Chuck Berry - RUN RUDOLPH RUN

First performance: 20/12/1994


Coverinfo

Bruce covered the song 7 times : 
 
Tim McLoone is a restaurant proprietor and founder of Holiday Express, a volunteer, non-profit and non-sectarian organisation dedicated to bringing music, gifts and holiday cheer to those less fortunate. 
 
1997-12-16 - McLOONE'S RUM RUNNER, SEA BRIGHT, NJ
Bruce's annual Christmas party. 
 
Bruce played the song with Jimmy Vivino  
 
2000-12-18 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK, NJ
 
2004-12-19 - HARRY'S ROADHOUSE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (early)
Also two times at one evening during the Holiday Shows. Bruce Springsteen & Friends performing two shows; one at 4:30pm and another at 8:30pm.  
 
 
Bruce makes an unscheduled appearance at Bobby Bandiera's Hope Concert. He performs the song with Bon Jovi.
 

Songinfo

"Run Rudolph Run" is a Christmas song popularized by Chuck Berry, written by Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie. The song was first recorded by Berry in 1958 .
Musically similar to Berry's very popular and recognizable song "Johnny B. Goode" and melodically identical to his song "Little Queenie", released in 1959.
 
 
 

Bruce on the artist

When Chuck Berry died Bruce tweeted :

"Chuck Berry was rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock 'n' roll writer who ever lived. This is a tremendous loss of a giant for the ages."
Springsteen and Berry played together on at least two occasions. As back up at the University of Maryland in 1973. Springsteen asked what songs they were going to do. Berry said : " we're going to do some Chuck Berry songs." More than 20 years later, Springsteen again played backup for Berry, at a concert at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, celebrating the opening of the Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame.
 
 

Lyrics

Out of all the reindeers you know you're the mastermind
Run, run Rudolph, Randolph ain't too far behind
Run, run Rudolph, Santa's got to make it to town
Santa make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down
Run, run Rudolph 'cause I'm reelin' 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 then away went Rudolph a whizzing like a shooting star
Run, run Rudolph, Santa's got to make it to town, come on
Santa make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down
Run, run Rudolph, reeling like a merry-go-round
Said Santa to a girl child "What would please you most to get?"
"A little baby doll that can cry, sleep, drink and wet"
And then away went Rudolph a whizzing like a Saber jet
Run, run Rudolph, Santa's got to make it to town
Santa make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down
Run, run Rudolph 'cause I'm reelin' like a merry-go-round