Maybe you’ve already heard this at Feministe, where I picked it up. If not, enjoy the wonderful weirdness of Hanukkah lyrics penned by Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, which last I heard was the Mormons’ promised land.
The song’s backstory is here. Musically, it’s good enough that you can happily hear it more than once.
And is it really so surprising that a Mormon would write a Hanukkah song? After all, Jewish songwriters created about half of the popular Christmas songs written in the twentieth century. Here’s just a sampling.
- Johnny Marks – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (and many more)
- Mel Torme – The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
- Irving Berlin – White Christmas
- Walter Kent and Buck Ram – I’ll Be Home for Christmas
- Sammy Cahn and Jules Styne – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
- Frank Loesser – Baby, It’s Cold Outside (which I discussed here, and yes, I still think it’s complicated)
- (More info on Jewish songwriters here ; note that many took on WASPy names.)
It’s about time Christians started returning the favor! But who’d have thought Orrin Hatch would be the guy?