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enalzi
12-10-2008, 12:12 AM
Ever since I was a little kid I've known the Rudolph song to have extra lyrics that are "chanted" in the background at the end of each line. Now I know I've heard this on the radio before, so I don't think this is something we just made up as kids. Where did the come from.
Here are the lyrics, with the chanted part in parenthesis.

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer (reindeer)
had a very shiny nose. (like a light bulb!)
And if you ever saw him, (saw him)
you would even say it glows. (okay, I can never remember what goes here. Anyone wanna fill in the gaps?)

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 (ho ho ho)
"Rudolph with your nose so bright,
won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"

Then all the reindeer loved him (loved him)
as they shouted out with glee, (Yippie!)
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, (reindeer)
you'll go down in history! (Like George Washington! (or Christopher Columbus))

Runs With Scissors
12-10-2008, 12:42 AM
Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer (reindeer)
had a very shiny nose. (like a light bulb!)
And if you ever saw him, (saw him)
you would even say it glows. (Like a flash light!)




. .

Alan Smithee
12-10-2008, 12:43 AM
Like a light bulb!

ETA: Damn!

enalzi
12-10-2008, 12:44 AM
Really, it's the same thing twice?
How boring.

Bryan Ekers
12-10-2008, 12:47 AM
First time I heard them was Bart shouting them out at the end of the first episode of The Simpsons, back in '89. His response to the last line ("You'll go down in history!" / "Like Attila the Hun") angered Homer into strangle-mode.

Helena
12-10-2008, 01:05 AM
as they shouted out with glee, (Yippie!)

We always yell "With Glee!" (Why yes, I was an obnoxious, pedantic child.) :p

SurrenderDorothy
12-10-2008, 05:48 AM
I have no idea what the answer is, but the way I heard it was

You would even say it glows. (radiation!)

WOOKINPANUB
12-10-2008, 08:53 AM
We always followed "as they shouted out with glee" with "toothpaste!" (if anyone doesn't remember, there was a toothpaste called Gleam in the 70s).

sciurophobic
12-10-2008, 09:08 AM
I think it's the same person who wrote "Jingle Bells, Batman Smells".

Sateryn76
12-10-2008, 10:04 AM
I don't know, but whoever did should burn in hell. I first heard them at my cousin's school concert, and they are designed only to make Special Little Snowflakes shine...


Blarghhhh...

jayjay
12-10-2008, 10:13 AM
I don't know, but whoever did should burn in hell. I first heard them at my cousin's school concert, and they are designed only to make Special Little Snowflakes shine...


Blarghhhh...

Oh, please...they've been around for decades. We used to sing them when I was in grade school (in the 70s). They're not designed for anything...they're kidlore, like Bloody Mary (the ghost, not the queen) and Mirror, Mirror Disappear and Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts and that song about the school burning down and all the kids forcing the teachers back into the flames.

Wow...we'd have been in SO much trouble if we were kids today with that kind of repertoire...

Freudian Slit
12-10-2008, 10:24 AM
I don't know, but whoever did should burn in hell. I first heard them at my cousin's school concert, and they are designed only to make Special Little Snowflakes shine...

Er...how? If by "special little snowflakes," that's a reference to how kids are being imbued with way too much self esteem/everyone is special, etc. I don't see what extra lyrics have to do with that.

Sateryn76
12-10-2008, 10:26 AM
Oh, please...they've been around for decades. We used to sing them when I was in grade school (in the 70s). They're not designed for anything...they're kidlore, like Bloody Mary (the ghost, not the queen) and Mirror, Mirror Disappear and Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts and that song about the school burning down and all the kids forcing the teachers back into the flames.

Wow...we'd have been in SO much trouble if we were kids today with that kind of repertoire...


I must disagree - I've taught my kids "Jingle Bells, Batman Smells" and Bloody Mary and the version of "On Top of Ole Smokey" that ends with blowing off teacher's head, but those are funny to kids. I just taught my four-year old the Jingle Bells one, and I think it actually made him realize, in a limited 4-year old way, about music and lyrics.

