SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN

Live 08 Dec 1978 version


[Spoken intro:] Alright. Okay. What you got there, some old posters? You guys there, let me set the scene for you. It's a cold December night, it's Christmas Eve, and me and Steve are walking home from a bar down the boardwalk. It's snowing, and as we look up in the distance we see something coming toward us.

Ho ho ho ho
Ho ho ho ho
Ho ho ho ho
Ho ho ho ho
Ho ho ho ho

Yeah, you better watch out, you better not cry
You better not pout, I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town

He's making a list, he's checking it twice
Gonna find out whose naughty or nice
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows if you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
You better be good for goodness sake
You better be good for goodness sake, yeah

You better watch out, you better not cry
You better not pout, I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town
Let's rock, Santa!

[Clarence Clemons sax solo]

He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows if you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
You better be good for goodness sake
You better be good for goodness sake, yeah

You better watch out, you better not cry
You better not pout, I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town

Ho ho ho ho
Ho ho ho ho
Ho ho ho ho
Oh Santa, I'll get a new guitar
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Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town
Ho ho ho ho
Santa Claus is coming to town
Ho ho ho ho
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town
Ho ho ho ho
Santa Claus is coming to town
Ho ho ho ho
Santa Claus is coming to town
Say!

Santa Claus is coming to town, yeah yeah yeah
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town

Ho ho ho ho
Ho ho ho ho

[Spoken outro:] Alright, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, all that stuff.


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 08 Dec 1978 performance of SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN at The Summit in Houston, TX, during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour. The parts in bold are sung by Clarence Clemons. Video for the complete 08 Dec 1978 concert was released on the Houston '78 Bootleg: House Cut DVD in 2010.

Bruce Springsteen performing SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN on 08 Dec 1978 at The Summit, Houston, TX (from the "Houston '78 Bootleg: House Cut" DVD)
Bruce Springsteen performing SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN on 08 Dec 1978 at The Summit, Houston, TX (from the "Houston '78 Bootleg: House Cut" DVD)

Houston '78: House Cut

Towards the end of the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band performed at The Summit in Houston, TX, on 08 Dec 1978.

Ticket stub for the 08 Dec 1978 show at The Summit, Houston, TX
Ticket stub for the 08 Dec 1978 show at The Summit, Houston, TX

This was reportedly the only show of the tour that was filmed in its entirety, and this could be the very reason it was chosen for official release as part of the The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story box set.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story (box set cover art)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story (box set cover art)

The video was produced by Emmy- and Grammy-winner Thom Zimny and the audio was mastered by Bob Ludwig. Houston '78 Bootleg: House Cut was released on 16 Nov 2010 exclusively as part of the The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story box set, in both DVD and Blu-Ray formats. The video clocks at around 176 minutes.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Houston '78 Bootleg: House Cut (DVD cover art)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Houston '78 Bootleg: House Cut (DVD cover art)

The video footage was the taken from the in-house video screen at The Summit, which was one of the first arenas in the United States to have this system at the time. This gave the release its title "Houston '78 Bootleg: House Cut". Considering that it was taken from the mono soundboard, the sound is only available in PCM stereo and not in 5.1 surround.

  1. BADLANDS
  2. STREETS OF FIRE
  3. IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY
  4. DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
  5. SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
  6. INDEPENDENCE DAY
  7. THE PROMISED LAND
  8. PROVE IT ALL NIGHT
  9. RACING IN THE STREET
  10. THUNDER ROAD
  11. JUNGLELAND
  12. THE TIES THAT BIND
  13. SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TOW TOWN
  14. THE FEVER
  15. FIRE
  16. CANDY'S ROOM
  17. BECAUSE THE NIGHT
  18. POINT BLANK
  19. SHE'S THE ONE
  20. BACKSTREETS
  21. ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)
  22. BORN TO RUN
  23. DETROIT MEDLEY
  24. TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT
  25. YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN
  26. QUARTER TO THREE

Available Versions

List of available versions of SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN on this website:

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 08 Dec 1978 version]
SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 31 Dec 1980 version]
SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 18 May 2014 version]
SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 19 Dec 2015 version]
SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Original Harry Reser And His Orchestra version]

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