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Lyr Req: I'll Telephone to Santa Claus

GUEST,Lakeman 11 Dec 06 - 07:36 PM
GUEST 14 Dec 06 - 05:34 AM
Joe Offer 15 Dec 06 - 04:15 AM
GUEST,Lakeman 16 Dec 06 - 11:16 PM
CapriUni 16 Dec 06 - 11:51 PM
GUEST 17 Dec 06 - 02:34 AM
Fergie 17 Dec 06 - 09:55 AM
GUEST,Rach 17 Dec 06 - 07:36 PM
GUEST,lakeman 17 Dec 06 - 09:07 PM
Joe Offer 19 Dec 06 - 11:32 PM
GUEST,G 20 Dec 06 - 06:22 PM
GUEST,Lakeman 22 Dec 06 - 12:10 AM
GUEST,Jean 22 Dec 06 - 03:41 PM
GUEST,Lakeman 22 Dec 06 - 09:24 PM
Fergie 22 Dec 06 - 09:29 PM
GUEST 26 Dec 06 - 08:26 AM
GUEST,Kelly 22 Jan 07 - 07:05 PM
GUEST,Kelly 31 Oct 08 - 08:31 AM
GUEST,GUEST - Lynette 01 Nov 08 - 12:35 AM
GUEST 18 Nov 08 - 05:31 AM
GUEST 29 Nov 08 - 05:21 AM
GUEST,Ms T 18 Dec 08 - 09:25 AM
GUEST,Kelly 15 Jun 09 - 09:33 AM
GUEST,An old sentimental Lancastrian 20 Jul 09 - 07:16 PM
GUEST,Mark Butler 06 Dec 09 - 07:27 PM
GUEST,Sheryn 14 Dec 09 - 03:01 AM
GUEST,Michelle Cubbin 22 Dec 09 - 07:41 AM
Jim Dixon 23 Dec 09 - 11:14 AM
GUEST 23 Dec 09 - 07:57 PM
GUEST,Dan 18 Nov 10 - 01:14 AM
Jim Dixon 19 Nov 10 - 11:37 PM
GUEST,Emmie 29 Nov 10 - 12:10 AM
GUEST,Denise 06 Dec 10 - 12:28 AM
Jim Dixon 07 Dec 10 - 07:40 PM
GUEST,cazzy 18 Dec 10 - 11:04 AM
GUEST,Gill Burns - Liverpool 29 Oct 11 - 08:28 AM
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GUEST,PdR 26 Dec 11 - 09:50 PM
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Subject: Lyrics reqd; Old Santa song
From: GUEST,Lakeman
Date: 11 Dec 06 - 07:36 PM

I remember a christmas song I sang at pre school in Australia that I'd like to relocate, it went like this, the bit I remember.

"I'm gonaa telephone and tell old Mr Santa Claus
I want him to come tonight
He will come and see me when I'm fast a-sleepin'
Through the bedroom he will creep....."

What comes next! - and if you know the song, who was it by and when?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Clau
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Dec 06 - 05:34 AM

Hi there, I'm in Wales and I'm searching for what seems to be the same song. I learned it in infant school and nobody remembers it. the words I remember (although could be wrong) are:

I'll telephone a telephone to Santa Clause
And ask him to come tonight
Through the open window he'll be quietly peeping
Down the chimney he'll come softly creeping
Hang up all your stockings on the bedside table
Blow out the candlelight
Jump into bed
Cover up your head
Blow a kiss!
Goodnight.

I know it doesn't all make sense so I guess I've got parts wrong!

Allie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: Joe Offer
Date: 15 Dec 06 - 04:15 AM

refresh
Only ten singing days until Christmas....


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Subject: Allie
From: GUEST,Lakeman
Date: 16 Dec 06 - 11:16 PM

Thanks Allie, a few more lines anyway. Hope we can come up with the complete song before the 25th. And Joe O.- if you can't make a sensible contribution keep your snout out of things.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: CapriUni
Date: 16 Dec 06 - 11:51 PM

Joe Offer was just trying to keep this thread in the public eye, so that more people can see it, and maybe come up with the answer you're looking for... that's what "refresh" means, around here.

