Comments on: Most melancholy Christmas song ever http://www.historiann.com/2010/12/16/most-melancholy-christmas-song-ever/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Sun, 21 Sep 2014 12:24:08 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: “White Christmas” and A Christmas Story : Historiann : History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present http://www.historiann.com/2010/12/16/most-melancholy-christmas-song-ever/comment-page-1/#comment-921701 Sun, 11 Dec 2011 18:18:53 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=13592#comment-921701 [...] troops wonder when (or if) they’ll ever again take part in family holiday celebrations. Much like Judy Garland’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” from Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), it’s really a three-hanky operation (and right at the start [...]

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By: Indyanna http://www.historiann.com/2010/12/16/most-melancholy-christmas-song-ever/comment-page-1/#comment-755371 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 18:58:36 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=13592#comment-755371 When I was back there in colledge it was an urban legend, maybe a stoner’s urban legend (and before the term “urban legend” entered our lexicons) that Walt Disney was autopsied after his death and that his lungs were found to be something like “caked with cocaine residues.” Not sure whether we really believed it even then, but it did provoke a few mirthful coughing fits.

I was thinking this morning that I should nominate “Merry Little Christmas” as a nice balanced medium point between the treacly and the teary.

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By: FrauTech http://www.historiann.com/2010/12/16/most-melancholy-christmas-song-ever/comment-page-1/#comment-755341 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 17:50:47 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=13592#comment-755341 Agreed, I tear up every time I watch that scene. I was familiar with the song before I saw the movie, but never realized the lyrics or the sadness until I saw Judy Garland singing it (maybe I was listening to ones with the lyrics re-written). I guess it inspires the “soldier on” and “suck it up” attitude I think we, as a culture, are good at even through historically troubled times. I never connected it to the war, now I’m guaranteed to cry even more next time I see this.

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By: truffula http://www.historiann.com/2010/12/16/most-melancholy-christmas-song-ever/comment-page-1/#comment-755330 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 17:22:43 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=13592#comment-755330 heavy stuff

The thread that runs through all these conversations is compassion. We can love these people even while we see what is hurtful and unhealthy in their actions, and indeed, for both their sake and our own, we should love them. It isn’t always easy but it is always right.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2010/12/16/most-melancholy-christmas-song-ever/comment-page-1/#comment-755323 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 17:03:28 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=13592#comment-755323 Wow, truffula. That’s a lot of heavy stuff for a couple of little kids. (Or even for you, a grownup, quite frankly.)

I feel like my life is a Walt Disney or Frank Capra movie by comparison, only without the struggles/adversity/filibusters/suicidal despair up front.

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By: truffula http://www.historiann.com/2010/12/16/most-melancholy-christmas-song-ever/comment-page-1/#comment-755321 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 16:49:07 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=13592#comment-755321 not at all for the kiddies Well, it’s gritty.

In the last year I’ve talked with my kiddies about the death by drug overdose of a friend’s father and about why we don’t see anymore an adult whom they adore (who also turns out to be a sexual predator). In the context of our lives, Fairytale of New York seems okay.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2010/12/16/most-melancholy-christmas-song-ever/comment-page-1/#comment-755236 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 14:37:10 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=13592#comment-755236 IIRC, Fairytale of New York is pretty foul-mouthed and not at all for the kiddies. (Like most Pogues songs?)

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By: truffula http://www.historiann.com/2010/12/16/most-melancholy-christmas-song-ever/comment-page-1/#comment-755046 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 06:43:47 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=13592#comment-755046 I’m with Dr. J on Fairytale of New York. Melancholy and angry all mashed up, sometimes is what you need.

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By: Susan http://www.historiann.com/2010/12/16/most-melancholy-christmas-song-ever/comment-page-1/#comment-755004 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 05:51:12 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=13592#comment-755004 I agree — I cry with this one too. I love the song (and movie). My grandmother had me watch it on TV when I was about 6, and I was completely freaked out by the Halloween scene, and the Christmas scene is just so sad.

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By: Dr J http://www.historiann.com/2010/12/16/most-melancholy-christmas-song-ever/comment-page-1/#comment-754850 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 01:30:51 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=13592#comment-754850 I’m going to have to nominate “Fairytale of New York” as the most melancholy Christmas song.
If not the most melancholy, then surely the most awesome:

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