Perry Como's Christmas Show


Perry Como's Christmas Show

1974 Christmas special in which the crooner is joined by guests the Carpenters, skating star Peggy Fleming and comedian Rich Little. Perry sings traditional favourites and carols.


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FESTIVE MUSICAL INTRO

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-APPLAUSE

-# Have yourself a merry little Christmas

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# Let your heart be light

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# From now on our troubles will be out of sight

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# Merry Christmas Merry, merry Christmas

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# Have yourself a merry little Christmas

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# Make the yuletide gay

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# From now on our troubles will be miles away

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# Once again, as in olden days

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# Happy golden days of yore

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# Faithful friends who are dear to us

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# Gather near to us once more

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# Once mo-o-o-o-ore

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# Through the years we all will be together

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# If the fates allow

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# Hang a shining star upon the highest bough

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# And have yourself a merry little Christmas now

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# Have yourself a merry merry merry merry

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# Merry little Christmas now. #

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LAUGHTER

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APPLAUSE

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Another Christmas is almost here and, like most people,

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-I'm doing my last-minute shopping.

-LAUGHTER

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My wife, I think I'll buy her, um...

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..a nice brand-new 1975 putter.

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LAUGHTER

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To make sure she knows it's for me, I'm putting my initials on it.

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Oh, grandchildren! Oh, yes. A lot of grandchildren.

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We've got Terrence and Coley

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and we have...Peter and David,

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Melanie,

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Ronnie, Wendy, Paige.

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-LAUGHTER

-A load of them.

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They get a lot of stuff from grandparents,

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but I'm going to buy them something special that everybody forgets.

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-Batteries.

-LAUGHTER

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They don't call me foxy old Grandpa for nothing.

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APPLAUSE

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Excuse me.

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I'm Perry Mason, the store detective.

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-LAUGHTER

-What can I do for you, Mr Mason?

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You may call me...Perry, Perry.

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All right. What can I do for you, Perry Perry?

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Isn't it true that a few moments ago

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you were seen walking through this department store

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-singing Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas?

-Yes.

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Isn't it true, and I put it to you, that you are often guilty of such unsolicited singing

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and, in point of fact, will sing your stupid songs anywhere you can?

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-Now, just a minute...

-Where were you on the night of April 21st?

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Probably asleep.

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Ladies and gentlemen of the department store,

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I submit that on that evening, you were in a gas station on Route 66,

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and were singing to the mechanic on duty

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Have Yourself A Merry Little April 22nd.

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-That's ridiculous.

-It's not.

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Did anyone ever tell you that your eyes have little flecks of gold

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when you're angry? LAUGHTER

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Cabbie!

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LAUGHTER

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APPLAUSE

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Hey, sir. Was that Raymond Burr?

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-As sure as you're Rich Little.

-APPLAUSE

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Either that or someone is stealing your act!

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-What's he doing as the store detective?

-Inflation, Rich.

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A lot of stars are working over Christmas holidays - Jack Benny, Howard Cosell, Johnny Carson.

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That's exciting! I'm going to see some of those people!

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No, Rich. You're going to BE some of those people.

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OK, Pal. Give me a little crafty music!

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UPBEAT MUSIC And away we go!

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APPLAUSE

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'Welcome to the Perry Como Christmas Show

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'starring Peggy Fleming.'

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APPLAUSE

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'Special attraction, Rich Little and his friends.

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'Special guest stars, The Carpenters.

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'And special feature, the story of the first Christmas.'

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# Toyland

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# Toyland

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# Little girl and boy land

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# When you dwell within in

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# You are ever happy there

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# Childhood's joyland

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# Mystical merry Toyland

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# Once you pass its borders

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# You can never return again

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# Not again

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# Childhood

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# Toyland

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# Mystical merry Toyland

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# Oooh

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Once you've passed its borders

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# You can never return

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# Again

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# Toyland

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Toyland

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# Toyland

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Toyland

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# Toyland. #

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APPLAUSE

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Attention, shoppers. This is Howard Cosell.

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Today's special is cut-rate golf balls on the second floor.

