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Song title: Santa Claus is comin' to town

(Coots, Gillespie) by The Three Suns 1952

Santa Claus is comin' to town

You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry
You’d better not pout, I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town

He’s making a list, he’s checkin’ it twice
He’s gonna find out whose daughter you’re nice
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you’re sleeping
He knows if you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
(so you’d) better be good for goodness sake
Better be good for goodness sake

You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry
You’d better not pout, I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you’re sleeping
He knows if you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
(so you’d) better be good for goodness sake
Better be good for goodness sake

You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry
You’d better not pout, I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town

Notes: Played around Christmas time in various tours. The more misplaced performances : 18-Sep-1984 Philadelphia and 28-Mar-1985 Sidney


Statistics from the KILLING FLOOR (www.brucespringsteen.it) database


Published on the following official releases:

First known live performance: 20/12/1973 Roger Williams University, Bristol,RI ,USA
Last known live performance: 14/12/2016 Carnegie Hall, New York,NY ,USA

Song 'history':

Played live 2 time(s) during the gigs preceeding the official Born To Run Tour.
Keep in mind that only a small amount of the setlists of these years has surfaced, so it may have been played a lot more.

It only saw the light less than a dozen times in the whole Born to Run tour
23 perfomances were given during the Darkness tour
Played during the River tour (13 times)
Played once in the whole 1982-1984 period, during which Bruce played, with various small groups or guesting, in a number of bars and small clubs of the New Jersey area (28/12/1983 Monmouth Arts Centre, Red Bank,NJ ,USA)
Played during the Born in the U.S.A. tour (40 times)
Not much used during the Human Touch tour, deserving only less than a dozen renderings
Two only performances during the Reunion tour (28/11/1999 Target Center, Minneapolis,MN ,USA and 29/11/1999 Target Center, Minneapolis,MN ,USA)
A great classic of the Convention Hall Holiday shows, being played during the Conventional Hall shows in 2000,2001 and 2003
Scarcely used during the Rising tour, with less than a dozen inclusions
One only rendering for this song in the Devils and Dust tour (22/11/2005 Sovereign Bank Arena, Trenton,NJ ,USA)
Not much used during the Magic tour, deserving only less than a dozen renderings
It only saw the light less than a dozen times in the whole Working on a Dream tour
Published in live version in the 3rd DVD: House Cut 'Houston '78 of 'The Promise'
During the Wrecking Ball tour, the song was played less than a dozen times
Bruce gave this song one only shot through the High Hopes tour (18/05/2014 Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville,CT ,USA)
Two only performances during the 2016 The River tour (25/05/2016 Ethiad Stadium, Manchester ,GB and 23/08/2016 MetLife Stadium, E.Rutherford,NJ ,USA)

The song was also played in informal happenings or off-tour appearances
Data from the www.brucespringsteen.it database