Buona domenica a tutti!
Oggi vi propongo una canzone natalizia americana, scritta probabilmente alla fine del 1800. Il titolo e’ “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” cioe’ “Caro vecchio San Nicola” e parla della letterina che scrive un bimbo a Babbo Natale chiedendo i regali. In realta’ il bimbo e’ indeciso su cosa chiedere e conclude raccomandando al Babbo di portargli cio’ che e’ meglio per lui.
Io ho scelto la versione ‘classica’, ma vi propongo il testo in calce.
Buon ascolto! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vk5MfPZvP9o
(Nella mia foto: il Babbo lappone visto all’aeroporto di Helsinki appena riaperto dopo un ampliamento nel dicembre 2021).
Happy Sunday, dear readers!
Today I will share with you an American Christmas song written probably in the late 1800s. The title is “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” and tells about the letter that a child writes to Santa Claus asking for gifts. The child is actually undecided on what to ask and concludes by recommending Santa to bring him what is best for him.
I chose the ‘classical’ version. Lyrics are anyway here below.
(In my shot: Santa from Lapland seen at Helsinki airport, just reopened after some enlargement, in December 2021).
Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
Jolly Old Saint Nicholas,
Lean your ear this way;
Don’t you tell a single soul,
What I’m going to say
Christmas Eve is coming soon;
Now you dear old man,
Whisper what you’ll bring to me;
Tell me if you can.
When the clock is striking twelve;
When I’m fast asleep,
Down the chimney broad and black,
With your pack you’ll creep;
All the stockings you will find
Hanging in a row;
Mine will be the shortest one,
You’ll be sure to know.
Johnny wants a pair of skates;
Susy wants a dolly;
Nellie wants a story book;
She thinks dolls are folly;
As for me, my little brain
Isn’t very bright;
Choose for me, old Santa Claus,
What you think is right.