I’ll Be Home For Christmas

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PROFILE
Composer Walter Kent
Lyricist Kim Gannon, Buck Ram
Year Written 1943
About I’ll Be Home For Christmas
This song, released at the height of World War II, tells the story of a soldier stationed overseas, who yearns to be home with family for Christmas, if only in my dreams. Bing Crosby recorded this song in 1943 and it was a best seller. The War Department issued a V-Disc with Crosby’s versions of this song and “White Christmas” that was sent to soldiers stationed all over the world. One wonders if the young soldier Anthony Benedetto, who was stationed in Germany, might have listened to this v-disc at some point.

Lyrics

I’ll be home for Christmas
You can count on me
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents on the tree

Christmas Eve will find me
Where the love light gleams
I’ll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams

Session / Album Information

1994

“I’ll Be Home For Christmas” was recorded live on The Jon Stewart Show in December 1994. “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” was added to the re-release of Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album.

This recording released on:

  • 1994: Columbia CD: CK 66459 — Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album
  • 1995: Sony Music Special Products CD: A2-26346 — The Spirit of Christmas
  • 2011: Disc #37 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK36) Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album

2000

“I’ll Be Home For Christmas” was recorded on December 21, 2000 with Placido Domingo and released the following year on Our Favorite Things. It was arranged by Jorge Calandrelli.

This recording released on:

  • 2011: Disc #66 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK64) Our Favorite Things

2004

“I’ll Be Home For Christmas” was recorded in 2004 and released in 2008 for A Swingin’ Christmas. It was arranged by Bill Holman.

This recording released on:

  • 2008: RPM Records/Columbia CD: 732250 — A Swingin’ Christmas
  • 2011: Disc #73 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK71) A Swingin’ Christmas

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