"Christmas Time (Is Here Again)" (Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starr) is a Christmas song recorded by The Beatles in 1967 and was only released to members of the Beatles' fan club who were willing to order the record through the mail. It was later included, along with the group's other annual fan club Christmas records, in the 1970 compilation LP The Beatles' Christmas Album (which was also made available exclusively to fan club members).
The song was officially released in 1995 on the Free as a Bird single, for which it was edited from its original 6:17 to a shortened version of 3:03. The song opens with a light-hearted tune from all four of the Beatles and occasionally cuts to a tale of the Beatles arriving at the fictional BBC house. This part of the song was cut from the 1995 single version. The song then closes with a Christmas greeting from all four of the Beatles. At the end, Auld Lang Syne is played on the organ as John Lennon reads one of his original nonsense freeverse poems.
Christmas Greetings From The BeatlesEdit
Paul: This is Paul McCartney here, I'd just like to wish you all you wish yourselves for Christmas.
John: This is John Lennon, saying on behalf of The Beatles, saying have a very happy Christmas and a good new year.
George: George Harrison speaking, I'd like to take this oppurtunity of wishing a very merry Christmas to listeners everywhere.
Ringo: This is Ringo Starr and I'd just like to say merry Christmas and a really happy new year to all listeners.
John Lennon – vocals, bass drum
Paul McCartney – vocals, piano
George Harrison – vocals, acoustic guitar
Ringo Starr – vocals, drums, tap dancing
George Martin – vocals
Victor Spinetti – vocals, tap dancing
Mal Evans – spoken word
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