Christmas Carol Countdown-Day 2

Day 2: (Everybody’s Waitin’ for) The Man with the Bag by Kay Starr
A swinging number written in 1950 by Irving Taylor, Dudley Brooks, and Hal Stanley and first popularized by Kay Starr. The Man with the Bag = Santa Claus. I’ve seen some conjecture on the internet that it is secretly a reference to a drug dealer—the Christmas version of Guns N’ Roses’ Mr. Brownstone, if you will.  Some people have wild imaginations. I’ll take the song at its face value, thank you very much.

The song gained some renewed popularity back in the 90s when it was featured on an episode of Ally McBeal, and has enjoyed a number of cover versions, but I’ve yet to hear any of them on the local radio stations. Enjoy this upbeat number, and may the man with the bag bring you everything you wish for this Christmas!


(Everybody’s Waitin’ for) The Man with the Bag by Kay Starr
Old Mr. Kringle is soon gonna jingle
The bells that’ll tingle all your troubles away
Everybody’s waiting for the man with the bag
‘Cause Christmas is coming again
He’s got a sleigh full, it’s not gonna stay full
He’s got stuff to drop at every stop of the way
Everybody’s waiting for the man with the bag
‘Cause Christmas is coming again

He’ll be here
With the answer to the prayers that
You made through the year
You’ll get yours
If you’ve done everything you should extra special good
He’ll make this December the one you’ll remember
The best and the merriest you ever did have
Everybody’s waitin’ for the man with the bag
Christmas is here again!

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