“The Ballad of Ebenezer Scrooge” – Explained
“The Ballad of Ebenezer Scrooge” is a new Christmas song for your listen enjoyment (2019). The “story” of the song is based on Charles Dickens’ excellent work; A Christmas Carol. You know, the tale of miserly man named Ebenezer Scrooge (“Ba-Humbug”). Who finds Redemption after being haunted by several ghosts on a Christmas eve. Ebenezer Scrooge is forced to see how he has lived his life; the opportunities he has missed in the Past, how poorly he treats others around him in the Present, and his potential Future (to be dammed to walk the Earth in chains – like his former partner Jacob Marley).
{To read more about A Christmas Carol and the works of Charles Dickens visit https://en.wikipedia.org/A Christmas Carol}
“Why does this song sound so familiar?”
The “tune” and “lyrics” are based on the brilliant work of Paul Henning. He was an American Producer and Screen writer. Among his many achievements was the hit television show The Beverly Hillbillies.
This is one of the highest rated television series of all time. The show opens and ended with Mr. Henning’s song entitled “The Ballad of Jed Clampett”. The song was performed by Lester Flatt and Earl Scrugg.
{to read more about the amazing Paul Henning and the “Ballad of Jed Clampett” visit https://en.wikipdedia.org/wiki/Paul Henning}.
“How does the Ballad of Jed Clampett become the Ballad of Scrooge?”
Technically, my song is a “derivative work” of Paul Henning. A “fair” agreement was reached; providing compensation between those who own the copywrite to “The Ballad of Jed Clampett”, and myself.
Special Thanks to: The amazing company called EASY SONG Licensing.
The music was Arranged by the Piano Master – Mr. Frederick Vesci.
Junction Music, LLC is where the song was recorded and produced.
“My Final Thoughts”
Charles Dickens’ story is a morality tale dealing with how a “bad” man came become “good” again. Through {admittedly forced} reflection, and earnest {and desperate} Prayer. At last, Scrooge finds “Redemption”. By admitting to his many sins; the lust for riches, contempt for his fellow man, and distain for the “real reason of the season”. That, of course, is the birth of a little baby named – Jesus.
Scrooge’s Redemption only happens through the power of God’s love.
The “tune and Lyrical base” of Paul Henning’s song “Ballad of Jed Clampett” was my vehicle to tell the story of Ebenezer Scrooge.
And.. after all he has been through – Scrooge finally deserves his own song. I hope that you enjoy it, and “Ba-humbug” if you don’t”.
Peace, Love, and Respect to all. – Ed Morris