

COULTON: That's right.

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COULTON: And for a bonus point, can you identify the song?

ESTES: It is on the first day of Christmas, my...

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COULTON: Is that the title?

ESTES: "On The First Day Of Christmas My True Love Gave To Me" (ph).

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COULTON: It's a very long title. And it's not...

ESTES: (Laughter).

COULTON: ...The title of the song, I'm afraid. It's actually called "The Twelve Days Of Christmas."

ESTES: Twelve days of Christmas.

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EISENBERG: But I like that you went with what you know. You were like...

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COULTON: Yeah.

EISENBERG: I know the first time.

ESTES: Thank you.

EISENBERG: That's what I'm going with.

COULTON: (Laughter) Is it called 12 Drummers Drumming, 11 Pipers Piping, 10 Ladies...

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: ...Dancing, Nine Ladies....

EISENBERG: The only part...

COULTON: I screwed it up. I couldn't remember them all.

EISENBERG: No, the only one that anyone knows is, five...

COULTON: Yeah, I know (laughter).

EISENBERG: Like, everyone's like...

JONATHAN COULTON AND OPHIRA EISENBERG: (Unintelligible) Five...

COULTON: That's right.

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COULTON: (Singing) Should you see lots of ships and boats at 32 Street, you've reached the prince au port homeport of our dear Pacific fleet.

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COULTON: Angela.

ESTES: The - Naval Base San Diego.

COULTON: Yeah, that's right, Naval Base San Diego.

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COULTON: And can you identify the song for a bonus point?

ESTES: "Auld Lang Sing" (ph).

COULTON: Yeah, that's right, "Auld Lang Syne."

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ESTES: Syne, syne.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: (Singing) There is a lovely beach town where lots of golf they play. And on its rugged coastline, these pinnipeds will lay. They're lounging, lounging, lounging. They're either brown or gray. And though they're fun to look at, they really smell like poop.

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COULTON: Angela.

ESTES: It's where the sea lions are. And it's called...

(LAUGHTER)

ESTES: Oh, jeez - sea lion.

(LAUGHTER)

ESTES: Seal beach.

(LAUGHTER)

ESTES: Sea lions.

EISENBERG: Angela, I've got to say...

COULTON: I'm sorry, I can't...

EISENBERG: ...As a contestant, I appreciate your attack.

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COULTON: I know. It's great.

EISENBERG: It's great. That's what we want.

COULTON: That's how you do it.

EISENBERG: Yep.

COULTON: But I'm afraid I can't accept that. Sophie, do you know the answer?

WASSERMAN: La Jolla Cove or La Jolla.

COULTON: Yeah, that's right. That's what we're looking for. La - the La Jolla seals and sea lions.

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COULTON: Can you identify the original song?

WASSERMAN: "Dreidel" (ph) - dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel.

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COULTON: Sorry, I don't think I can accept that (laughter) - dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel.

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COULTON: It's a good guess.

WASSERMAN: It's made of clay and dry and ready and...

COULTON: Just keep saying all the words. You'll get to it eventually.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: That's called "I Have A Little Dreidel."

EISENBERG: Yeah, it was actually the first line in this case.

COULTON: The first line - which is Angela's strategy from the last one, which would've worked.

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COULTON: (Singing) The first ever European, the first ever European, the first ever European to visit this state. Point Loma is where his statue is seen. His name is on high schools. He died of gangrene.

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COULTON: Angela.

ESTES: El Cortez (ph).

COULTON: No, I'm sorry. That is incorrect, Angela. Sophie, do you know the answer?

WASSERMAN: It's the Cabrillo National Monument.

COULTON: Yeah, that's right. Yeah, that's right. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo is what we were looking for.

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COULTON: For a bonus point, can you identify the original song?

WASSERMAN: Good tidings for Christmas...

(LAUGHTER)

WASSERMAN: "We Wish You A Merry Christmas."

COULTON: Yeah, that's right.

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COULTON: (Singing) Shangela, Jujubee, Kim Chi, Shea Coulee, flazeda, no tea, no shade, in a lace front, came to slay. Oh, contoured face, padded butt, girl, work that runway. She was born and raised right here. And she says, shantay, you stay.

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COULTON: Angela.

ESTES: "RuPaul's Drag Race."

COULTON: RuPaul, that's correct.

ESTES: RuPaul.

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COULTON: For a bonus point, can you name the song?

ESTES: "Jingle Bells."

COULTON: Yeah. That's right.

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EISENBERG: All right, that was a boatload of fun. Angela, you are currently in the lead.

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EISENBERG: If you intensely copy edit your family's annual holiday letter, you should be a contestant on our show. Go to amatickets.org. Coming up, Tony Hawk, pioneer of vertical skateboarding, will talk to me, Ophira Eisenberg, pioneer of horizontal napping.

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EISENBERG: I'm Ophira Eisenberg and this is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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