Theory peeps – HELP! What is going on with the harmony at the beginning of this song? Has Pat Boone gone all atonal? Polytonal? Did the engraver just miss an accidental in the parts? Gah!
Winter Wonderland was written in 1934 by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith. The Wiki legend goes that Mr. Smith wrote the lyrics while being treated for tuberculosis in the West Mountain Sanitarium in Scranton PA.
Scandel Alert: Apparently, the original bridge, about a couple who make a spur-of-the-moment decision to get married, was considered inappropriate for children. A 1953 version of the sheet music contains the following replacement bridge.
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 kiddies knock ‘im down!
When it snows, ain’t it thrillin’?
Tho’ your nose, gets a chillin’
We’ll frolic and play, the Eskimo way,
Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland.
For more inappropriate-for-children-christmas-funtimes, Doris Day dims the lights and adds a dollop of secks in this 1964 version.