T’WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Music by Mikie Harris (BMI)& Clement C. Moore (Public Domain)
MIRIMUSIC Publishing, LLC
© 2012 All rights reserved
VERSE 1: T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St.Nicholas soon would be there.
VERSE 2: The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And I in my ‘kerchief, and Pa in his cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap.
BRIDGE1: When out on the lawn --- arose such a clatter,
That I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
VERSE 3: The moon on the crest of the new-fallen snow
Gave the brightness of mid-day to objects below.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.
VERSE 4: With a little old driver, so lively and quick
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
Faster than eagles his reindeer they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!
BRIDGE 2: “Now Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now Prancer! And Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”
VERSE 5: And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
VERSE 6: He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
BRIDGE3: His eyes --- how they twinkled! His dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
VERSE 7: He had a broad face and a round little belly,
That shook, when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
VERSE 8: He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.
BRIDGE 4: He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
ENDING: But I heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"