Irving Berlin's seldom heard opening lines of "White Christmas" are usually dropped in recordings of this song, but are included on the delightful version by Joan Morris and William Bolcom from their now rare album "The Girl on the Magazine Cover: Songs by Irving Berlin" ---

"The sun is shining, the grass is green,
The orange and palm trees sway.
There's never been such a day
in Beverly Hills, L.A.

But it's December the twenty-fourth,
And I am longing to be up North— "

You know the rest of the lyrics by heart ...

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