Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)

Christmas is coming.
Kids aged 1 to 92:
It's coming for you.

This is the "chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose" song, and it was written by Bob Wells and Mel Torme in 1944. I thought that the chestnuts and Jack Frost (Dylan's pseudonym as a producer, by the way) were too obvious for haiku purposes, so I seized on the lyric:

"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."

Dylan recorded it for the 2009 album "Christmas in the Heart."

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