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"I'll Be Home for Christmas" is a Christmas song recorded in 1943 by Bing Crosby who scored a top ten hit with the song. Originally written to honor soldiers overseas who have longed to be home for Christmastime, "I'll Be Home for Christmas" has since gone on to become a Christmas standard.[1]


  • 1 Theme
  • 2 Writing and copyright
  • 3 Bing Crosby recording
  • 4 Notable history
  • 5 Other recordings
    • 5.1 Notes
  • 6 References
  • 7 Sources
  • 8 External links


The song is sung from the point of view of an overseas soldier during WWII, writing a letter to his family. In the message, he tells the family that he will be coming home, and to prepare the holiday for him including requests for "snow", mistletoe, and "presents on the tree". The song ends on a melancholy note, with the soldier saying "I'll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams."[2] Kim Gannon claimed on at least one occasion that he was not thinking of the soldiers when he wrote the lyrics but of all people who are unable to be home for Christmas. When he pitched the song to people in the music business, they turned it down because the last line quoted above was too sad for all those separated from their loved ones in the military. When playing golf with Bing Crosby, however, Gannon sang the song for Crosby, who decided to record it. It ended up as the flip side of "White Christmas," ensuring that it would be a hit. [3]

Writing and copyright

The song was written by the lyricist Kim Gannon and composer Walter Kent. Buck Ram, who previously wrote a poem and song with the same title, was credited as a co-writer of the song following a lawsuit brought by Ram's publisher, Mills Music.[4] The original 1943 release of the song by Bing Crosby on Decca Records listed only Walter Kent and Kim Gannon as the songwriters on the record label. Later pressings added the name of Buck Ram to the songwriting credit.

Bing Crosby recording

On October 4, 1943, Crosby recorded the song under the title "I'll Be Home For Christmas (If Only In My Dreams)" with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra for Decca Records, which was released as a 78 single, Decca 18570A, Matrix #L3203, reissued in 1946 as Decca 23779. Within a month of release, the song charted for eleven weeks, with a peak at number three. The next year, the song reached number nineteen on the charts.

The U.S. War Department also released Bing Crosby's performance of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" from the December 7, 1944, Kraft Music Hall broadcast with the Henderson Choir, J.S.T., on V-Disc, as U.S. Army V-Disc No. 441-B and U.S. Navy V-Disc No. 221B, Matrix #VP1253-D5TC206.[5][6] The song from the broadcast has appeared through many Bing Crosby compilations.

The song touched the hearts of Americans, both soldiers and civilians, who were in the midst of World War II, and it earned Crosby his fifth gold record. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" became the most requested song at Christmas U.S.O. shows. Yank, the GI magazine, said Crosby "accomplished more for military morale than anyone else of that era".[citation needed]

Despite the song's popularity with Americans at the front and at home, in the UK the BBC banned the song from broadcast, as the Corporation's management felt that the lyrics might lower morale among British troops.[7]

Notable history

In December 1965, astronauts Frank Borman and Jim Lovell while on Gemini 7 requested "I'll Be Home for Christmas" be played for them by the NASA ground crew.[citation needed]

Other recordings

"I'll Be Home for Christmas" was recorded by Perry Como (1946), Frank Sinatra (1957), Sara Evans (Hear Something Country - Christmas 2007, 2007),[8] Kelly Clarkson (iTunes Session & Wrapped in Red)[9] and many other artists.[10] These artists include:

