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The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)

Year: 1944

Written By: Mel Tormé, Robert Wells

"The Christmas Song", also commonly known as "Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire", was written by the songwriting team of Mel Tormi and Bob Wells in 1944.The pair originally entitled their song, "Merry Christmas To You!"

According to composer Bob Wells, Mel Tormi had written a few phrases down on a notebook that he had on his piano during their session, which was on a hot summer day.  His goal was simply to help himself cool off by thinking about winter.  When Bob Wells looked at the seemingly unrelated phrases though, he saw a song.  He combined the notes that Mr. Tormi had written and created "The Christmas Song".

Originally, the song was sung by The Nat King Cole Trio in 1946.  The trio consisted of Nat King Cole on piano, Oscar Moore on guitar, and Wesley Prince on bass.
Since then, the song has been performed by many well known performers including The Carpenters, Celine Dion, The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, and Clay Aiken.

The song was also parodied on an episode of the cartoon television series, The Simpsons.

 

The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) Lyrics

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Youltide carols
Being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like eskimos
Everybody knows
A turkey and some mistletoe
Can help to make the season bright
Tiny tots, with their eyes all aglow
Will find it hard to sleep, tonight
They know that Santa's on his way
He's loading lots of toys and goodies
On his sleigh
And every mother's child
Is gonna spy
To see if reindeer really know how to fly...
And so I'm offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety-two
Although it's been said
Many times, many ways
Merry Christmas, to you

They know that Santa's on his way
He's loading lots of toys and goodies
On his sleigh
And every mother's child
Is gonna spy
To see if reindeer really know how to fly...
So I'm offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety-two..
Although it's been said
Many times, many ways
Merry Christmas,
Merry Christmas,
Merry Christmas, to everyone

 

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