The sun is shining, the grass is green,
The orange and palm trees sway.
There's never been such a day
in Beverly Hills, L.A.
But it's December the twenty-fourth,
And I am longing to be up North
And then, of course, it goes to the familiar refrain *I'm dreaming of a white Christmas...*
And I can understand why most recordings dropped the verse. It's kind'a hard to get all sentimental about a man who is surrounded by palm trees in California, and is homesick for the Christmases that he remembered. But if you've lived in Los Angeles, and grew up somewhere else, like I did, you will understand.
Christmas is a time for remembering, and it doesn't matter what your circumstances are, rich or poor, living in luxury, or struggling to survive. We all feel disconnected sometimes, even when surrounded by beautiful weather and swaying palm trees, and need to dream.
Here is the complete song, sung by Karen Carpenter: