12 Songs Of Christmas – Day Seven :
Owl John – “It Get’s Cold“
Over 12 (working) days, I’m suggesting 12 songs that probably don’t get the airplay they deserve this time of year and should be regarded as Christmas/Seasonal Classics
Another sometimes overlooked classic is “It Gets Cold” by Owl John, the side project of Scott Hutchison, the lead singer, and songwriter of the Scottish indie rock band Frightened Rabbit. The song was initially released on SoundCloud under the moniker Christmas John and didn’t appear on the self-titled debut album, which was released in 2014 (on International Owl Day).
The song showcases Hutchison’s distinctive and emotive vocals. The lyrics of “It Gets Cold” address personal struggles, vulnerability, and loneliness, and yet the beauty of Hutchison’s music lies in its empathy, warmth, and humanity. It’s yet another poignant reminder of his talent and the emotional depth of a songwriting genius who tragically, took his own life in 2018 aged 36.
“The sound, the glow
The midnight mass is done
All these songs of love
All of these stories are never enough
To keep me warm
And it gets cold, it gets cold
Alone in a blanket of snow
It gets cold, it gets cold
Wrap up with me now, stay close
When it gets cold”