Original Johnny Moore's Three Blazers version

Merry Christmas baby, you sure did treat me nice
Merry Christmas baby, sure did treat me nice
Gave me a diamond ring for Christmas
Now I'm living in paradise

Well I'm feeling mighty fine
Got good music on my radio
Well I'm feeling mighty fine
Got good music on my radio
Well I want to kiss you baby
While you're standing beneath the mistletoe

Saint Nick came down chimney, about a half past three
Left all these pretty presents that you see before me
Merry Christmas pretty baby, you sure been good to me
Well I haven't had a drink this morning, but I'm all lit up like a Christmas tree

Page last updated: 12 Dec 2009


MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY is an R&B Christmas standard written by Lou Baxter and Johnny Moore and originally recorded by Johnny Moore's Three Blazers who released it as a single in November 1947 on the Exclusive label, with catalogue # EXC-1145 and LOST IN THE NIGHT on the B-side. Their recording was the hottest blues attractions on the West Coast and reached position #3 on Billboard's R & B Juke Box chart during the Christmas of 1947.

The Christmas song was covered by many recording artists including Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band whose live version from a 1980 concert at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY, was officially released in 1986; see the live 31 Dec 1980 version for more details. That version is perhaps the most notable cover of the song.

Credits / References

Much of the info about the original version of MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY is taken from Wikipedia. Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for transcribing these lyrics and for the additional help on this page.