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December 19, 2012

Blues Magoos - Jingle Bells (1967)

Prior to its current spelling, this band was initially using the band name “Bloos Magoos” in the Greenwich Village area of New York. After being discovered by Art Polhemus in mid-1966, the band released their first album Psychedelic Lollipop. It was one of the first albums to ever have the word “psychedelic” in its title, among albums from the 13th Floor Elevators (The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators) and The Deep (The Psychedelic Moods of The Deep). The album featured their most famous song “(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet.” The group would go on to release two more albums, Electric Comic Book and Basic Blues Magoos, before splitting up in 1968.

Written in 1850 by James Lord Pierpont (later the uncle of J.P. Morgan), this song was originally intended to be a song for Thanksgiving. Now known worldwide as the epitome of Christmas music, it was originally titled “One Horse Open Sleigh” when first copyrighted on September 16th, 1857. Its title was revised in 1859 to the current one. This particular version of the song was released as a single in 1967, also featuring the band’s psychedelic cover of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

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Blues Magoos - Jingle Bells (1967)

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Lyrics:

Dashing through the snow
In a one horse open sleigh
Over the fields we go
Laughing all the way
Bells on bobtails rings
Making spirits bright
Oh, 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-

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
We got into a drifted bank
And then we got upsot

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-

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

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