Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Wonderful Christmas Time


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"Wonderful Christmastime" is often thought of as a Wings song, but in fact, it is a solo release by Paul McCartney. Paul's seasonal from 1979 which he did entirely on his own, is truly a great song, though there are some who don't think so. Well, everyone's entitled to their opinions, but it's become a perennial seasonal song that gets played every Christmas, so it has that going for it. Somewhat ironically considering its later success, "Wonderful Christmastime" only peaked at No. 6 in the United Kingdom and didn't chart at all in the United States on the main Billboard Hot 100 - an embarrassing display by the Americans, who since have embraced the song.

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All of the former Beatles reached for the "seasonal Christmas" song, but only Paul and John Lennon had any success (Lennon's "Happy Christmas," in fact, competes fiercely with Paul's "Wonderful Christmastime for airtime every holiday season). Paul did not play "Wonderful Christmastime" at all for many years, relying on the 1979 recording and accompanying music video (featuring Wings) to sell the song. However, he added it to some setlists in 2009, and it has continued to make occasional (and obviously seasonal) appearances since.

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Paul McCartney performing "Wonderful Christmastime" with Jimmy Fallon and his crew in 2017.

"Wonderful Christmastime" also has become one of the most covered Wings-era Paul songs, with stars as diverse as Diana Ross, Demi Lovato, Jimmy Buffett, Jimmy Fallon, and Martin Sheen taking swings at it.


The moon is right
The spirits up
We're here tonight
And that's enough

Simply having a wonderful christmastime
Simply having a wonderful christmastime

The party's on
The feelin's here
That only comes
This time of year

Simply having a wonderful christmastime
Simply having a wonderful christmastime

The choir of children sing their song
Ding dong, ding dong
Ding dong, ding Ohhhh
Ohhhhhhh

Simply having a wonderful christmastime
Simply having a wonderful christmastime

The word is out
About the town
To lift a glass
Ahhh don't look down

Simply having a wonderful christmastime
Simply having a wonderful christmastime

The choir of children sing their song
They practiced all year long
Ding dong, ding dong
Ding dong, ding dong
Ding dong, ding dong

The party's on
The spirits up
We're here tonight
And that's enough

Simply having a wonderful christmastime
Simply having a wonderful christmastime

The moon is right
The spirits up
We're here tonight
And that's enough

Simply having a wonderful christmastime
Simply having a wonderful christmastime
Simply having a wonderful christmastime
Simply having a wonderful christmastime

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
Christmastime


Merry Christmas!

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