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Christmas Nukebox: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Tori Amos

Thursday 05 December 2013
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As with a surprising number of Christmas classics, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas is actually quite a sad song – which is why it makes complete sense that it takes someone like Tori Amos to bring out the melancholia found within.

Written for 1944’s Meet Me In St. Louis, Judy Garland was to sing the song to cheer up a child and reassure her that the future might – only might – be better. It was deemed too depressing and jollied up slightly, but the overall message of the song is still that of looking towards a future brighter than present circumstances and taking solace in togetherness.

Leave it to a vocalist as versatile as Tori Amos to bring out the innate sadness of the song without resorting to maudlin gimmickry.

Fun fact: this is one of the few Tori Amos songs where she doesn’t mention her vajay-jay. Unless I’ve missed something…