I don't know the song, but it sounds like a fun one. If anyone can come up with a tune, that would be great, too.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Dec 06 - 02:34 AM

ill telephone to tell old mr santa claus
you want him to come tonight
he will come and see you when your quietly sleeping
throught your bedroom he'll be softly creeping
hang up all your stockings on the fireplace children
blow out the candle light
jump into bed cover up your head
blow a kiss
goodnight


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Clau
From: Fergie
Date: 17 Dec 06 - 09:55 AM

This as best I remember, is what my mother (in her beautful sweet singing voice) used to sing to me and my siblings on Christmas eve way back in the 50s

We'll telephone and telephone for Mr Santa
want you to call tonight

Through the window he will quietly peep in
Through the bedroom he will softly creep in
Hang up all your stockings on the bedpost children
Blow out the candlelight
Jump into bed
Cover up your head
Blow a kiss!
Goodnight.

Sack upon his back he will bring you toys
Dolls for the little girls and drums for the boys
Brown teddybears too and dogs that bark
and all kinds of animals out of the ark

So listen till I tell you if you're very good
and go to sleep as a little boy/girl should
We'll telephone and telephone for Mr Santa
want you to call tonight
Jump into bed cover up your head
Blow a kiss, goodnight

There was more but the grey cells can't pull out the words. At the Christmas party in my dad's house on St. Steven's day (we don't ever call it Boxing day in Dublin), I will get my brothers and sisters to sing it and I'm sure we will pull out at least one more verse.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Clau
From: GUEST,Rach
Date: 17 Dec 06 - 07:36 PM

Don't want to wake my 4 year old right now, but she has been singing this at her nursery in Deptford...with actions.

"I'll telephone to tell old Mr Santa Clause,
you want him to come tonight. (click and action of old fashion phone being put down)

????                     I'm softly sleeping
He'll come down the chimney, gently creeping.
Hang up all the stockings on the bed,
hey children,
blow out the candle light.
Jump into bed
cover up your head
blow a kiss... good night".

I'll listen harder tomorrow.
But any ideas where it comes from?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: GUEST,lakeman
Date: 17 Dec 06 - 09:07 PM

It's all coming back to a lot of people now. Thanks for that. I have enough to go on. 55 years ago Rach, I was doing the same dialling movements in Grade 1 in Melb!(Aust) We were too young to know that we didn't have candles to blow out, nor did we hang up stockings, it's pillow cases in Australia - we baby boomers were an indulged lot...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Dec 06 - 11:32 PM

Well, we still don't have definitive information, but it's nice to see what we have. I tried to Google for the song, and the only thing that came up was this Mudcat thread.
-Joe, hoping Lakeman won't mind if I refresh this thread-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: GUEST,G
Date: 20 Dec 06 - 06:22 PM


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Clau
From: GUEST,Lakeman
Date: 22 Dec 06 - 12:10 AM

No Joe, L-man doesn't mind you refreshing the thread as you have made a mature contribution! You can shut this thread now if you wish as I have enough words to make a song of it. I already had the melody - just needed some words.
Thanks all
L-Man


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: GUEST,Jean
Date: 22 Dec 06 - 03:41 PM

Hi - I learned this song in my first year at school (1949) this was at Loreto Convent in Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa. Everybody loved it and it was a real hit, I can remember the singing teacher crying out in despari that she wished she had never introduced it to the convent. It was so popular that when one of the girls left Sea Point and went to the same convent in Pretoria she beseeched the teachers there to get the music and in no time the Pretoria children were singing it as well. The first verse as I remember it was -

Once upon a time as the story's told
In fairyland lived a man very old
Good little children he loved most dear
And he still comes to see them once every year.
He rides on a sleigh each Christmasy night
With a cloak rosy red and a beard snowy white
So listen now chldren if you're very good
And do as I tell you as little ones should

Chorus
I'll telephone and tell old Mr Santa Claus
You want him to call tonight
He will come and see you as you're quitely sleeping
through the bedroom he'll be softly creeping
Hang up all your stockings on the bedstead children
Blow out the candle light
Jump into bed, cover up your head
Blow a kiss (x)- Good night

Then the second verse is as it appears in Fergie's message. The chorus had a great swing to it and was always fun to sing.

