A classic holiday favorite song, this is “I’ll Be Home For Christmas (If Only In My Dreams).” Published by Charles Warren, Hollywood, California, it measures 9 x 12 inches with three pages and has a photo of The Bing Crosby on the cover. It’s in good used condition with some wear along the edges and a previous owner’s name written across Crosby’s face.
“I’ll Be Home For Christmas” a holiday favorite from 1943 with words and music by Kim Gannon, Walter Kent and Buck Ram. A photo inset of Bing Crosby dominates the cover. When Bing Crosby recorded the song for Decca in 1943 with the John Trotter Orchestra, the label was hesitant to release it due to concerns over the ultimate couplet, in which the singer confesses: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas / if only in my dreams.” This sobering lyric was a stark reminder during World War II to the millions of separated families that they might not be reunited for Christmas, or indeed, ever again. Nonetheless, the song proved to be a huge success, especially among the troops. It became the most widely requested song at U.S.O. Christmas shows, and in a poll conducted at the conclusion of the war in 1945, troops selected Bing Crosby as the person who did the most to boost morale.
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