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Pardon me. I'd like to buy a pair of skates.

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Just who do you think you are?

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-I'm Peggy Fleming.

-APPLAUSE

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So, you're Peggy Fleming and still you want to buy a pair of skates?

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Regardless of the fact that since you were three-times World Champion,

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star of countless TV specials,

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Olympic gold medal winner and, up until a few weeks ago, had your own concert on ice,

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you haven't had one single solitary triumph.

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LAUGHTER

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I'm sorry, Howard.

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I realise now that I'm exactly like you.

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-Just another pretty face.

-LAUGHTER

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At least the kid is honest.

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-Is this clown bothering you, Peggy?

-Yes, every Monday night.

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I take it back.

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Well, well, well! If it isn't Perry Como!

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First a soubrette on skates and now a singer on the skates.

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-How can we get rid of him, Perry?

-Watch.

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Look, Howard. Somebody's returning your book.

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What? Why? Of all the flagrant proflidity...!

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LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE

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-What did he say?

-Only his hairdresser knows for sure.

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-I hope he didn't make you lose your Christmas spirit, Peg.

-Nothing can do that.

-Good.

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# It's that time of year when the world falls in love

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# Every song you hear seems to say

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# "Merry Christmas

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# "May your every wish come true"

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# It could happen to you

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# Frosted window panes Candles gleaming inside

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# Painted candy canes on the tree

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# Santa's on his way

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# He's filled his sleigh with love

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# And this song of mine

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# In three-quarter time

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# Wishes you and yours the same thing, too...

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MUSIC SLOWS TEMPO

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TEMPO BUILDS

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APPLAUSE

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# ..It's that time of year when the world falls in love

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# Every song you hear seems to say

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# "Merry Christmas

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# "May your New Year dreams come true"

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# And this song of mine in three-quarter time

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# Wishes you and yours

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# A very, very Merry Christmas too. #

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APPLAUSE/CHEERS/WHISTLES

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-Peg, you're definitely a good skater.

-Thank you very much.

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Gee, it's getting late. I'd better get my skates.

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I gotta go get that putter for my wife. Was Howard the only salesman around here?

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He-e-e-e-e-e-re's

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Johnny!

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APPLAUSE

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LAUGHTER

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Ha ha ha ha!

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Ah! What-what are you two people looking for?

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Look, let's make a deal.

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LAUGHTER

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Perry, how would you like to buy one of my Johnny Carson suits?

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My company has just been named fashion consultant

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to Chico And The Man! LAUGHTER

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By the way, I just heard that ABC

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has come up with the perfect answer to that show.

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It's called Harpo And The Cissy! LAUGHTER

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May the NBC peacock stick its beak in your CBS eye!

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-Are you going to let him talk to you that way, Perry?

-Certainly not.

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-This is a job for GTE. GTE?

-What-what does that mean?

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Well, at Christmas time, GTE means "greetings to everybody".

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-But in my contract, it means "general, telephone and electronics".

-Oh!

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-Ha ha ha ha!

-We'll be right back, folks.

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Harpo And The Cissy?

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LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE

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Oh! Excuse me!

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-Oh, hiya Mrs Bunker.

-Oh! I recognised you!

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I danced to one of your records on my first day!

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I just can't think of your name.

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-Perry. Perry Como.

-Perry Como? Oh, my goodness!

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Are you still alive? LAUGHTER

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-I admit it's hard to tell sometimes, but I think so.

-Oh!

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He's just as funny off as he is on!

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Yeah, the last of the great clowns, that's me.

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Oh, I wish Archie could have been here.

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We could talk about old times,

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and you could talk about the first Christmas, like you used to on TV.

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A real eye-witness report.

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-LAUGHTER

-It was a little before my time.

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Oh, you show business people!

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So sensitive about your age!

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No, not me. I'm still going like 60.

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No kidding?

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60! LAUGHTER

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-What happened to the good old days?

-I didn't take 'em.

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Well, I sure do miss them. PIANO PLAYS NOTE

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# Boy, the way Glenn Miller played #

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Not so loud(!)

