I’ll have a blue Christmas without you
Some of us lose someone to unrequited love, the subject of this song.
I’ll be so blue just thinking about you
Many of us lose a life partner to death. Most of us lose our parents, and friends.
Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree
Won’t be the same dear, if you’re not here with me
This lament could have been written for 2020. This Christmas we’ve all lost time with loved ones after losing a world we relied on and took for granted. At the very least.
When I went looking for a version of Blue Christmas to include here, I found more than I expected. That’s the internet for you.
I found the original version by Doye O’Dell in 1948.
I found a mellow version by Gentleman Jim Reeves in 1963.
I found the most-famous version by Elvis Aaron Presley. This 1968 recording comes complete with girls screaming.
And I found some magic: a duet by the King and Martina McBride in 2008.
Wait. What? Elvis died in 1977. How could he sing a duet in 2008? And with a singer who was only 11 when Elvis died?
Any sufficiently advanced technology
is indistinguishable from magic.
– Arthur C. Clarke
Well, OK, maybe it isn’t magic, but it is cool technology.
As we tell the kids these days, all feelings are OK. Are you feeling blue this Christmas, even just from time to time? Then own it. Belt it out with the King; sing along with me. Who knows? Maybe we’ll make our own kind of magic.
And when those blue snowflakes start falling
That’s when those blue memories start calling
You’ll be doing all right
With your Christmas of white
But I’ll have a blue, blue, blue, blue Christmas