"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" - Original Lyrics

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  1. Batears52

    Batears52 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Near Baltimore, MD
    We've been getting Entertainment Weekly for free this past year, since signing up with yourmusic.com. I rarely read it, but found myself thumbing thru it this morning during breakfast. I came across a neat little article about the history of this Christmas classic-that-almost-wasn't!

    As we all probably know, it was written for Judy Garland to sing to Margaret O'Brien in the movie, Meet Me In St. Louis. Judy's version is stunning - I can't hear it without seeing that scene from the movie in my mind. Not counting John Denver & The Muppets (ya gotta love Rowlf), my second favorite version is by Frank Sinatra. Now I know why!

    Here are the original, never-recorded lyrics that Hugh Martin wrote for Judy to sing. Luckily for us, she & Tom Drake talked him into revising them - something he did again in 1957 for Frank. The link to the article with 3 sets of lyrics follows.


    Have yourself a merry little Christmas
    It may be your last
    Next year we may all be living in the past
    Have yourself a merry little Christmas
    Pop that champagne cork
    Next year we may all be living in New York
    No good times like the olden days
    Happy golden days of yore
    Faithful friends who were dear to us
    Will be near to us no more
    But at least we all will be together
    If the Lord allows
    From now on, we'll have to muddle through somehow
    So have yourself a merry little Christmas now

  2. Doc Sarvis

    Doc Sarvis Active Member

    Utah USA
    Pretty dark indeed...
  3. andyinstal

    andyinstal Runner for Others

    Allen, Texas
    Wow, that is depressing.
  4. tim_neely

    tim_neely Forum Hall Of Fame

    Central VA
    The only thing that article got wrong was the year of A Very Special Christmas; it came out in 1987, not 1989...

    You just know that someone's going to sing the original version for next year, now that they've been publicized. I could imagine Kurt Cobain, if he were still around, singing those lyrics.

    It's been interesting over the years to hear the numerous versions of the song, who has chosen to muddle through and who has chosen to hang the star. What is cool is that both versions work.
  5. mr_mjb1960

    mr_mjb1960 I'm a Tarrytowner 'Til I die!

    Frank Sinatra also sang the very same set of lyrics on his Columbia 78-RPM set called "Christmas Songs By Sinatra" in the late '40's (The set was later re-issued on a 10" lp,then on a 12" lp as "Christmas Dreaming":winkgrin: ,In 1952.(or is it '53?)
  6. Derek Gee

    Derek Gee Forum Resident

    PU! Thank goodness Judy talked them out of that version!

  7. apileocole

    apileocole Lush Life Gort

    And it would've been particularly popular in New York :uhhuh:
  8. Robert Preston

    Robert Preston New Member

    Actually the REAL original lyrics were as follows:

    Have yourself a merry little Christmas
    Because we all eventually die
    Picture yourself committing suicide, and cry
    No good times will ever happen
    So slit both of your wrists
    Lengthwise, not laterally

    Yeah, it didn't really rhyme either.
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