Best wishes to everyone for a happy Christmas
Jean


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: GUEST,Lakeman
Date: 22 Dec 06 - 09:24 PM

Seems as though this song was sung by an entire generation of baby boomers throughout the English speaking world. But who wrote it - and when? We seem to have drawn a blank on that one. Even Malcolm Douglas doesn't seem to know!..


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: Fergie
Date: 22 Dec 06 - 09:29 PM

I came back to this thread tonight and I read Jean's post and out of my lips popped this verse and as I sang it there were tears in my eyes because in my minds eye I could hear my mam sweetly singing

There are fairies and lanterns for your Chrismas tree
and a big box of crackers that you'll pull with me
So listen while I tell you if your very good
and go to sleep as little boys/girls should
We'll telephone etc.

My mam died last year, she was 85 she was the most wonderful mother that anybody would wish for, she was full of love and was a fantastic person, at this time of year I miss her greatly. I was remarkably lucky and blessed to have known such a loving and giving parent.
Happy Chrismas everybody, happy Chrismas Jean
Fergus


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Clau
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Dec 06 - 08:26 AM

I only knew the chorus but love the words to the verse, I'd love to know the tune. Does anyone know how I can hear it?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: GUEST,Kelly
Date: 22 Jan 07 - 07:05 PM

Was pleased to see that so many are familiar with this song but I have yet to find origins of it also... My 93 year old grandmother used to sing it to my mother, my mother then to me and I have been singing it to my children. Not convinced I have the words or lyrics 100% correct but this is how we sing it in our family...

Once upon a time there was a story told
In fairyland lived a man very old
Good little children he loves most dear
and he still comes to see them once every year
Pack on his back he will bring you toys
Dolls for the girls and drums for the boys
Big teddy bears too and dogs that bark
and all other animals from Noah's ark

Listen my children, if you're very good
And do as I ask you, as little ones should

I'll telephone and tell Mr Santa Claus
You want him to call tonight
He will come to see you while you're quietly sleeping
Through the bedroom he'll come softly creeping
Hang up all your stockings on the bedpost children
Blow out your candle light
Jump into bed, cover up your head
and blow a kiss, goodnight!

PS. My grandmother is an immigrant from Italy (coming out to Australia as a teenager) so not sure where or when she learnt the song... she has dementia so can't seem to find out more... but I will try to ask again soon.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: GUEST,Kelly
Date: 31 Oct 08 - 08:31 AM

Gee. Would be good to hear any more thoughts on the lyrics I posted last year... Anyone?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: GUEST,GUEST - Lynette
Date: 01 Nov 08 - 12:35 AM

I can see so many people have different versions. This is the way I remember it being sung to me as a child and this is how I have passed it on to my own children .. correctly or incorrectly it is still a beautiful song to sing to children at Christmas.

I'll telephone and tell old Mr Santa Claus
You want him to call tonight
He will come and see you when you're quietly sleeping
Through the window he'll come softly creeping

Hang up all your stockings on the bedposts children
Blow out the candle light
Jump into bed, cover up your head
Blow a kiss goodnight.

Sack upon his back he will bring you toys
Dolls for the girls, guns for the boys
Brown teddy bears too and dogs that bark
And all of the animals from old Noah's Ark

There'll be fairies and lanterns on your christmas tree
And big boxes of bonbons that you'll pull with glee
Then when midnight chimes out
Through the window he'll creep
So hang up all your stockings now, my little ones sleep

I'll telephone and tell old Mr Santa Claus
You want him to call tonight
He will come and see you when you're quietly sleeping
Through the window he'll come softly creeping

Hang up all your stockings on the bedposts children
Blow out the candle light
Jump into bed, cover up your head
Blow a kiss goodnight.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Clau
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 05:31 AM

This is incredible!
I have been singing the end of the chorus to my children almost every night for over 5 years. I had no idea it was a Christmas song.
Tonight after tucking them in and blowing them "a kiss goodnight", I decided enough was enough and googled the words.
Thank you to each and every one of you for spending the time to pass on your memories to complete strangers. It makes the world feel a little bit smaller, and a whole lot more Christmasy.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Nov 08 - 05:21 AM

I just googled the first line of this song and found this fantastic thread. I remember my younger brother singing it (he learnt it at playschool back in the 70s). I just couldn't remember the two lines before the blowing a kiss bit but this thread has jogged my memory.

