Have Yourself a Merry...

tt Judy Garland first sang this classic Christmas tune in the 1944 MGM musical, Meet Me in St. Louis.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g4lY8Y3eoo

The original lyrics are especially bittersweet for a holiday song, ("... we'll just have to muddle through somehow... ")

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Have_Yourself_a_Merry_Little_Christmas

But the song warms the heart, nonetheless.

It is in that spirit that I have re-imagined the lyrics to reflect the feelings many of us share. I don't think Judy had gas wells in her backyard in 1944 but if she had, the lyrics might have been something like the ones below. Happy caroling to all you denizens of the shale!

Sing, slowly, to the tune of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. (I like the James Taylor version that was released right after the September 11, 2001 tragedy.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqYGtYunJus

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
It could be your last
From now on your water well will be a blast.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
There's benzene in the breeze
Hold your breath or be prepared to wheeze.

Here we are in a toxic haze
Not the clear blue days of yore
Landscapes that were dear to us
Now appear to us no more.

Through the years we all can make a difference
Don't give in to fright
Our best hope is doing what we know is right
So after Christmas get your ass in gear and fight.