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# Songs that made the hit parade

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-BOTH:

-# Guys like me, we had it made

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# Those were the days

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# And you knew who you WERE then

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# Girls were girls and men were men

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# Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again. #

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That's for sure!

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Oh, Mr Como, would you sign this card for Archie?

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-I will.

-Oh, wonderful.

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Isn't it lovely?

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It's just like you and Archie, old-fashioned.

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SLEIGH BELLS

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# It's Christmas time and time for a carol

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# Time to sing about the little King

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# It's time to don our gayest apparel

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# It's the Yuletide theme

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# We bring a friend or welcome a stranger

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# Will him to stay or cheer him on his way

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# And celebrate the child in a manger

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# Born on Christmas Day. #

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APPLAUSE

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MUSIC: Intro to "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas"

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AS PERRY: # I'm beginning to sound a lot like Perry

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# So relaxed and cool... #

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Sorry.

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# My impression would be complete

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# It would be really neat

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# To fall asleep while sitting on his stool

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-ALL:

-# It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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# Toys in every store

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# But the prettiest sight to see Is the holly that will be

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# On your own front door

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AS JOHN WAYNE # A pair of hopalong boots And a pistol that shoots

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# Is the wish of Barney and Ben

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# Dolls that will talk and will go for a walk

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# Is the hope for Janice and Jen

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# And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again

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# It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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# Soon the bells will start

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# The thing that'll make them ring Is the carol that you sing

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# Right within your heart. #

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APPLAUSE

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APPLAUSE

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MUSIC: "Pas de Deux Tarantella Dance" by Tchaikovsky

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APPLAUSE AND CHEERING

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MUSIC: Intro to "Christmas Dream"

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# Watch me now, here I go All I need's a little snow

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# Starts me off, sets the theme Helps me dream my Christmas dream

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# Every year I dream it

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# Hoping things will change

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# An end to the crying, the shouting, the dying

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# And I hope you will dream it, too

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# It's Christmas, remember We've got to remember

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# So light the light I'm home tonight

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# I need you to warm me, to calm me, to love me

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# To help me to dream my Christmas dream

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# Luege dirigiert die Welt Ehrlichkeit bringt selten Geld

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# Jeder moecht'Sieger sein, wer verliert bleibt ganz allein

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# Doch manch Will'ist moeglich durch die Fantasie

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# Du stirbst um zu leben und nimmst um zu geben

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# Einmal im Jahr wird alles wahr

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# Zu Weihnacht vergiss nicht

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# Vergiss es gewiss nicht

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# The whole world needs a Christmas dream

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# We need it to warm us, to calm us, to love us

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# We need it to warm us, to calm us, to love us

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# We need it to warm us, to calm us, to love us

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# To help us to dream our Christmas dream. #

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APPLAUSE

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MUSIC: Intro to "Carol Of The Bells"

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# Merry, merry, merry Merry Christmas

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# Merry, merry, merry Merry Christmas

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# Hark how the bells, sweet silver bells

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# All seem to say, "Throw cares away"

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# Christmas is here, bringing good cheer

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# To young and old, meek and the bold

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# Oo-oo-oo-ooh

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# Ching-a-ling

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# Ching ching-a-ling

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# Ching ching-a-ling Ching ching-a-ling

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# Ching

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# Hear how gaily they ring

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# Merry, merry, merry Merry Christmas

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# Merry, merry, merry Merry Christmas

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# One seems to hear words of good cheer

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# From everywhere, filling the air

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# On, on they send, on without end Their joyful tone to every home. #

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APPLAUSE

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# Sleep well, little children wherever you are

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# Tomorrow is Christmas beneath every star

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# Soon, the snowflakes will fall

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# And tomorrow you'll see

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# Every wish, one and all Waiting under the tree

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# Sleep well, little children

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# Pleasant dreams tonight

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# Tomorrow is Christmas

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# All merry and bright

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-BOTH:

-# Soon you'll hear the bells ring

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# Time for dreams to come true

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# As the world waits to bring

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# Merry Christmas to you. #

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APPLAUSE

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# This is that time of the year A tinselly, glittery time

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# Long-distance calls to uncles and aunts

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# On every corner you bump into Santa

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# Oh, this is that time of the year

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# A silver bow, mistletoe time

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# Spirits are high Goodwill and good cheer

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# The snowflakes all glisten There's mistletoe kissin'

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# The children all whistlin' for Dasher, Dancer, Blizten, Rudolph

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# This is that time of the year. #

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APPLAUSE

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Gee! A doll is very expensive, but I'll see what I can do.

