A Merry Little… Trash Can?
Many know the famous tune of ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,’ but what they don’t know is that the song was one person away from never being produced. In 1944, Hugh Martin was playing around with a “madrigal-like” tune that he just couldn’t make work. After two or three days, he simply threw it away in the wastebasket. His songwriting partner at the time made him dig it out!
The song was originally being written for Meet Me in St. Louis, but the original version of the song was too sad for the scene, according to the producers. After they found the perfect amount of upbeat-ness, the producers requested a rewrite. The original lyrics consisted of, “Have yourself a merry little Christmas // It may be your last // Next year we may all be living in the past.”
However, today, there are two versions of the song that remain popular. The first is the original from the movie, which sings, “Someday soon we all will be together, if the fates allow. Until then we’ll have to muddle through somehow,” which fits nicely with the pandemic raining on all our parades! Frank Sinatra’s version replaces this line with, “Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.”
What are some of your favorite Christmas tunes to listen to around this time of year?