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The song was written by Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie and made popular by the legendary Chuck Berry, who was the first to record it. (Johnny Marks had an extensive Christmas songbook, including “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” and “Silver and Gold.”) Berry released “Run, Rudolph, Run” in 1958 as the B-side to “Merry Christmas, Baby,” and Rudolph ran to #69 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #36 on the U.K. Singles Chart. Over the years, it’s become a holiday standard. The list of the covers goes on and on, but to mention a few, there are versions by Whitney Wolanin, Luke Bryan, Justin Moore, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sheryl Crow, Jimmy Buffett, Kelly Clarkson, Billy Idol, as well as The Muppets’ band Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. And maybe you also heard the song in the films Cast Away, Diner, Home Alone, Jingle All the Way, The Santa Clause 2, Stealing Christmas, and  Deck the Halls.

Here are the lyrics to “Run, Rudolph, Run” by Chuck Berry:

“Out of all the reindeers you know you’re the mastermind
Run, run Rudolph, Randalph ain’t too far behind
Run, run Rudolph, Santa’s got to make it to town
Santa make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down
Run, run Rudolph ’cause I’m reelin’ like a merry-go-round

Said Santa to a boy child what have you been longing for?
All I want for Christmas is a rock and roll electric guitar
And then away went Rudolph a whizzing like a shooting star
Run, run Rudolph, Santa’s got to make it to town
Santa make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down
Run, run Rudolph, reeling like a merry-go-round

Run, run Rudolph, Santa’s got to make it to town
Santa make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down
Run, run Rudolph, i’m reeling like a merry-go-round

Said Santa to a girl child what would please you most to get?
A little baby doll that can cry, sleep, drink and wet
And then away went Rudolph whizzing like a Saber jet
Run, run Rudolph, Santa’s got to make it to town
Santa make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down
Run, run Rudolph ’cause I’m reelin’ like a merry-go-round”

For other songs by Chuck Berry: “Johnny B. Goode,” “Almost Grown,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” and “Maybellene.”

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