Monday, December 15, 2008

DDYK 12/15 - Jingle Bell Rock Solid

The infamous Christmas song "Jingle Bells" is officially 151 years old, and 100% American, baby! It was written and copyrighted by James Lord Pierpont, a choral director from Georgia in the pre-Civil War era. Here are few little Did-You-Knows about this fantabulous Christmas favorite:
  • It was originally written for the Thanksgiving.
  • In 1965 it became the first song ever broadcast from space.
  • When it talks about "bells on bob tail ring," it's not naming the horse "Bob;" the horse's tail is, in fact, bobbed, meaning it's been cut shorter to keep the tail from getting caught in the reins.
  • We all know the first verse by heart, and we've maybe heard verse two once a twice, but have you ever seen verse 4? Didn't think so...
  • Now the ground is white
    Go it while you're young,
    Take the girls tonight
    and sing this sleighing song;
    Just get a bob tailed bay
    Two-forty as his speed
    [and] Hitch him to an open sleigh
    And crack! you'll take the lead.
Now get back to work and jingle all the way, ya'll!

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