Saturday, June 6, 2015

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Have a good Christmas.
Even if things suck, they will
Be better next year.

This Christmas carol comes from the 1944 movie "Meet Me in St. Louis." The writers Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane changed some lyrics under pressure to make the song lighter. In particular, they changed "Have yourself a merry little Christmas/It may be your last/Next year we may all be living in the past" to the line about "Let your heart be light." Frank Sinatra, in his version, asked Hugh Martin to change "Until then we'll have to muddle through somehow" because the name of his album for which he recorded the song was "A Jolly Christmas." The Wikipedia entry for this song says Sinatra said, "The name of my album is A Jolly Christmas. Do you think you could jolly up that line for me?" This is where the "highest bough" line comes from. Dylan recorded the song for his album "Christmas in the Heart."

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Let your heart be light
From now on,
our troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Make the Yule-tide gay,
From now on, 
our troubles will be miles away.

Here we are as in olden days,
Happy golden days of yore.
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more.

Through the years 
We all will be together,
If the Fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.
And have yourself A merry little Christmas now. 

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