Why Jingle Bells Wasn’t Always Rated “G”

Jingle Bells has an Aka. That’s right. It also started life as a Thanksgiving Song. That’s true. The popular song we’ve come to know as a Christmas song had some sexy lyrics for its time. They were substituted for more politically correct ones. Here’s what happened. The song was originally published in Boston as “The One Horse Open Sleigh”. The year was 1857, and it was written for minstrel shows, which were common then. James Lord Pierpont wrote the song. His friends called it Pierpont’s “merry little jingle”. It’s not the chorus that was sexy. It was the original verses.

Why Jingle Bells Wasn’t Always Rated “G”
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