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December 20th, 2019 at 7:45:12 PM permalink
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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. The line was replaced by "Hang a shining star upon the highest bough."


Ding! Ding! Very good!!

If you haven't seen the film "Meet Me In St Louis", this song was actually written for a sad scene trying to capture all the uncertainty hanging over the story's family. The first draft of the song began...

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
It may be your last
Next year we may all be living in the past...


Judy Garland refused to sing such dark lyrics to a young child and the song was rewritten but the "muddle through" line was kept and fits the plot. Surprisingly, although he recorded several holiday albums, Sinatra never clicked with a song the way, say, Bing Crosby did with "White Christmas". He came close with this one but most people would say that Garland owns the song.





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Staying in the category of "Christmas", name that song...

Released in 1949, this Christmas song was based on a children's giveaway story booklet written for the Montgomery Ward department store in Christmas 1939.



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December 21st, 2019 at 12:01:18 PM permalink
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Staying in the category of "Christmas", name that song...

Released in 1949, this Christmas song was based on a children's giveaway story booklet written for the Montgomery Ward department store in Christmas 1939.

The songwriter also wrote such Christmas songs as "A Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Silver and Gold".



I had a feeling before I read the hint, which pretty much confirmed it:


Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer



And I don't think I got more than one response to this one:
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Here's one from me, in the category Classical
Most people in the USA don't realize that it has lyrics; I left out the first line, as that's its title in Great Britain

Mother of the free
How shall we extol thee
Who are born of thee?
Wider still and wider
Shall thy bounds be set
God who made thee mighty
Make thee mightier yet



In Great Britain, it's usually called Land of Hope and Glory, but in the USA, it's almost always called Pomp & Circumstance;
in fact, it's the main theme of the first of five Pomp & Circumstance marches

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December 21st, 2019 at 3:56:50 PM permalink
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I had a feeling before I read the hint, which pretty much confirmed it:

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer


Ding! Ding! Correct!!

Robert L. May wrote the story and his brother-in-law Johnny Marks would write the song version ten years later. Other notable Marks Christmas tunes include "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and "Run Rudolph Run" (which would become a Chuck Berry staple). The definitive version of Rudolph would have to be the original Gene Autry version which hit #1 on the U.S. charts the week of Christmas 1949.


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And now, in the category "Holiday Tunes", name that song...

First sung by Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban in the 1949 film "Neptune's Daughter", this non-Christmas holiday song generated controversy this year when a new version with altered lyrics was released by John Legend and Kelly Clarkson.
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December 22nd, 2019 at 9:38:46 AM permalink
The two parts of the duet are named "Wolf" and "Mouse".
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December 23rd, 2019 at 12:51:30 PM permalink
I know it, I just want to let someone else answer.

Baby Itís Cold Outside
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December 23rd, 2019 at 1:06:32 PM permalink
Here's one:

It's hard, but when you're having fun
There's a world outside your window
And it's a world of dread and fear
Where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears
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December 23rd, 2019 at 10:49:46 PM permalink
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Baby Itís Cold Outside


Ding! Ding! Winner!!

"Baby Itís Cold Outside" would win the Oscar for best film song of 1949. It's another non-Christmas tune that somehow became part of the holidays and also another song that's hard to discuss without entering the land of politics. What I will say is that in its original film context it was performed twice. The first time is with Ricardo Montalban (in his Latin lover days) singing the "wolf" part while trying to romance Esther Williams. The second time is with Betty Garrett singing the "wolf" part while trying to romance Red Skelton. This video shows both...


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Quote: Ayecarumba

Here's one:

It's hard, but when you're having fun
There's a world outside your window
And it's a world of dread and fear
Where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears


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Still in the category "Holiday Tunes", name that song...

On a blazing hot summer day Mel Tormé, while visiting his songwriting partner Robert Wells, found a notepad on the piano with various winter images written on it. (Wells was writing them to think cool thoughts trying to beat the heat.) Forty minutes later this holiday classic was born.
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December 23rd, 2019 at 11:11:34 PM permalink
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Baby Itís Cold Outside


Ding! Ding! Winner!!

"Baby Itís Cold Outside" would win the Oscar for best film song of 1949. It's another non-Christmas tune that somehow became part of the holidays and also another song that's hard to discuss without entering the land of politics. What I will say is that in its original film context it was performed twice. The first time is with Ricardo Montalban (in his Latin lover days) singing the "wolf" part while trying to romance Esther Williams. The second time is with Betty Garrett singing the "wolf" part while trying to romance Red Skelton. This video shows both...


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Quote: Ayecarumba

Here's one:

It's hard, but when you're having fun
There's a world outside your window
And it's a world of dread and fear
Where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears


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Still in the category "Holiday Tunes", name that song...

On a blazing hot summer day Mel Tormé, while visiting his songwriting partner Robert Wells, found a notepad on the piano with various winter images written on it. (Wells was writing them to think cool thoughts trying to beat the heat.) Forty minutes later this holiday classic was born.



No idea about Aye's lyric. For Gialmere..



The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
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December 23rd, 2019 at 11:39:30 PM permalink
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Here's one:

It's hard, but when you're having fun
There's a world outside your window
And it's a world of dread and fear
Where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears



The composer would later say, "I am responsible for two of the worst songs in history. ***redacted*** Any day soon, I will go to the supermarket, head to the meat counter, and it will be playing. Every f***ing Christmas."
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December 24th, 2019 at 7:33:14 AM permalink
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Quote: Ayecarumba

Here's one:

It's hard, but when you're having fun
There's a world outside your window
And it's a world of dread and fear
Where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears



The composer would later say, "I am responsible for two of the worst songs in history. ***redacted*** Any day soon, I will go to the supermarket, head to the meat counter, and it will be playing. Every f***ing Christmas."



I didnít know it, so I looked it up. I think thatís hilarious! (And accurate!)
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