by Jim Farfaglia
Maybe they were famous
in other grown-up ways:
Hollywood musicals, cowboy shows
or those sappy songs from olden days.
But for us ‘60s kids
who never knew the reason,
they were just joyful people, back again,
for another yuletide season.
Each of them brought us
their own special holiday song,
and we’d hear them in crowded stores
or on the radio all the day long.
One sang so holly jolly,
one of a nose so bright.
One got us rockin’ ‘round the tree,
another, dreaming of Christmases white.
And even though the rest of the year
we’d never hear them sing,
we knew that come December time
Gene and Burl, Brenda and Bing
would join together for a visit
to offer their lyrical cheer,
filling our hearts with hope
as Christmas Day drew near.