Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Album: Essential Judy Garland (1944)
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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
    So hang a shining star upon the highest bough
    And have yourself a merry little Christmas now

    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
    So hang a shining star upon the highest bough
    And have yourself a merry little Christmas nowWriter/s: Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Comments: 8

  • Garry from Anchorage, AkThe Ralph Blane lyric that Judy Garland objected to the most was this: "Have yourself a merry little Christmas. It may be your last. Next year we may all be living in the past." Judy Garland thought the lyric was awful and would be too cruel to sing to 7 year old Margaret O'Brien. Blane willingly changed it.
  • Mark from London, EnglandMy favourite Christmas song from ythe film that should have got the Oscar for Best Picture.Margaret O'Brien-one of the few child stars who didn't make me want to throw up!
  • Jaytee from Austin, TxWhen I first saw and heard Judy Garland sing this in the movie, I was bowled over. I still am, in fact. She has an immediacy while singning this that is astounding.
  • Claire from Oak Ridge, TnI consider this my personal Christmas song. It's not like all the ultra-sappy Christmas music also on the radio. I have wached "Meet Me In St. Louis" too many times to count!
  • Ken from Louisville, KyA version of this song sung by Al Martino is heard playing on a radio in "The Godfather". Martino played Don Corleone's godson Johnny Fontaine.
  • Greg from MelbourneI was told that the original lyrics to this song were "Have yourself a very Merry Christmas, It could be your last". The producers and Judy Garland promised the writers that they would have a hit on their hands if only they made the lyrics more optimistic.
  • Garry from Anchorage, AkIn "Meet Me In St. Louis," Judy Garland sang this to a young and tearful Margaret O'Brien who was given a special Oscar award for the year's best child actress. Margaret stole every scene she was in.
  • Jude from Thomasville, GaNo one puts a song across like Judy Garland. She has a remarkable voice. Just fantastic.
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