Beatles – Christmas Time Is Here Again

It’s that time of year…and this is one holiday song that is on my list and not worn out. I first heard this in 1994 when I bought the Beatles Anthology album. I never knew of this song before. this song was never officially released until it appeared as the B-side to “Free As A Bird” in 1994. I’ve posted it every year since I’ve blogged and will continue to do so…it’s repetitive butI like it…it drives home the point.

My friend Dave posted this song a few days ago and he has more info than I do so check it out.

The song, credited to Lennon-McCartney-Harrison-Starkey. The original version was distributed to The Beatles fan club in 1967. It’s the only song ever written specifically for the Beatles Fan Club members. Along with the Beatles…actor Victor Spinetti  and roadie Mal Evans were on the recording.

Between December 1963 to December 1969, sent out 7 flexi discs that had  spoken and musical messages to their official fan clubs in the UK and the US at Christmas time.

The Beatles recorded this in 1967 and wasn’t released until 1994 paired with “Free As A Bird”. It is a fun Christmas song that will stick in your head. The Beatles did not release a Christmas song commercially… only to their fan club when they were active.

Many performers of this era like The Beach Boys and The Four Seasons released Christmas songs, but The Beatles never had an official Christmas release.

Christmas time is here again

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…[music continues and fades to background]

[spoken]

This is Paul McCartney here, I’d just like to wish you everything you wish yourself for Christmas.

This is John Lennon saying on behalf of the Beatles, have a very Happy Christmas and a good New Year.

George Harrison speaking. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas, listeners everywhere.

This is Ringo Starr and I’d just like to say Merry Christmas and a really Happy New Year to all listeners

[a John Lennon pastiche at this point, very hard to understand]

Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

19 thoughts on “Beatles – Christmas Time Is Here Again”

    1. I’ve never been able to figure it out at the end. If you only knew how many hours/days/weeks/years I’ve spent on these guys lol. Since Get Back was released I’m on my second book. The first a re-read the second a new one to me.

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  1. While I own the Anthology collection on CD, admittedly, I did not recall this tune. Not as great as John’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” but certainly fun – nice to hear all The Beatles speak individually – and John’s imitation of that thick accent in that poem at the end!

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      1. For sure. There’re some other modern Christmas tunes I like in different genres like rock & roll, funk, rap, punk and even hard rock, but Lennon’s song is my favorite.

        A few years ago, I put together a playlist of these tunes. I might revisit and repost.

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      2. You should…you know one that I like and it’s not played much? Billy Squire’s Christmas Is A Time To Say I Love You…
        I’m posting it in a few days….that one is rocking and it’s not worn out.

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  2. Thanks for the link again! Like I mentioned at my site, I don’t think it’s a great song but it was a really cool thing to do for fans & would have been great for a fan to get back then.

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    1. It’s not a work of art but yea…it’s cool that their fan club got this back in the day. I was surprised when I heard this on Anthology.
      It very well could have come from around that session.

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