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"Run, Rudolph, Run" (sometimes referred to as "Run, Run, Rudolph") is a Christmas song popularized by Chuck Berry. It was written by Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie and published by St. Nicholas Music (ASCAP). The song was first recorded by Berry in 1958 and released as Chess Records 1714. It hit #69 in the Billboard Hot 100.

Even though the song was written by Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie and published by Johnny Marks' publishing company, St. Nicholas Music, the 1958 45 rpm has the song as written by "C. Berry Music & M. Brodie". The thought was to cover up the known Christmas songwriter Johnny Marks from hip R&B DJs and buyers. The song was subsequently officially always listed as written by Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie and published by St. Nicholas Music (ASCAP). All cover versions of the song show the composers as Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie and the publisher as St. Nicholas Music.

The song is sung by Phineas Flynn in Phineas and Ferb Holiday Favorites. The song is also in the 2011 Disney Channel Original Movie Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas!

Lyrics (Holiday Favorites)

Out of all the reindeer you know you're the mastermind
Run, run Rudolph, Randolph's not too far behind

Run, run Rudolph, Santa's got to make it to town
Santa make him hurry, he can take the freeway down
Run, run Rudolph, whizzing 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 away went Rudolph a whizzing like a shooting star


Said Santa to a girl child "What would you like most to get?"
"A little baby doll that can cry, drink,sleep and wet"
And away went Rudolph a whizzing like a Saber jet


Run, run Rudolph, run, run Rudolph yeah...
Run, run Rudolph, run, run Rudolph, run, run Rudolph
Santa Claus is coming to town

(Speech heard only in the Phineas and Ferb Holiday Favorites version)
Isabella: Phineas, who's Randolph?
Phineas: I have no idea.

Background information

  • This song references the well-known Christmas character of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, created by Robert L. May in 1939 for a promotion for Montgomery Ward department stores and popularized by a famous song written by Johnny Marks (who also co-wrote this song). Randolph, who has never been mentioned outside of this song, apparently did not "go down in history," unlike his famous relative.
  • The Sabrejet (officially designated as the F-86 Sabre) was an early fighter jet predominantly used by the United States Air Force during the period of the Korean War (1950-1953).
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