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Have Yourself A Merry…

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
It may be your last
Next year we may all be living in the past

Is that depressing, or what?  Those are the original lyrics to "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," believe it or not.  These lyrics, plus the history of how such a sad song came to be, are detailed in a fascinating article in Entertainment Weekly.

"Have Yourself" is my favorite Christmas song.  Last year I attempted to record my own version, loosely based on my favorite arrangement (from A Christmas Together by John Denver and the Muppets), and sent it around to friends.  I don’t promise greatness (I could only record on my Korg, not a real piano), but I promise that I put a lot of feeling into it.  So if you’re interested in one more (instrumental) Christmas carol this year, here you go.

Jason Hare – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (download)

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!  We’ll return with Chart Attack! and Mellow Gold in the beginning of January.

  • jb

    I prefer the original lyrics, myself–more reflective of the world we live in, I think.This post is probably not enough to make up for the Starland Vocal Band, though, but thanks for trying–and Merry Christmas.

  • EightE1

    Well done, Jason.   Rob (EightE1)

  • That was wonderful!  Nice work on the Korg!

  • Rebecca

    Just a heads up: Sylvester Stallone’s Celebrity Playlist on iTunes includes “Eye of the Tiger” (of course) and…..Benny Mardones. Happy holidays!

  • Great work, Jason!  Strangely enough, I heard that "It may be your last" line in the song for the first time right before I visited your blog.  I like when Christmas songs go surprisingly dark.