Friday, December 21, 2012

The Tolerable Christmas Playlist: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, "Welcome Christmas"

Probably the most outwardly cheesy song I will post on this Christmas Playlist. And while "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" gets all the glory, "Welcome Christmas" is the song that really encapsulates the wonderment of the Christmas season, especially the reprise, as they start "singing without packages, boxes or tags." It probably has more gibberish lyrics than actual ones, which is not unusual for Christmas music with all its "fa la las" and "rump pum pums." It's just that, being Dr. Seuss, the gibberish is unusually specific, "Fah Who Foraze, Dah Who Doraze..."

But of course, it has such quick, simple distillations of the Christmas spirit:

Christmas day will always be,
Just as long as we have we


Welcome Christmas, while we stand
Heart to heart, and hand in hand.

What more do you need? Shame this song never became a standard.

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