photo: © David Moenkhaus - all rights reserved 773 612-4166

Hang a shining star

 

 

 

 

 

photo: © David Moenkhaus - all rights reserved 773 612-4166

© David Moenkhaus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of my favorite Chistmas songs is Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – music composed by Hugh Martin, and lyrics by Ralph Blane.

And one of my favorite lines in that song is “hang a shining star upon the highest bough”

 

But apparantly, the song we know today as Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas, is a highly revised version. Apparently, the first version of the tune was a downer.

According to Wikipedia, Hugh Martin had revised some of the lyrics to make the tune more up beat and the classic line: “hang a shining star upon the highest bough” was added in 1957 by Hugh Martin, at the request of Frank Sinatra to help “jolly up” the tune for an album he was doing called A Jolly Christmas.

 

 

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 Yule-tide 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
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.
And have yourself A merry little Christmas now.

 

Happy Christmahanakwanzika everyone!

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