"Have yourself a merry little Christmas. It may be your last."
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" has had several rewrites since Hugh Martin wrote the original lyrics
for 1944's Meet Me in St. Louis
. Judy Garland thought the song was "awfully dark" and Martin rewrote the lyrics
for her performance
in the movie.
The penultimate line was "Until then, we'll have to muddle through somehow." Frank Sinatra called Martin in 1957 and said, "The name of my album is A Jolly Christmas
. Do you think you could jolly up that line for me?' Sinatra's version, with its peppier lyrics
, became a holiday standard. [more inside]
The Greatest Stories Ever Told (in Esquire)
The magazine picks six candidates to be the best story from its first 70 years. Gay Talese's "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold"
was their choice as the best.