B.Hayes, J.Johnson, 1948
I’ll have a blue Christmas without you;
I’ll be so blue thinking about you.
Decorations of red
On a green Christmas tree
Won’t mean a thing if
You’re not here with me
I’ll have a blue Christmas, that’s certain;
And when that blue heartache starts hurting,
You’ll be doing all right
With your Christmas of white,
But I’ll have a blue, blue Christmas.
“Blue Christmas” is a Christmas song written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson. The heart-broken tale of unrequited love during the holidays had long been considered a Christmas staple of country music, having been recorded by Ernest Tubb in 1948. In 1957, Elvis Presley effectively made “Blue Christmas” a steadfast rock-and-roll holiday classic by placing his indelible mark on the song. It has since been recorded by a host of rock and country artists alike, as well as those of other genres.