Why Don’t Santa Claus Bring Something To Me?
Billy Williams & Fred Godfrey, 1911.
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Proving at least that many of our contemporary Christmas traditions were already familiar more than a century ago, in this Fred Godfrey song Billy Williamss plaintive little boy bemoans the injustice of Santa’s having passed him by, even though he’s been good (he says). The song must have been a favourite around the Godfrey household for many years after it was first heard, as Fred’s youngest daughter Peggie (1912–2001) knew it and sang it in her seventies for this author (her son).
1 For comprehensive discographies of recordings by Billy Williams, see Brian Rust, British Music Hall on Record (Harrow, UK: