“Santa! Bring My Girlfriend Back!” is an upbeat Christmas single from genre-bending indie
band The High Plains Drifters. Produced by Greg Cohen (Robin Thicke, Nile Rodgers), the
track tells the story of a distraught man who seeks solace in drink after having his girlfriend stolen by Santa Claus. Inspired by a boozy and drama-filled Christmas dinner, the track features an array of instrumentation marrying traditional and contemporary sounds including upbeat marimbas, acoustic guitar chords, and horns reminiscent of everyone’s favorite holiday classics. After waking up the next morning and trying to remember the prior night’s holiday debacle, Larry Studnicky (HPD’s frontman) was inspired to put pen to paper and craft
the holiday tune after the melodies kept ringing in his head like a hangover. “Santa! Bring My Girlfriend Back!” is a precursor to The High Plains Drifters forthcoming second album, to be released in 2021.
Produced by Greg Cohen
Engineered by Kyle Cassel
Mixed by Greg Cohen & Kyle Cassel
Lyrics & melody by Larry Studnicky (ASCAP), music by John Macom (BMI) & Greg Cohen (BMI)
Larry Studnicky: lead & backup vocals
John Macom: acoustic guitar, vibraphone, backup vocals
Mike DoCampo: acoustic & electric guitars, backup vocals
Charles Czarnecki: keyboards
Kyle Cassel: drums & percussion, backup vocals
Dave Richards: bass, backup vocals
Additional backup vocals: Greg Cohen and Paul W. Shaum, Jr.
Horns: arranged and performed by Michael Cordone and Jesse McGinty