  • 98 Degrees
  • Aimee Mann (One More Drifter in the Snow, 2006)
  • Al Green
  • Aly & AJ (Acoustic Hearts of Winter, 2006)
  • Amy Grant
  • Andy Williams
  • Anna Gilbert
  • Anne Murray
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force (Have Yourself A Meaty Little Christmas, 2009)
  • Art Paul Schlosser Parody: (I'll Be a Gnome for Christmas (Words of Cheese and Other Parrot Trees, 2003)
  • B.B. King
  • Barbra Streisand
  • BarlowGirl (Home for Christmas, 2008)
  • The Beach Boys (The Beach Boys' Christmas Album, 1964)
  • Bette Midler (Cool Yule)
  • Blake Shelton (Cheers, It's Christmas)
  • Bob Dylan (Christmas in the Heart, 2009)
  • Brad Johner
  • Brad Paisley
  • Brian Littrell
  • Brian McKnight
  • The Brothers Four Note: 1966 Billboard chart single
  • Carl Brutananadilewski
  • The Carpenters
  • Carrie Underwood with Elvis Presley (Christmas Duets , 2008)
  • Cascada (It's Christmas Time)
  • Celtic Woman vocalist Lisa Lambe
  • Chicago (Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Three, 2011)
  • Connie Francis
  • Crystal Lewis Holiday!: "A Collection of Christmas Classics", 2002
  • Crystal Shawanda
  • Damien Leith (Where We Land (Limited Special Christmas Edition))
  • Dannii Minogue
  • Darius Rucker (Home for the Holidays, 2014)
  • David Archuleta (Christmas from the Heart, 2009)
  • Dean Martin ("The Dean Martin Christmas Album", 1966)
  • Deana Martin on her 2011 album, White Christmas
  • Diana Krall
  • Diamond Rio
  • Diane Schuur
  • Dolly Parton
  • Donna Summer (Christmas Spirit Album, 1984)
  • Doris Day (The Doris Day Christmas Album, 14 September 1964)
  • Drew Seeley (Disney Channel Holiday, 2007)
  • Dwight Yoakam
  • Eddie Rabbitt
  • Elvis Presley (Elvis' Christmas Album, 1957)
  • Fats Domino
  • The Forester Sisters
  • Frank Sinatra (A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra, 1957)
  • Gary Hoey
  • Girl in a Coma (A Blackheart Christmas - *Blackheart Records, 2008) *Joan Jett's Record Label
  • Glen Campbell
  • Glenn Miller Orchestra
  • Gloria Estefan
  • Hampton String Quartet
  • Harry Connick, Jr. (Harry for the Holidays, 2003)
  • Jaci Velasquez
  • Jackie Evancho (Heavenly Christmas, 2011)
  • Jackie Gleason
  • Jackie Wilson (Merry Christmas From Jackie Wilson, 1963)
  • Jeffrey Osborne
  • Jennifer Warnes (The Tradition of Christmas, 1991)
  • Jessica Simpson (Happy Christmas , 2010)
  • Jillian Hall (A Jingle with Jillian, 2007)
  • Jimmy Buffett
  • Joe Williams
  • John Berry
  • John Gary (1964)
  • Johnny Cash
  • Johnny Mathis
  • Jonathan Butler (2013)
  • Jordin Sparks (This Christmas Soundtrack, 2007)
  • Josh Groban (Noël, 2007)[1]
  • Justin Guarini
  • Katharine McPhee (Single, 17 November 2009)
  • Kelly Clarkson (iTunes Session, 2011 and Wrapped in Red, 2013)[2]
  • Kenneth Copeland
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Kokia (Christmas Gift, 2008)
  • Kristin Chenoweth (A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas, 2008)
  • Lady Antebellum (On This Winter's Night, 2012)
  • Lana Cantrell (Vinyl LP VA "Christmastime in Carol and Song", 1968; "Christmas in California" 1968,)
  • Lea Michele (Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 3)
  • Leon Redbone
  • Linda Ronstadt (A Merry Little Christmas, 2000)
  • Lisa Leuschner
  • Lonestar
  • Martina McBride
  • Matchbook Romance (A Santa Cause: It's a Punk Rock Christmas)
  • Mauro Calderón
  • Michael Bublé
  • Mindy Smith
  • Neil Diamond
  • Nora Aunor Christmas Songs album 1972
  • The Nylons
  • The Oak Ridge Boys
  • The Osmonds
  • Overboard (Tidings, 2008)
  • Pam Tillis
  • Pat Boone
  • Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack
  • Percy Faith
  • Perry Como
  • Phil Driscoll
  • Plácido Domingo, including a duet with Tony Bennett (Concert: Our Favourite Things: Christmas in Vienna Vienna, 2000)
  • The Platters
  • Plus One (Medley in Christmas album)
  • Rascal Flatts (Greatest Hits Volume 1 (Bonus Track), 2008)
  • Reba McEntire
  • REO Speedwagon (Not So Silent Night...Christmas with REO Speedwagon, 2009)
  • Ricky Van Shelton (Ricky Van Shelton Sings Christmas, 1989)
  • Ronan Tynan
  • Ronnie Milsap
  • Royce Campbell
  • Sara Evans
  • Sarah Geronimo
  • Sarah McLachlan
  • Scott Weiland (The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, 2011)
  • Seth MacFarlane (Holiday for Swing, 2014)
  • She & Him
  • Slim Whitman
  • Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (Christmas with The Miracles, 1963)
  • Spyro Gyra
  • The Statler Brothers
  • Sufjan Stevens
  • Suzy Bogguss
  • Take 6 (The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, 2010)
  • The Three Tenors
  • Tierney Sutton with Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
  • Tift Merritt
  • Toby Keith
  • Tony Bennett (A Swingin' Christmas, 2008)
  • Twisted Sister with Lita Ford (A Twisted Christmas, 2006)
  • Vanessa L. Williams
  • Vince Gill
  • Whitney Houston
  • Wynonna Judd


1 Peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in December 2012[11] and peaked at number 93 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 2011.[12]
2 Spent three weeks atop the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart in January 2008[13] and peaked at number 93 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 2006.[12]


  1. ^  This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document " I'll be home for Christmas [Song Collection]".
  2. ^ Collins, Ace (2010-05-04). Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas. ISBN 9780310873877. Retrieved December 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ As told by Kim Gannon at a small dinner party at which the editor was present.
  4. ^ The Jews Who Wrote Christmas Songs -
  5. ^ Bing Crosby's V-Discs.
  6. ^ A Bing Crosby Discography. Part 1d - The "V" Discs.
  7. ^ Rodriguez McRobbie, Linda (18 April 2013). "11 Reasons the BBC Has Banned Hit Songs". Mental Floss. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Sara Evans, ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ – Song Review". Retrieved December 8, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Kelly Clarkson, ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas’ – Song Review". Retrieved December 8, 2011. 
  10. ^ I'll Be Home For Christmas: Second Hand Songs.
  11. ^ "'American Idol' on the Charts: The Top 20 Christmas Songs by Finalists". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved Ausgut 24, 2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  12. ^ a b "Weekly Chart Notes: 'Glee,' Zac Brown Band, Kelly Clarkson". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved Ausgut 24, 2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  13. ^ "Adult Contemporary: January 5, 2008". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 23, 2009. 


  •  This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document " I'll be home for Christmas [Song Collection]".
  • Ewen, David, ed. American popular songs from the Revolutionary War to the present. New York: Random House, 1966. Call number: ML128 .N3 E9.
  • Whitburn, Joel. Joel Whitburn's pop hits, 1940-1954: compiled from Billboard's pop singles charts 1940-1954. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research, 1994. Call number: ML156.4 .P6 W495 1994.

External links

  • Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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