The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting​.​.​.​)

by E.Joseph

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E.Joseph's original arrangement and performance of the holiday classic, "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting...)" He wrote the arrangement about 15 years ago and had always wanted to record it, though he had performed the arrangement over the years whenever he did a show in the month of December. "For me, the song always captured the dreaminess and wonder of my childhood Christmases," says E.J. "In later years, it became iconic for gathering with friends and family, warmth, night-time drinks, and good times around the holidays--even if the times weren't so great in reality."

The song was written written in 1944 by Bob Wells and Mel Tormé (aka The Velvet Fog) and has stood the test of time as the quintessential American Christmas classic. E.Joseph claims no rights to the song, only his arrangement of it. Merry Christmas!


Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos

Everyone knows a turkey and some
Mistletoe help to make the season bright
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight

They know that Santa’s on his way
He's loaded lots of toys and goodies
On his sleigh
And every mother's
Child is gonna spy to see if
Reindeer really know how to fly

And so, I'm offering this
Simple phrase to kids from
One to ninety-two
Altho' it's been said many times
Many ways...
“Merry Christmas to you”


released December 3, 2014
* E.Joseph - arrangement, all instruments and vocals. Recorded November 2014 at Regency Bedroom Studios, Wayne, PA

* Mastered by Michael Collins at Glenwood Sound, December 2014, Glenwood, MD (




E.Joseph Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

EJ is an American songwriter-composer-singer performing and writing both as a solo artist under the moniker E.Joseph and as the leader of the bands, E.Joseph and The Sparrows and E.Joseph and The Phantom Heart.

He has also played guitar and keyboards in other music projects such as the Philadelphia-based bands Wooden Hez and Stellarscope.

EJ also scores independent film, video, and commercials.
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