Here's what my brother used to sing:

I'll telephone and tell a Mr Santa Claus
I hope he will call tonight.
Down the chimney he'll come creeping
Im my bed I will be sleeping
Hang up all your stockings on the fire place
And blow out the candle light
Jump into bed, cover up your head
Blow a kiss - goodnight.

I can't wait to sing the whole thing to my three year old daughter!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: GUEST,Ms T
Date: 18 Dec 08 - 09:25 AM

Just googled an old song that our mother used to sing for us when we were children. Nobody in good old yorkshire seems to know it but us from the Butterfield Clan. You can imagine i was very excited to know that someone else has had the fun of the actions to this song. Our version went like this.
Ill telephone to tell you mr santaclaus
i want you to come tonight
He will come and see me while im quietly sleeping
through the bedroom he'll come softly creeping
Hang up all your stockings on the bed rail children
Blow out the candle light
Jump into bed cover up your head
Blow a Kiss
Goodnight.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: GUEST,Kelly
Date: 15 Jun 09 - 09:33 AM

I have found everyone's comments so interesting. Just wish I could hear them being sung the way you all remember them. It would be great to find the music to it. I have tried but have been unsuccessful to date. I will keep trying though and if I do, I will post it here for you all!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: GUEST,An old sentimental Lancastrian
Date: 20 Jul 09 - 07:16 PM

Just thinking of my old mum who has recently passed away at 91 and the special "christmas's" which always included this lovely "song" and like Fergus it's hard to sing it without a tear coming into my eye. So thanks for sharing "your" contributions, I didn't expect to get any results by "googling", but it just goes to show, as they say in theese parts. No idea of the origins, mum had it sang to her when she was a little girl. Our version went like this and by the way, mum sang it for me word perfect, just a couple of weeks before she died in May this year. Warm memories indeed, so precious in these troubled times!

(first part spoken)
Once upon a time, so the story is told,
in fairyland lives a man very old.
Good little children he loves most dear,
and his steeds come to see them once every year.
He rides on his sleigh each christmasy night,
with his cloak rosie red
and his beard snowy white.
So listen now children, if you'r very good
and do as I tell you as little ones should.

(sung) I'l telephone and tell old Mr. Santa Clause
you want him to call some night,
he will come and see you when you'r quietly sleeping
through the bedroom creeping, softly creeping.
Hang up all your stockings on the bedstead, children
blow out the candle light.
Jump into bed, cover up your head, blow a kiss, Goodnight!

Needless to say, it has been passed on to my children and grandchildren. Thanks again to you all and may you all remember with affection your Christmas's past and future.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: GUEST,Mark Butler
Date: 06 Dec 09 - 07:27 PM

Do you know where I can get the tune to this song?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: GUEST,Sheryn
Date: 14 Dec 09 - 03:01 AM

I haven't been able to find a tune anywhere, but can happily sing the chorus. I learnt as a child at a Sydney school in the 80's. None of my friends in QLD know it so have been trying to find the verses and voila here they are!! If i could record it for you I would!! Will see what I can find tinkering with the piano.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: GUEST,Michelle Cubbin
Date: 22 Dec 09 - 07:41 AM

Merry Xmas! I have the lyrics to the song. I have been singing it since kindy in Brighton-Le-Sands Public School. I now sing it with my kids every year since they were born and the oldest is now 22!

I do know the tune too but I guess we would have to record it?

Telephone and tell old Mr Santa Claus you want him to come tonight.
He will come and see you while your quitely sleeping,
Down the chimney he'll be softly creeping.
Hang up all your stockings on the bed head children.
Blow out the candle light (make blow noise- phhhf)
Jump into bed cover up your head,
Blow a kiss (do action)
Goodnight

If you need help with the tune, contact me through this post.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 23 Dec 09 - 11:14 AM

I find it very odd that so many people seem to know this song and yet we have never identified any recordings or any printed sources.

I can't find any mention of it in Google Books, Allmusic.com, ASCAP.com, BMI.com, GraceNote.com, WorldCat.com, or in the catalogs of The National Library of Australia, The British Library, The Library of Congress...

