Rudolph the Former Mayor – Parody of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

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A parody of the Christmas song, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Parody written by David Cohen and performed by Don Caron
Executive Producers Don Caron and Jerry Pender


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LYRICS to Rudolph the Former Mayor
by David Cohen

We’ve seen Gasbags and Grifters
And Con Men and Drifters
Junior the Feckless
and many Truth Shifters
But do you recall
The most odious “Flunky” of all?

Rudolph the former Mayor
Did Geppetto carve his nose?
‘Cause if you’ve heard him lately
You would have to say it grows
All of the Moron’s Henchmen
Liked to lie and play his game
They couldn’t care that Rudy
Would be left to take the blame

Then one foggy vote-night eve
Rudolph came to say
“Dominion your machines aren’t right
So, I’ll slander you tonight”
Oh, how Dominion hates him
As they shouted out, “we’ll sue!”
Rudolph the former Mayor
Really never had a clue!

Rudolph the former Mayor
Didn’t know what to do
And when he asked the Moron
The Moron shouted “Who are you?!”
All of the other Scumbags
Who promoted Rudy’s lie
Now find they’re in big trouble
Including TV’s “Pillow Guy”

Then one humbling DC night
Sid Powell came to say
“Rudolph this was not so bright
I’m being sued both left and right”
Oh, how the world keeps watching
As he ponders what will be
Rudolph the former Mayor
will go down in infamy!

Rudolph the former Mayor
will go down in infamy!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

“Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is a song by songwriter Johnny Marks based on the 1939 story Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer published by the Montgomery Ward Company. Gene Autry’s recording hit No. 1 on the U.S. charts the week of Christmas 1949.

In 1939, Marks’ brother-in-law, Robert L. May, created the character Rudolph as an assignment for Montgomery Ward, and Marks decided to adapt the story of Rudolph into a song. English singer-songwriter and entertainer Ian Whitcomb interviewed Marks on the creation of the song in 1972.

The song had an added introduction, paraphrasing the poem “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” (public domain by the time the song was written), stating the names of the eight reindeer, which went:

“You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen,
Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen,
But do you recall
The most famous reindeer of all?”

The song was first introduced live on New York Radio (WOR) by crooner Harry Brannon in November 1949. Gene Autry recorded the song on June 27, 1949; which was later released as a children’s record by Columbia Records in September 1949. By November, Columbia began pushing the record to the pop music market. It hit No. 1 in the US charts during Christmas 1949. The song was suggested as a “B” side for a record Autry was making. Autry first rejected the song, but his wife convinced him to use it. The success of this Christmas song by Autry gave support to Autry’s subsequent popular Easter song, “Here Comes Peter Cottontail”. Autry’s version of the song also holds the distinction of being the only chart-topping hit to fall completely off the chart after reaching No. 1. The official date of its No. 1 status was for the week ending January 7, 1950, making it the first No. 1 song of the 1950s.

The song was also performed on the December 6, 1949, Fibber McGee and Molly radio broadcast by Teeny (Marian Jordan’s little girl character) and the Kingsmen vocal group. The lyrics varied greatly from the Autry version. Autry’s recording sold 1.75 million copies its first Christmas season and 1.5 million the following year. In 1969, it was awarded a gold disk by the RIAA for sales of 7 million, which was Columbia’s highest-selling record at the time. It eventually sold a total of 12.5 million. Cover versions included, sales exceed 150 million copies, second only to Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas”.

Autry recorded another version of the song in the fall of 1957 and released it the same year through his own record label, Challenge Records. This version featured an accompaniment by a full orchestra and chorus. This was the only other version of the song Autry recorded and released on an album.

In 1959, Chuck Berry released a recording of a sequel, “Run Rudolph Run” (sometimes called “Run Run Rudolph”), originally credited to Berry but subsequent releases are often credited to Marks and Marvin Brodie.

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10 Responses

  1. Sally G.

    priceless! Thank you!
    and a Merry Christmas to you and all; looking forward to your creativity in 2022

  2. Katherine Lake

    Spot on as usual, Don. Poor Rudy. From being “America’s Mayor” to this. The Former Guy really does poison everything he touches. 💩