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‘Bob’s Burgers,’ The National Spread Holiday Gloom With ‘Christmas Magic’ Song (Video)

Band performs original song featured on 2014 holiday episode of Fox animated series, appearing as ornaments in the music video

“Bob’s Burgers” is becoming known for its original songs and now it’s added another to the ever-growing canon of Christmas music. Unfortunately for fans of holiday joy, “Christmas Magic” is a bit of a downer. The National re-recorded the song, which was featured in the latest holiday episode of the Fox animated series, and managed to make it even more somber.

Animated by the team behind the show, The National star in the video as ornaments hanging from the Belcher Christmas tree. The song is a sobering message about the plight of the homeless, with the song’s narrator singing about how he and his family “will be warm tonight” while there are hungry people dying in the streets.

The short piece offers no solutions to the problem, rather serving simply as a think piece. It’s also another reminder that The National clearly love “Bob’s Burgers.”

After the Thanksgiving episode in Season 3 featured Linda’s failed attempts to sing her “Thanksgiving Song,” the band re-recorded this one as well. At this rate, the series could be headed toward a holiday album of its own, which would doubtlessly be followed with a cover version by The National.

Watch The National cover “Christmas Magic” from “Bob’s Burgers” here. And the band’s melancholy cover of “Thanksgiving Song” is here.