have yourself a merry little christmas

judy garland’s version of “have yourself a merry christmas” is the original (and never bested version) of this christmas classic — it’s from the 1944 movie, meet me in st. louis.

the scene where garland sings the tune is very sad as it has been announced the family will be moving to new york (from st. louis). according to garland, “have yourself a merry little christmas” was not the original song planned for this scene (although she never mentiuoned what the oringal song was intended to be).  whatever that song was, garland felt it was too sad to sing to Tootie (the girl to whom she sings) — played by margaret o’brien.  as sad as this song is — especially in this scene (a total tearjerker), imagine what the other song was!

also, in 1957,  frank sintra was recording a christmas album and apparently asked the songwriter, hugh martin,  to revise the line “Until then we’ll have to muddle through somehow“. He told Martin, “The name of my album is A Jolly Christmas. Do you think you could jolly up that line for me?” Martin’s new line, “Hang a shining star upon the highest bough,” has since become more widely recognized and sung than the original phrase.

for whatever reason , embedding is disabled — so please click through this link for the original version of “have yourself a merry christmas.”


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