Those Rudoplh lyrics add nothing to the song, IHMO, and since I've only ever heard packs of grade schoolers singing them at an "event" of some kind, they grate at my nerves.

Wile E
12-10-2008, 10:27 AM
When I was a kid we had a record* of Christmas songs, one of which was Rudolph. I believe they were sung by Gene Autry. I am pretty sure there were kids chanting the extra lyrics in the background of that song. I used to listen to it over and over. I don't know what ever happened to that record, I bet my mom made it have an unfortunate accident.

I credit that song with helping me remember all the reindeer names because it starts out naming them all, so whenever I need to know all the reindeer names I just start singing the song.






*That's pre-CD for you whipperschnappers.

Sateryn76
12-10-2008, 10:28 AM
Er...how? If by "special little snowflakes," that's a reference to how kids are being imbued with way too much self esteem/everyone is special, etc. I don't see what extra lyrics have to do with that.

Because they seem designed to make the kids seem "cute" which makes me want to vomit. The only way kids are truly cute is when they're not trying to do so (or, more acurately, when an adult of some kind wants them to be cute*).

*With the possible exception of most Halloween costumes, except Princesses :D

Acsenray
12-10-2008, 10:35 AM
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the burning of the school
We have tortured every teacher, we have broken every rule
Tomorrow afternoon, we will hang the principal
Our troops are marching on ...

Glory, glory hallelujah
Teacher hit me with a ruler
I met her at the door with a loaded .44
Now she ain't my teacher no more

BurnMeUp
12-10-2008, 01:44 PM
They were in place when I was a kid back in the 80's and I am sure they were from waaaay before that.

On a side note, if you rerally want to annoy some people, next time you're caroling, add in those verses. Then, every song after that, after the last verse add "Like a lightbulb!" We did that one year much to the chagrin of many people.

"sleeeep in heavenly peeeace.... LIKE A LIGHTBULB!"

samclem
12-10-2008, 07:21 PM
When I was a kid we had a record* of Christmas songs, one of which was Rudolph. I believe they were sung by Gene Autry. I am pretty sure there were kids chanting the extra lyrics in the background of that song.
When was that?

Cluricaun
12-10-2008, 09:14 PM
And when the author of the extra Rudolph lyrics grew up, he added the "Hey motherfucker, get laid, get fucked" lyrics to Mony Mony.

Civil Guy
12-10-2008, 10:06 PM
Randolph, the red nosed cowboy
Wore a very shiny gun
And if you ever saw it
It would make you want to run

All of the other cowboys
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Randolph
Join in any poker games

Then one smoggy Christmas Eve
Sherriff came to town
"Randolph, with your gun so bright,
"Won't you shoot my wife tonight?"

All of the other cowboys
laughed and shouted out with glee.
"Randolph, the red nosed cowboy,
"you will go and hang, you'll see!"

-Sorry, no sources. Heard it a looong time ago.

samclem
12-10-2008, 10:13 PM
Randolph, the red nosed cowboy
Wore a very shiny gun
And if you ever saw it
It would make you want to run

All of the other cowboys
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Randolph
Join in any poker games

Then one smoggy Christmas Eve
Sherriff came to town
"Randolph, with your gun so bright,
"Won't you shoot my wife tonight?"

All of the other cowboys
laughed and shouted out with glee.
"Randolph, the red nosed cowboy,
"you will go and hang, you'll see!"

-Sorry, no sources. Heard it a looong time ago.

Sorry. This one is near and dear to my heart. I think in the distant past that I have assumed that a friend and I wrote these in 5th grade. That would be in Ms. Sweet's class at McKinley Elementary, 1955-6. I'm sure we didn't, but I truly have a memory of doing this. I think this has been discussed on the Boards before.

We "invented" Randolph the bowlegged cowboy. That was the original.

Wile E
12-11-2008, 01:17 AM
When was that?
A long, long time ago. But not quite as long ago as when Autry supposedly recorded Rudolph, circa 1949.

