Bing Crosby – I’ll Be Home For Christmas

Well, likely many people take this to be a simple song about reuniting with relatives for a Christmas dinner, relatives they haven’t seen since Thanksgiving dinner. But it’s from 1943 and is supposed to be like a letter from an overseas soldier, during the Second World War… he is wishing he could be home to experience not just the love of family, but the accoutrements of Christmas, including snow and mistletoe.

While so many Christmas songs are all about rocking around the tree in a holly jolly mood, please consider the profoundly wistful sadness of the final line of this tune: I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams.

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