Bob Dylan - The Christmas Song Lyrics

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.

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  1. aartmark

    Somebody was being naughty.

  2. Ali Salim

    احمد نجم؟

  3. Mostafa 74

    من عند نجم ❤

  4. Menna A Ibrahim

    From negm❤️

  5. Paddy Mooney

    If you want a Christmas song that ruins Christmas you found it

  6. steve perry

    i love it, a mix of dylan, tex mex, klezmer and xmas!!!

  7. SHSRaiderBand21

    It's weird hearing Bob Dylan singing Polka

  8. Stefan Schleps

    Thanks Bob.

  9. TheBluewaterBlonde

    Bob Dylan at his best for children. He also plays for free in his grandchildren's school classrooms. They call him that weird guy with the guitar, too young to realize they are sitting down in front of a worldwide legend. But the teacher knows and so do their parents.
    Bob Dylan is a Messianic Jew, which encompasses both Judaism and Christianity.

  10. jerlands

    how 'bout this...

  11. jerlands

    you people really enrich our lives...


    that's for all the shit to pick up after ya huh...


    like a thief in the night...


    you just had to affect generations didn't you...

  12. Nina Pross

    My favorite Christmas song and Little Drummer Boy

  13. jack littlebig

    ... interesting, trouble starts when politics is introduced into the Christmas song,
    " ... Must be Santa, Santa Claus
    Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen
    Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon
    Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen
    Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton ... "
    Merry Christmas Bob

  14. jerlands

    that little war you brought upon me is gonna fit nicely up your ass...


    your fucking love of degeneration...

  15. jerlands

    yeh... only buttfuck could host a party like that...


    the inverted....


    the unholy...


    those with incomplete thinking...

  16. Kevin Gruen

    I love bob dylan but something about this is cheap and cringy

  17. Terry Ritchie

    Bob serenading Satan.

  18. sleepypie

    I love this video, but I still prefer the Sing Along With Mitch version.

  19. shadow1


  20. John Browne

    Got this CD but don't know if it's a joke or not.

  21. Kris Kozolanka

    Dylan knows society is fed through the myth machine. Spiritual rising at Christmas is a huge blockbuster for all parts of the economy. Dylan contributes his animated, juxtaposition to all affairs, troubled sequence and merry cajoling into oblivios applause. Very Dylan esque, I love it!

  22. mcaddicts

    He was just a lonely Jew on christmas so he did this song.


    Bob became a Christian back in the 1980s.

  23. Alex Madsen

    How Bob Dylan did all that without loosing his wig was incredible. Marry Christmas 🌴🌳🌲🎄👽

  24. a oneiill

    Millers Crossing?

  25. sfdint

    Proof positive that Dylan does have a sense of humor.

  26. Vo Gue

    I'm really not sure what to say so I won't say anything, lol.

  27. paperboy

    Buon Natale 2019

  28. Bill Layton

    that's awesome!

  29. Barrie Hellon-Warwick

    Hasn't been relevant since about 1972...

  30. Louis Filliger

    Uhmm.. this is super catchy

  31. Jeremy Sphincter

    The Duquesne Whistle video was violent and so is this. I like them...just saying.

  32. O K

    Hahahahahahahahhahahahahhahahahahahahahahahhahahahahaha..............aaaaaaaaaaahhahahahahahahahahahaha. WTF is with that wig and Bob partying with these office people? Dylan is a genius, but this is simply strange, almost demented.

  33. Navin Bagga

    This song puts you right into the festive spirit!

  34. Rodney Dempster

    Heard this for the first time on the radio this morning (xmas day 2019, said it was based on a German drinking song I like it a lot.

  35. Saul Koll

    mazel tov!

