I recently spotted this image on Facebook:

A wood block with incorrect music for "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"

It's obviously not actually "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" or anything like it. But it's a fairly reasonable melody with basically appropriate chords underneath, so I'm guessing that the people who printed the wood block copied it from somewhere and then put the wrong words underneath. Does anyone recognize it?

  • Unfortunately I did not recognize the melody, nor had a book of Christmas songs a match (12 days of christmas had a certain resemblance*). I guess, the first text line ends with the half note above "little". – guidot Nov 27 '20 at 21:03
  • Is it possible that it's an actual established variant melody of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" after all? I have some doubts because I think neither the song's melody nor its lyrics are in the public domain, but "O Little Town of Bethlehem" has at least two melodies assigned to it, so.... – Dekkadeci Dec 4 '20 at 12:57
  • @Dekkadeci: It's possible, but it seems somewhat unlikely to me because the words and tune match up so poorly. ("Christmas" is not a one-syllable word, and the scansion is all wrong...) – Micah Dec 4 '20 at 17:06

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