White Christmas is an Irving Berlin song reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting. Accounts vary as to when and where Irving Berlin wrote the song. One story is that he wrote it in 1940, in La Quinta, California, while staying at the La Quinta Hotel although the Arizona Biltmore also claims the song was written there. In any regard, It remains to this day the best selling song of all time with sales in excess of 50 million copies since the release of the Bing Crosby version in 1942. First released on July 30 as part of an album of six 78-rpm songs from the film Holiday Inn. The Guinness Book of World Records 2009 Edition lists the song as a 100-million seller, encompassing all versions of the song, including albums.
Chords & Lyrics of White Christmas
C F C F G7 I'm dream-ing of a white Christmas F G7 C Just like the one's I used to know F G7 C C7 F Fm Where the tree tops glisten and children listen C F C D7 G7 To hear sleigh bells in the snow C F C F G7 I'm dream-ing of a white Christmas F G7 C With ever Christmas card I write F G7 C C7 F Fm May your days be merry and bright C F G7 C And may all your Christmases be white F C F G7 I'm dream-ing of a white Christmas F G7 C With ever Christmas card I write F G7 C C7 F Fm May your days be merry and bright C F G7 C And may all your Christmases be white
Song Structure of White Christmas
A A A
Just a simple three verse song. IT is interesting though, who Verses 2 and 3, which are exactly the same, almost function like chorus. If we were to consider them as such the structure would look like: A C C
If you are not familiar with song structure and song structure notation, please see the post: What is Song Structure?
As far a rhyme structures go, White Christmas is a simple one. But it is interesting to not that the fist verse is different than the 2nd and the 3rd. Leaving that to the side for right now, the rhyme structure is:
X A X A
The Rhymes are perfect rhymes:
- know / snow
- write / white
The interesting thing here are the third lines. In the first verse, the third line rhymes itself with glisten / listen in a way that creates a feeling of moving forward. It is hard to say why Irving Berlin rhymed this third line in the way but not the others. To me though, it seems that feeling of movement leads us to the sleigh bells in the snow.
The other third lines just fall into the main perfect rhyme so that verse 2 and verse 3 actually have a structure of: X A A A
If you are new to rhyme structure or the notation, please take a moment to review the post titled: Analyzing Rhyme in Song
Chord Progression of White Christmas
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