Drain Bead
12-11-2008, 09:19 AM
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the burning of the school
We have tortured every teacher, we have broken every rule
Tomorrow afternoon, we will hang the principal
Our troops are marching on ...

Glory, glory hallelujah
Teacher hit me with a ruler
I met her at the door with a loaded .44
Now she ain't my teacher no more

I remember singing that when I was a kid. Nowadays, if a kid sang that anywhere near school they'd probably get arrested.

D. Fenestrator
12-11-2008, 09:40 AM
I learned the song as "Randolph the bald-headed cowboy," and after he shot Santa's wife he went down in history, but our version of the song didn't discuss how. Our teachers hated that song and forbade us from singing it, which of course made it even more popular among us kids.

I have heard the original version of Rudolph, the one that begins with the names of the reindeer, and it doesn't include the "like a light bulb" bits. I would't be too surprised if a newer version including them does exist, but the original was done straight. The "light bulb" version that I learned as a kid in the '70s was definitely meant to be irreverent and as subversive as one can get in grade school.

If we had ruined a school concert by singing the "light bulb" lyrics, we would have been in deep trouble, like we were when we sang the "mine eyes have seen the glory of the burning of the school" song on the school bus...

Annie-Xmas
12-11-2008, 10:07 AM
Rudolph the bald-headed cowboy had a very shiny gun.(real shiny!)
And if you ever saw it, you'd turn around and run (real fast!)
All of the other cowboys use to laugh and call him names (like Tenderfoot!)
They'd never let poor Rudolph join in any cowboy games (like bucking bronco!).

Then on foggy Christmas Eve Santa came to say
Rudolph with your gun so bright, won't you kill my wife tonight (real dead!).
Then all the cowboys loved him as they shouted out with glee (real glee!)
Rudolph the bald-headed cowboy, you'll go down in history (like Billllllly the Kiddddddd).

My siblings & I loved that song.

Wile E
12-11-2008, 10:26 AM
Ever since I was a little kid I've known the Rudolph song to have extra lyrics that are "chanted" in the background at the end of each line. Now I know I've heard this on the radio before, so I don't think this is something we just made up as kids. Where did the come from.
Here are the lyrics, with the chanted part in parenthesis.

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer (reindeer)
had a very shiny nose. (like a light bulb!)
And if you ever saw him, (saw him)
you would even say it glows. (okay, I can never remember what goes here. Anyone wanna fill in the gaps?)

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 (ho ho ho)
"Rudolph with your nose so bright,
won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"

Then all the reindeer loved him (loved him)
as they shouted out with glee, (Yippie!)
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, (reindeer)
you'll go down in history! (Like George Washington! (or Christopher Columbus))

Okay, I just remembered that the Autry version I grew up on (way after 1949) only had kids repeating the last word or two in the line instead of the light bulb type lines.

Telcontar
12-11-2008, 10:47 AM
If I have kids I am never, ever, playing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer for them. Nor jingle bells, *shiver*. Weird Al on the other hand....
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Night_Santa_Went_Crazy

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
12-11-2008, 12:01 PM
And when the author of the extra Rudolph lyrics grew up, he added the "Hey motherfucker, get laid, get fucked" lyrics to Mony Mony.

Was that before or after he scripted the audience parts for The Rocky Horror Picture Show?

dangermom
12-11-2008, 12:27 PM
I liked the version of The Battle Hymn that I learned better:

I wear my pink pajamas in the summer when it's hot
I wear my flannel nightie in the winter when it's not
But sometimes in the springtime and sometimes in the fall
I jump between the sheets with nothing on at all

Glory, glory hallelujah
Glory, glory, what's it to ya
Glory, glory, hallelujah,
With nothing on at all

Paradisel
12-04-2015, 07:09 AM
Sorry for being a thread necromancer but I found this thread while searching for this version of the song and noticed no one had mentioned finding any versions of it. My Girlfriend loves this version from her childhood so I've been seeking a copy of it.

Thus far I've found 2 versions with the additional lyrics, one by John Denver, in this version the children chant the added lyrics during both verses, the second is by Dinu Radu (??) and in it the first verses are normal and the second the children join in.

