Saturday, December 18, 2010

Have yourself a merry little Christmas

(I heard the Norwegian singer Kurt Nilsen perform this Christmas song tonight--one of my all-time favorites. There is a melancholy feel to the song--beautiful and poignant. It seemed to me to be a wartime song, perhaps from WWII, so I checked its history on Wikipedia. Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane wrote the song. The song was not written as a wartime song but was rather introduced and sung by Judy Garland in the musical 'Meet Me in St. Louis' in 1944. Garland's recorded version of the song was popular among the troops at that time).  

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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 Yuletide 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

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

3 comments:

  1. my favorite, and yes, she loved it too! sung by, of course, judy garland. barbara streisand does quite a nice version too. i haven't checked in recently, so sorry for the late reply.

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  2. as our mother said, the song actually goes -
    "through the years we all will be together
    if the fates allow
    until then, we'll have to muddle through somehow
    so have....

    it was during wartime and that is the original as according to Anne E.

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  3. You're absolutely right, and it was changed to make it more positive, according to Wikipedia.

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