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"Red Water (Christmas Mourning)" is a song by Type O Negative, included on the fourth album October Rust, released in 1996. It is also included on the imaginary Christmas-themed TON album Christmas Is Dead. This inspirational song is about Pete's father dying on Christmas morning as well as three other of his family members since the previous Christmas. The verse deals with the grief while chorus deals with how to cope with the pain from the personal standpoint. The song was written to cope with the pain. 'Red water' in the title refers to the red wine used to ‘chase them away’.

After beginning with horns, two Christmas carols can be heard in them—the first is the slow keyboard rhythm of "Carol of the Bells" and slide guitar, then following a midsection, there's "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" overlaid with the sounds of howling blizzard, an ornament falling off the Christmas tree, and a young girl crying.

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There is a fan-made music video for this song.

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

Wake up, it's Christmas mourn
Those loved have long since gone

The stockings are hung but who cares?
Preserved for those no longer there

Six feet beneath me sleep

Black lights hang from the tree
Accents of dead holly

Whoa mistletoe
(It's growing cold)
I'm seeing ghost
(I'm drinking old)
Red water
Red water
(Red water)
Red water chase them away

My tables been set for but seven
Just last year I dined with eleven

Goddamn ye
Merry gentlemen

Whoa mistletoe
(It's growing cold)
I'm seeing ghosts
(I'm drinking old)
Red water
Red water
(Red water)
Red water chase them away
(Chase them away)
(Don't chase them away)

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Group performers


Links to other songs[edit source]

Type O Negative songs
Slow, Deep and Hard "Unsuccessfully Coping with the Natural Beauty of Infidelity" · "Der Untermensch" · "Xero Tolerance" · "Prelude to Agony" · "Glass Walls of Limbo" · "The Misinterpretation of Silence and its Disastrous Consequences" · "Gravitational Constant: G = 6.67 × 10−8 cm−3 gm−1 sec−2"
The Origin of the Feces "I Know You're Fucking Someone Else" · "Are You Afraid" · "Gravity" · "Pain" · "Kill You Tonight" · "Hey Pete" · "Kill You Tonight (reprise)" · "Paranoid"
Bloody Kisses "Machine Screw" · "Christian Woman" · "Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)" · "Fay Wray Come Out and Play" · "Kill All the White People" · "Summer Breeze" · "Set Me on Fire" · "Dark Side of the Womb" · "We Hate Everyone" · "Bloody Kisses (A Death in the Family)" · "3.0.I.F." · "Too Late: Frozen" · "Blood & Fire" · "Can't Lose You" · "Suspended in Dusk" · "Black Sabbath (From the Satanic Perspective)" · "Summer Girl" (unreleased)
October Rust "Bad Ground" · "Intro" · "Love You to Death" · "Be My Druidess" · "Green Man" · "Red Water (Christmas Mourning)" · "My Girlfriend's Girlfriend" · "Die with Me" · "Burnt Flowers Fallen" · "In Praise of Bacchus" · "Cinnamon Girl" · "The Glorious Liberation of the People's Technocratic Republic of Vinnland by the Combined Forces of the United Territories of Europa" · "Wolf Moon" · "Haunted" · "Outro"
World Coming Down "Skip It" · "White Slavery" · "Sinus" · "Everyone I Love Is Dead" · "Who Will Save the Sane?" · "Liver" · "World Coming Down" · "Creepy Green Light" · "Everything Dies" · "Lung" · "Pyretta Blaze" · "All Hallows Eve" · "Day Tripper"
Life Is Killing Me "Thir13teen" · "I Don't Wanna Be Me" · "Less than Zero (<0)" · "Todd's Ship Gods (Above All Things)" · "I Like Goils" · "...A Dish Best Served Coldly" · "How Could She?" · "Life Is Killing Me" · "Nettie" · "(We Were) Electrocute" · "IYDKMIGTHTKY (Gimme That)" · "Angry Inch" · "Anesthesia" · "Drunk in Paris" · "The Dream Is Dead" · "Out of the Fire"
Dead Again "Dead Again" · "Tripping a Blind Man" · "The Profit of Doom" · "September Sun" · "Halloween in Heaven" · "These Three Things" · "She Burned Me Down" · "Some Stupid Tomorrow" · "An Ode to Locksmiths" · "Hail and Farewell to Britain"
Songs from non-studio albums "Pictures of Matchstick Men" · "On with the Show" · "In the Flesh" · "Back in the U.S.S.R." · "It's Never Enough" · "12 Black Rainbows" · "Stay Out of My Dreams" · "Highway Star" · "Santana Medley"
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