Whatever Happened to Parson Brown?

This morning I was taking my daughter to school when “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” came on the radio. I was surprised to hear, however, an interesting change in the lyrics.

I have always known:

In the meadow we can build a snowman
And pretend that he is Parson Brown
He’ll say are you married
We’ll say No Man
But you can do the job
When you’re in town

But what I heard this morning was:

In the meadow we can build a snowman,
And pretend that he’s a circus clown
We’ll have lots of fun with mister snowman,
Until the other kids knock him down.

Gone away is Parson Brown for a circus clown.

I’ll leave it right there, and let you formulate your own cultural analysis.

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John D. Chitty

2 years ago

According to this thread at the Free Republic site, the “circus clown” verse is original, it’s just a later verse.


Jim Cassidy

2 years ago

I think you missed the point of my post!

Bruce Sanders

2 years ago


Thanks for your attempt to move away from the usual schizotypal dour and acknowledge the levity of the season. With global warming it has indeed become difficult each year to resurrect Pastor Brown on snowy lawns. At least we still have the crèche, street caroling, church pageants, Santa on his throne, family gatherings, and sharing of glad tidings of great joy. Merry Christmas to all!


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