Blog Caroling: Childhood Favorites

footnoteMaven has posted the call for those wanting to participate in the 2017 annual blog caroling. I’ve been waiting for this notice!

In spite of realizing that blog caroling would soon be here, I hadn’t picked out the carol I wanted to share this year. Last year, my first as a blog caroler, I went with my all time favorite song – The Little Drummer Boy – both by the Harry Simeon Chorale and the later version of Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy by Bing Crosby and David Bowie.

This year, I finally settled on two childhood classics, both of which were done by Burl Ives. There is something about Burl Ives’ rich, deep voice and clear enunciation that make his songs absolutely wonderful.


Rudolph Leading the Way

The photo is a clue to the first song. This little Santa sled with Rudolph is part of my Christmas vintage collection and it was likely made in the 1940s soon after the song was released by Gene Autry.

The Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Christmas cartoon was released in 1964 and it featured Burl Ives’ version of the song.

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen
Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen
But do you recall
The most famous reindeer of all?
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it glows
All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games
Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say
“Rudolph, with your nose so bright
Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”
Then how the reindeer loved him
As they shouted out with glee
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
You’ll go down in history”

Some little known history about Rudolph – Robert L. May created the concept of Rudolph, but his brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, actually wrote the words and music to the song. They shopped the song around, but it was turned down by many singers, including Bing Crosby. How ironic that it became the second best Christmas seller of all time, right behind White Christmas!


Santa and Mrs. Claus

The second childhood song on my favorite list is, of course, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, as every little kid wanted that to happen!

I just came back from a lovely trip along the Milky Way
Stopped off at the North Pole to spend a holiday
I called on dear old Santa Claus
To see what I could see
He took me to his workshop
And told his plans to me, so
You better watch out, you better not cry
Better not pout, I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is comin’ to town
He’s making a list and checking it twice
Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice
Santa Claus is comin’ to town
He sees you when you’re sleepin’
He knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake
Oh! You better watch out, you better not cry
Better not pout, I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is comin’ to town
With little tin horns and little toy drums
Rooty toot toots and rummy tum tums
Santa Claus is comin’ to town
And curly head dolls that toddle and coo
Elephants, boats, and kiddie cars too
Santa Claus is comin’ to town
Then kids in Girl and Boy land will have a jubilee
They’re gonna build a Toyland all around the Christmas tree
So! You better watch out, you better not cry
Better not pout, I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is comin’ to town

More Christmas song trivia – Haven Gillespie and J. Fred Coots were the co-writers of Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, first recorded in 1934, AND there is another verse, which I don’t think I’ve ever heard:

Now Santa is a busy man, He has no time to play
He’s got millions of stockings to fill on Christmas day
You’d better write your letter now
And mail it right away
Because he’s getting ready
His reindeer’s and his sleigh.
So! You better watch out, you better not cry
Better not pout, I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is comin’ to town
With little tin horns and little toy drums
Rooty toot toots and rummy tum tums
Santa Claus is comin’ to town
And curly head dolls that toddle and coo
Elephants, boats, and kiddie cars too
Santa Claus is comin’ to town
Then kids in Girl and Boy land will have a jubilee
They’re gonna build a Toyland all around the Christmas tree
So! You better watch out, you better not cry
Better not pout, I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is comin’ to town

Thank you footnoteMaven for another fun year of sharing our favorite Christmas carols!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to All!

 

One thought on “Blog Caroling: Childhood Favorites”

  1. It was interesting to read the history of these two songs. And I don’t believe I knew there was a second verse to “Santa Clause Is Coming to Town” so that was interesting to read, too. Thanks for sharing.

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