Home is the sailor, home from the sea

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” was written in 1942 or 1943 by lyricist Kim Gannon and composer Walter Kent. An additional writing credit was given to The Platters’ Buck Ram after a lawsuit. Bing Crosby recorded and released it in 1943 and the US War Department also released a live version Crosby recorded on the Kraft Music Hall variety show. The version below was recorded by Pentatonix on their 2016 album A Pentatonix Christmas.

The song’s “home” theme has been used by a lot of advertisers, none better than Folgers Coffee in their long-running commercial showing college boy Peter surprising his family with a pot of coffee at the crack of dawn.


  1. Makes me cry when I hear it. Always has. Probably always will. No particular reason unless my thoughts go to all of those who will never be home for Christmas. My logic, I guess. 🙁

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