♫ All I Want For Christmas Is You ♫

I almost skipped the music post tonight … not, mind you, because I had no song in my heart, but because two days of shopping and a near-sleepless night has left me exhausted.  But … there are but a couple of nights left to play Christmas songs, and this is one that I really wanted to play, so … I got a couple of toothpicks to prop the eyelids open, poured another cuppa coffee, and convinced my body to hold up for just 30 minutes more.

This was co-written and co-produced by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff, who started off as Whitney Houston’s arranger and has co-produced and co-written many of Carey’s hits, including One Sweet Day and Hero. He also won a 1999 Grammy award for co-producing Celene Dion’s My Heart Will Go On.

Carey and Afanasieff wrote it in the summer of 1994, with him coming up with musical ideas on a piano while she developed the melody and lyrics. They set out to write an uptempo Christmas track in the style of Phil Spector’s girl group productions of the ’60s. They achieved their goal, creating a very fun and memorable song, although Afanasieff worried it was too basic.

“It’s a very simple arrangement. In fact, it’s so simple that at the time I thought it was overly simple and I really didn’t like it. Music people know: ‘bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah’… it’s almost a practice interval. So, keeping that tradition and then the oversimplified melody I guess made it so easily palatable for the whole world to go, ‘Oh, I can’t get that out of my head.'”

All I Want For Christmas Is You
Mariah Carey

I don’t want a lot for Christmas
There is just one thing I need
I don’t care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree
I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true oh
All I want for Christmas is you

I don’t want a lot for Christmas
There is just one thing I need, and I
Don’t care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree
I don’t need to hang my stocking
There upon the fireplace
Santa Claus won’t make me happy
With a toy on Christmas day

I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
All I want for Christmas is you

I won’t ask for much this Christmas
I won’t even wish for snow, and I
I just wanna keep on waiting
Underneath the mistletoe

I won’t make a list and send it
To the North Pole for Saint Nick
I won’t even stay awake
To hear those magic reindeer click

‘Cause I just want you here tonight
Holding on to me so tight
What more can I do
Oh, Baby all I want for Christmas is you

All the lights are shining
So brightly everywhere
And the sound of children’s
Laughter fills the air

And everyone is singing
I hear those sleigh bells ringing
Santa won’t you bring me
The one I really need
Won’t you please bring my baby to me quickly

I don’t want a lot for Christmas
This is all I’m asking for
I just wanna see my baby
Standing right outside my door

I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
Baby all I want for Christmas is you

All I want for Christmas is you, baby

Songwriters: Mariah Carey / Walter N. Afanasieff
All I Want For Christmas Is You (SuperFestive!) lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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