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Hi, Santa.

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Oh, hello, little boy. LAUGHTER

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Ho, ho, ho! It's Santa Jack!

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The original ol' blue eyes is back.

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I never thought I'd see Jack Benny as Santa Claus. Never!

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Well, I'm a changed man, Perry,

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ever since the President told the whole country to be cheap.

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Imagine, after these years,

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misers are where it's at!

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LAUGHTER

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You're really fighting inflation, huh, Jack?

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Well, it's given me a whole new mortgage on life.

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And with the shortage on pennies,

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I've even started pinching girls again.

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You won't believe this, Perry. Try to keep a straight face.

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You won't believe this, Perry, but on...

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Cut that out! ..but on Christmas Eve,

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I'm giving a bottle of perfume to every girl in the store.

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That's unbelievable. Do you realise how many girls are in the store?

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What's the difference? They'll still have to share the one bottle.

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LAUGHTER

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-Hi, Karen, Richard.

-Gosh, if it isn't the Carpenters!

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APPLAUSE

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Perry, they've got the cutest new record out and it's all about me.

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-Why don't you go and sing it, kids?

-Anything for you, Santa.

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-They're cute, aren't they?

-You enjoy being Santa Claus, Jack?

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Um...

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I love it, and you know I can hardly wait on Christmas Eve,

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to come down the chimney

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and wake up all those little kids -

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and see if they wanna buy some toys.

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BUY some toys?

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That's right - buy some toys. LAUGHTER

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# You'd better watch out

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# You'd better not cry

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# You'd better not pout I'm tellin' you why

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# Santa Claus is comin' to town

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# He's making a list Checking it twice

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# Gonna find out who's naughty or nice

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# Santa Claus is coming' to town

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# He sees you when you're sleepin'

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# He knows when you're awake

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# He knows if you've been bad or good

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# So be good, for goodness' sake

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# You'd better watch out

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You'd better watch out

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# You'd better not cry

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# You'd better not pout I'm tellin' you why

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# Santa Claus is comin' to town

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# Oo-oo-oo-ooh

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# Oo-oo-ooh

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# Oooh-ah

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# He sees you when you're sleepin'

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# He knows when you're awake

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# He knows if you've been bad or good

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# So be good, for goodness' sake

0:32:540:33:00

# You'd better watch out

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You'd better watch out

0:33:040:33:05

# You'd better not cry

0:33:050:33:07

# Ooh

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You'd better not pout

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# I'm tellin' you why

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# Santa Claus is comin' to town

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# Ooo-oo-oo-ooh

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# Oo-oo-ooh

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# He's co-o-o-oming to to-o-wn. #

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APPLAUSE

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# Why do birds suddenly appear

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# Every time you are near?

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# Just like me

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# They long to be

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# Close to you

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# On the day that you were born the angels got together

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# And decided to create a dream come true

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# So they sprinkled moonlight in your hair of gold

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# And starlight in your eyes of blue. #

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# It's impossible

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# Tell the sun to leave the sky It's just impossible

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# It's impossible

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# Ask a baby not to cry It's just impossible

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# And tomorrow

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# Should you ask me for the world, somehow I'd get it

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# I would sell my very soul and not regret it

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-BOTH:

-# For to live without your love is just impossible. #

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# Sharing horizons that are new to us

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# Watching the signs along the way

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# Talkin' it over, just the two of us

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# Working together, day to day

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# Together

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# And when the evening comes

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# We smile

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# So much of life ahead

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# We'll find a place where there's room to go

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# And yes, we've just begun

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# We've only just begun. #

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# And yes, I know how lonely life can be

