Liz Smith has an interesting column in the New York Post today about Irving Berlin’s "White Christmas." It’s the "back story" of the popular song written orginally for the film "Holiday Inn" with Bing Crosby and the movie "White Christmas" with Bing and Rosemary Clooney (George’s aunt).
I’ve always liked the verse at the beginning of the song. "The sun is shining, the grass is green, The orange and palm trees sway. There’s never been such a day, in Beverly Hills, L.A. But it’s December the 24th, and I’m longing to be up north." Some say the rest of the lyrics are much sadder and darker than most of us realize.
Ms. Smith’s column also includes some of the very funny lyrics to Tom Lehrer’s "Hanukkah in Santa Monica." "I’m spending Hanukkah in Santa Monica/Wearing sandals, lighting candles by the sea."