Sunday, December 9, 2007


There are some Christmas songs that are quite frequently covered, but very few get different lyrics later on. One song that's often customized is "The Twelve Days of Christmas." So when I find classic songs that have been covered and they feature different lyrics, I am intrigued and I take notice.

The lyrics of Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town are often all the same. However, I've found a couple versions that have different lyrics.

First up is an old version by the Caroleers. I am unable to find the exact year of this recording. It is unique because it has an extra verse at the beginning that I've never heard before or seen published in any online lyrics sites.

Caroleers-Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town

I also have a considerably newer version of the song with completely reworked lyrics to bring the song into the 21st century. It's a very creative re-imagining of the classic song by Garrison Keillor of A Prairie Home Companion fame. This recording comes from his live Christmas broadcast in 2006.

Garrison Keillor-Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town

Now I'd like to share a late 70's rendition of the reminder that Santa's annual visit is impending, but it's not a cover version of the beloved classic. This time instead of coming to town, Santa is discoing to town, and it's a original tune that takes a cue from the classic.

Max Fagan-Santa Claus Is Disco'n To Town

1 comment:

SB said...

The verse in the Caroleers' version was used as a spoken intro to the Crystals' version on the Phil Spector Christmas album. The Crystal's version was the basis for Springsteen's version.