  36. Dee Rutledge

    How could anyone not like this?...Merry Christmas from Georgia...❤️

    Ralph Williams

    And when was the last time you saw this national treasure as you call him in this country or do you mean USA national treasure

    Dee Rutledge

    I seen him at The Beacon Theatre, NY Dec of 2019...i am not quite sure of what point you're trying to make...However, I consider Bob Dylan to be a Treasure (He writes beautiful poetry and mixes them into Music to accomplish Beautiful Timeless Songs that will be Listened to forever all around the World...I did not call him a National Treasure but now that you mention it..He actually is for me and too many to count here in my Home Country U.S.A and from the views and most comments across the World he gets the same standing ovation....he is timeless, priceless and I am from a long line of Americans before America actually was America and extremely proud of my heritage...His voice is still Great...He has aged gracefully, meaning he is still a very handsome man...Forever Young...more talent in his pinky finger on one hand than most musicians of today will ever have...Hope I cleared that up for you... I still think your reply was meant for someone else...It's All Good...Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Have a Great New Year...From Georgia, U.S.A.

  37. hatfez

    It's true.
    Musicians like Mr Zimmermann always get the best drugs....

  38. JA_NPH

    Love this song, it should be played more at Christmas. Love how the drummer looks like Joe Pesci. M.C ALL

  39. Rzulmisi

    Must be sataaaaaaaaaan

  40. Ba Pete

    Looking for a girl I use to know back in 1977-8 her name was Debbie and she lived in Blaby Leicestershire her last name I never new..... her Dad was Colin he was a lorry driver worked for Coates of Leicester and she also had a Brother...... My name his ( Rubbish I would say ) Pete from Kettering I use to ride my motorbike over to see her on Sunday afternoon but I let her down badly and I want to say sorry for what I did and ask her if she could forgive me.... so if anyone knows her please let her know Thanks......👍🇬🇧🤓

    Marcus Sandholm

    Shame on you, you can never make it up

    Ba Pete

    Marcus Sandholm You are right.....but I still want to try.....Happy New Year to you......👍🇬🇧🤓

    Marcus Sandholm

    @Ba Pete The same, there will allways be regrets, that´s life. Nothing you can do anymore.

  41. jdj830

    The guy who throws the glasses and crashes through the window is also the director of this video - an Australian named Nash Edgerton. As if you couldn’t tell, he’s a professional stuntman, and among his many credits he was the stunt double for Ewan McGregor in the Star Wars prequels. He’s also directed a couple of feature films and his latest gig is an Australian sitcom called Mr. Inbetween. This is one of four videos he directed for Bob Dylan.


    Howd he get that gig?

  42. chiken tennis

    You don't understand what a national treasure bob dylan is


    I do. This is a really cheery song. Bob is a trip. Oh, and I took my daughter to see him at the Beacon three weeks ago. I can't shut up about it. It was cool. I never heard this song before. Did he write that song? It's great for the kids. I'm glad I listened to it. I thought it would be horrible. I heard his Christmas album was actually pretty cool. The only Christmas album I like is John Fahey's. I used to play classical guitar before I got arthritis. I had a book of Christmas songs for classical guitar, from the 17th century, not the songs about presents and Santa, the sacred kind. Christmas song lyrics are kinda hokey, but played well the sacred songs on solo guitar are pleasant. OK, bye bye fellow Dylan fan.

    chiken tennis

    @NELSON X cool


    @chiken tennis
    Yeah, Dylan was real cool. I found a bootleg on youtube of the concert we saw, Dec 6th, and the music is growing on me. Bob's changes take getting used to. I went to his concert not expecting him to be this way or that way. It was nice seeing my hero, and the crowd, they just plain loved him, everyone glad to be there. Bob, numero uno USA!

    Kevin OLoane

    @NELSON X was?


    @Kevin OLoane
    At the concert, 3 weeks ago, past tense. He's somewhere now being IS cool, and tomorrow he'll be just AS cool. In a hundred years he'll be cool. He'll be cooler dead than anyone alive.
    Are we cool?

