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The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)

Written by Mel TormeBob Wells

Album This song officially appears on the Holidays Rule Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2012

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


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Song facts

The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)” is a classic Christmas song written in 1945 by Bob Wells and Mel Tormé. It has been recorded many times over the years (by Nat King Cole, Mel Tormé, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra…). Paul McCartney recorded it during the sessions for his 2012 album “Kisses On The Bottom“.

It was released in October 2012, on the Christmas album “Holidays Rule“. A different version – with extra strings and recorded live – was released on “Kisses On The Bottom – Complete Kisses“.

Last updated on December 2, 2020

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 versionL1

Paul McCartney :
Vocals
Tommy LiPuma :
Producer

Christmas Kisses (Red Edition)

7" Single • Released in 2012

3:35 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Vocals
Tommy LiPuma :
Producer
Diana Krall :
Piano, Rhythm arrangement
Karriem Riggins :
Drums
Robert Hurst :
Bass
John Pizzarelli :
Guitar
Al Schmitt :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Brian Montgomery :
Additional engineering
Tim Marchiafava :
Assistant engineer
Chandler Harrold :
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
May 2011 ?
Studio :
Avatar Studios, New York, USA


Holidays Rule

Official album • Released in 2012

3:55 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Vocals
Tommy LiPuma :
Producer
Diana Krall :
Piano, Rhythm arrangement
Karriem Riggins :
Drums
Robert Hurst :
Bass
John Pizzarelli :
Guitar
Al Schmitt :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Brian Montgomery :
Additional engineering
Tim Marchiafava :
Assistant engineer
Chandler Harrold :
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
May 2011 ?
Studio :
Avatar Studios, New York, USA


Christmas Kisses (Green Edition)

7" Single • Released in 2012

3:35 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Vocals
Tommy LiPuma :
Producer
Diana Krall :
Piano, Rhythm arrangement
Karriem Riggins :
Drums
Robert Hurst :
Bass
John Pizzarelli :
Guitar
Al Schmitt :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Brian Montgomery :
Additional engineering
Tim Marchiafava :
Assistant engineer
Chandler Harrold :
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
May 2011 ?
Studio :
Avatar Studios, New York, USA


The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)

CD Single • Released in 2012

3:35 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Vocals
Tommy LiPuma :
Producer
Diana Krall :
Piano, Rhythm arrangement
Karriem Riggins :
Drums
Robert Hurst :
Bass
John Pizzarelli :
Guitar
Al Schmitt :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Brian Montgomery :
Additional engineering
Tim Marchiafava :
Assistant engineer
Chandler Harrold :
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
May 2011 ?
Studio :
Avatar Studios, New York, USA


Holidays

EP • Released in 2020

3:35 • Studio version

Bootlegs


Kisses on the bottom - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

3:34 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Vocals
Tommy LiPuma :
Producer
Diana Krall :
Piano, Rhythm arrangement
Karriem Riggins :
Drums
Robert Hurst :
Bass
John Pizzarelli :
Guitar
Al Schmitt :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Brian Montgomery :
Additional engineering
Tim Marchiafava :
Assistant engineer
Chandler Harrold :
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
May 2011 ?
Studio :
Avatar Studios, New York, USA


Kisses on the bottom - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

3:35 • Studio versionL1

Paul McCartney :
Vocals
Tommy LiPuma :
Producer

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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