The Christmas Song
Aaron Neville Lyrics


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Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack frost nipping at your nose
Yule-tide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos.

Everybody knows a turkey
And some mistletoe
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.

Overall Meaning

The song "Christmas Song" by Aaron Neville is a classic holiday tune that captures the essence of the Christmas season. The song begins with the image of chestnuts roasting on an open fire and Jack Frost nipping at one's nose. These sensory details set the mood for the holiday season and evoke feelings of warmth and coziness. The next verse describes the sounds of Yule-tide carols being sung by a choir and people dressed up like Eskimos. The imagery in this verse creates an idyllic holiday scene that is both nostalgic and timeless.


The chorus of the song highlights the timeless traditions of the holiday season, including eating turkey and hanging mistletoe. The reference to "tiny tots with their eyes all aglow" emphasizes the excitement and wonder of Christmas for children. The anticipation of Santa's arrival is also a central theme, as children eagerly wait for him to deliver toys and goodies on his sleigh. The final verse brings the song full circle by returning to the opening image of chestnuts roasting on an open fire. The song concludes with the singer offering the simple phrase, "Merry Christmas to you," a sentiment that captures the spirit of the holiday season and reminds listeners of the importance of connection and goodwill towards others.


Line by Line Meaning

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
The smell of roasted chestnuts in the air brings warmth and comfort during the cold winter season.


Jack frost nipping at your nose
The icy wind and freezing temperatures are biting at your face and nose, causing discomfort and reminding you to bundle up.


Yule-tide carols being sung by a choir
The joyful sound of Christmas music being sung by a group of voices in harmony. It is a reminder of the true spirit of the season.


And folks dressed up like Eskimos.
People are bundled up in warm, cozy clothes, resembling the traditional dress of Eskimos. It shows how we adapt and prepare for the cold weather during the holidays.


Everybody knows a turkey
Turkey is a popular food item during Christmas and everyone is familiar with it as a staple for the holiday feast.


And some mistletoe
Mistletoe, a romantic tradition during Christmas, hangs above couples' heads for them to kiss underneath. It brings love and joy to the season.


Help to make the season bright
Food, decorations, and traditions all contribute to the festive and bright atmosphere of the holiday season.


Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow
Children, excited for Christmas morning and the presents they will receive, have wide eyes full of excitement and anticipation.


Will find it hard to sleep tonight.
Filled with anticipation and excitement, children find it difficult to get to sleep the night before Christmas.


They know that Santa's on his way
Children believe that Santa Claus, the magical gift-giver, will be coming soon with presents on Christmas morning.


He's loaded lots of toys
Santa Claus has brought many toys and gifts to children to make their Christmas special and memorable.


And goodies on his sleigh
Along with toys, Santa Claus has brought treats and snacks for all the good boys and girls on his sleigh.


And every mother's child is gonna spy
All children are looking forward to seeing Santa Claus and catching a glimpse of his magical reindeer leading his sleigh.


To see if reindeer
Children are curious to see if Santa Claus's magical reindeer really exist and can fly through the sky delivering presents.


Really know how to fly.
Children are in awe of the magic of Christmas and believe that Santa Claus's reindeer really can fly and deliver presents to everyone around the world.


And so I'm offering this simple phrase
The singer is offering a simple, yet meaningful phrase to everyone as a warm and heartfelt message for the holiday season.


To kids from one to ninety-two
The message is intended for everyone, from young children to the elderly, to remind us all of the spirit of Christmas.


Although it's been said
The message may be something that has been heard before, but it still holds its meaning and importance for the holiday season.


Many times, many ways
The message of Merry Christmas and good wishes for the season has been expressed in many different ways over time, but the sentiment remains the same.


Merry Christmas to you.
The singer wishes everyone a happy and joyous Merry Christmas, filled with love, peace, and celebration.




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Comments from YouTube:

K. Caruso

Timeless and unique! I don't think he has ever received the recognition he deserves.

MCG

The original artist Charles Brown never got his deserved recognition either...

Dee Moore

Aaron is my voice to be forever grateful to hear it often at my holiday times and beyond! Love to hear him sing heartfelt Christmas tunes!!

Rosa Barnes

I agree Boo Boo.

Mr Beedoz

Aaron's voice and style is a STAND-ALONE! Much luv ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

Rosa Barnes

Sooooo true Dozie.

M H

He is the best. Definitely has his own style and no one can come close.

Rosa Barnes

Hi Ashley Masion. You hit the nail on the head!! No voice is like his. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

nicholas mistic

From a family of wonderful misicians. His older brother is credited by some for being one of the originators of FUNK!!! Happy Holidays Neville Family and Friends

socolover64

I agree

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