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Susan Boyle Sounds So Happy Singing "I'll Be Home For Christmas"

The Britain's Got Talent sensation warmed hearts with her rendition of a Christmas classic.

By Elizabeth Logan

Though she usually lends her rich voice to hymns and inspirational songs, Susan Boyle can do happy, cozy, carols about family, too. Exhibit A: The Britain's Got Talent winner sounds positively delighted to be singing "I'll Be Home For Christmas" in this performance from several years back. Showing off her emotional, vocals-forward style, Boyle's version of the song will remind you what the holidays are really about.

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What to know about "I'll Be Home For Christmas" by Bing Crosby

Nowadays, the tune is associated with traveling home for the holidays, and a 1998 film of the same title, starring Johnathan Taylor Thomas, follows one young man's odyssey to do just that. But the song originally had a somewhat melancholy meaning, as it was written during World War II and is from the point of view of a soldier stationed overseas, who longs to come home for Christmas but realizes that may happen "only in [his] dreams."

It was composed by Walter Kent with lyrics by Kim Gannon and recorded by Bing Crosby in 1943. Songwriter Buck Ram was later added as a credited lyricist, having written the poem that inspired the lyrics in 1922.

Susan Boyle performing on America's Got Talent.

The song finally hit the Billboard charts in 2021, 77 years after its release. (Sometimes it takes a while for the charts to catch up: "Rockin Around The Christmas Tree" just hit number one, despite being recorded in 1958.)

"I'll Be Home For Christmas" is often covered by other Artists, like Michael Bublé, Rascal Flatts, Elvis Presley, and Camila Cabello. 

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