You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch: The History of a Favorite Christmas Song

During the Winter Holidays, other people enjoy songs about chestnuts roasting and other sappy happy things.

As for me, one of my all time favorite Christmas songs has been “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”

First, I’ll let Wikipedia talk:

“””You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” is a Christmas song that was originally written and composed for the 1966 cartoon special How the Grinch Stole Christmas![1]

The lyrics were written by Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, the music was composed by Albert Hague, and the song was performed by Thurl Ravenscroft. The song’s lyrics describe the Grinch as being foul, bad-mannered and sinister, using increasingly creative put-downs, metaphors, similes and off-hand comments by the singer, beginning with the opening line “you’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch”.

Because Ravenscroft was not credited in the closing credits of the special, it is often mistakenly attributed to Boris Karloff, who served as narrator and the voice of the Grinch in the special but who himself could not sing. Until Ravenscroft was publicly credited, Tennessee Ernie Ford was also speculated to be the voice behind the song.[2]”

My favorite lines of the song?

“You’re a vile one, Mr. Grinch
You’re a nasty wasty skunk
Your heart is full of unwashed socks, your soul is full of gunk, Mr. Grinch
The three words that best describe you are as follows, and I quote
“Stink, stank, stunk”!”

I even sing this song during the summer. Also, as I watched the 2000 live film version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas starring Jim Carrey, tears fell as Jim Carrey started singing the song.

Currently, there’s a 3D computer-animated version called The Grinch in theaters. I ain’t waiting to see this on Netflix. I’m going use my five dollar membership entry fee at  the local AMC theater and see this movie as soon as possible.

About Patrick Scott Barnes

Most of Central Florida knows Stone Crazy (Patrick Scott Barnes) as a poet. Yet, he also photographs, DJ and blogs. The rest of the time, the now sober blogger guzzles Diet Coke in Central Florida nightspots.
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