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Silver Bells is a classic Christmas song, composed by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans. Silver Bells was sung by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in a picture called The Lemon Drop Kid in 1951. The song was first recorded by Bing Crosby. The lyrics are unusual for a Christmas song in that they describe the holiday in the city, and not a rural setting. The 1995 re-release album cover of White Christmas A Christmas song is a song which is normally sung during the Christmas period, and usually has lyrical content addressing the holiday, the winter season, or both. ... Compose is a key found on computer keyboards that allows entry of characters with diacritical marks. ... Jay Livingston (March 28, 1915 - October 17, 2001) was a partner in the composing and songwriter duo with Ray Evans, best known for the songs they composed for films. ... Raymond Bernard Ray Evans (born February 14, 1915 in Salamanca, New York) was a partner in the composing and songwriter duo with Jay Livingston, best known for the songs they composed for films. ... Bob Hope KBE (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), born Leslie Townes Hope, was a British-born American entertainer who appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, on radio and television, in movies, and in performing tours for U.S. Military personnel. ... Kirk Douglas with Maxwell in Champion (1949) Marilyn Maxwell (August 3, 1921 - March 20, 1972), born Marvel Marilyn Maxwell, was a platinum blonde, curvatious movie actress and entertainer who, in addition to appearing in many films, also entertained the troops during World War II and the Korean war on USO... The Lemon Drop Kid is a 1951 comedy film based on the short story by writer Damon Runyon. ... Harry Lillis Bing Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor whose career lasted from 1926 until his death in 1977. ...



Silver Bells started out as the questionable "Tinkle Bells." Said Evans, "We never thought that 'tinkle' had a double meaning until Jay went home and his (first) wife said, 'Are you out of your mind? Do you know what the word tinkle is?'" The word is child's slang for "to urinate."

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Silver bells, silver bells it's Christmas time in the city ring-a-ling, hear them ring soon it will be Christmas day!

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks dressed in holiday style in the air there's a feeling of Christmas!

Children laughing, people passing meeting smile after smile and on every street corner you'll hear . . .

Silver bells ( silver bells! ) silver bells ( silver bells! ) it's Christmas time in the city ring-a-ling ( ring-a-ling! ) hear them ring ( hear them ring!! ) soon it will be Christmas day!

Strings of street lights, even stop lights blink of bright red an' green as the shoppers rush home with their treasures!

Hear the snow crunch, see the kids bunch this is Santa's big scene and above all this bustle you'll hear . . .

Silver bells ( silver bells! ) silver bells ( silver bells! ) it's Christmas time in the city ring-a-ling ( ring-a-ling! ) hear them ring ( hear them ring!! ) soon it will be Christmas day!

Silver bells ( silver bells! ) silver bells ( silver bells! ) it's Christmas time in the city ring-a-ling ( ring-a-ling! ) hear them ring ( hear them ring!! ) soon . . . to fade

External Links

  • What's in a song? 'Silver Bells' -- NPR interviews the author Ray Evans, with audio.



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