The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)

Written by Mel TormeBob Wells

Album This song officially appears on the Christmas Kisses 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2012

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

The Christmas Song” (commonly subtitled “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” or, as it was originally subtitled, “Merry Christmas to You“) is a classic Christmas song written in 1945 by Bob Wells and Mel Tormé.

According to Tormé, the song was written during a blistering hot summer. In an effort to “stay cool by thinking cool“, the most-performed (according to BMI) Christmas song was born. “I saw a spiral pad on his (Wells’) piano with four lines written in pencil“, Tormé recalled. “They started, ‘Chestnuts roasting…, Jack Frost nipping…, Yuletide carols…, Folks dressed up like Eskimos.’ Bob didn’t think he was writing a song lyric. He said he thought if he could immerse himself in winter he could cool off. Forty minutes later that song was written. I wrote all the music and some of the lyrics.

The Nat King Cole Trio first recorded the song early in 1946. At Cole’s behest – and over the objections of his label, Capitol Records – a second recording was made later the same year utilizing a small string section, this version becoming a massive hit on both the pop and R&B charts. Cole again recorded the song in 1953, using the same arrangement with a full orchestra arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle, and once more in 1961, in a stereophonic version with orchestra conducted by Ralph Carmichael. Cole’s 1961 version is generally regarded as definitive, and in 2004 was the most-loved seasonal song with women aged 30–49, while the original 1946 recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1974. […]

 

Last updated on April 17th, 2017

Lyrics

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos

Everybody knows some holly and some mistletoe
Will 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 loaded 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

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
Merry Christmas to you

Officially appears on


Kisses On The Bottom - Complete Kisses

Official album • Released in 2012

3:35 • Studio version


Christmas Kisses

7" Single • Released in 2012

Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Vocals
Tommy LiPuma:
Producer
Diana Krall:
Piano, Rhythm arrangement
Karriem Riggins:
Drums
Robert Hurst:
Bass
John Pizzarelli:
Guitar

Holidays Rule

Official album • Released in 2012

3:55 • Studio version

Bootlegs


Kisses on the bottom - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

3:34 • Studio version


Kisses on the bottom - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

3:35 • Studio version • [remix]

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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