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The Carpenters Merry Christmas Darling

The Carpenters Merry Christmas Darling

Christmas Songs

The song was written by Richard Carpenter and choir director, choral studies professor Frank Pooler. The Carpenters first recorded it in 1970 and released it as a 7″ single, backed with “Mr Guder.” In 1970, the song went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Christmas Singles Chart. It was #41 on U.S. Cashbox Top 100 Singles Chart and#45  in the U.K. On the track were Karen Carpenter (lead and backing vocals), Richard Carpenter (backing vocals, piano, celesta, Wurlitzer electric piano), Joe Osborn (bass), Hal Blaine (drums), and Bob Messenger (tenor sax).

The song was re-issued on the 1978 Carpenters’ album Christmas Portrait, on which Karen recorded a new vocal. Richard says that he always felt the original recording was one of Karen’s best. The song has been covered by numerous artists, including Natlie Cole, Amy Grant, Lea Michele, Kimberley Lock, Vanessa L. Williams, Phil Vassar, Boyz II Men, Briana Cash, Deana Carter, Kitchie Nadal and many more.

Here are the lyrics to “Merry Christmas, Darling” by The Carpenters:

Greeting cards have all been sent
The Christmas rush is through
But I still have one wish to make
A special one for you
Merry Christmas, darling
We’re apart, that’s true
But I can dream
And in my dreams
I’m Christmasing with you
Holidays are joyful
There’s always something new
But every day’s a holiday
When I’m near to you
The lights on my tree
I wish you could see
I wish it every day
Logs on the fire
Fill me with desire
To see you and to say
That I wish you Merry Christmas
Happy New Year too
I’ve just one wish
On this Christmas eve
I wish I were with you
Logs on the fire
Fill me with desire
To see you and to say
That I wish you Merry Christmas
Happy New Year too
I’ve just one wish
On this Christmas eve
I wish I were with you

I wish I were with you

Merry Christmas, darling

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