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Song-YearWithoutASanta
Music by: Maury Laws
Lyrics by: Jules Bass
Date: 1974

"The Year Without a Santa Claus" is a song sung by Shirley Booth (as Mrs. Claus) at the beginning of the Rankin/Bass Christmas special of the same name, and reprised at the end.

Lyrics

Original version

Did you ever hear
Of that terrible year
Way back before you were born
When Santa Claus took a holiday
On the night before Christmas morn!
It was a year without a Santa Claus
A Christmas Eve so sad
It was a year without a Santa Claus
The worst we've ever had
Santa woke up one day
Looking tuckered and gray
And this is what he said:
"I could sure use some rest
I'm not feelin' my best"
And he yawned as he took to his bed
There'll be a year without a Santa Claus
"I'm sure they won't miss me
There'll be a year without a Santa Claus
Beside your Christmas tree
And he slept through the day
As the hours ticked away
And the time was growing near
And the children, they cried
They thought Santa had died
Every eye shed a blue Christmas tear
It was a year without a Santa Claus
A Christmas Eve so sad
It was a year without a Santa Claus
The worst we've ever had!

Reprise

Santa woke for the night
Feeling things weren't right
And he was heard to say,
"Get the reindeer hitched up, Mama!
I'm gettin' up!
Get those gifts loaded up on the sleigh!"
There'll be no year without a Santa Claus
"I dreamed unhappy things!"
About a year without a Santa Claus,
And all the joy that Santa brings!

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