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November, 11th 2016
Another Christmas carol in the collection. This time by Ray Conniff Singers – a choir of men and women with magnificent voices and overall uplifting mood. Only 2:21 in length, it has enough lyrics lines to sing about the Frosty, the Snowman – a creation from the round piles of the show. The little arrangement of the carol makes it even better, as the emphasis is placed on voices. The only significance is given to percussion and the small bell ringing all the time throughout the entire song.
It is sung about the simple snowman, having a button instead of a nose, carrots and charcoal, respectfully, depicting hands and eyes. The kids are aware that the construction material is the show, but still, they materialize own expectations about his coming to life by covering his ‘head’ with an old hat. In the hearts of small children, he was the same alive as people – he was no longer ‘it’ and was dancing around, laughing and joking as we all do. On a hot day with the bright sun, he just melted away but before that, he had to deliver the big stick to the town. Once in there, he encountered an austere police officer, who told him to stop, but the snowman had to run. Which he did, until he melted down completely. In the end, he told everyone not to miss him, as he’ll be back soon one day.
Frosty the Snowman is not only a name for a song. The same one have the film and a TV show.
This piece came to us from the golden times of America – 1950ies, recorded by Columbia Records company. Ray Conniff Singers, as it is obvious, are not the only performers. Naming everyone is tiresome, thus we only mention the most significant ones: Kimberley Locke, Jan and Dean, Nat King Cole, Walter Rollins, Gene Autry, Perry Como, Johnny Mathis, and Whitney Wolanin. Almost everyone entered the charts with their versions – the best weekly position was #1, the last was #74. Perry Como already sings another Christmas carol in this soundtrack, and it even features here – (There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays. It doesn’t mean that it is his specialization field. Maybe he just likes singing such uplifting songs, could it be the case?
As for the deeper meaning of the allegedly children’s song, we consider it as follows. At first, the snowman becomes alive (in the original story, when he was animated after the magical hat was put on him). Then he begins to wander around and encounters with the traffic police officer, who sees the snowman jaywalks. As you know, the US may be called the country of origin of cars as the personal means of transportation. They’ve originated the traffic on own passenger vehicles more than hundred years ago and almost since the origin (but much more since Henry Ford’s success), they’ve been proclaiming the slogans that roads are for cars only and passengers aren’t allowed to walk and to do their chores on the car roads (it was given the term jaywalking). They are limited only to sidewalks. We consider that this song is yet another input in the idea supporting the predominance of roads for cars. And children, thus, must know from the very early childhood that they aren’t prevalent over cars.
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Frosty the Snowman lyrics - Ray Conniff

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Frosty the Snowman Song Lyrics

Frosty the Snowman was a jolly happy soul
With a corncob pipe and a button nose
And two eyes made out of coal
Frosty the Snowman is a fairy tale they say
He was made of snow, but the children know
How he came to life one day
There must have been some magic in
The old silk hat they found
For when they placed it on his head
He began to dance around
Oh, Frosty the Snowman was alive as he could be
And the children say he could laugh and play
Just the same as you and me, Ahh
Frosty the Snowman knew the sun was hot that day
So he said let's run, and we'll have some fun
Now before I melt away
Down to the village with a broomstick in his hand
Running here and there all around the square
Saying catch me if you can
He led them down the streets of town
Right to the traffic cop
And he only paused a moment
When he heard him holler, Stop
For Frosty the Snowman had to hurry on his way
But he waved goodbye saying don't you cry
I'll be back again someday
I'll be back again someday