I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Music: Buck Ram & Walter Kent
Lyrics: James “Kim” Gannon

When this song was first released in 1943, during World War II, it so resonated with US and other soldiers that it instantly became a classic, of course the fact that the original version was recorded by the King of Christmas, Sir Bing himself, didn’t hurt.

The song still resonates today, especially for those of us who are away from the people we love:

I’ll be home for Christmas
You can plan on me
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents on the tree

Christmas Eve will find me
Where the lovelight gleams
I’ll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams

It’s a simple song, some versions have an extra verse at the beginning, but otherwise that’s all there is to it. It says it all though. It’s a promise that the heart and soul will always return home, even if the body has to remain far away fighting a personal war.

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Here are a couple more recent songs I also love that carry the same message:

Ring a Merry Bell – June Christy A jazzy number from 1961 that still conveys the loss and loneliness of someone who is “far from home.”

Celebrate Me Home – Kenny Loggins This song, originally released in 1976, gets closer to becoming a classic every year. Stick with the sax solo, it starts out a little Kenny G esque, but trust me it gets better.

2010 Update:

Try this one for the June Christy:


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