December 18, 2003

Wondering About The Wonderland

I'm a little short on time this morning, as we are renovating the showroom here, and I get to play with all kinds of fun equipment (pictures will be posted soon), but I did need to bring up one very important question.

This morning, Jenn and Barbara here at work brought up a very interesting point. In the song "Winter Wonderland, who is 'Parson Brown,' and what, exactly, is his role in the story? The lyrics are as follows:

In the meadow we can build a snowman,

And pretend that he is Parson Brown.

He'll say are you married? We'll say "No man,

But you can do the job when you're in town."

A quick google search led me to no definite answer. Instead, I found that Parson Brown is a type of orange, but that doesn't help much. I also discovered that a Parson is a type of minister (to what extent I don't know, so don't yell at me if I'm not exact in that definition). If this were the case, however, it makes the song even more anti-christmas, suggesting that the snowman is pretending to be a priest, and he's about to 'do the job while he's in town?'

The only possibility we could think of was this snowman is a priest, and he is going to fake-marry this couple while he's there... but that's just stupid. It would explain, though, why they are conspiring by the fire about their future plans.(Jenn thought is was prespire by the fire, which would open a whole new can of worms).

Anyway, if you can help us with this question it'd be greatly appreciated. For further assistance, here are the lyrics for the entire song.

Also, pictures of a ripped up Litco, along with Return of the King babble, coming soon.


Posted by jed at December 18, 2003 09:41 AM

i have no idea how i know this but i believe that parson brown is another way of saying father brown as in priest. dumb yes, because i would rather pretend my snowman was orlando bloom not some dumb priest.

Posted by: K at December 18, 2003 11:54 AM

right, i think that's the best definition of 'parson brown,' but we still don't know why they are pretending the snowman is a priest, unless they just want to be married by him which, again, is stupid.

Posted by: jed at December 18, 2003 12:16 PM

maybe they thought that if they made the snowman a parson that he could marry them for free and without submitting blood tests. but they are WRONG. if they want their marriage legally recognized, therefore gaining all the financial and legal benefits of being married, then they will still have to pay for a damn liscence and give blood tests. stupid, stupid people.

Posted by: K at December 18, 2003 04:17 PM

ya see, that's what i'm sayin.

what a dumb song

Posted by: jed at December 18, 2003 04:30 PM

If a long-running late-night TV host were a priest, he'd be: Parson Carson.

Posted by: lopolis at December 18, 2003 06:17 PM

...and if he were carson daily he'd be an idiot

Posted by: jed at December 18, 2003 06:36 PM

and if he were tyne daily he would be an overweight woman.

Posted by: K at December 18, 2003 10:12 PM

We must not believe the many, who say that only free people ought to be educated, but we should rather believe the philosophers who say that only the educated are free.

Posted by: poker online at September 20, 2004 10:47 PM

Well, we are singing that song in choir. Our first reaction was that he was thing movie star from around the time the song was written that the children wanted to marry... yea. That was a lousy guess. One of my friends thought of him being a preacher, too. Im guessing that's what the songwriter means. But we will NEVER know--
since he always mentions "frolocking and playing the eskimo way" =o]

Posted by: Chrome Angel at November 9, 2004 08:40 AM

Was "Brown" considered a generic name back then, like John Doe, or Tom Dick and Harry? Parson Brown may be as generic as Farmer Bob. I always took it as the singers are lovebirds fantasizing about getting married. Pretending the snowman was a sort of minister may have been just as fun as pretending it's a clown (verse 2). Music was a more innocent art back in 1934.

Posted by: Kevin L at December 1, 2004 12:52 PM

huh, interesting poit kevin L. after one year of confusion, that explanation is actually quite possible, and i think it put my mind at ease. the whole situation was brought back into my life this year when the xmas music started playing again.

Posted by: jed at December 10, 2004 08:35 PM

Yes, it does seem silly as adults to pretend that the snowman is a priest and the children want the snowman (priest) to marry them, but just remember the innocent and the illogical ideas that we create as children. It's just a fun, imaginative song for Christmas! It's part of tradition. Hope you all enjoy the holidays!

Posted by: Jennifer at December 11, 2004 06:03 AM

Tyne Daly is my hero, so back off.

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