Have A Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives

Have A Holly Jolly ChristmasThis song was written by songwriter Johnny Marks, who had already written the Christmas classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, a song that proved so popular the stop-motion animators at Rankin-Bass created a half-hour TV special to expand on the song. Ives was brought in for star power, to play the banjo-playing host and narrator, Sam the Snowman, and take over several songs originally slated for the character of Yukon Cornelius.

One was Silver And Gold, and this was the other. The following year, Ives re-recorded all three of these Johnny Marks hits, which Ives had sung in the TV special, but with a more pop feel than in the TV special. He released them all as singles for the 1965 holiday season, capitalizing on their previous successes.

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Song Lyrics

Have a holly jolly Christmas
It’s the best time of the year
I don’t know if there’ll be snow
But have a cup of cheer

Have a holly jolly Christmas
And when you walk down the street
Say hello to friends you know
and everyone you meet

Oh, the mistletoe hung where you can see
Somebody waits for you, kiss her once for me

Have a holly jolly Christmas
And in case you didn’t here,
Oh, by golly have a holly jolly Christmas this year!

Have a holly jolly Christmas
It’s the best time of the year

Have a holly jolly Christmas
And when you walk down the street,
Say hello to friends you know
and everyone you meet.

Oh, the mistletoe hung where you can see
Somebody waits for you, kiss her once for me!

Have a holly jolly Christmas
And in case you didn’t here,
Oh, by golly have a holly jolly Christmas this year!

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Denis Caron November 23, 2012 at 10:30 pm

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