What was the world's first Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is
now owned by St. Nicholas Music Inc., but it was originally written by Robert L.
May in 1939 for the Montgomery Ward department stores and published as
a book which was given to children during Christmas at the store.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was adapted into the
song in 1949 and was written by Johnny Marks, who
happened to be Robert L. May's brother-in-law.
Now, onto the lyrics:
You know Dasher and Dancer
And Prancer and Vixen,
Comet and Cupid
And Donder and Blitzen,
But do you recall
The most famous reindeer of all?
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it glows
All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games
Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say
"Rudolph, with your nose so bright,
Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"
Then all the reindeer loved him
As they shouted out with glee:
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,
You'll go down in history!
The Original Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - 1939
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