These Are The Holiday Lyrics That ALWAYS Trip Us Up

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It's the most wonderful time of the year, which can only mean one thing: Holiday songs are everywhere.

The radio is playing Christmas songs 24/7, Spotify is suggesting holiday playlists, and your mom is probably dusting off her favorite oldies Christmas CD. That's great! Because, really, who doesn't love to listen to holiday music? Well, at least until December 26.

But there's just one problem: You don't really know all the lyrics to your favorite Christmas songs. Don't be ashamed — most people don't know the proper lyrics to any song, let alone music they only hear a few times a year.

So we decided to round up some of our favorite holiday tunes and include the lyrics that always trip us up. Who knows? Maybe you're a lyric master and this entire list is useless. Or maybe you always thought they were saying, "There's a birthday party at the home of Barbara Gray," instead of "Farmer Gray" in "Sleigh Ride." Now, you know the truth.

Click through, memorize, and sing without shame.
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"The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)," Nat King Cole
It's hard to imagine people messing this one up, since Nat King Cole had the best diction, ever. But it happens.

Lyrics You Still Get Wrong:
"Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe
Help to make the season bright
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight"
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"O Holy Night," Mariah Carey
We get it, Mariah Carey's powerful cords can sometimes distract from the actual lyrics, especially on an old song like this one.

Lyrics You Still Get Wrong:
"A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new glorious morn
Fall on your knees
O hear the angels' voices"
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"Jingle Bell Rock," Bobby Helms
Not even Cady could help us understand every word in this song.

Lyrics You Still Get Wrong:
"Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock
Jingle bells swing and jingle bells ring
Snowin' and blowin' up bushels of fun
Now, the jingle hop has begun"
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"Silent Night"
People seem pretty comfortable with the first verse of this song, but be honest — you have no idea what that second verse is, do you?

Lyrics You Still Get Wrong:
"Silent night
Holy night
Shepards quake
At the sight
Glories stream
From heaven above
Heavenly hosts
Sing Hallelujah"
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"Sleigh Ride"
This entire song is impossible to know, unless you're in a choir. The lyrics were clearly created by a madman who wanted to trip you up.

Lyrics You Still Get Wrong:
"There's a birthday party
At the home of Farmer Gray
It'll be the perfect ending of a perfect day
We'll be singing the songs
We love to sing without a single stop
At the fireplace while we watch
The chestnuts pop; Pop! Pop! Pop!"
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"Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!," Dean Martin
This one is actually pretty easy. It just might be Dean Martin's enunciation that's confusing you.

Lyrics You Still Get Wrong:
"When we finally kiss goodnight
How I'll hate going out in the storm
But if you really hold me tight
All the way home I'll be warm"
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"This Christmas," Donny Hathaway
It's not Christmas until you play Donny Hathaway. Luckily, your grasp of the lyrics doesn't have any bearing on the holiday.

Lyrics You Still Get Wrong:
"Presents and cards are here
My world is filled with cheer and you
This Christmas
And as I look around
Your eyes outshine the town they do
This Christmas"

"Shake a hand, shake a hand now" (Yeah, that's what he's saying there.)
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"Baby It's Cold Outside," Lady Gaga & Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Their rendition sticks pretty close to the song's original lyrics, which are bonkers. Not only because of consent issues, but also because they're absurd.

Lyrics You Still Get Wrong:
"My sister will be suspicious
Your lips look delicious
My brother will be there at the door
Waves upon a tropical shore
My maiden aunt's mind is vicious
Gosh, your lips are delicious
Well maybe just a cigarette more
Never such a blizzard before"
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"All I Want For Christmas Is You," Mariah Carey
THE song of Christmas. You should really know every damn word like your life depended on it, but just in case:

Lyrics You Still Get Wrong:
"I won't ask for much this Christmas
I won't even wish for snow, and I
I just wanna keep on waiting
Underneath the mistletoe
I won't make a list and send it
To the North Pole for Saint Nick
I won't even stay awake
To hear those magic reindeer click
'Cause I just want you here tonight
Holding on to me so tight
What more can I do"
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"One Day At Christmas," Stevie Wonder & Andra Day
Once you recover from the sobbing — which is totally normal when listening to this song — you'll want to know the lyrics so you can sing in the shower, right?

Lyrics You Still Get Wrong:
"Someday at Christmas men won't be boys
Playing with bombs like kids play with toys
One warm December our hearts will see
A world where men are free"
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"Last Christmas," Wham!
Somehow, Wham! has managed to live on through this Christmas song. It's not surprising if you hum along, vaguely aware that there are lyrics other than, "Last Christmas, I gave you my heart."

Lyrics You Still Get Wrong:
"A crowded room, friends with tired eyes
I'm hiding from you and your soul of ice
My God, I thought you were someone to rely on
Me? I guess I was a shoulder to cry on
A face on a lover with a fire in his heart
A man undercover, but you tore me apart
Now I've found a real love, you'll never fool me again"
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"What Are You Doing New Year's Eve," Zooey Deschanel & Joseph Gordon-Levitt
These two! So cute! So sweet! Do you know all the words, though? Or do you just go quiet on those parts?

Lyrics You Still Don't Know:
"Maybe I'm crazy to suppose
I'd ever be the one you chose
Out of a thousand invitations
You received"
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"Santa Baby," Eartha Kitt
So there's not any great videos of Eartha Kitt performing. So instead, we included Teyana Taylor singing it. She has every word — and purr — down perfectly.

Lyrics You Still Get Wrong:
"Santa honey, one little thing I really need
The deed
To a platinum mine
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

"Santa cutie, and fill my stocking with a duplex
And checks
Sign your X on the line
Santa cutie, and hurry down the chimney tonight"
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"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," Judy Garland
I'm not crying, you're crying.

