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"The Town Meeting Song" is a song featured in the 1993 stop-motion film The Nightmare Before Christmas. It is sung as Jack Skellington tells all his friends in Halloweentown about Christmas.


Jack Skellington: Listen, there were objects so peculiar
They were not to be believed
All around, things to tantalize my brain

It's a world unlike anything I've ever seen
And as hard as I try
I can't seem to describe
Like a most improbable dream

But you must believe when I tell you this
It's as real as my skull and it does exist
Here, let me show you

This is a thing called a present
The whole thing starts with a box

Devil: "a box"?
Is it steel?
Werewolf: Are there locks?
Harleouin Demon: Is it filled with a pox?
All: A pox
How delightful, a pox

Jack: If you please
Just a box with bright-colored paper
And the whole thing's topped with a bow

Witches: A bow? But why?
How ugly
(2x) What's in it?
Jack: That's the point of the thing, not to know

Clown: It's a bat
Will it bend?

Creature Under the Stairs: It's a rat
Will it break?
Undersea Gal: Perhaps it s the head that
I found in the lake

Jack: Listen now, you don't understand
That's not the point of Christmas land

Now, pay attention
Now we pick up an oversized sock
And hang it like this on the wall

Mr. Hyde: Oh, yes! Does it still have a foot?
Medium Me. Hyde:: Let me see, let me look
Small Mr. Hyde: Is it rotted an
covered with gook?

Jack: Hmm, let me explain
There's no foot inside, but there's candy
Or sometimes it's filled with small toys

Mummy and Winged Demon: Small toys
Winged Demon: Do they bite?
Mummy: Do they snap?
Winged Demon: Or explode in a sack?
Corpse Kid: Or perhaps they just spring out
And scare girls and boys

Mayor: What a splendid idea
This Christmas sounds fun
Why, I fully endorse it
Let's try it at once

Jack: Everyone, please now, not so fast
There's something here that you don't quite grasp
Well, I may as well give them what they want

And the best, I must confess, I have saved for the last
For the ruler of this Christmas land
Is a fearsome king with a deep mighty voice
Least that's what I've come to understand

And I've also heard it told
That he's something to behold
Like a lobster, huge and red
And sets out to slay with his rain gear on
Carting bulging sacks with his big great arms
That is, so I've heard it said

And on a dark, cold night
Under full moonlight
He flies into a fog
Like a vulture in the sky
And they call him Sandy Claws

Well, at least they're excited
Though they don't understand
That special kind of feeling in Christmas land
Oh, well…


  • The Evil Queen (in her hag form) can be seen in the crowd throughout the song

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