Is it possible we don't even have the correct title yet?

I've been assuming the title is TELEPHONE AND TELL OLD MR. SANTA CLAUS, but I've also tried a few variants such as OLD MR. SANTA CLAUS and OLD MISTER SANTA CLAUS.

Any ideas where the song might be found? Or what the title might be, if it isn't one of the above?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Dec 09 - 07:57 PM

http://www.netsoundsmusic.com/nsudsii/2/59587500/966/2.html


I don't know, Jim, but it's worth looking at.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: GUEST,Dan
Date: 18 Nov 10 - 01:14 AM

I'll telephone and tell that Mr Santa Claus
I want him to come tonight
He will come and see you when you're quietly sleeping
Through the bedroom he'll be softly creeping
Hang up all the stockings on the bedpost children
Blowout the candlelight {blow with mouth}
Jump into bed
cover up your head (pretend to cover your head with blankets)
Blow a kiss {blow a kiss}
Goodnight!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Clau
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Nov 10 - 11:37 PM

GUEST's link above leads to a record vendor's web site where a vendor located in New Zealand is offering to sell a 7-inch 45-rpm record of TELEPHONE MR SANTA CLAUS, recorded in 1983 by Roslynn Mahe, a singer from New Zealand. The label is Ode, from New Zealand, and the catalog number is 732.

I still am unable to find anything other than that web site that contains the exact phrase "telephone mr santa claus."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: GUEST,Emmie
Date: 29 Nov 10 - 12:10 AM

I'm not sure what the publication was, but we had a copy of this song in a childcare centre I worked in a few years ago. The title was 'Telephone to Santa Claus' and it came with suggestions for actions to present the song as a fingerplay. The book was 1950's vintage.

I'm going to telephone and tell old Mr Santa Claus
I want him to come tonight
He will come and see me when I'm quietly sleeping
Through the bedroom he'll come softly creeping
Hang up all your stockings on the bedpost, children
Blow out the candlelight
Jump into bed
Cover up your head
Blow a kiss - (actually blow a kiss)
Goodnight!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: GUEST,Denise
Date: 06 Dec 10 - 12:28 AM

I have also been trying to find the lyrics to this song. I sang it in grade 3 at Kyabram State School in Victoria. In the early 1960's. I would love to teach it to my grandaughter


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Dec 10 - 07:40 PM

The US catalog of copyright entries has this listing. I'm not sure it's the same song, though:

I'LL TELEPHONE TO SANTA CLAUS; words by H. F. Greenfield and J. C. Inman, music by G. H. Elliott. [26272 © Dec. 12, 1913; 2 c. Dec. 20, 1913; E 325609; Star Music Pub. Co., Ltd., London.

The sheet music is also listed in the catalog of the British Library.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: GUEST,cazzy
Date: 18 Dec 10 - 11:04 AM

I didnt know so many people knew this song. Seems like I've only ever sung the Chorus, and it's a family tradition to sing in your bedroom on Christmas Eve night, and our version goes like this:

I'll telephone to Mr Santa Claus, I want him to come tonight(action: imitate a phone call)
He will come a creeping when you're quietly sleeping(action: pretend you're creeping)
Through the bedroom, he will come a creeping,
Hang up all your stockings on the bedrail children (action: hang your stocking by your bed)
Blow out the candle light (action: blow out a candle)
Jump in to bed (action: jump into bed)
Cover up your head (action: cover your head with your duvet)
Blow a kiss (action: come from under the duvet to blow a kiss and then say..)
Goodnight!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: GUEST,Gill Burns - Liverpool
Date: 29 Oct 11 - 08:28 AM

I used to sing this at my dancing school in Prescot, England.

Once upon a time so the story's told
In fairyland lives a man very old
Good little children he loved most dear
And he liked to come and see them once every year
He rides on a sleigh each Christmas Eve night
With a cloak rosy red and a beard snowy white
So listen now children, if you're very good
and do as I tell you as little ones should ...

