Song Lyric Sunday: “Sleigh Ride”

Well, Happy Easter, everyone! In honor of the occasion, let’s do a song more associated with Christmas, since the prompt is “Seasons/Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter.”

“Sleigh Ride” was written as an instrumental by Leroy Anderson, who John Williams (no slouch as a composer himself) called “one of the great American masters of light orchestral music.” He got the idea for the song during the summer of 1946, during a heat wave, and finished the song in 1948. He recorded the song in 1950 with “His Pops Orchestra,” and his recording remains one of the best-selling records during the Christmas season. It’s a perennial favorite of the Boston Pops Orchestra, who recorded in 1949 under conductor Arthur Fiedler; it has been recorded by both subsequent directors of The Pops, John Williams and Keith Lockhart.

Lyrics were added in 1950 by lyricist Mitchell Parish. I found a Karaoke Channel video of the song that includes the lyrics as well as a vocal performance by an anonymous singer who’s singing it a la Johnny Mathis.

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday for April 21, 2019.

19 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: “Sleigh Ride”

  1. Happy Easter Mr. John, very good. I was happy with the prompts as I too put up a holiday song, Same Auld Lang Syne by Dan Fogelberg. Sort of a local boy and gone too soon. Enjoy your Sunday 😉


  2. I’ve long been a fan of Leroy Anderson’s music. My parents had an album of his songs that was one of my favorites of my preteen days. I have a CD similar to the album that my parents had. Great music from an outstanding modern composer.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


  3. Haha, I am looking out my office window and it is cloudy with a very cool breeze. Not quite sleigh ride weather but not quite egg hunting weather either! Thanks for sharing.


  4. Fun to hear a Christmas song in the springtime. I was tired of them long about Halloween, since the radio starts playing them so early now. Hope your Easter Sunday has been lovely! 🙂


    1. Exactly. There’s a station here that starts with Christmas songs at the beginning of November and goes 24/7 Christmas on Thanksgiving and keeps it up through the end of the year. I like Christmas songs, but not all the time…


  5. John, today was 86F here in Nagoya. Can’t you believe that summer is upon us very soon? I love the Sleigh Ride song but I don’t know if I am ready to think about cold temps. But, I do miss the snow as we barely got any this year. It is better than the pollen storm that is happening right now.


    1. All the cherry trees are in bloom, eh? It’s the same way here. Fortunately, we’ve gotten a bit of rain that washes the pollen out of the air, if only temporarily.


    1. Fiedler was a musical genius, I think. My stepfather saw him in concert in the ’60’s and he had the orchestra play “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” No one on the main floor recognized it, but the kids in the balcony were singing it. When it was over he turned and said “Don’t tell me The Beatles don’t make good music.” Fiedler and the Pops did a lot of Leroy Anderson’s music. There was a lot of mutual respect there.


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