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"Blue Christmas" is a Christmas song written in 1948 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 that same year. In 1957, Elvis Presley effectively made it a steadfast rock-and-roll holiday classic by recording it in his signature style. It has since been recorded by a host of rock and country artists alike, as well as those of other genres. It was also featured in the Rankin/Bass Christmas special The Year Without a Santa Claus, and was covered by Céline Dion as well as the indie band Bright Eyes and Billy Idol in his 2006 Christmas album Happy Holidays.

Elvis Presley's famous recording of the song appeared on his 1957 LP Elvis' Christmas Album, which was also released as a single.

Lyrics

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 hurtin'

You'll be doing all right
With your Christmas of white,
But I'll have a blue,
Blue Christmas

Appearances in Christmas specials

Album releases

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