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# The shadows follow me

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# And the night won't set me free

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# But I don't let the evening get me down

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# Now that you're around me. #

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# Don't let the stars get in your eyes

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# Don't let the moon break your heart

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# Don't let the moon break your heart

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# Love blooms at night In daylight, it dies

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# Don't let the stars get in your eyes

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# So keep your heart for me For some day I'll return

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# And you know you're the only one I'll ever love

0:37:310:37:34

# He'll ever love

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# I'll ever love. #

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# Every sha-la-la-la Every who-o-o-oah

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# Still shines

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# Every singalingaling that you start to sing so fine

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-# All my best memories

-Oooh

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-# Come back clearly to me

-Oooh

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-# Some can even make me cry

-Oooh

0:38:100:38:15

# Just like before

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# Shoobido-lang-lang

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# It's yesterday once more

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# Till the end of time

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# It's yesterday once more

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No other love have I

0:38:280:38:33

# We've only just begun

0:38:330:38:39

Oooh. #

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APPLAUSE

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In the excitement of buying gifts and decorating trees,

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sometimes we're apt to forget the true meaning of Christmas.

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So, I'd like to tell you the story that the whole world has heard now for 2,000 years.

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It's one that we love to hear over and over again,

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because of what it says and because it's true.

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This story began in the days of Caesar Augustus,

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the Emperor of Rome.

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Caesar had proclaimed that all the people of his far-flung empire

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should come forward and be counted.

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Among them, there came a man and a woman.

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His name was Joseph and her name was Mary.

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# Weary, weary travellers

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# Far away from home

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# On the road to Bethlehem

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# To heed the call from Rome. #

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Joseph and Mary had come a long way from Nazareth.

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The journey was tiring for they had endured countless hardships

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as they travelled the many miles through strange towns

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and desolate plains.

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But it was destined that something very special would come to pass

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in this town, this very night.

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For this was the little town of Bethlehem.

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# O, little town of Bethlehem

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# How still we see thee lie

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# Above thy deep and dreamless sleep

0:40:550:41:01

# The silent stars go by

0:41:010:41:08

# Yet, in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting light

0:41:090:41:20

# The hopes and fears of all the years

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# Are met in thee tonight. #

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It was getting dark when Joseph and Mary arrived at Bethlehem.

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All the rooms at the inn were taken, so they spent the night at a stable.

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This night, something special did happen.

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A baby boy was born unto Mary and they called him Jesus.

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They had no crib for the baby,

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so Mary put little Jesus asleep in the soft, sweet hay in a manger.

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# Come, come, come to the manger

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# Children, see him asleep on the hay

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# Sing, sing, chorus of angels

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# Little Lord Jesus is born on this day. #

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While Jesus lay asleep in the manger

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the shepherds on the hillside near Bethlehem were tending their flock.

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# The first Noel

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# The angels did say

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# Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay

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# In fields where they lay keeping their sheep

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# On a cold winter's night that was so deep. #

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Suddenly, a great light shone in the sky.

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The shepherds were frightened.

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Even the animals were hushed and still.

0:43:290:43:32

Then they heard the voice of an angel of the Lord and they were no longer afraid.

0:43:320:43:37

For the angel brought good tidings, news of a saviour born this day,

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news of Christ the Lord.

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# Joyful, all ye nations rise

0:43:470:43:51

# Join the triumph of the skies

0:43:510:43:56

# With the angelic host proclaim

0:43:560:43:59

# Christ is born in Bethlehem

0:43:590:44:03

# Hark! The herald angels sing

0:44:030:44:08

# Glory to the new-born King. #

0:44:080:44:17

The angels told the shepherds they would find the Christ child lying in a manger.

0:44:180:44:24

The shepherds hurried to find the child and when they did,

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they fell on their knees to worship him, for he was Christ the Lord.

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# O, come, all ye faithful

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# Joyful and triumphant

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# O, come, ye

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# O, come, ye to Bethlehem

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# Come and behold him

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# Born the King of angels

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# O, come let us adore him

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# O, come let us adore him

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# O, come let us adore him

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# Christ, the Lord. #

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And all through the night, a bright new star shone in the heavens.

