Johnny Mercer & the Pied Pipers - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1947)





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Uploaded on Oct 27, 2010

"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" is a Christmas song. It was written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie, and was first sung on Eddie Cantor's radio show in November 1934. It became an instant hit with orders for 100,000 copies of sheet music the next day and more than 400,000 copies sold by Christmas. The earliest known recorded version of the song was by banjoist Harry Reser and his band on October 24, 1934 (Decca 264A) featuring Tom Stacks on vocal, the version shown in the Variety charts of December 1934. The song was a sheet music hit, reaching #1. The song was also recorded on September 26, 1935, by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra. The song is a traditional standard at Christmas time, and has been covered by numerous recording artist.

Fat man's coming
Fat man's coming

You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town

He's making a list
And checking it twice
Gonna find out Who's naughty and nice
Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!

You better watch out!
You better not cry
You better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town

Hey kids look out don't cry
Watch your step I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town

He's got a list as long as your arm
He's never missed a city or farm
Santa Claus is coming to town

If little Hal and Charlie
Don't mind their P's and Q's
How sad! Too bad! They'll wish they had!
When the old boy (Santa) blows his fuse!

Take my advise the first thing you know
You will improve your status quo
Keep you conduct steady
He may bring you Hedy (Hedy Lamarr)
Hey Santa!

He's a coming
Santa's coming to town


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