12/20/08 108 W - + 13 - 13 Christimas Posting #1

What does the word "upsot" mean, that appears in Jingle Bells? "The horse was lean and lank; misfortune seemd his lot; we got into a drifted bank; and then we got upsot." Google yields a believable answer. It appears to mean turned over, or upset physically. The song was written by James Lord Pierpont and copyrighted under the title One Horse Open Sleigh in 1857. The best recorded version of the song? Barbra Streisand's version from 1967 is pretty amusing, adapted by Jack Gold and Marty Paich and titled Jingle Bells? It appears on the excellent CBS artist compilation A Christmas Album, released in 1990.

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