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Far away, three men saw that shining star and used it as a guide

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to lead them to the Christ child.

0:45:530:45:57

Who were these three men who were following the star?

0:45:570:46:01

# We three Kings of Orient are

0:46:010:46:05

# Bearing gifts, we've travelled so far

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# Field and fountain, moor and mountain

0:46:090:46:14

# Following yonder star

0:46:140:46:18

# O, star of wonder, star of light

0:46:180:46:24

# Star with royal beauty bright

0:46:240:46:29

# Westward leading, still proceeding

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# Guide us to thy perfect light. #

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The new star guides them straight to Bethlehem,

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to a little baby lying in the manger.

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There, the three wise men present gifts to the Christ child,

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the first Christmas gifts given to anyone.

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A gift of gold,

0:46:550:46:58

of frankincense

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and of myrrh.

0:47:010:47:03

And they, too, fall on their knees to worship him,

0:47:040:47:07

and a great peace settles on the night,

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for it is a holy night.

0:47:110:47:13

# Silent night

0:47:140:47:19

# Holy night

0:47:190:47:24

# All is calm

0:47:240:47:29

# All is bright

0:47:290:47:34

# Round yon virgin, mother and child

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# Holy infant, so tender and mild

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# Sleep in heavenly peace

0:47:550:48:04

# Sleep in heavenly peace. #

0:48:050:48:15

This is why, when we celebrate Christmas, we think of Bethlehem,

0:48:170:48:21

we think of the virgin, Mary,

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we think of the three wise men and the birth of the Christ child -

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the first Christmas.

0:48:290:48:31

# O, come let us adore him

0:48:310:48:38

# Christ, the Lord. #

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# Oh, holy night

0:49:010:49:05

# The stars are brightly shining

0:49:050:49:11

# It is the night of our dear saviour's birth

0:49:110:49:20

# Long lay the world in sin and error pining

0:49:220:49:32

# Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth

0:49:320:49:41

# A thrill of hope

0:49:430:49:47

# The weary world rejoices

0:49:470:49:52

# For yonder breaks

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# A new and glorious morn

0:49:570:50:02

# Fall on your knees

0:50:020:50:10

# Oh, hear the angel voices

0:50:100:50:20

# Oh, night divine

0:50:200:50:28

# Oh, night when Christ was born

0:50:290:50:37

# Oh, night divine

0:50:390:50:48

# Oh, night

0:50:480:50:52

# Oh, night divine

0:50:530:51:03

# Oh, holy night

0:51:040:51:10

# Oh, night divine. #

0:51:110:51:28

From all of us to all of you, a very merry Christmas. Good night.

0:51:290:51:33

APPLAUSE

0:51:340:51:38

Perry Como's Christmas Show from 1974 represents the beloved crooner's decades-long association with holiday television specials that entertained tens of millions of viewers from the 1950s through the 1990s. Unseen anywhere since its one and only CBS-TV broadcast on December 17, 1974, it features the host with special musical guests the Carpenters along with Olympic skating star Peggy Fleming and comedy great Rich Little.

Both Perry and the Carpenters are embraced for their top-selling Christmas music and among the popular favourites featured on this colourful spectacular are Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Como), Toyland (Como), Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (the Carpenters), Sleep Well Little Children (Como and Karen Carpenter) and Carol of the Bells" (Richard Carpenter). Additionally, they team up for a medley of each other's million-selling hits, including Close to You, It's Impossible, And I Love You So and We've Only Just Begun.

Peggy Fleming performs a beautifully choreographed ice skating production of The Christmas Waltz and the entire cast join together for It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas in a scene that recreates the Currier & Ives-style Christmases of old. Perry closes the show with his elaborate Story of Christmas presentation, singing traditional carols including The First Noel, O Come All Ye Faithful and Silent Night, followed by an encore of O Holy Night.

The type of old-fashioned, star-studded and lavishly-produced family TV special that gives viewers a warm, nostalgic glow during the holidays.


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