Winter Wonderland

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening,
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight,
We’re happy tonight.
Walking in a winter wonderland.

Gone away is the bluebird,
Here to stay is a new bird
He sings a love song,
As we go along,
Walking in a winter wonderland.

In the meadow we can build a snowman,
Then pretend that he is Parson Brown

He’ll say: Are you married?
We’ll say: No man,
But you can do the job
When you’re in town.

Later on, we’ll conspire,
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid,
The plans that we’ve made,
Walking in a winter wonderland.

In the meadow we can build a snowman,
And pretend that he’s a circus clown
We’ll have lots of fun with mister snowman,
Until the other kids knock him down.

When it snows, ain’t it thrilling,
Though your nose gets a chilling
We’ll frolic and play, the Eskimo way,
Walking in a winter wonderland.

Source: Johnny Mathis: The Ultimate Christmas Album. 2002 Sony Music Entertainment Inc. 2002 Jon Mat Records

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Who is Parson Brown?

By John Focht

Right there in the middle of Winter Wonderland is this seemingly out-of-nowhere reference to some guy named Parson Brown.  But who is Parson Brown and why is Johnny Mathis singing about building a snowman for him?

The word “Parson” was a term for a Protestant Minister who traveled among small towns to perform wedding ceremonies.

Parson Brown would today translate to Pastor Brown.  Makes sense since the next line in the song goes:

“He’ll say: Are you married?
We’ll say: No man,
But you can do the job
When you’re in town.”

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