The Sierra Blanca border checkpoint has claimed another famous victim: Santa Claus.
Or that’s the story according to the lyrics for “Santa Got Busted by the Border Patrol,” a new Christmas song written by the Amarillo-born, Austin-based country singer Kevin Fowler.
The holiday track, which features Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson, just might take its place between Robert Earl Keen’s “Merry Christmas From the Family” and Elmo and Patsy’s “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” in the pantheon of Christmas songs involving drunk–and now stoned–people.
It finds Santa delivering toys in Juárez, only to wind up catching a secondhand buzz when he visits a cartel house (doesn’t he know those guys are naughty?!).
This proves to be a problem when he ends up “85 miles east of El Paso.”
The cops said, “Hey, what’s in that big, red sack/
“Our dogs are sniffin’; yeah, you’d better step back”/
They started high fivin’ sayin’, “Ain’t we slick/
“We got Willie, got Nelly, now we got Saint Nick”
Listen to the whole thing below, followed by a Q&A with Fowler. You can also download the song for free at his website:
So when and how did you get the idea for the song?
We were driving through Sierra Blanca, which is a little border patrol stop about 85 miles east of El Paso, and they were just diggin’, riflin’ through our stuff. We go through there all the time, but if you’re in a tour bus, you’re a sittin’ duck for a border shake. They just assume that you’re smokin’. So we always get the whole search.
And they’d made a lot of news lately at that stop because Willie was busted there, they got Nelly [editor’s note: it was actually a member of his crew], and they got Snoop Dogg and Fiona Apple. They were busting everybody at that stop. But that weekend