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MONEY's Jamie Lee airs un-merry elegy "Christmas Eve and The Sober Poet"

23 December 2016, 17:00 | Written by Laurence Day

MONEY's Jamie Lee shares "Christmas Eve and The Sober Poet", a new solo track merging poetry with eerie electronics and gleaming keys.

The track was recorded in a small studio in Peckham with brothers Gamaliel and Dante Traynor of Sweat, who play our new music festival the Five Day Forecast next month. Lee wrote the words, with the Sweat bros. providing the composition and production.

"Christmas Eve and The Sober Poet" is a song that "tells the story of the hypocrisy of the celebration of Christmas and in light of a mad world trying to find some personal meaning from within it." It's a turbulent cut, beginning with cleansing, semi-sacred tones, before tumbling into a menacing elegy full of racing syllables and dark reflections.

Lee says that writing poetry is "a terminal illness" and that his mixing of styles here is in part down down to the fact he is "a megalomaniac".

"I want to win at everything," Lee says. "It is a great disappointment to me that I will never play for England."

The MONEY singer/songwriter/guitarist continues, saying he holds "a mad, indifferent, selfish, ignorant world in contempt" and recalls a quote from his own mother: "Jamie, your problem is that you don’t have respect for anyone."

Here's an excerpt from the track, which you can watch above:

"the war is not mentioned/the poor left out of the song/and the story of baby jesus/sleeping in a manger/god/there are jesus's out there tonight/all through the cities of the world/being cut through by life/with parents killing themselves/the flat stinking of sweat/and booze/and death/and chemicals/and who cares about jesus when you know that"

Email Jamie Lee at to get a free copy of the track.
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