Jolly Old St. Nicholas is a Christmas carol that began as a poem by American author, Emily Huntington Miller (1833-1913). The melody is James Lord Pierpont's original melody for Jingle Bells, written in 1857.
Lyrics for 'Jolly Old St. Nicholas'
Jolly old St. Nicholas,
Lean your ear this way,
Don't you tell a single soul,
What I'm going to say;
Christmas Eve is coming soon,
Now, you dear old man,
Whisper what you'll bring to me;
Tell me if you can.
When the clock is striking twelve,
When I'm first asleep,
Down the chimney, broad and black,
With your pack I'll creep.
All the stockings you will find,
Hanging in a row;
Mine will be the shortest one;
You'll be sure to know.
Johnny wants a pair of skates;
Susy wants a dolly;
Nelly wants a storybook;
She thinks dolls are folly;
As for me, my little brain,
Isn't very bright;
Choose for me, Old Santa Claus,
What you think is right.
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