Well, it’s Christmas eve. And like many others today, we’ve been listening to quite a few Christmas songs.
One of the songs I’ve heard a few times on the radio this year is “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”. It’s a classic, especially among children. And something I think many children learned with this song was the “echo” that came after each line.
Growing up in Buffalo, my sisters and I learned one version of it. When we moved to NJ, we discovered that my new friends had learned different echos back in the day.
I’m curious what lyrics you use(or used to use). I’m including what I know (in parenthesis), and you can comment with your differences. The ones I usually hear differently I’ll bold:
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (reindeer)
Had a very shiny nose (like a light bulb)
And if you ever saw it (saw it)
You would even say it glows (like a light bulb)
All of the other reindeer (reindeer)
Used to laugh and call him names (like Pinocchio)
They never let poor Rudolph (Rudolph)
Join in any reindeer-games (like Monopoly)
Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say,
“Rudolph with your nose so bright
Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”
Then how the reindeer loved him (loved him)
As they shouted out with glee, (with glee!)
“Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, (reindeer)
“You’ll go down in history!” (like George Washington!)
How different are your lyrics, and what are they? And where did you grow up? I’m pretty sure it varies by region, though it could vary by elementary school or music teacher, for all I know.
Anyway, just thought this would be fun. Merry Christmas!