Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Christmas Carol too Scandalous for the Choir to Sing

Cover your mouth with your hand and clutch your pearls because this Christmas carol was deemed too dirty for the choir to sing in church. Suggestive, racy and just too scandalous for the kids to sing, the song, One Horse Open Sleigh was banished to the heathens in the street.

Of course, the heathens picked it right up and sang it with gusto!

Truthfully, this song had absolutely nothing to do with Christmas to start with as it was penned in 1957 as a Thanksgiving Day song. Along the way, it got lumped into the songs that were sung during the Christmas season in the 1860s and 1870s.

This dashing and daring song was a fun parlor song that first sung in public in Washington Street in Boston in 1857. It was first recorded in 1889 on an Edison cylinder.

This poor song is rife with controversy and rumors. There are no less than TWO places who declare themselves to be the place with James Lord Pierpont penned it. Medford, Massachusetts claims the song as theirs saying that Pierpont wrote the song at the Simpson Tavern and was inspired by the town’s sleigh races.

“Au contraire”, says Savannah, Georgia. Mr. Pierpont was in Savannah at the time of the copyright of that song, so it was NOT penned in the Simpson Tavern, but in the Unitarian Church.  So they say in Savannah.

The  tussle over this song comes from conflicting copyright dates. One is for One Horse Open Sleigh and one is for Jingle Bells, but it is the same song with two titles at filed at two different times. Both towns have rather bold historic markers that declare their ownership to the song.

None the less, the real  story is what made this song a blush on the good girl’s cheeks. Rosy cheeks and all.

Jingle Bells became a tavern song that was great for drinking and carousing. After all, the extended lyrics have people rolling around in the back of that sleigh playing patty-cake and slap and tickle. A Victorian Tunnel of Love, if you will.

Here are the lyrics we are most familiar with:

Jingle Bells

Dashing through the snow
In a one-horse open sleigh
O'er the fields we go
Laughing all the way

Bells on bob tail ring
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to ride and sing
A sleighing song tonight!

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.

Ah, but here are the forgotten verses:

Ooops! We lost control over the sleigh – hey!

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
He got into a drifted bank
And then we got upsot.

This can be best described as – someone is laughing at me.

A day or two ago,
The story I must tell
I went out on the snow,
And on my back I fell;
A gent was riding by
In a one-horse open sleigh,
He laughed as there I sprawling lie,
But quickly drove away.

Since everyone learns from other’s mistakes, his advice to other guys is to get a faster horse and ride like the ghost of Christmas past is chasing you.

Now the ground is white
Go it while you're young,
Take the girls tonight
and sing this sleighing song;
Just get a bobtailed bay
Two forty as his speed
Hitch him to an open sleigh
And crack! you'll take the lead.

Since I am having so much fun with this song, I have to share this wonderful recording. It came in 1965 from far, far away.

Here is the transcript from those zany clowns on the Gemini VI. They also smuggled a harmonica on board…

Gemini VII, this is Gemini VI. We have an object, looks like a satellite going from north to south, up in a polar orbit. He's in a very low trajectory traveling from north to south and has a very high climbing ratio. It looks like it might even be a ... Very low. Looks like he might be going to reenter soon. Stand by one ... You might just let me try to pick up that thing.

Jingle Bells has been parodied and goofed on for years. The worse is the barking dogs! The Three Stooges even got in on the act at one point, but I tried to find a suitable and fun version to share.

Now that we got the drinking song out of the way, let’s go shopping!


Kevs Krafts 

Orange Flower Table Top Doily

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Coral and Orange Art Glass Plate with Stringer Accents

Resetar Glass Art 

Wire Wrapped Red Agate Bracelet

Crafting Memories 

Carnelian Earrings

Treasures of Jewels 

Autumn Maple Leaves Dog Bandana

Sew Amazin 

Crocheted Baby Teddy Bear Crib Garland

Magdalene Knits 

Yellow and Orange Flower Pendant Beaded Necklace for Women

Blue Morning Expressions 

Clip-On Boho Earrings

Pretty Gonzo 

So Thankful For You Pumpkin Tags

Adore by Nat 

Glossy Tangerine Sparkle Lampwork Beads

Covergirl Beads 

The Coyote Mine Canvas Print

Colleen Cornelius 

Gemstone Drop Earrings


Czech Rose Gold Picasso Copper Floral Crystal Topaz Dangle Earrings

Kats All That 

Women's Wire Wrapped Brown Tigers Eye Necklace

Lady Green Eyes Jewelry 

Long Dangling Guitar Earrings Acoustic Ukulele With Crystals

The Singing Beader 

Red Orange Agate Gemstone Square Stretch Wide Bracelet 7 inch

Diane’s Dangles 

Orange and White Mitra Shell Earrings

Shadow Dog Designs 

Yellow Hummingbird Painting Watercolor Batik on Japanese Rice Paper


Clip on Earrings for Women

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Don’t see what you are looking for? Maybe you will find it in some of the following showcases or ask one of our talented artists to design something special for you.
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  1. The Gemini sound file can be found half way down this page on the left:

    It is a fun little recording that I managed to mess up when I embedded it, so you will have to listen to it on it's home page.

    Have fun!

  2. Haha, Julie you have to be the best story teller ever! "Ooops! We lost control over the sleigh – hey!" Lol I love your sense of humour. :D I also love these gorgeous creations and I'm happy to share them. Thanks Julie and Blu! ♡

  3. So funny to see the lost racy versions of Jingle Bells.

    Love the colors in this collection. Thanks for including my gemstone fall earrings.

    Pinned and tweeted

  4. Great selections, Julie and Blu. Love this post, just scandalous, LOL! Those astronauts from the Gemini, just to cute. Thank you for including my bracelet. Shared.

  5. I had no idea Jingle Bells was so controversial! :-D
    Thanks so much for including my Autumn OTC dog bandanas. Pinned everyone and scheduled tweets.

  6. Thank you for including my bracelet, Shared.

  7. Wow! Had to clutch my pearls tightly as I was reading the lyrics! Not sure I can recover from all the scandalous lines in it - LOL! What a fun post. And what beautiful items shared. Thanks you, as always, for the extra promotion each Wednesday. Will share the post all around and share each item. Treats to the Handsome Blu Boy from He Who is Standing Guard on the Upstairs Porch.

  8. Julie, I have to agree that I look forward to reading your blog posts. They are always so much fun to read and also very informative! Lovely items included. Really do appreciate all of your hard work for the lot of us. Sharing.

  9. Thank you, Julie, for including my hummingbird painting!
    pinned and tweeted al items

  10. That was fun to read! I've had a busy day, first fighting with a printer that would not print. lol I'll get around to sharing these great items soon. Thanks so much for showing my guitar earrings.

  11. YES YES YES>>>>jingling all the way! Used to love watching Ozzie and Harriet...oh my...did I age myself!! Thank you Julie for including my Rose Gold Copper Picasso earrings. Will be sharing!

  12. Love the info about Jingle Bells - lol! Of course, being a word geek, I had to look up the meaning of "upsot." Result? "Alternative form of upset. (poetic) To tip or overturn (something)."

    Thanks so much for the fun, Julie and beautiful Blu! And for including my clip on earrings. Will be sharing! :)

  13. Too funny the story of Jingle Bells. Love the color selection. Thanks for including my earrings. Now sharing.

  14. Always a pleasure reading your posts, Julie! Thank you for including my pumpkin tags. Off to share.

  15. Enjoyed your post! Thanks for including my lampwork beads.

  16. Just scandalous! :)

    Thank you for the enjoyable post and for including my fused glass plate. Have pinned all on my Pinterest board.