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Written by: Walter "Jack" Rollins
Steve Nelson
Date: 1950
Publisher: Hill and Range Songs Inc.
Featured in:
Frosty the Snowman
Frosty's Winter Wonderland
Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July
Magic Kingdom Yuletide Special
Frosty Returns
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Jack Frost
The Polar Express
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Song

"Frosty the Snowman" is a song that inspired the Rankin/Bass Christmas special of the same name.

The music and lyrics were written by Steve "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson and recorded by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys in 1950. Like "Jingle Bells" and several other songs about winter, "Frosty the Snowman" is considered to be a Christmas song, despite not mentioning Christmas at all. It was written after Gene Autry recorded "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and the single sold two million copies.

When Nelson and Rollins saw what success Autry was having in 1949 singing Rudolph's song, they decided to write their own silly but catchy song doing variations on an icon of Christmas. It took them months to decide on a living snowman as their subject, but they still had it ready in time for a 1950 release. Autry, delighted with the opportunity to ride his own recording's coat-tails back to the top of the charts, recorded it, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Frosty has been a great favorite with children since the very beginning. The song gained enormous popularity after it hit the market and seemed a fit sequel for "Rudolph", a Christmas song that had been recorded a few years earlier and had proved to be a huge hit. Frosty was not only a cute children's poem, it also had a feel-good spirit that makes for a holiday favorite.

In The Rudolph, Frosty and Friends Sing Along VHS, the sing-along version has a snowflake as the "bouncing ball" in the song, while the Christmas Classics Sing Along DVD has the "bouncing ball" shaped to look like Frosty's hat.

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 that
Old silk hat they found.
For when they placed it on his head
He began to dance around.
O, 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.
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 some day."
Thumpety thump thump,
Thumpety thump thump,
Look at Frosty go.
Thumpety thump thump,
Thumpety thump thump,
Over the hills of snow.

Variations

  • Most versions of the song do not include the "thumpety thump thump" part at the end.
  • Some versions, such as the one featured in the Rankin/Bass special, change the line "I'll be back again some day" to "I'll be back on Christmas Day."

Album releases

Album Year Notes
Christmas with the Chipmunks 1961
Christmas with the Brady Bunch 1970
Raffi's Christmas Album 1983
We Wish You a Merry Christmas 1993
A Flintstones Motown Christmas 1996 Performed by The Jackson 5.
Nick at Nite: A Classic Cartoon Christmas 1996
Rudolph, Frosty and Friends' Favorite Christmas Songs 1996
Disney's Family Christmas Collection 2003
Songs to Celebrate 25 Days of Christmas 2009
Phineas and Ferb Holiday Favorites 2010 Recorded as "Perry Saves Christmas", sung by Major Monogram.
Chipmunks Christmas 2012

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