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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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This memorable soundtrack celebrates kids’ music, thanks to the MGM Studio Orchestra taking Dr. Seuss’ silly wordplay so seriously. Passages taken straight from the TV special are interspersed throughout, adding dimension and drama. The singsong style and twinkling bells of “Welcome Christmas” are enchanting, and the nonsensical novelty of “Trim Up the Tree” captures the sweet spirit of Whoville. But the Grinch is the star of this show, and Thurl Ravenscroft, crooning “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” brings that furry-fingered, green goon to life.

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Mr Grinch song is the tv version this album. Use the 1995 version.

Mr Grinch song is the tv version....... if you want the Thurl Ravenscroft only version go to the 1995 release of How the Grinch stole Christmas. 2:59 min long.

Your A Mean One Mr. Grinch

You will always be my Christmas favorite Mr. Grinch


Who’s the Mean One, Mr. Grinch?
How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a classic holiday movie enjoyed by children and parents alike. The Grinch, a seemingly unpleasant character, is the target of insult after insult from the narrator in “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” written by Dr. Seuss. The tone of the song is meant to be comical yet the insults are an attack on the Grinch. The purpose of these, ridiculous metaphors, alliteration, and harsh diction are to entertain the listener by mocking another in such a preposterous way that it becomes humorous.
The arrangement of the words and rhyming give the song a fun structure. It is entertaining to listen for the rhymes in each line. The classical instrumentals alongside such silly lyrics are unexpected combination. It is ironic that this type of music, which is generally considered serious, is paired with a song geared towards children. The narrator’s serious tone does not match the child-like words that he sings. This pairing distracts the listener, drawing their attention to the catchy phrases rather than the meaning behind the words.
The speaker’s use of metaphor cleverly compares many unlike things in order to increase the humor in the song. In fact, almost every line in the song contains a different metaphor than the line before. Metaphors like, “your heart is full of unwashed socks,” use something the audience can relate to, such as disgusting dirty socks, and then associate this disgust with the Grinch. The lyrics of this song are very relatable to younger children because they understand things on simple level like being repulsed by unclean clothes. Rather than using elaborate metaphors that are far over the audience’s head the narrator uses entertaining and relatable references. The final line of the song contains perhaps the most absurd metaphor of the song, “You’re a three decker saurkraut and a toadstool sandwich with arsenic sauce.” It seems as if the narrator has thought up the two worse things he can imagine eating and then topped it of with poison to add the extra level of distaste. This creates a vivid image in the audience’s mind of something awful smelling and looking, which is exactly what the speaker’s vision of the Grinch is. The silliness of the metaphors gives the insults a comic effect that the audience cannot help themselves from laughing at.
Alliteration is often used for dramatic effect to drive a point home but the uses of alliteration in this song are instead used for comedy. The narrator insists that the words “stink, stank, stunk, “are the best way to describe the Grinch. The repetition of the word is meant to reinforce the horrendous smell the Grinch has in a silly manner. By just changing the tense of the word the speaker suggests the Grinch has always smelled, smells, and will always smell. The Grinch is also called a “bad banana”. No one wants a rotten, discolored banana. These bananas are thrown away because they are not aesthetically pleasing and probably do not taste very good either. This suggests that the Grinch is ugly inside and out. This pairing of two unexpected words together works to amuse the audience. The alliteration in this song is another tool used by the narrator to captivate his audience’s attention through obscurity.
The harsh diction used by the narrator contributes to patronizing tone in the song. The goal is to attack the Grinch with as many offending words as possible in order that the listeners will be entertained. It is certainly not always the case, but often times peoples laughter is at the expense of someone else. Cruel words such as “disgraceful”, “nasty”, “vile” and “monster”, describe the Grinch as horrible and unappealing individual. The constant demeaning language is used for humor to make fun of the Grinch. Without seeing the movie the audience dose not know anything about the Grinch’s background and why he is so mean. It is up to the song to convince them that Grinch is horrible and it is okay to make fun of him.
The ridiculing of the Grinch is a constant attack on his personality and appearance in every line. Although listening to the outrageous lyrics are humorous at first, after analyzing the words this song seems more sad than funny. The causal listener hears the song as an amusing Christmas song, but a more critical listener begins to feel bad for the Grinch. He is the subject of everyone jokes, hideous insults, and isolation from his community. If this song is heard from the Grinch’s point of view it becomes a pathos appeal to the listeners sympathetic emotions rather than the children’s comedy it is intended for. The meaning of this song changes based on point of view. Children are captivated by its fun rhymes and outrageous comparisons. More mature audiences have the capacity to look deeper into the meaning of the lyrics. However, for many people this song will remain a pleasant reminder of childhood Christmases when they did not analysis matters so deeply.

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