Is tomorrow soon enough?
“Silver Bells” by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, sung by Colbie Callait:
Video posted by Rita Spencer
And here is the same song as sung by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in the movie for which the song was written, The Lemon Drop Kid:
Video posted by TCBNS. (Clip comes complete with non-PC visual “jokes” based on ethnic stereotypes; the movie came out in 1951–not much of an excuse but it is an explanation of sorts.)
Jay Livingston (born Jacob Levison) and Ray Evans, both born in 1915 and both Jewish, met in the University of Pennsylvania and, in the words of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, “began a lifelong collaboration that would become one of the legendary songwriting partnerships in the history of American popular music.” Together they won three Oscars for Best Original Song–for “Buttons and Bows,” “Mona Lisa,” and “Que Sera, Sera“–and were nominated for four more. They wrote the songs and scores for dozens of films and the theme and title songs for many TV shows, including Bonanza and Mr. Ed (of course, of course).
“Silver Bells,” as I mentioned above, was written for the movie The Lemon Drop Kid, and was frequently referred to by Livingston as “our annuity.” The title, by the way, was originally “Tinkle Bells.” … Then Livingston went home and told his wife about their new song and she said, “Are you out of your mind? Do you know what the word ‘tinkle’ means to most people?” They changed the title (and lyrics) to “Silver Bells” forthwith.