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Christmas Time (Is Here Again)

Album This song officially appears on the Free As A Bird EP.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1995
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Christmas Time (Is Here Again)” (Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey) is a Christmas song recorded by the Beatles for their 1967 fan club Christmas record. After being slated for inclusion in the planned (but ultimately scrapped) Sessions compilation album in 1985, the song finally saw official re-release in 1995 on the “Free as a Bird” single (issued in conjunction with the Anthology series), for which it was edited from its original 6:17 to a shortened version of 3:03. The song opens with a light-hearted tune from all four of the Beatles and occasionally cuts to a tale of the Beatles arriving at the fictional BBC house. This part of the song was cut from the 1995 single version. The song then closes with a Christmas greeting from all four of the Beatles. At the end, “Auld Lang Syne” is played on the organ as Lennon reads one of his original nonsense free verse poems.

FromĀ The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

  • [a] stereo 1995.
    CD: Apple C2 8 58497 Free as a Bird 1995.

This compilation joins part of the title song to some greetings recorded for radio in 1966 (not for the 1966 Christmas record) to a short spoken performance by John Lennon. The first and last parts, making up almost all of the compilation, were made for the 1967 Christmas record, but the song appears here in very different form, in stereo for the first time, and running longer and including parts not used at all on the Christmas disk.

Last updated on November 30, 2016

Lyrics

Christmas time is here again
Christmas time is here again
Christmas time is here again
Christmas time is here again

Ain't been 'round since you know when
Christmas time is here again
O U T spells out

Christmas time is here again
Christmas time is here again
Christmas time is here again
Christmas time is here again

Ain't been 'round since you know when
Christmas time is here again
O U T spells out

Christmas time is here again
Christmas time is here again
Christmas time is here again
Christmas time is here again

Ain't been 'round since you know when
Christmas time is here again
O U T spells out

Christmas time is here again
Christmas time is here again
Christmas time is here again
Christmas time is here again

Officially appears on


Free As A Bird

EP • Released in 1995

3:03 • Studio versionA • From 1963 to 1969 the Beatles gave members of their official fan club a special gift at Christmas: a record unavailable elsewhere. The 1967 disc was titled Christmas Time (Is Here Again) and extracts from a song of that name were scattered among the sketches. Issued here for the first time is an uninterrupted recording of the number. Superimposed near the end are some spoken-word seasonal greetings, taped in 1966, followed by a John Lennon pastiche.

Paul McCartney:
Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Tap dancing, Vocals
John Lennon:
Bass drum, Vocals
George Harrison:
Acoustic guitar, Vocals
George Martin:
Producer, Vocals
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer, Remix engineer
Mal Evans:
Spoken word
Victor Spinetti:
Tap dancing, Vocals

Session Recording:
Nov 28, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Bootlegs


Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2011

1:12 • Alternate take


Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2011

0:38 • Alternate take


Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2011

6:45 • Alternate take


The Beatles Christmas Album

Unofficial album • Released in 2011

6:12 • Studio version

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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