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10 Christmas Songs That Are Total Downers

23 December 2014 7:45 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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It’s Christmas.’Tis the season to be jolly. If so, then it seems that some songsmiths really didn’t get the memo. Because while you can tune in to the festive hits on the radio to be told that “every song you hear seems to say Merry Christmas, may your New Year’s dreams come true”, there are a handful of Yuletide records that seem to say quite the opposite.

When Frank Sinatra recorded Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas for his album A Jolly Christmas he had original writer Hugh Martin change the lyrics to make it fit the “jolly” tone. (Martin had already had to rewrite the Meet Me In St Louis song once before when the film’s director Vincente Minelli had deemed it too depressing). Hence the line “until then we’ll have to muddle through somehow” became the more familiar “hang a »

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