Saturday, December 25, 2010

Figuring out 'Jing Bells'

 The song was actually published under the name "One Horse Open Sleigh" and was written by James Lord Peirmont in 1857. The fact that it such an old song explains why so little of makes sense. The song doesn't even mention Christmas, or the holidays. The only clue that it has anything to do with Christmas is the fact that it talks about snow and bells. The songs was renamed "Jingle Bells" a couple of years later.

Dashing through the snow
In a one horse open sleigh
O'er the fields we go
Laughing all the way
Bells on bob tails ring
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to laugh and sing
A sleighing song tonight
I get the dashing through the snow, and yes, I admit, it would pretty fun to ride in a one horse open slay going up and down hills (for a little while). But I am guessing it's freaking cold outside. There isn't going to be much laughing (from me at least) if my fingers are numb and my snot is turning into a icicle. It's fun to laugh and sing, but really, we needed a song to sleigh to? Really, who even rides on horse drawn snow sleighs anyway. This is the way it should be done!



Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Chorus is catchy. But it really goes against what seems to happen in the second verse.

A day or two ago
I thought I'd take a ride
And soon Miss Fanny Bright
Was seated by my side
The horse was lean and lank
Misfortune seemed his lot
We got into a drifted bank
And then we got upsot
This is where the song really gets crazy. Who in the world is Miss Fanny Bright? Sounds like the mean elementary teacher every one hated. Actually she was some comedian from the dark ages. Then, what moron gets a skinny horse to pull his sleigh? I could have told you that you would have gotten stuck.


As you see, the song really has almost nothing to do with Christmas, but don't let that ruin it for you!

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