  43. Lucia Barajas

    Omg! This is beautiful! Hahhahahha hahhahahhahah I love it!

  44. Świr Troll Szarman

    its today
    special night
    and who s walking in my roof?
    Its must be Santa!

  45. King Of Sync

    Bob you sold out


    King Of Sync By selling out you mean giving all the profits of this album to charity ? Nice one.

  46. hippydippy

    This is too much fun (and I have ZERO Christmas Spirit!)

  47. Gavin Ho

    Even Christmas songs he can do well

  48. Chris Maddox

    Wow! I've never seen Bob in such a way. Lovely!

  49. John Harmon

    "Who has inspired this Christmas jig?
    Must be Santa Claus
    Who's gonna bring me a new wig?
    Hope it's Santa Claus"

  50. Sarah Mainero

    another verse....who’s been alive for years and’s still not dead. santa’s been alive for years and’s still not dead. hat that’s red, still not dead.

    Mark McDowell

    Rhythmically, doesn't scan.

  51. Michael Heath

    Since I'm a Dylan fan, I believe this is actually Johnny Depp mimicking Bob Dylan.

  52. Buffet Slayer

    I hate Christmas as it's my birthday the same day of our Lord baby jebus. . But when I put this song on late Christmas eve, I'm up for it... This is by far the best Christmas song ever, and the best Bob Dylan song ever... prove me wrong. 😎😙

  53. Scott Flowe

    2 minutes and 49 seconds of pure WTF ? It's just bizarre

    Garret LeBuis

    No. It must be Santa. Must be Santa. Must be Santa, Santa Claus.

    Scott Flowe

    @Garret LeBuis No . It must be Robert . It must be Robert . Must be Robert , Robert Zimmerman. Natas Liah . Find peace through understanding

    Nina Pross

    That's how Minnesota goes

  54. north2kohala

    Ho ho ho ho, it's 2019 and it's still you, babe! 2019

  55. alyson

    Damn this is really shit!

  56. Derek Power

    No Bob no.

  57. DDHOperator

    "Ugh, why are you bringing your Uncle Robert to Christmas?"
    "What!? He's a good time, plus he'll bring his guitar and sing with the kids and everyone!"
    "Yeah, but remember last year, he got drunk and hit on my mom?"
    "Yeah, but up until that point, we were having a great time."
    "As long as he doesn't wear that hat and suit again, and get him a haircut, please."
    "No promises."

  58. Borderina As

    Mah ...dear Zimmy...

  59. Korpien Mahtijullit

    Way to go Bob! Thank you for another great Song!^^

  60. Sam T Godfrey

    I... I... I sit here typeless....

  61. Emery Island

    ahahahaha I love this! Merry Christmas!!! xxx

  62. Richard Pachter

    A Klezmer Christmas tribute to Tom Petty?

  63. Janet Claire Burke

    It looked like his ex-wife Sarah may have been in this video sitting at the bar.

  64. max zeals

    hey that's a good song man

  65. paulmacbcn

    Now we know who threw the glass.

    George Paul Burdell

    Dominic Behan

  66. Lee Bartholomew

    10 yrs old now... Still a fav video. Don't mind the song alone but going thru the window like that had a great ending result ;)

  67. Tyler Baal

    Theory: The guy that freaks out and starts throwing things has realized that he is in Hell, and he tries to escape by jumping through the window. Dylan and Satan, er, Santa, watch him run into the darkness... knowing he has nowhere to run, really.

