Song of the Day #3,849: ‘A Holly Jolly Christmas’ – Burl Ives

In contrast to yesterday’s track, sung by a 13-year-old Brenda Lee, today’s Christmas song was recorded by Burl Ives when he was pushing 60.

This week’s #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 is best remembered as a song from the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Christmas special. Ives voiced the narrator, Sam the Snowman.

The special, which I loved as a kid, hasn’t aged particularly well. Somehow I never noticed or cared that the reindeer, and even Santa, bully poor Rudolph until he proves useful to them, and only then do they love him.

Good songs, though.

[Verse 1]
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

[Verse 2]
Have a holly jolly Christmas
And when you walk down the street
Say hello to friends you know
And everyone you meet

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

[Verse 3]
Have a holly jolly Christmas
And in case you didn’t hear
Oh, by golly have a holly jolly Christmas this year!

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,849: ‘A Holly Jolly Christmas’ – Burl Ives

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Lol. I would have to watch again, but my recollection is that it was really the reindeers doing the bullying more than Santa, though Santa was more like the enabler.

  2. Peg Clifton says:

    I really hate a bully!

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