Yes, you heard that right. I often wondered about the meaning of the song, Silver Bells. It turns out to be the most delightful story of Paramount Pictures in the making of a movie called, “The Lemon Drop Kid.”
The producers were insistent that the composers, Ray Evans and Jay Livingston, write a Christmas song for the movie. Both Ray and Jay were nervous about their contracts with the production company and were concerned that a new hit song for Christmas an impossible feat.
As behind every good man is a better woman, the original song was called Tinkle Bells. When Jay told his wife the name of the song she suggested that he was out of his mind! Jay was not thinking of the double meaning of what tinkle referred to. I wonder how the song would sound today and if it would bring a chuckle!!!
The inspiration behind the song came from a bell sitting on their desk. They began to think of the Salvation Army volunteers starting the season with their bells soliciting donations on street corners. I must say those volunteers will bring joy to my heart and “ring” in this season with plenty of Joy and “tinkle” to my ears!
The song was debuted in 1951 and was sung by one of my favorites, Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell. Bring on the Silver bells and place your donations in the red bucket today. Try singing the song tinkle bells and see if it doesn’t bring a smile and laughter.