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When it snows, we're making a "Carson Brown" snowman, whoever that is

Jason Werling • Dec 5, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Walking in a Winter Wonderland was on the radio this morning and as I was singing along, (in my head, not out loud), something made me question the song I've known, or thought I knew, since I was a kid.

"In the meadow, we can build a snowman.

then pretend that he is...."

Carson Brown?

I quizzed a couple people at work, "Who is Carson Brown?" And the first person I quizzed informed me that it is "Parson" not "Carson." So the next question was "Who is Parson Brown and why should a snowman look like him?"

A parson is now known as a minister and often traveled to towns to perform wedding ceremonies for couples who didn't have a minister of their denominational faith. At one point, someone thought it wouldn't be a good idea to have kids going to their local snowman to get married so the lyrics were changed...

In the meadow we can build a snowman,

then 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."


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 him down.

I think it would be more fun to build a circus-clown snowman, but that's just me.

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