WHITE CONGRESS – Parody of White Christmas





 
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LYRICS to WHITE CONGRESS

They were dreaming of a White Congress
,
since that’s the way it’s always been.
But there’s a way around it.
We finally found it
.
It’s no longer their playpen.



They were dreaming of a White Congress
,
just like the one’s they’ve always known
.
But those days are over, in spite

of how much they cheated left and right.

They were dreaming of a White Congress,

tTil the Progressives took the show.
Now there’s Blacks and Asians,
not just Caucasians,
Hispanics, Natives and . . . God only knows.



They were dreaming of a White Congress
,
which will not happen any more
.
Even though it took quite a fight
We stopped it cold to our delight.

HISTORY of SOURCE MATERIAL

“White Christmas”
Songwriter(s) Irving Berlin
Bing Crosby release 1942

“White Christmas” is a 1942 Irving Berlin song reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting. The version sung by Bing Crosby is the world’s best-selling single with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide. Other versions of the song, along with Crosby’s, have sold over 50 million copies.

Origin
Accounts vary as to when and where Berlin wrote the song. One story is that he wrote it in 1940, in warm La Quinta, California, while staying at the La Quinta Hotel, a frequent Hollywood retreat. He often stayed up all night writing—he told his secretary, “Grab your pen and take down this song. I just wrote the best song I’ve ever written—heck, I just wrote the best song that anybody’s ever written!”

The song initially performed poorly and was overshadowed by Holiday Inn’s first hit song: “Be Careful, It’s My Heart”. By the end of October 1942, “White Christmas” topped the Your Hit Parade chart. It remained in that position until well into the new year. It has often been noted that the mix of melancholy—”just like the ones I used to know”—with comforting images of home—”where the treetops glisten”—resonated especially strongly with listeners during World War II. A few weeks after the attacks on Pearl Harbor, Crosby introduced “White Christmas” on a Christmas Day broadcast. The Armed Forces Network was flooded with requests for the song. The recording is noted for Crosby’s whistling during the second chorus.

According to Crosby’s nephew, Howard Crosby, “I once asked Uncle Bing about the most difficult thing he ever had to do during his entertainment career… He said in December, 1944, he was in a USO show with Bob Hope and the Andrews Sisters. They did an outdoor show in northern France… he had to stand there and sing ‘White Christmas’ with 100,000 G.I.s in tears without breaking down himself. Of course, a lot of those boys were killed in the Battle of the Bulge a few days later.”

The version most often heard today on the radio during the Christmas season is the 1947 re-recording. The 1942 master was damaged due to frequent use. Crosby re-recorded the track on March 19, 1947, accompanied again by the Trotter Orchestra and the Darby Singers, with every effort made to reproduce the original recording session.The re-recording is recognizable by the addition of flutes and celesta in the beginning.

Although Crosby dismissed his role in the song’s success, saying later that “a jackdaw with a cleft palate could have sung it successfully,” he was associated with it for the rest of his career.


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8 Responses

  1. Penny Schinktgen

    Outstanding performances, Don. I only wish I was able to support you financially as you entertain me with all the parodies.

  2. Deborah Gostin

    Or, you can click towards the upper right of the screen where it offers you a share option with the URL right there…

  3. Deborah Gostin

    Jan Chafee, click on “YouTube” at the bottom right of the video screen and it will take you to the page where you can copy the URL and post it on Facebook.

  4. Francie G.

    On point! And thanks for the thoughtful commentaries on the history of the music, too. Always interesting. I especially liked the background you supplied on “Just a bunch of monkeys on a big blue spinning ball.”

  5. Queen Hodge

    I love this one. I don’t know which parody I like the most. Keep them coming.

  6. Katherine Lake

    Another outstanding parody of a seasonal song! Your lyrics always hit the spot Don. 😆. I have not said this before.

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