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December 22, 2007

Song of the Week: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Written for the 1944 musical, Meet Me in St. Louis and performed by Judy Garland, the Pax Plena song of the week is nothing if not a classic.

Melding the romantic melancholy of Christmas with the soaring sounds of the season, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" has been a Holiday favorite performed by some of the biggest names in the business.

After consistent years of seasonal air-time, the song experienced a resurgence in the post-9/11 age when James Taylor recorded a modern version complete with darker lyrics. Taylor was by all accounts successful in capturing the somber mood of the Nation. The song was recently ranked #2 on the list of most played Christmas songs.

After giving it a further listen, the song can easily take the displaced and downcast alike back to fairer times. And so, as you think of happier days and pleasanter Christmas pasts (I certainly do) please enjoy the smooth saxophone of Kenny G and his instrumental version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

Have Yourself A Merry Little 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.
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