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"Town Meeting Song" is a song from the film, The Nightmare Before Christmas. It begins after Jack returns from Christmas Town. He calls a town meeting to share his discovery of Christmas in which the citizens of Halloween Town (including Sally and the Mayor) of are curious of what Jack found at Christmas Town.


Jack: There were objects so peculiar
They were not to be believed
All around, things to tantalize my brain

It's a world unlike anything I've ever seen
And as hard as I try, I can't seem to describe
Like a most improbable dream

But you must believe when I tell you this: it's as real as my skull and it does exist...

(spoken) Here, let me show you!
This is a thing called a present - the whole thing starts with a box...

Harlequin Demon: A box?
Devil: Is it steel?
Wolfman: Are there locks?
Harlequin Demon: Is it filled with a pox?
Devil: A pox. How delightful, a pox..,

Jack: (spoken) If you please...
Just a box with bright-colored paper - and the whole thing's topped with a bow

Witches: A bow?
But why?
How ugly!
What's in it? What's in it?

Jack: That's the point of the thing, not to know!

Clown with the Tear-Away Face: It's a bat!
Creature Under the Stairs: Will it bend?
Clown with the Tear-Away Face: It's a rat!
Creature Under the Stairs: Will it break?
Undersea Gal: Perhaps, it's the head that I found in the lake...

Jack: Listen now, you don't understand. That's not the point of Christmas Land!

(spoken) Now, pay attention.
We pick up an over-sized sock, and hang it like this on the wall

Mr. Hyde: Oh, yes! Does it still have a foot?
Medium Mr. Hyde: Let me see, let me look!
Small Mr. Hyde: Is it rotted and covered with gook?

Jack: (spoken) Um, let me explain.
There's no foot inside, but there's candy. Or sometimes, it's filled with small toys,,,

Winged Demon: Small toys? Do they bite?
Mummy: Do they snap?
Winged Demon: Or explode in a sack?
Corpse Kid: Or perhaps they just spring out and scare girls and boys!
Mayor: What a splendid idea - this Christmas sounds fun
Why, I fully endorse it, let's try it at once!

Jack: Everyone, please now, not so fast!
There's something here that you don't quite grasp

(spoken) Well, I may as well give them what they want.

And the best, I must confess
I have saved for the last for the ruler of this Christmas Land
Is a fearsome king with a deep mighty voice
Least, that's what I've come to understand...

And I've also heard it told that he's something to behold
Like a lobster, huge and red...
And he sets out to slay with his rain gear on
Carting bulging sacks with his big great arms
That is, so I've heard it said

And on a dark, cold night under full moonlight
He flies into a fog like a vulture in the sky...
And they call him "Sandy Claws"...!


Jack: Well, at least they're excited
Though they don't understand that special kind of feeling in Christmas Land
(spoken) Oh, well...


  • The Evil Queen in her hag form can be seen in the crowd throughout the song.

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Films: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Video games:Kingdom HeartsKingdom Hearts: Chain of MemoriesKingdom Hearts IIKingdom Hearts 358/2 DaysThe Pumpkin KingOogie's RevengeDisney UniverseDisney InfinityDisney Heroes: Battle ModeDisney Sorcerer's Arena

Disney Parks
Haunted Mansion Holiday

Entertainment: Oogie Boogie’s Freaky Funhouse Show
Parades: Disney's Fantillusion
Halloween: Disney's Not So Spooky SpectacularDisney Villains Wicked GatheringFrightfully Fun ParadeGlow in the Park Halloween ParadeHappy HallowishesHocus Pocus Villain SpelltacularJack Skellington’s Villainous GatheringJourney to the Halloween TownKaribuni MarketplaceThe Annex“This IS Halloween!” Dance PartyVillains Night Out!World of Color: Villainous!
Christmas: Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

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Worm’s WortFrog’s BreathDeadly Night ShadeFrog GunWorm's Wort SoupBat BoomerangPumpkin BombDog BiscuitsShrunken HeadRun-Over TurtleSoul Robber
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This Is HalloweenJack’s LamentWhat’s This?Town Meeting SongJack’s ObsessionKidnap the Sandy ClawsMaking ChristmasOogie Boogie's SongSally’s SongPoor Jack FinaleDr. Finkelstein's Song