Julia Jacklin has shared her Christmas song, ‘Baby Jesus Is Nobody’s Baby Now’, which looks back on 2020 as being a year that should be left in the distant past.
Jacklin lives in Melbourne, which was obliterated by forest fires in 2019, after which, the singer-songwriter was filled by optimism that 2020 would be the year that righted all the previous year’s wrongs, which couldn’t have been further from reality. The Australian singer puts the nativity story through a humorous, yet somewhat sadistic lens, that sees baby Jesus be born in the midst of the bush fires.
Jacklin wickedly opens the song by saying, “She lost the baby, The house nearly burned down, Baby Jesus is nobody’s baby now.” The rest of the track is delivered as a tongue-in-cheek reprieve and allows Jacklin to look at the awkward side of Christmas as she recollects, “At my auntie’s house/ I tried so hard to make my uncle shut his mouth.”
The track has been accompanied by a music video directed by Jacklin and Nick Mckk. The video, like Christmas, is a family affair with Jacklin wearing a Santas tyle dress that was her mother made in-front of a sky blue backdrop which her brother painted.
Jacklin opened up about the track in a statement: “2019 was a pretty rough one for my family. I was touring the whole year carrying a lot of guilt for not being able to be at home. Singing super sad songs every night was a blessing and a curse depending on the day. I was imagining Christmas as being this time where we all came together again and took a collective breath but then the bushfires hit and my family live in the country so it was a direct threat.
“I was living in Melbourne, still pretty new to it, and wasn’t able to go home, the roads were blocked and my family were being evacuated periodically for a month. At one point Melbourne was blanketed in smoke from the fires, the sun was this menacing red, it felt apocalyptic and pretty hopeless. I wrote this in my room looking forward to 2020, hoping it would be a reset of some kind lol.”
Check out the video for ‘Baby Jesus Is Nobody’s Baby Now’, below.