Modern Christmas Lyrics…

While traveling the other night, I listened to an all Christmas music station. One series of songs struck me as odd: Lennon’s “Happy Christmas,” song from “Mame” “We Need A Little Christmas” and finally the modern classic silver “Silver Bells.”

John Lennon’s “So This is Christmas” sounded very maudlin to me. (Taken from here. )

So this is Christmas, And what have you done, Another year over, And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas, I hope you have fun, The near and the dear one, The old and the young

A very merry Christmas, And a happy New Year, Let’s hope it’s a good one, Without any fear, And so this is Christmas
For weak and for strong, For rich and the poor ones, The world is so wrong, And so happy Christmas
For black and for white, For yellow and red ones, Let’s stop all the fight, A very merry Christmas, And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one, Without any fear, And so this is Christmas, And what have we done
Another year over, And a new one just begun, And so this is Christmas, I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one, The old and the young, A very merry Christmas, And a happy New Year,
Let’s hope it’s a good one, Without any fear, War is over over, If you want it, War is over, Now… 

Next: “We Need A Little Christmas” provides almost frantic desperation for the feeling of Christmas. (Taken from here.)

Haul out the holly; Put up the tree before my spirit falls again. Fill up the stocking,
I may be rushing things, but deck the halls again now. For we need a little Christmas Right this very minute,
Candles in the window, Carols at the spinet. Yes, we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute. It hasn’t snowed a single flurry, But Santa, dear, we’re in a hurry;
So climb down the chimney; Put up the brightest string of lights I’ve ever seen.
Slice up the fruitcake; It’s time we hung some tinsel on that evergreen bough.
For I’ve grown a little leaner, Grown a little colder, Grown a little sadder, Grown a little older,
All:
And I need a little angel Sitting on my shoulder, Need a little Christmas now.
Mame:
Haul out the holly; Well, once I taught you all to live each living day.
All:
Fill up the stocking,
Young Patrick:
But Auntie Man, it’s one week from Thanksgiving Day now.
All:
But we need a little Christmas Right this very minute, Candles in the window, Carols at the spinet.
Yes, we need a little Christmas Right this very minute.
Agnes:
It hasn’t snowed a single flurry, But Santa, dear, we’re in a hurry;
Ito:
So climb down the chimney; Put up the brightest string of lights I’ve ever seen.
All:
Slice up the fruitcake; It’s time we hung some tinsel on that evergreen bough. For we need a little music,
Need a little laughter, Need a little singing Ringing through the rafter, And we need a little snappy
“Happy ever after,” Need a little Christmas now. Need a little Christmas now.

Finally, the simple joy of “Silver Bells

City sidewalks busy sidewalks. Dressed in holiday styleIn the air, There’s a feelingof Christmas, Children laughing, People passing, Meeting smile after smile, And on ev’ry street corner you’ll hear

Silver bells silver bells, It’s Christmas time in the city, Ring a ling hear them sing, Soon it will be Christmas day
Strings of street lights, Even stop lights, Blink a bright red and green, As the shoppers rush home with their treasures
Hear the snow crunch, See the kids bunch, This is Santa’s big scene, And above all this bustle, You’ll hear Silver bells, silver bells It’s Christmas time in the city, Ring-a-ling, hear them sing, Soon it will be Christmas day

And so I wonder…whether the continuous Christmas music is to be cheerful or just make us ponder the origins of the lyrics and feelings and emotions.

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