Winter Wonderland

Tony Bennett

About Winter Wonderland

"Winter Wonderland" is a song written in 1934 by Felix Bernard and lyricist Richard Bernhard Smith. Due to its seasonal theme, it is often regarded as a Christmas song in the Northern Hemisphere. Since its original recording by Richard Himber, it has been covered by over 200 different artists, including Air Supply, Jo Stafford, Doris Day, Andy Williams, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers, Johnny Mathis with Percy Faith and His Orchestra, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Mannheim Steamroller, Amy Grant, Michael Bublé, The Eurythmics, Selena Gomez, Alan Jackson, Radiohead, Snoop Dogg and Elvis Presley. The song's lyrics are about a couple enjoying a picturesque winter landscape. They build a snowman, whom they agree to pretend is Parson Brown. They imagine the snowman asking if the couple is married, to which they tell him that they are not, and tell the snowman that he can marry them. Later the lyrics were changed to a nonsensical Circus Clown replacing the Parson and references to marriage were eliminated. 


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Sleigh bells ring
Are you listening
In the lane
Snow is glistening
A beautiful sight
We're happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland

Gone stray is the bluebird
Here to stay is a new bird
He sings a love song
As we go along
Walking in a winter wonderland

In the meadow we can build a snowman
Then pretend that he is Parson Brown
He'll say are you married?
We'll say no man
But you can do the job
When you're in town

Later on
We'll conspire
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid
The plans that we've made
Walking in a winter wonderland

In the meadow we can build a snowman
And pretend that he's a circus clown
We'll have lots of fun with mister snowman
Until the other kiddies knock him down

When it snows
Ain't it thrilling
Though your nose gets a chilling
We'll frolic and play the Eskimo way
Just walking, talking
Hand in hand in a crazy winter wonderland

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Tony Bennett

Anthony Dominick Benedetto, better known as Tony Bennett (born August 3, 1926), is an Italian-American singer of popular music, standards, show tunes, and jazz. Bennett is also a serious and accomplished painter, having created works—under the name Anthony Benedetto—that are on permanent public display in several institutions. He is the founder of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in New York City. more »

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Written by: Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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18 facts about this song

Cover Versions
"Winter Wonderland" was covered by many successful artists, including Air Supply, Alan Jackson, Amy Grant, Andy Williams, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Kenny Rogers, Mannheim Steamroller, Michael Bublé, Percy Faith, and Tony Bennett. The song has been recorded by over 200 different artists.
Original Song
"Winter Wonderland" was originally written by lyricist Richard B. Smith and composer Felix Bernard in 1934. Despite many artists covering the song, none of their versions made major changes to the original composition.
Air Supply
Air Supply, the soft rock duo, covered "Winter Wonderland" in 1985 on their album 'The Christmas Album.' The laid-back cover showcased the Australian group's renowned harmony.
Alan Jackson
Alan Jackson's version of "Winter Wonderland" appeared on his 2002 album, 'Let It Be Christmas,' his first album entirely of Christmas music.
Amy Grant
Amy Grant, the Grammy-winning Christian/pop singer, recorded "Winter Wonderland" for her album 'Home for Christmas,' released in 1992.
Andy Williams
Andy Williams, known for his holiday specials, included "Winter Wonderland" in his 1963 album 'The Andy Williams Christmas Album.'
Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby, one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, recorded a classic version of "Winter Wonderland" that continues to be played during the holiday season.
Dean Martin
Dean Martin’s version of "Winter Wonderland" was released posthumously. The song was post-produced from one of his live performances and was included in the album 'My Kind of Christmas.'
Doris Day
Doris Day's rendition of "Winter Wonderland" was released in 1964 in her 'The Doris Day Christmas Album.' Her cover is still popular during the holiday season.
Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald, the Queen of Jazz, made a popular cover of "Winter Wonderland" in 1960 on her album 'Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas.'
Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley's nine-song 'Elvis Sings The Wonderful World of Christmas' album, released in 1971, included a rock n roll rendition of "Winter Wonderland."
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra recorded "Winter Wonderland" in 1950. His swing-style rendition of the classic has been popular for over half a century.
Johnny Mathis
Johnny Mathis released his version of 'Winter Wonderland' on his 1958 album 'Merry Christmas.' The album was a commercial success and sold over five million copies.
Kenny Rogers
Kenny Rogers covered "Winter Wonderland" in 1981 for his holiday-themed album 'Christmas,' which became a big hit in the country music genre.
Mannheim Steamroller
Mannheim Steamroller, known for their rock interpretations of Christmas music, debuted their cover of "Winter Wonderland" in their 2001 album 'Christmas Extraordinaire.'
Michael Bublé
Michael Bublé, the Canadian singer known for his classic jazz and soul sound, released his version of "Winter Wonderland" in his 2011 album 'Christmas.'
Percy Faith
Percy Faith and his orchestra's version of "Winter Wonderland" was recorded for their 1954 album 'Music of Christmas.' His orchestral arrangements are often used as background music during the holiday season.
Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett included "Winter Wonderland" in his album 'Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album,' released in 1968. His version is considered a holiday classic.

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