Drinking White Wine In The Sun

I really like Christmas
It’s sentimental, I know, but I just really like it…
I’m looking forward to Christmas
Though I’m not expecting a visit from Jesus….

I’m not expecting big presents
The old combination of socks, jocks and chocolate is just fine by me

Cos I’ll be seeing my dad
My brother and sisters, my gran and my mum
They’ll be drinking white wine in the sun
I’ll be seeing my dad
My brother and sisters, my gran and my mum
They’ll be drinking white wine in the sun.
From “White Wine In The sun” by Tim Minchin.

This is my favourite Christmas song this year.  It was written and is performed by Tim Minchin an Australian comedian, songwriter and poet.  Most of you will probably not have heard of this guy but I understand he is really big in the UK.  If you haven’t heard this song click here.

I don’t like much of his material but share this song with you.  It makes sense to those of us who celebrate Christmas in the summer on the other side of the world.

I think it must have been written when his second child was born and they were coming back to Australia for Christmas because the song goes on..

And you, my baby girl
My jetlagged infant daughter
You’ll be handed round the room
Like a puppy at a primary school
And you won’t understand
But you will learn someday
That wherever you are and whatever you face
These are the people who’ll make you feel safe in this world
My sweet blue-eyed girl

And if, my baby girl
When you’re twenty-one or thirty-one
And Christmas comes around
And you find yourself nine thousand miles from home
You’ll know what ever comes
Your brother and sisters and me and your Mum
Will be waiting for you in the sun
Whenever you come
Your brothers and sisters, your aunts and your uncles
Your grandparents, cousins and me and your mum
We’ll be waiting for you in the sun
Drinking white wine in the sun
Darling, when Christmas comes
We’ll be waiting for you in the sun
Drinking white wine in the sun
Waiting for you in the sun
Waiting for you…

I first heard it played at a wedding Christmas 2009 at Old St Pauls church where I used to be the Wedding Coordinator.  I loved it immediately but couldn’t find out who the artist was or where to purchase a copy.  Yesterday while driving in the car, I heard it played.  It had been nominated as the day’s “Best Song Ever Written” on National Radio. So my lead up to Christmas is now complete and I share this song with you.

I hope you enjoy it.



16 responses to “Drinking White Wine In The Sun

  1. I adore Tim Minchin and have been known to roll around the floor in fits of laughter when watching his DVDs. His mannerisms are hilarious and i think he has a great combination of talents. The one thing that strikes me most though, are his poignant lyrics (especially with white wine in the sun) and how he can reduce an audience to tears in a matter of minutes. I found this when watching with a live show group of male friends of mine a few years back. At the end of the show, he played his song ‘not perfect’ – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6cX5jh7p6I – the tears were rolling down my cheeks. I didn’t want to look round and disturb everyone, but you could hear a pin drop. When he finished, i looked round. Five grown men in their late 20s/early 30’s were puffy eyed, embarrassed and wiping frantically! I was worried about looking like a wuss in public! That was a great moment. Maybe it had nothing to do with Tim at all… maybe it was all the home made wine we drank before the show!


    • Thank you for the comment and welcome to my blog. I am just going over to yours to see what you are up to. I have asked my friends but none of them knew the song or the singer. Of course, we are all of an older generation now so I guess this music is not in their realm of listening.
      The lyrics to this song are as you say, poignant. I am waiting for the computer geek aka my son, to come and check why I can’t get sound, so will save your link until later in the day, 🙂


  2. What a special song…thank you for posting the video and lyrics. And what a different perspective to think of Christmas in the sun…some day, I’m going to go there and try it.


    • Thanks for stopping by. I have been to your blog and love it and have subscribed so that I don’t miss any more of your posts.
      BTW come on down here and enjoy aChristmas in the sun. 🙂


  3. This was a new one for me, and I found it touching. Whether one believes in the story of Christmas or just enjoys the traditions, Christmas has many powerful memories for all of us. Nice post, Judith.


  4. Oh that’s lovely – and perfect for us in Dubai too! Have shared it (and you) on FB!! I’ll look at the other song mentioned too but not now as I’m off to a meeting and red eyes at early morning meetings at this time of year just say too much partying last night…which sadly isn’t true lol!


    • Yes I get he comment about the red eyes at a meeting. Sure to raise a few remarks.
      Enjoy the song – I do. I have been singing it all day – OMG another earworm.


  5. I’ve never heard of him. Great song. 🙂


  6. Love the song. Tim is a remarkable fellow. Thanks.


  7. Thinking of Christmas in the sun is hard to wrap one’s mind around, Judith. There is much truth about the commercialism that it has come to be; but being with family is the best part.


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