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Christmas songs explained - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light.
Next year all our troubles
Will be out of sight.

Have yourself a little Christmas
Make a yuletide gay
Next year all our troubles
will be miles away.

Once again as in olden times
Happy golden times of yore.
Faithful friends who were dear to us
Will be near to us once more.

In a year we all will be together
If the fates allow.
Until then we'll have to muddle through somehow.
So have yourself a merry little Christmas now.

This is such a bittersweet song in it's original lyrics. You have probably heard the second to the last line as "hang a shining star upon the highest bow". There have been other subtle changes to the lyrics over the years to make this song more cheerful - the references to "next year" are taken out, for example.

Here James Taylor sings the introduction, and includes the reference to "next year", although he says, "in a year". And, of course, he includes the "muddle through" line. This is respect for the original composition.

Christmas future is far away,
Christmas past is past.
Christmas present is here today,
Bringing joy that may last.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
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