Lyrics You Still Get Wrong:
"Once again as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who were dear to us
Will be near to us once more"
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"Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree," Brenda Lee
Doesn't this song just make you feel good? Don't you want to do the twist or something? It's better than faking the lyrics, which you probably do.

Lyrics You Still Get Wrong:
"You will get a sentimental feeling
When you hear voices singing
'Let's be jolly
'Deck the halls with boughs of holly'"
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"Little Drummer Boy," Pentatonix
Okay, let's get real. Who the hell even knows all the lyrics to "The Little Drummer Boy"? Justin Bieber sang a version of this song and I bet he doesn't even remember all the lyrics.

Lyrics You Still Get Wrong:
"Come, they told me
Pa-rum pum pum pum
Our newborn King to see
Pa-rum pum pum pum
Our finest gifts we bring
Pa-rum pum pum pum
To lay before the King
Pa-rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum. rum pum pum pum"
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"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," The Jackson 5
A song that is both cute and cringe-worthy. It's only made possible by the beautiful voice of young Michael Jackson.

Lyrics You Still Get Wrong:
"I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus
Underneath the mistletoe last night
She didn't see me creep
Down the stairs to have a peep
She thought that I was tucked up
In my bedroom, fast asleep"
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"Do You Hear What I Hear," Bing Crosby
First of all, there's a Whitney Houston version of this song. Can you handle that? Second, we bet you don't remember most of these lyrics.

Lyrics You Still Get Wrong:
"Said the night wind to the little lamb
Do you see what I see?
Way up in the sky, little lamb
Do you see what I see?
A star, a star, dancing in the night
With a tail as big as a kite
With a tail as big as a kite"
19 of 31
"Blue Christmas," Elvis Presley
Short and sweet, but still totally misheard by many a fan.

Lyrics You Still Get Wrong:
"Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree
Won't be the same dear, if you're not here with me"
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"White Christmas," The Drifters
Look, we're going with The Drifters version here, because Otis Redding's version — while incredible — has all kinds of ad libs and additional lyrics common folk can't handle.

Lyrics You Still Get Wrong:
"Then, I-I-I am dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days, may your days, may your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white"
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"I'll Be Home For Christmas," Frank Sinatra
Regardless of whether it's Frank, Michael Bublé, or someone else, this song is hard to remember.

Lyrics You Still Get Wrong:
"Christmas Eve will find me
Where the love light gleams
I'll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams"
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"Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," Destiny's Child
Personally, I think The Temptations do the best version of this song, ever. But let's enjoy this claymation video of Destiny's Child.

Lyrics You Still Get Wrong:
"You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen
Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen
But do you recall?
The most famous reindeer of all?"
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"Have A Holly Jolly Christmas," Burl Ives
Okay, this is the most upbeat Christmas song there is.

Lyrics You Still Get Wrong:
"Have a holly jolly Christmas
And when you walk down the street
Say hello to friends you know
And everyone you meet

"Oh, the mistletoe hung where you can see
Somebody waits for you, kiss her once for me"
24 of 31
"You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch," Thurl Ravenscroft
The funny thing is, when you grow up, you realize that this song takes up a large chunk of the animated movie. What you may not realize is that the lyrics are fantastic.

Lyrics You Still Get Wrong:
"You're a foul one, Mr. Grinch
You're a nasty, wasty skunk
Your heart is full of unwashed socks
Your soul is full of gunk
Mr. Grinch

The three words that best describe you
Are, and I quote: 'Stink. Stank. Stunk.'"
25 of 31
"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," The Jackson 5
This version is great, because it includes more than the single verse of lyrics. Yes, there might be lyrics to this song that you never knew existed.

Lyrics You Still Don't Know:
"Little tin horns
And little toy drums
And rump-a-tum-tum
Curly-haired dolls
That tootle and coo
Elephants, boats and kiddie cars too"
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"Do They Know It's Christmas," Band Aid
One of those rare moments when celebrities all come together for a good cause. You definitely know the chorus, but what about the rest?

Lyrics You Still Don't Know:
"And in our world of plenty
We can spread a smile of joy
Throw your arms around the world
At Christmas time

"But say a prayer
Pray for the other ones
At Christmas time it's hard"
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"Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays," *NSYNC
Put aside this ridiculous video and pay attention to how catchy this song is, instead. Don't you want to sing along, word-for-word?

Lyrics You Still Get Wrong:
"It's a wonderful feeling
Feel the love in the room from the floor to the ceiling
It's that time of year
Christmas time is here and with the blessings from above
God sends you his love and every thing's okay
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays
Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays"
28 of 31
"O Come All Ye Faithful," Weezer
Okay, so maybe this is a little religious.

Lyrics You Still Don't Know:
"Oh sing choirs of angels, sing in exultation
Sing all that hear in Heaven God's holy word
Give to our Father glory in the highest"
29 of 31
"Christmas Time Is Here"
Can it be a Merry Christmas without Charlie Brown? No, it can't. There's an instrumental version of this song, but if you've ever tried singing it — and forgotten half the lyrics — we've got you covered.

Lyrics You Still Get Wrong:
"Snowflakes in the air
Carols everywhere
Olden times and ancient rhymes
Of love and dreams to shareSleigh bells in the air
Beauty everywhere
Yuletide by the fireside
And joyful memories there"
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"Somewhere In My Memory"
So if you hear this song and think, That's the Home Alone song, you're not totally wrong. John Williams composed it for the movie. You love humming along, right? But some of the words are tricky.

Lyrics You Still Get Wrong:
"Candles in the window
Shadows painting the ceiling
Gazing at the fire glow
Feeling that gingerbread feeling
Precious moments
Special people
Happy faces
I can see"
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