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Winter Wonderland

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Words & Music: D. Smith/ F. Bernard
Sleigh bells ring, are you listening
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight
Walkin' in a winter wonderland

Gone away is the bluebird
Here to stay is a new bird
He sings a love song as we go along
Walkin' in a winter wonderland

In the meadow we can build a snowman
Then pretend that he is Parson Brown
He'll say are you married
We'll so no man,
But you can do the job when you're in town

Later on we'll conspire
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid
The plans that we made
Walkin' in a winter wonderland
Recorded: 1971/05/16, first released on Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas

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sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 12, 2013report abuse
I like this song, with James Burton in fine form and the fun Elvis ending. Can't say the 2008 "remix" sounds better.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 22, 2013report abuse
Elvis also did Wings of an angel in the studio, so that should be in here as well.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 8, 2012report abuse
I don't think Elvis felt entirely comfortable with this song, and it is not one of his more inspired performances. The rousing finish is to me, also a highlight of the song, and overall it receives 3 stars.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 8, 2012report abuse
I've heard so many different singers sing this classic winter song, but the best rendition of it that I've ever heard is Elvis' rendition.
freedom101 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2012report abuse
I love both of Elvis' Christmas LPs but why was "Mama Liked The Roses" included on one of the albums? I love the song but it doesn't belong on a Christmas LP.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2012report abuse
I like both versions. But, the new "duets" version, is a bit better. Elvis does a nice job, but it does lack something in his vocals. I remember letting a friend borrow the 70s Christmas album back in the 80s and she said, "He sounds very tired or sick"! I was shocked by her review of the album. But there are times, he does sound a bit Nasal, and tired, so I can now see, her point of view. Regardless I enjoy the album and it has a special place in my heart. However, if Elvis had put the same energy that he had put into his 50s Christmas album, he could have made a masterpiece of a Christmas Album, in the 70s. He should have taken his time with it, and recorded the album at the American Studios in Memphis.
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2012report abuse
For me this is one of those songs I like to listen to during the winter holidays. I enjoy listening to his voice while reflecting the winter season. As such it is a song I like to listen to all through the year.
Marc JB (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 10, 2011report abuse
An average performance...But the "elvis ending" is the best part.
Monster (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 9, 2011report abuse
Elvis seems to be going through the motions here, obviously he was keen to wrap up the Christmas material and move on to other songs. An average effort but I don't mind listening to it. At Christmas.
TY1975 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 22, 2010report abuse
Elvis performs a terrific version of Winter Wonderland on the outstanding Elvis Sings The Wonderful World of Christmas album, the best and most unique version of this song I've ever heard. While the 2008 version with new backgrounds on the Elvis Presley Christmas Duets album is interesting, it still does not compare to his 1971 version. Second best version after Elvis to me would be the 1965 recording by Burl Ives on his Have a Holly Jolly Christmas album.
KingKreole (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 21, 2010report abuse
I have to echo everyone else--not crazy about Elvis' original version, but they did a nice job when they redid the music for the (otherwise horrible) Christmas Duets cd. Not as impressive as "The First Noel" re-working, but it was an improvement. It is probably one of my least fav Christmas songs in general though, whether by Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis or even Elvis. Just not a good song in general.
shoesuedeblues (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 21, 2010report abuse
The song is one of my all time favourites, be it by Mathis, Dean Martin or Doris Day. But not alas this Elvis version from his 70s Christmas album. He really does give the impression of indifference to the song and his murder of the English language with his Winner Wonder Land is annoying. Strangely enough this doesn't sound to bad on the Christmas Duets album, in fact I like this one.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 21, 2010report abuse
Don't like the original 1970s version at all but I do like the Duets version which sounds altogether different and with a little more punch. Hate the corny ending though, that should have been edited out.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 21, 2010report abuse
My least favorite Elvis Christmas song. No ,he isn't out of tune, but he certainly sounds like he has no interest in singing it. Why did he then? There were plenty of good songs for the holidays to choose from. The remix on Duets is slightly better, with a little more punch and it even makes Elvis sound better, but it sure isnt a classic rendition either way and adding the 'Elvis ending' to this song I think makes it worse. UGH.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 21, 2010report abuse
The worst track on an outstanding LP "The Wonderful World Of Christmas" (1971). The song has never been one of my favorite seasonal tunes (Dolly Parton's version is the worst! and Johnny Mathis', like most of his songs, is a little dull) and Elvis' version is fare, but nothing spectacular. Elvis does not sing it "out of tune" (or off key, flat or pitchy... instruments are "out of tune", I know the Beatles wrote a song about singing out of tune, but let's quit trying to be American Idol judges), but he doesn't sound overly interested in the song and mumbles the word Winter (sounds like winner). This one (2 1/2 stars, leaning closer to 2 stars) and "Silver Bells" are the two songs on this album that I could do without, but the other nine are fantastic.
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 21, 2010report abuse
I like Elvis'version of this famous song; though he sings a bit out of tune sometimes; but it has a nice beat in it, and the ending is great.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 11, 2009report abuse
I have "Winter Wonderland" by Johnny Mathis and Doris Day. As well as Perry Como, Andy Williams and others of that type. I like their versions, but I don't want Elvis singing it like them. I want Elvis to sing it his way, and he does. It's not one of my faves on "Wonderful World of Christmas", but I don't have a problem listening to it. I prefer the "new" version on the "Christmas Duets" album. It's like hearing the song again for the first time. I should they should completely redo the "WWOC" album this way for a new generation (and us oldsters too).
Elvis Rimes (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 11, 2009report abuse
I only ever listen to this song at Christmas time. The version on the duets album is very nice but I have never really been too taken with this standard Xmas fayre.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 11, 2009report abuse
Never cared much for this on the original LP, but on the new Duets CD it sounds totally refreshing. I guess just the added instruments & improved sound did it, but it is now an enjoyable recording. I heard this song on the radio this past season more than any other Elvis song. Give the new version a listen.
JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 11, 2009report abuse
Of course, it´s nothing special, but I like it. I think it´s a cool version and I like the ending too. I´ve never been a fan of the song itself, but Elvis sings it really different. That´s the whole thing with Elvis and christmas songs. He did not do them like Bing Crosby or anyone else, he did them in his own style and it´s something I admire him for.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 9, 2008report abuse
Sorry but I hate Elvis' version of this fine Christmas classic. I know that Elvis took songs and moulded them to his own individual style but he would have been better leaving it alone or singing it as it was supposed to be sung, listen to the Johnny Mathis or Doris Day version to see what i mean. As for the corny ending, i'll say no more!

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