Who Sang Santa Claus Is Coming to Town? Lou Rawls

Lou Rawls Merry Christmas Ho! Ho! Ho! cover art
Release information
Writer(s): Haven Gillespie, J Coots, J. Fred Coots
Release Date: 1967
producer: David Axelrod
conductor: H.B. Barnum
vocal: Lou Rawls
arranger: H.B. Barnum
Some other versions of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"

Lyrics
I just came back from a lovely trip along the Milky Way
Stopped off at the North Pole to spend a holiday
I called on dear old Santa Claus
To see what I could see
He took me to his workshop
And told his plans to me, so

[Chorus]
You better watch out, you better not cry
Better not pout, I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is comin' to town
He's making a list and checking it twice
Gonna find out who's naughty and nice
Santa Claus is comin' to town
He sees you when you're sleepin'
He knows when you're a wake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake
Oh! You better watch out, you better not cry
Better not pout, I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is comin' to town

With little tin horns and little toy drums
Rooty toot toots and rummy tum tums
Santa Claus is comin' to town
And curly head dolls that toddle and coo
Elephants, boats, and kiddie cars too
Santa Claus is comin' to town
Then kids in Girl and Boy land will have a jubilee
They're gonna build a Toyland all around the Christmas tree
So! You better watch out, you better not cry
Better not pout, I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is comin' to town

Now Santa is a busy man, He has no time to play
He's got millions of stockings to fill on Christmas day
You'd better write your letter now
And mail it right away
Because he's getting ready
His reindeer's and his sleigh. So

[Chorus]

With little tin horns and little toy drums
Rooty toot toots and rummy tum tums
Santa Claus is comin' to town
And curly head dolls that toddle and coo
Elephants, boats, and kiddie cars too
Santa Claus is comin' to town
Then kids in Girl and Boy land will have a jubilee
They're gonna build a Toyland all around the Christmas tree
So! You better watch out, you better not cry
Better not pout, I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is comin' to town

Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 The Little Drummer Boy
  • 2 Good Time Christmas
  • 3 Little Boy Dear
  • 4 Christmas Is
  • 5 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • 6 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
  • 7 Merry Christmas, Baby
  • 8 The Christmas Song
  • 9 Christmas Will Really Be Christmas
  • 10 What Are You Doing New Year's Eve
  • 11 A Child With a Toy

  • Release information
    label: Capitol Records
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin