Nearly 20 years ago, Fiona Apple took to the stage at the 1997 MTV VMAs to accept her Best New Artist award and proved she wasn’t afraid to make bold public statements. Blurting out, “This world is bullshit,” she encouraged listeners to “go with yourself” instead of following what celebrities think is cool. Two decades later, and the reclusive singer is proving as outspoken as ever with a new message for President-Elect Donald Trump.
In a new video posted to her Tumblr page, Apple sings a satirical version of Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song”. With a barking dog in the background, the song’s message is clear with the opening line, “Trump’s nuts roasting on an open fire.” The parody calls out our incoming POTUS for his numerous sexual assault allegations (“You’ll cry creepy uncle every time he arrives/ For he keeps clawing at your clothes”) and racism (“Mothers of color with their kids out of sight/ Will find it hard to sleep at night”) before giving closing out with a direct, “Donald Trump, fuck you.”
Check out a recording of “Trump’s Nuts Roasting on an Open Fire” and video of Apple singing the song with her dog below.
The transcribed lyrics:
“Trump’s nuts roasting on an open fire
as he keeps nipping at his foes
You’ll cry creepy uncle
every time he arrives
for he keeps clawing at your clothes
Everybody knows that money and entitlement
can help to make the season white
Mothers of color with their kids out of sight
will find it hard to sleep at night.
They know that Truuump is on his way
He’s got black boys in hoodies locked up on his sleigh
and every working man is going to cry
when they learn that (?) don’t care how you live or if you die
Sooo I’m offering this simple phrase
to kids from 1 to 92
Although it’s been said many times, many ways
Merry Christmas to you
Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas
Donald Trump, fuck you”