Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Today's Trivia - Jingle All The Way

“Jingle Bells" is one of the most familiar and most frequently sung tunes in the world during the holidays. Dating awhile back, it was written by James Lord Pierpont (1822–1893) and published under the title "One Horse Open Sleigh" in the autumn of 1857. Despite the fact that it’s considered a Christmas song, it was actually written and sung for a Thanksgiving program at a church in Savannah, Georgia where Pierpont was organist. It was so well accepted that it was sung again on Christmas day, and since then it has became one of the most popular Christmas carols.

On December 16, 1965, this popular little tune was also the first song broadcast from space when astronauts Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford played a prank on Mission control. They reported: "We have an object, looks like a satellite going from north to south, probably in polar orbit... I see a command module and eight smaller modules in front. The pilot of the command module is wearing a red suit...." They then proceeded to play “Jingle Bells” on a smuggled harmonica backed by sleigh bells.

Do you know all the words in this song? Maybe not. A couple of the verses are usually skipped. Here are the complete lyrics:

JINGLE BELLS

Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh,
Over the fields we go, laughing all the way.
Bells on bob-tails ring, making spirits bright,
What fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight.

Chorus
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!
O what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh.
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!
O what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh.


A day or two ago, I thought I'd take a ride
And soon Miss Fanny Bright, was seated by my side;
The horse was lean and lank, misfortune seemed his lot;
He got into a drifted bank and we got upsot

(Chorus)

A day or two ago, the story I must tell
I went out on the snow, and on my back I fell;
A gent was riding by, in a one-horse open sleigh
He laughed as there I sprawling lie but quickly drove away

(Chorus)

Now the ground is white, go it while you're young
Take the girls tonight, and sing this sleighing song;
Just get a bob-tailed bay, two-forty as his speed
Hitch him to an open sleigh and crack! you'll take the lead

(Chorus)

Let's end this post with a little Frank Sinatra:



26 comments:

  1. This has always been one of my favourites, but now that I've seen all the words, I like it even more!

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  2. ps Love your seasonal header, Martha!

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  3. I love Frank Sinatra and play him quite often over the holidays season! What an interesting history behind this song.

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  4. I thought the lyrics were "Jingle Bells / Batman smells / Robin laid an egg . . . ." Thanks for cluing me in!

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  5. Have a great Christmas, Martha! I also love the header.

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  6. I agree with Adam. Sinatra was the man!!!!

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  7. I have fond memories of singing this loudly as a kid at concerts:)

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  8. Thanks Martha! This got us moving....and out the door we go!!!

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  9. This is something I don't tell everyone, but I have a Dean Martin Christmas CD. (Keep it very, very quiet. I have reputation to uphold.)

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    1. Hahaha...don't worry...your secret is safe with me :)

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  10. Well I didn't know about the other verses or that it was orignally written for Thanksgiving. Loved that version of frank Sinatra. He sure had a nice voice!

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  11. thanks for the interesting information!

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  12. The astronaut story was a classic!

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