Omicron is Coming to Town – Parody of Santa Claus is Coming to Town

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A parody of the Christmas song, Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Parody written by Greg Trafidlo & Carole O’Toole and performed by Don Caron
Executive Producers Don Caron and Jerry Pender


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By Greg Trafidlo & Carole O’Toole

You better watch out
It’s OK to cry
Or tear out your hair
I’m tellin’ you why
Omicron is coming to town

It’s making a list
Checking who’s masked
Ready to pounce without being asked
Omicron is coming to town

It knows when you’ve been boostered
And knows when you have wheezed
Don’t care if you are young or old,
It’ll bring you to your knees

You better watch out
I’m not gonna’ lie
It’s time to lay low
I’m tellin’ you why
Omicron is coming to town

No more of those excuses
Time’s up for those delays
Let’s help each other through this
Severe pandemic phase

So, you better not wait
Please listen to me
Let’s all vaccinate
One shot and it’s free!
Omicron is coming to town

Too soon to tell just how it will work
So now ain’t the time to act like a jerk
‘Cause Omicron is coming
Omircon is coming
Coming to town

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

“Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” is a Christmas song written by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie. The earliest known recorded version of the song was by banjoist Harry Reser and his band on October 24, 1934. It was then sung on Eddie Cantor’s radio show in November 1934. This version became an instant hit with orders for 500,000 copies of sheet music and more than 30,000 records sold within 24 hours.

The version for Bluebird Records by George Hall and His Orchestra (vocal by Sonny Schuyler) was very popular in 1934 and reached the various charts of the day. The song has been recorded by over 200 artists, including Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters, The Crystals, Mariah Carey, Neil Diamond, Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, Bill Evans, Chris Isaak, The Temptations, Michael Bublé, and The Jackson 5.

In 1970, Rankin-Bass produced Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town, an hour-long animated TV film based on the song, with Fred Astaire narrating the origin of Santa Claus. The same year, The Jackson 5 included the song on their best-selling album Jackson 5 Christmas Album. The Jackson 5 version would chart 50 years later on Billboard 100 at #46.

In 1971, The Partridge Family included the song on A Partridge Family Christmas Card. An eccentric 1972 live recording by Joseph Spence has been described as “a performance for the ages” by music critic Peter Margasak. The Carpenters released the song as a single in 1974.

A rock version by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band was recorded on December 12, 1975, at C. W. Post College in Brookville, New York, by Record Plant engineers Jimmy Iovine and Thom Panunzio. This version borrows the chorus refrain from the 1963 recording by The Crystals. It was released first in 1982 as part of the Sesame Street compilation album In Harmony 2, and again in 1985 as a B-side to “My Hometown”, a single from the Born in the U.S.A. album. Springsteen’s rendition of the song has received radio airplay perennially at Christmastime for years; it appeared on Billboard magazine’s Hot Singles Recurrents chart each year from 2002 to 2009 due to seasonal air play. Live performances of the song often saw the band encouraging the audience to sing some of the lyrics with—or in place of—the band’s vocalists (usually the line “so be good for goodness sake”, and occasionally the key line “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” as well). Sometimes, concert crowds would sing along with the entire song, and the band, who were known to encourage this behavior for the song, would do nothing to dissuade those audiences from doing so, instead welcoming the crowds’ enthusiasm. This version remains a Springsteen concert favorite during the months of November and December (often concluding the show), and the band is among the few that keep it in their roster of songs during the holidays.

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4 Responses

  1. Nancy Chisholm

    So I`m fully masked, two shots in arm
    Going for booster today to avoid further harm.
    Cuz Omicron is coming to town.

  2. Melinda Hughes

    I diastole, but emt back to see the parodies & they don’t open or play at all. Only a shot of Don Caron & the lyrics. 😒