Need a holiday from ‘Holiday’? 

Wonder which Yuletide number you heard the most this season?

Dollars to doughnuts it’s nothing traditional, but Vampire Weekend’s infectious single “Holiday” instead, culled for commercial use from their sophomore “Contra” album by no less than Tommy Hilfiger and Honda.

You’re probably humming the infernal melody in your sleep already and you don’t even realize it.

But what, exactly, is the deceptively daffy ditty about?

More than what you’d imagine, explains VW singer-guitarist Ezra Koenig: “When we come out and play ‘Holiday’ at a festival, and everybody’s dancing and bumping around, I think that’s great — I don’t think there’s anything ironic about it, because we’ve made it so it’s a fun, upbeat song.”

“But in the lyrics, there are these references to being on vacation and having fun, but there is this darker side to the concept of vacation. And everybody has that feeling — especially somebody who works really hard at a brutal job — of ‘Do I really work all year just to do this for one week? Is this all that I have to look forward to? Wouldn’t my life be better if I could figure out a way to combine work and happiness?’ To me, once you start on that track, a lot of questions come up. You start to think about the whole enterprise, and in ‘Holiday’ hopefully we explore some of that a little bit. And I think a lot of songs have multiple layers like that.”

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