I'll telephone and tell old Mr santa Claus
You want him to call tonight
He will come and see you when you're quietly sleeping
through the bedroom, he'll be softly creeping
hang up all your stockings on the bed stead children
Blow out the candlelight
Jump into bed, cover up your head
Blow a kiss ... Goodnight!

Does anyone know where this song came from or who sang the original please?
Thank you

GB


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Nov 11 - 09:33 AM

I'm Going to telephone and telephone for Mr Santa, tell him to come tonight -

He will come a softly creeping, through my bedroom he'll come softly creeping.

Hang up all your stockings on the bedpost children blow out the candle lights

Jump into bed cover up your sleepy head blow a kiss - goodnight


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: GUEST,PdR
Date: 26 Dec 11 - 09:50 PM

My grandmother learnt this song from a cylinder recording in her youth in the western district of Victoria, Australia (probably about WWI) and sang it to my mother who was a little girl in the 1920s, who then sang it to me as a child in the 1960s. Many years later, we heard it on a radio nostalgia program in what we assume was the same version Nanna knew. It was an Edison cylinder and the performer was Stanley Kirkby (pronounced "Kirby")who was an English music hall artist. He recorded the song at about the time it was published in 1913. I'm sure that it will not be too long before a collector uploads it to youtube.
Merry Christmas everyone - and how great to see the internet used in this way!!
PdR


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 Feb 12 - 02:11 PM

PdR = Thanks for the information. Indeed, this German discography* of Edison cylinders gives this information:

Catalog number = Edison BA 23315
Title = I'LL TELEPHONE TO SANTA CLAUS
Artists = Kirkby, Stanley
Composer/Lyricist = Inman/Elliott, Greenfield
Year = 1914

[* Is "discography" the right word? I've never heard of a "cylinderography."]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Dec 12 - 02:43 PM

I heard and sang this song in Grade 2 (1959) -I've never heard again.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Dec 12 - 05:53 PM

An ad in The Argus (Melbourne), 7 January, 1915:

T H E   K I N G ' S   T H E A T R E.

Sole Lessee and Manager .. WILLIAM ANDERSON.

EVERY EVENING, at 7.45,

T H E   P A N T O M I M E
Of
Mirth, Melody, and Magnificence.
"SINBAD THE SAILOR," at Prices—3/, 2/, and 1/.
"SINBAD THE SAILOR," at Prices—3/, 2/, and 1/.
"SINBAD THE SAILOR," at Prices—3/, 2/, and 1/.
"SINBAD THE SAILOR," at Prices—3/, 2/, and 1/.
"SINBAD THE SAILOR," at Prices—3/, 2/, and 1/.
"SINBAD THE SAILOR," at Prices—3/, 2/, and 1/.

"SINBAD'S" — SONGS — SCORE — SUCCESS.
——Delighting Thousands Nightly.——
Everyone Everywhere is Humming the Melodies
—.
"The Demon King."
"Men! Men! Men!"
"In Shakespeare's Time."
"The Sunny Summertime."
"Please Take Care of the Girls."
"I'll Telephone to Santa Claus."
"The Wonderful Way You Have."
"It Was 27 Bells in the Waterbury Watch.'
"All Girls Love Bertie and His Motor."
"I Do Love You, My Orange Girl."
"When Love Creeps in Your Heart."
"What Are You Going to Say?"
"Stewed Prunes and Prisms."
"Things We Seldom See."
"Here's To The Day."
"Green Grass Grows."
"Razzle at Brighton."
"Farewell Isabelle."
"Lonesome Coon."

&c., &c.
MAGGIE MOORE as Mrs. SINBAD.
MAGGIE MOORE as Mrs. SINBAD.

OLIVE MARSTON as "SINBAD."

Produced under the Personal Supervision of
WILLIAM ANDERSON.
Plans at Allan's. Reserve 1/ extra. Early Doors
to Back Seats and Gallery, 6d. Extra.


Note: Apparently repeating a line was a way of emphasizing that line, when larger type wasn't available.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: Fergie
Date: 13 Dec 12 - 08:55 PM

I sang this song at Song Central in Dublin on last Sunday. Although I learned it at my mother knee sixty years ago, it was the first time I sang it in public. It's such a lovely Christmas song (Christmas the way it used to be before crass commercialisation and uber-globalisation).

