Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


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I just came back from a lovely trip along the Milky Way
Stopped off at the North Pole to spend a holiday
I called on dear old Santa Claus
To see what I could see
He took me to his workshop
And told his plans to me, so

[Chorus]
You better watch out, you better not cry
Better not pout, I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is comin' to town
He's making a list and checking it twice
Gonna find out who's naughty and nice
Santa Claus is comin' to town
He sees you when you're sleepin'
He knows when you're a wake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake
Oh! You better watch out, you better not cry
Better not pout, I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is comin' to town

With little tin horns and little toy drums
Rooty toot toots and rummy tum tums
Santa Claus is comin' to town
And curly head dolls that toddle and coo
Elephants, boats, and kiddie cars too
Santa Claus is comin' to town
Then kids in Girl and Boy land will have a jubilee
They're gonna build a Toyland all around the Christmas tree
So! You better watch out, you better not cry
Better not pout, I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is comin' to town

Now Santa is a busy man, He has no time to play
He's got millions of stockings to fill on Christmas day
You'd better write your letter now
And mail it right away
Because he's getting ready
His reindeer's and his sleigh. So

[Chorus]

With little tin horns and little toy drums
Rooty toot toots and rummy tum tums
Santa Claus is comin' to town
And curly head dolls that toddle and coo
Elephants, boats, and kiddie cars too
Santa Claus is comin' to town
Then kids in Girl and Boy land will have a jubilee
They're gonna build a Toyland all around the Christmas tree
So! You better watch out, you better not cry




Better not pout, I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is comin' to town

Overall Meaning

The Mighty Sparrow's “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” is a playful ode to the familiar tale of the beloved gift-giver, Santa Claus. The song begins with the singer returning from a trip along the Milky Way and stopping off at the North Pole to visit Santa Claus in his workshop. The jolly old man takes the singer under his wing and reveals some of his plans for delivering gifts to children all around the world. He tells the singer that he is making a list and checking it twice, to find out who's naughty and nice, so the children better watch out and not cry or pout.


The rest of the song describes the types of toys that Santa Claus is bringing to town, including little tin horns, little toy drums, rooty toot toots, and rummy tum tums. He also brings curly head dolls that toddle and coo, elephants, boats, and kiddie cars, promising to bring joy to all the children in Girl and Boy Land by building a Toyland all around the Christmas tree. The chorus is repeated throughout the song, with a reminder to always be good for goodness sake because Santa Claus is coming to town, and he knows if you've been bad or good.


Overall, the song is a lighthearted celebration of the holiday season and the joy that Santa Claus brings to children all around the world. It reminds us to be good and kind to one another, especially during this time of year.


Line by Line Meaning

I just came back from a lovely trip along the Milky Way
I've just come from a great journey among stars, and I'm excited about it.


Stopped off at the North Pole to spend a holiday
I took a break at the North Pole to enjoy myself.


I called on dear old Santa Claus to see what I could see
I visited Santa Claus, a person I admire, to know more about him.


He took me to his workshop and told his plans to me, so
He showed me his workplace and told me about his upcoming plans.


You better watch out, you better not cry, Better not pout, I'm telling you why, Santa Claus is comin' to town
Be careful and joyful, respect the traditions, and be ready to receive Santa Claus.


He's making a list and checking it twice, Gonna find out who's naughty and nice, Santa Claus is comin' to town
Santa Claus is making a list of people's behavior during the year, and he'll reward the good ones and punish the bad ones.


He sees you when you're sleeping, He knows when you're a wake, He knows if you've been bad or good, So be good for goodness sake
Santa Claus has a supernatural power that enables him to know everything about everyone, so people should behave well not because of fear but because of kindness and morality.


With little tin horns and little toy drums, Rooty toot toots and rummy tum tums, Santa Claus is comin' to town
There will be music and fun when Santa Claus arrives in the town, and the sound of toy instruments will join the celebration.


And curly head dolls that toddle and coo, Elephants, boats, and kiddie cars too, Santa Claus is comin' to town
Santa Claus brings a variety of gifts appropriate for children, mostly toys like dolls, elephants, boats, cars, and so on.


Then kids in Girl and Boy land will have a jubilee, They're gonna build a Toyland all around the Christmas tree, So! You better watch out, you better not cry, Better not pout, I'm telling you why, Santa Claus is comin' to town
Children will be happy and energetic when they receive the gifts, and they'll gather around the Christmas tree to create a magical space full of toys and joy.


Now, Santa is a busy man, He has no time to play, He's got millions of stockings to fill on Christmas day, You'd better write your letter now, And mail it right away, Because he's getting ready, His reindeer's and his sleigh. So
Santa is always busy managing his gifts and completing his duties, so children should write their letters early and send them quickly to make sure Santa has enough time to prepare for Christmas and visit all the children with his magic reindeer and sleigh.




Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn

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