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Up On The Housetop Christmas Song

Up On The Housetop

Year: 1864

Written By: Benjamin Hanby

Written by Benjamin Hanby, this Christmas song, 'Up on the House Top' was written in the town of New Paris, Ohio in 1864. When recorded, the track featured a multiple number of singers, most known was Gene Autry who is also known for her version of another Christmas classic; 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer'. Hanby was born in 1833 in Ohio and was the son of a minister involved with the Underground Railroad. Before passing away because of tuberculosis in 1867, Hanby wrote 80 songs.

It is believed that 'Up on the House Top' is the second-oldest Christmas song, with the only Christmas song older being 'Jingle Bells'. William Studwell supports this view in The Christmas Carol Reader. 'Jingle Bells' was written seven years earlier than 'Up on the House Top', being written in 1857. However the statement that 'Jingle Bells' is the oldest Christmas song can be challenged as it was actually first written as a song for Thanksgiving, however it was so popular it was replayed again at Christmas and since then it has been related to as a Christmas song. As well as being believed to be the second oldest Christmas song, it also appears to be the first Yuletide song to focus primarily on Santa Claus, when talking of Santa Claus in the song, the idea presented is that Santa Claus is on his sleigh and lands on the roofs of homes.

In 1992, a television special also called 'Up on the House Top' was produced by Perennial Pictures Film Corporation. G. Brian Reynolds was used as the voice of Curtis Calhoun and he also composed the musical score. His partner, Russ Harris also provided voice work as well as co-writing, co-producing and co-directing. The special was about a man called Curtis Calhoun who wished that there was no Santa Claus, however on Christmas Eve, someone is on his roof, and he is not sure whether it is Santa Claus or a burglar.

Kimberley Locke recorded the song in 2005, and managed to succeed in getting 'Up on the House Top' to break a Billboard record, which was getting this version to make the largest leap into the Top 5 in the AC chart's history. It moved up twenty seven places from number 32 to number 5 in just seven days. Also it was the second longest Billboard holiday AC chart topper in the chart's history, for four weeks, the version sat at the number one spot.

 

Up On The Housetop Lyrics

Up on the housetop
Reindeer pause,
Out jumps good old Santa Claus.
Down thru' the chimney
With lots of toys,
All for the little ones,
Christmas joys.
Ho, ho, ho!
Who wouldn't go!
Ho, ho, ho!
Who wouldn't go!
Up on the housetop,
Click, click, click,
Down thru' the chimney
With good Saint Nick.

First comes the stocking
Of little Nell,
Oh, dear Santa
Fill it well;
Give her a dolly
That laughs and cries
One that will open
And shut her eyes.
Ho, ho, ho!
Who wouldn't go!
Ho, ho, ho!
Who wouldn't go!
Up on the housetop,
Click, click, click,
Down thru' the chimney
With good Saint Nick.

Next comes the stocking
Of little Will,
Oh just see
What a glorious fill
Here is a hammer
And lots of tacks,
Also a ball
And a whip that cracks.
Ho, ho, ho!
Who wouldn't go!
Ho, ho, ho!
Who wouldn't go!
Up on the housetop,
Click, click, click,
Down thru' the chimney
With good Saint Nick.

 

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