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What man Santa why you do this?

A look at the 2012 viral “What Man Santa” Christmas Jingle.Time to recoil it since every Christmas this tunetaps your legs and rejuvenates your body.

What man Santa why you do this?

In 2011, Tamil film song “Why This Kolaveri Di” created a sensation in the country as it went viral. Language is no more a barrier when something goes viral on public platforms. Very next year a Bombay Christmas tune went viral. Time to recoil it since every Christmas this tune, by Bollywood musician Daniel B. George, taps your legs and rejuvenates your body.

Very few may have missed it but for those who have, here is the link



The “What Man Santa” song spread so fast that in a week it got viewed by almost half a million. And most of them were Mumbaikars. In the same way non Tamilians made a Tamil song viral, this song made its way to mainstream as it started beaming everywhere.

Very unusually it has been shot by writer-lyricist Swanand Kirkire and besides Daniel some other major names like Srikant A, Neeraj Kotkar, Vineet Sapru and Uday Rao also worked on it. With a budget of less than a lakh, the video made its mark across.

It was actually a satire about Peter's complaint to Santa for not visiting his house. Though the lyrics doesn’t put it straight about the class or economic divide, Peter is shown as clearly agonised not being able to host Santa, in a lighter discourse.

The typical English used in the song resembles the Catholic Bandra residents which has this slang. What man Santa is a typical phrase used in everyday use as conversation starters for every occasion though Santa could be replaced by any other name. The group which support the singer is typically dressed as Sandras or the Bollywood characterised Catholic girls acting as Secretaries to Heroes or Villains. Remember Ajit's Mona Darling from Yaadon Ki Baraat or "Lily don't be silly" in Zanjeer?

The foot tapping music and simple narrative makes it more fun for the year 2017 too.

In case you want to lip sync with the song, here is the lyrics:

Ae Peter what happen man?

40 years I have removed
Waiting for the fat man in red hood
England to Poland he will roam’
But Santa he don’t come my home?

What man Santa why you do this?
Why don’t you come peter home?
Ask the Padre, Ask the postman
I invite him every season

But Santa won’t come no rhyme no reason

Give one kanfad man

What man Santa what you up to?
Why don’t you come Peter home?
What man Santa why you do this?
Why don’t you come Peter home?

All my hair has become grey
Waiting for the sound of the sleigh
Every Xmas I miss mass
But Santa he never come paas

What man Santa why you do this?
Why don’t you come Peter home?

Ask the Padre, Ask the postman
I invite him every season
But Santa won’t come no rhyme no reason

Give one kanfad man

What man Santa why you do this?
Why don’t you come Peter home?

Are What man Santa... What man Santa?
Why don’t you come Peter home?
What man Santa... What man Santa?
Why don’t you come to Jimmy’s home?
What man Santa... What man Santa?
Why don’t you come to Johnny’s home?

Now I will stop... I have no hope
Next Christmas I am going to invite the Pope!

Have a Merry Christmas!

Team LIF

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