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Jolly Old St. Nicholas, an Illustrated Song

Posted on: December 22, 2016

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Jolly Old St. Nicholas (A Holiday Book with Lights and Music)
Traditional Tune (also Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major)
Words by Anonymous
Illustrated by Donna Race

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Jolly Old St. Nicholas
Traditional Tune (also Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major)
Words by Anonymous
Illustrations by Andrea Gabriel

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Jolly Old St. Nicholas
Traditional Tune (also Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major)
Words by Anonymous
Illustrated by Katherine Wilson

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JOLLY OLD ST. NICHOLAS is featured in:

Stories of Santa (Up on the Housetop, Jolly Old St. Nicholas)

Words and Music by (or attributed to), Benjamin Russell Hanby
Traditional Tune (also Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major)
Words by Anonymous
Illustrated by “Hallmark Archives and Design Collection”

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SING ALONG

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Sing “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” along with Eloise G.:
http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/weezie-jolly-113009

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Sing “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” along with Chet Atkins:
http://www.amazon.com/Jolly-Old-St-Nicholas/dp/B0013AWDA6/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1292589629&sr=1-8

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VIDEOS

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Sing “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” with this YouTube karaoke video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OtM-4x22pE
(I love the dramatic interlude!)

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SONG ORIGINS

Read a wiki article about “Jolly Old St. Nicholas,” here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jolly_Old_Saint_Nicholas

This article suggests that the authorship is in question, but that it is possible that Benjamin Hanby also wrote the lyrics for this song.  The article suggests also (and one must be wary of wiki article assertions) that James Lord Pierpont (who wrote “Jingle Bells“) wrote the music and based it on Johann Pachelbel’s “Canon in D Major.”  Fun exercise, if you listen to the YouTube of “Canon in D Major” below, you can easily hear the melody and even sing the song with it:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wpPk8qk3uQ

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There is some discussion about the attributions of the lyrics and variation on the lyrics, but this is a good set (you can always make up your own):

JOLLY OLD ST NICHOLAS
Attributions Unsure

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas,
Lean your ear this way;
Don’t you tell a single soul
What I’m going to say,

Christmas Eve is coming soon;
Now you dear old man,
Whisper what you’ll bring to me;
Tell me if you can.

When the clock is striking twelve,
When I’m fast asleep,
Down the chimney broad and black
With your pack you’ll creep;
All the stockings you will find
Hanging in a row;
Mine will be the shortest one;
You’ll be sure to know.

Johnny wants a pair of skates;
Susie wants a sled;
Nelly wants a picture book –
Yellow, blue and red.
Now I think I’ll leave to you
What to give the rest.
Choose for me, dear Santa Claus;
You will know the best.

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Related Posts

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CHRISTMAS

A Collection of Singable Picture Books that celebrate CHRISTMAS!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/singable-picture-books-for-christmas/

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SANTA SONGS

For a post dedicated to Singable Picture Books about Santa (with sing-along track suggestions and YouTubes), click here:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/17/may-i-suggest-sing-about-santa/

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