Rudolf, The Red-Nosed Reindeer

Words & Music:

Johnny Marks


This was based upon a story written by Robert L. May in 1939 for the Montgomery Ward Department Stores.  Marks was May's brother-in-law.  Autry wanted nothing to do with it, but it went on to #2 on the all-time Christmas Song chart.  It has also spawned a slew of satires & jokes, not to mention a childhood Christmas staple from Rankin-Bass.


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and and and .

do re, the most of ?


, the red-nosed reindeer, had a very shiny e.

And if you ever saw it, you would even say it s.

All of the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him s.

They never let poor Rudolf join in any reindeer s.


one foggy eve, came to y:

" with your nose so ,

you my tonight?"


all the reindeer loved him, and they shouted out with e:

"Rudolf the red-nosed reindeer, youÕll go down in histo!"


The provenance of the attached easy arrangement is unknown.  It is part of a collection that people gave me over the years.  Please inform me if correctly attribute it.

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