I sang it with my eyes closed and imagined I was singing a duet with my mam; it was a great experience. It was so good I think I'll sing it at An Góilín tomorrow night.

Once upon a time so the story's told
In fairyland there lives a man so very, very old
Good little children he loved most dear
And he comes to visit them once every year
He rides on his sleigh each Christmas Eve night
With a cloak rosy red and a beard snowy white
So listen now my children, if you're very good
And go to sleep as little ones should.

I'll telephone and tell old Mr Santa
Want you to call tonight
He will come and see you when you're quietly sleeping
Through the bedroom, he will softly creep in
Hang up all your stockings on the bed-post children
Blow out the candlelight
Jump into bed, cover up your head
Blow a kiss. Goodnight.

Sack upon his back he will bring you toys
Dolls for the little girls, drums for the boys
Brown teddy bears too and dogs that bark
And all kind of animals from out of the ark
There'll be fairies and lanterns for your Christmas tree
And a big boxes of crackers that you'll pull with me
So listen and I'll tell you if your very good
And go to sleep as little ones should.

I'll telephone and tell old Mr Santa
Want you to call tonight
He will come and see you when you're quietly sleeping
Through the bedroom, he will softly creep in
Hang up all your stockings on the bed-post children
Blow out the candlelight
Jump into bed, cover up your head
Blow a kiss, Goodnight.

Fergus


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 13 Dec 12 - 09:40 PM

G'day Fergie,

Judging by the US copyright details posted by Jim Dixon ... 8 posts ... and 2 years back - this song is at least 99 years and 1 day old.

Maybe someone can track down some library / museum displaying the actual music ... do the download and music writing ... get it up and posted as a MIDI file ... and we can all celebrate its centenary ... next Christmas!

Season's Greetings!

Bob


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: Fergie
Date: 15 Dec 12 - 06:57 AM

Hi Bob et al,

Yes it's nearly a century old. I don't have time for all that research myself, but I'll grab an hour over the next few days to record this song. When it's done I'll put it on Facebook or youtube and post a link to it.

Regards

Fergus


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: Fergie
Date: 23 Dec 12 - 08:59 PM

Hi all,
I've made an acapella recording of this song in MP3 format. I'm a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to the wonderful ways of the internet. I've tried posting it to the utube and to soundcloud and to facebook but alas I've met with zero success. However I HAVE been able to email it to my siblings, so all is not lost.
If you would like to hear this wonderful Christmas song, send me a PM with your email address and I will email it to you directly.
If somebody who is more teck savvy than I am (HELLO JOE) could advise me (in baby steps) how to post an MP3 to one of the aforementioned site I'd be delighted to try again.

Fergus


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: GUEST,Ani
Date: 25 Dec 12 - 02:46 AM

H fergie I'd love is mp3 you have done if you don't mind although I'm not sure how to pm you

Great to see all the different words here everyone I've been singing this all my life and had no idea there was more to the song would low to hear the ordinal


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: GUEST,kate
Date: 01 Apr 13 - 09:59 PM

Hi so glad to find this thread. my granny and her sissters used to sing this song to us bsck in the 80s and i recently started singing it to my little niece but could inly rember half of it.
i can not believe this little song is known in so meny coutries.
anyway just wanted to thank everyone for the lyrics, its all starting to come back to me now. :-D


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: GUEST,GUEST Jo
Date: 15 Sep 13 - 04:34 AM

So wonderful to read all of everyone's memories. My sister and I were singing this song the other night (chorus) and I had no idea there was more to it. Thanks for sharing all of the above info. I will carry on the tradition to my new grandson and hopefully this beautiful Christmas song will be around for another 100 years :)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Dec 13 - 04:00 AM

I'LL TELEPHONE TO SANTA CLAUS - listen to the 1920 version on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_TDsIpjo98


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: GUEST,Colin. Annandale Oz
Date: 10 Jul 14 - 01:34 AM