Again sorry for the thread necromancy but figured this may help anyone else that was like me and seeking the song.

burpo the wonder mutt
12-04-2015, 12:46 PM
Dashing through the snow
In a one-door Chevrolet
O'er the fields we go
Skidding all the way
Hubcaps flying off
Whene'er we make a turn
If we could just get a job
Some money we would earn...Oh,

Jingle bells, Batman smells a
Thousand miles away
Blows his nose in Cheerios and
Eats them every day...Oh,

Jingle bells, Batman smells
Robin laid an egg
The Batmobile lost its wheels
The Joker got away

enalzi
12-04-2015, 12:52 PM
This was one of the first topics I ever posted on here.

I suddenly feel very old.

Catamount
12-04-2015, 02:10 PM
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the burning of the school
We have tortured every teacher, we have broken every rule
Tomorrow afternoon, we will hang the principal
Our troops are marching on ...

Glory, glory hallelujah
Teacher hit me with a ruler
I met her at the door with a loaded .44
Now she ain't my teacher no more

According to my late Reverend Grandpa, the last two lines are as follows:

We hit her in the beanie with a rotten tangerine
Our gang goes marching on!

Those would be the Lutheran seminary lyrics.

Tread
12-04-2015, 02:34 PM
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the burning of the school
We have tortured every teacher, we have broken every rule
Tomorrow afternoon, we will hang the principal
Our troops are marching on ...

Glory, glory hallelujah
Teacher hit me with a ruler
I met her at the door with a loaded .44
Now she ain't my teacher no more

I remember this one... Jr High circa 1975,

I would not recommend a kids singing this in school in this day and age.


Randolph, the red nosed cowboy
Wore a very shiny gun
.

He was a bow-legged Cowboy when we were singing it.

And to the tune of the Branded Tv SHow

Stranded

Stranded on a bathroom bowl
What do you do when you're stranded,
and you haven't got a roll.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

It's about Time
It's about Space
It's about time
I slap your face,


I wonder how these got all over the country, even at the smallest, most rural schools all the kids knew these songs.
No social media or internet of any kind, but they all mad the rounds.

Malthus
12-04-2015, 02:53 PM
Heh, I still remember a bunch of obscene childish ditties from grade school (mostly versions of TV show theme songs and commercial jingles, circa the late 1970s).

This stuff is taking up valuable neurons. Why can I remember every word to "Sodomite Man" (sung to the tune of "Spider Man") that I learned from a kid during a rainy recess 38 years ago, when I can't remember who I was supposed to write an opinion for at work yesterday? :confused:

Abner Ravenwood
12-04-2015, 04:22 PM
Heh, I still remember a bunch of obscene childish ditties from grade school (mostly versions of TV show theme songs and commercial jingles, circa the late 1970s).

This stuff is taking up valuable neurons. Why can I remember every word to "Sodomite Man" (sung to the tune of "Spider Man") that I learned from a kid during a rainy recess 38 years ago, when I can't remember who I was supposed to write an opinion for at work yesterday? :confused:

We used to sing the Beverly Hillbillies one.

Once upon a time there was a man named Jed,
Had a lot of hair but it wasn't on his head.
Then one day he was shootin' for some food,
And up from the ground came a red headed nude.

Nude that is.
No clothes, naked.

Well the next thing you know ole Jed's in bed,
fucking the hell out of that red head.
Then Granny comes in with a big shotgun,
...something something something, then it ends with "run."

I can't remember that last line for the life of me.

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
12-04-2015, 04:29 PM
We used to sing the Beverly Hillbillies one.

I never heard that, but my younger brother picked up this one somewhere:

Let me tell you all a story 'bout a man named Jed
A poor mountaineer, really kept 'em all in bed
Down went the covers and up went the worm,
And up you-know-where went bubblin' sperm!

Octarine
12-04-2015, 04:34 PM
At my school, the naughtier kids always sang "Santa came to say (in his underwear!)"

Well, at the time it seemed like cutting-edge satire.

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