  68. Michael Marks

    Klezmer music about Santa. Love

  69. Adelina Maria

    Who's got a beard that's long and white?
    Santa's got a beard that's long and white

    Who comes around on a special night?
    Santa comes around on a special night

    Special Night, beard that's white

    Must be Santa
    Must be Santa
    Must be Santa, Santa Clause

    [Verse 2]
    Who wears boots and a suit of red?
    Santa wears boots and a suit of red

    Who wears a long cap on his head?
    Santa wears a long cap on his head

    Cap on head, suit that's red
    Special night, beard that's white

    Must be Santa
    Must be Santa
    Must be Santa, Santa Clause

    [Verse 3]
    Who's got a big red cherry nose?
    Santa's got a big red cherry nose

    Who laughs this way - "HO HO HO"?
    Santa laughs this way "HO HO HO"

    HO HO HO, cherry nose
    Cap on head, suit that's red
    Special night, beard that's white

    Must be Santa
    Must be Santa
    Must be Santa, Santa Clause

    [Verse 4]
    Who very soon will come our way?
    Santa very soon will come our way

    Eight little reindeer pull his sleigh?
    Santa's little reindeer pull his sleigh

    Reindeer sleigh, come our way
    HO HO HO, cherry nose
    Cap on head, suit that's red
    Special night, beard that's white

    Must be Santa
    Must be Santa
    Must be Santa, Santa Clause

    [Verse 5]
    Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen
    Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon
    Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen
    Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton

    Reindeer sleigh, come our way
    HO HO HO, cherry nose
    Cap on head, suit that's red
    Special night, beard that's white

    Must be Santa
    Must be Santa
    Must be Santa, Santa Clause
    Must be Santa
    Must be Santa
    Must be Santa, Santa Clause

  70. black cat

    dylan stinks!!!!!!!


    Don't put yourself down my friend

  71. Pete Jones

    How bizarre. .never ever thought I'd see bob Dylan doing a Xmas song

  72. Jay Rice

    Dylan meets the Pogues

  73. Jay Rice

    Love this!

  74. tsukyo gintoki

    2k19 here👇

  75. Able Skate Mag

    I can’t tell if these positive comments are sarcastic or not 🤔

  76. m. LeonardTyson

    Cool vid...Chag Urim Sameach!

  77. sharf fam

    I cant take this song

    Jakub Paxa

    sharf fam greatest song of all time

  78. sharf fam

    This is trash and not the one😰😰😰😰😰

  79. rangatang100

    Proper lad no worrys

  80. James Horwitz

    wait, when did Dylan go electric?

  81. Joe Palooka

    Only Bob Dylan could get away with this crap. Nobody else could.

  82. Roald %

    Oh this I music, I though the breaks were going out on my car

  83. Dudley Evenson

    ha ha ho ho #peacethroughmusic in many forms!

  84. Charles Winokoor

    Tex-Mex polka? Who the hell knows, but it's the best Santa song out there.

  85. Don Bruce

    And a very kosher Christmas to you!

  86. Ted Szweb

    My Grandson is doing this song this year in his kindergarten class. The first time I’ve ever heard it. 😀

  87. Stanley Cardwell

    Is that Hugh Jackman running through the house and swinging on the chandelier?

  88. Marissa Dower-morgan

    Merry Christmas !

  89. Nancy Eaton

    Love that one of the reindeer names is Nixon (rhymes with...)

  90. Dominique X

    best fucking song ever and the only tolerable christmas song

  91. Paul Tatara

    This video has become a Christmas viewing tradition for me! I love it.

  92. Angie MontoyaCuri

    brings back memories from 5th grade when we sang this...

  93. Tosten

    Still weird. oweflnwefoijtet Must be Santa.sldjfowjfownlk. wiggle wig, up all night. say a fright. say it down. hand the jig. kiss a pig. lsfjwojefowenf must be santa. Jump out window. Clever pan to Santa. Call it genius.

  94. James Harry

    My name Is Jamie Hand, I of been dying to hear this song for over many years. Thank you to the person for posting it own you tube.

  95. Red Alert

    Silly song with crummy lyrics about Santa Claus - - - must be Bob Dylan???
    OK, he didn't write it, but he did inflict this recording upon the world and the Nobel Committe should have acted BEFORE this heinous crime, not after!


    Lighten up, Scrooge.