My wife - Catherine - brought this song into our marriage [1974]. We have sung it to all of our four children - as her mum and grand-mum did for her. In fact, our eldest had it sung every night fro his second year on earth. Or he would not go to sleep! it is now very familiar to us all! Most of the versions are agreed about the chorus, but some verses are fascinating - and reek of having been 'perhaps guessed/ remembered' by an adult trying to recall their childhood. Fascinating. My wife was always convinced it was her mother's family's song. Exclusively. Great to read the publishing dates etc from above. What a link!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Telephone and Tell Old Mr. Santa Claus
From: GUEST,Colin - Annandale NSW Australia
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 11:31 PM

For Christmas 2014 I have produced a version of "I'll telephone to Santa Claus" [called "A Christmas Song" - since there seem to be countless versions throughout the world!], for our [five] grandsons in WA, Vic and NSW - in Oz. The 'book' contains 29 colour illustrations. My attempts at transcribing the music is included as well. From a third-generation-remembered passed-down-the-families interpretation of someone's grandma's vaguely-remembered version of the original tune [presumably], via an out-of-tune-piano, with only rudimentary musical know-how, the exercise was fraught with dangers, no doubt. But at least it will be something concrete for our grandsons to pass some-more-generations-down the Christmas Family Celebration Line.


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Subject: Lyr Add: I'LL TELEPHONE TO SANTA CLAUS
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 03 Oct 14 - 07:04 AM

Here's my transcription from the recording at YouTube. I have boldfaced the words that are different from Fergus' memory.


I'LL TELEPHONE TO SANTA CLAUS
Words by H. F. Greenfield and J. C. Inman, music by G. H. Elliott
As sung by Stanley Kirkby on Edison Blue Amberol cylinder 23315, 1914.

1. Once upon a time, so the story's told,
In fairyland lived a man very old.
Good little children he loved most dear,
And he still comes to see them once every year.
He rides on a sleigh each Christmas Eve night
In a cloak rosy red with a beard snowy white,
So, children, now listen, if you're very good,
And do as I tell you as little ones should,

CHORUS: I'll telephone and tell old Mr Santa Claus
You want him to call tonight.
He will come and see you when you're quietly sleeping.
Through the bedroom, he'll be softly creeping.
Hang up all your stockings on the bedstead, children.
Blow out the candlelight.
Jump into bed, cover up your head,
Throw a kiss. X. X. [KISSING SOUNDS] Goodnight.

2. Sack upon his back, he will bring you toys:
Dolls for the girlies and guns for the boys,
Brown teddy bears too, and dogs that bark,
And the animals out of old Noah's ark.
There's fairies and lanterns for your Christmas tree,
And big boxes of bonbons that you'll pull with glee.
As midnight shines out, through your window he'll peep,
So all
go to bed now, my little ones; sleep. CHORUS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'll Telephone to Santa Claus
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Nov 14 - 05:00 AM

Do you know the title of this song
I want to sing it with my children at school for their Christmas performance but can't find it any whenre


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'll Telephone to Santa Claus
From: GUEST,#
Date: 14 Nov 14 - 11:36 AM

Read the post before yours.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'll Telephone to Santa Claus
From: GUEST,Jinny
Date: 04 Dec 14 - 08:38 AM

Happy memories. .my mother use to sing this to me in the late 1950s x


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'll Telephone to Santa Claus
From: GUEST,Steve
Date: 10 Dec 14 - 04:24 PM

I was taught the chorus of this song by my dear Grandfather in the early 1960's in South Wales UK. I have sung it to my children each Christmas eve (although they may be in their 30s) and now the tradition has continued as they sing it to theirs.
As others, I was blissfully unaware of the verses. I was delighted to find the youtube post https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_TDsIpjo98 Looks like we have some more to learn.

Merry Christmas boys and girls


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'll Telephone to Santa Claus
From: GUEST,Rach
Date: 19 Dec 14 - 05:39 PM

I have just found this forum thread 8 years after posting a message in the first few days of the original post.. amazing to see all the replies, variations in lyrics, and finally the recent uploading of the original onto Youtube. It would be nice to get hold of a better recording, if that is possible from an Edison Amberol cylinder.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'll Telephone to Santa Claus
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Oct 17 - 11:57 PM

Fergie,

I would love an mp3 version too. Also don't know how to pm you.

Even sheet music would be great if you could tell me where to purchase it.

Been trying to track down this music for years. The YouTube version is a bit old.

Thanks for your help.

Regards
Karen


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