The Eagles Beautiful Christmas Single! “Please Come Home For Christmas!” “Funky New Year” Too!

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Time For Some Eagles Christmas Magic!

There is nothing better than holiday music – everyone from Paul McCartney to his long-time writing partner John Lennon has written hit holiday singles:

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The Eagles Come Home For Christmas!

And of course, The Eagles had one of the most beautiful holiday songs of all!

“Please Come Home for Christmas” was the band’s cover version of a 1960 holiday song – a plaintiff wail for a lost lover to return for the holidays…

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The immediately recognizable voice of Don Henley kicks it off in classic Eagles style…

“Bells will be ringing this sad sad news
Oh what a Christmas to have the blues
My baby’s gone I have no friends
To wish me greetings once again

Choirs will be singing “Silent Night”
Christmas carols by candlelight
Please come home for Christmas
Please come home for Christmas

If not for Christmas by New Years night…”

Unfortunately, I cannot find a live version or music video, but here is the gorgeous audio only version to share with you:

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The Eagles Go Top 20!

The Eagles released the song as a holiday single in 1978. Their version peaked at #18 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, the first Christmas song to reach the Top 20 on that chart since Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Paper” in 1963!

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The Eagles Offer Up A “Funky New Year” Too!

“Please Come Home For Christmas” is a truly beautiful ballad – but for the end of that year, the band also offered up another holiday song – but now, it was time to party!

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“Funky New Year!”

This song was the b-side to their Christmas single, and was written by Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Glenn Lewis. It is a great way to celebrate the new year!

“Went to a party just last night
Wanted to bring the year in right
Woke up this morning I don’t know how
Last night I was a happy man, but the way I feel right now
It’s gonna be a FUNKY NEW YEAR
FUNKY NEW YEAR
Ooo, Ahh, got to be a FUNKY NEW YEAR
FUNKY NEW YEAR
Can’t remember when I ever felt worse
Nothing matters and everything hurts
They were passin’ round the bottle, made me feel brand new
Trouble with the new man he wants a hit too, hit me
FUNKY NEW YEAR”

Here is the audio-only version – what a great song!

The Eagles were, of course, one of the world’s greatest bands at that point – having released one of the greatest albums of all time:

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Here is a look at the band’s “Hotel California”:

https://johnrieber.com/2016/11/15/welcome-to-the-eagles-hotel-california-joe-walsh-checks-in-brilliant-henleyfrey-music-steely-dan-shout-out/

As I said a the beginning, everyone from Elton John to Bruce Springsteen has released holiday music, but here is one of my favorites:

Hall and Oates Home For Christmas

Daryl Hall and John Oates have put out a terrific holiday album, check out the videos here:

https://johnrieber.com/2014/12/07/its-a-hall-oates-holiday-classic-christmas-music-macy-greys-santa-claus-shoutout/

Let me know your favorite holiday songs!

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9 replies

  1. Reblogged this on johnrieber and commented:

    My holiday music mix just kicked it up a notch…

  2. Greg Lake died. You should write about “Father Christmas.”

  3. I’m trying to avoid the annual onslaught of seasonal songs, and you hit me with this! AAAARGH!
    Regards, Pete.

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