Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Judy Garland

song from Meet Me in St Louis (1944) Christmas musical film made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, clip from original soundtrack performed by great screen legend Judy Garland, music and lyrics by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane. Song ranked #76 America's Greatest Music in the Movies by AFI's 2004 list 100 Years 100 Songs. Along with The Trolley Song and The Boy Next Door from the same movie, all three songs have become hits after the film was released making Garland famous.

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Lyrics with pictures

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light Let your heart be light
Next year all our troubles
Will be out of sight.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Make the Yuletide gay Make the Yuletide gay
Next year all our troubles
Will be miles away.
Once again as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore. Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who were dear to us
Will be near to us once more.

Someday soon we all will be together
If the fates allow.
Until then, we'll have to muddle through somehow.
So have yourself a merry little Christmas now. So have yourself a merry little Christmas now


Brief notes

In the scene set on Christmas Eve, Judy Garland's character, Esther, the second eldest daughter of Smith family, sings the song to cheer up her despondent five-year-old sister, Tootie, played by Margaret O'Brien.

When presented with the original draft lyric, Garland, Tom Drake and director Vincente Minnelli criticized the song as depressing, and asked Martin to change the lyrics. Hugh Martin made several changes to make the song more upbeat. The lines "It may be your last / Next year we may all be living in the past" became "Let your heart be light / Next year all our troubles will be out of sight".

The song has become a Christmas season standard in the United States and around the English-speaking world.

Although Ralph Blane is credited with writing the music for many of Martin's songs, Martin claimed in his autobiography that he wrote both music and lyrics to all of the songs in Meet Me in St. Louis.

Judy Garland's 1944 version of the song reached #27 on the Billboard charts.

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