Scots Sangs Fur Schools

Traditional and new Scots songs for use in Scottish schools

WHO'S THAT UP THE CHIMNEY?

When musician Ewan McVicar was on a noisy tram on his way to visit a school in the Russian Urals city of Perm, in about 2001, his guide suddenly told him that the school wanted him to teach them a Scottish children's Christmas song.

Ewan could not think of any such songs, so he chose the tune that Scottish children use for the game 'Go In and Out the Windows' and quickly made up this song.

He was quite embarrassed at how simple it was and confessed to the teachers that he had just made it up, but they were very impressed and said, ‘Oh, composed especially for us!’

 

Who’s that up the chimney?

Who’s that up the chimney?

Who’s that up the chimney?

I hope it’s Santa Claus

 

I hope he’s brought some presents

Cause I’ve been really good

 

I hope it’s not the chimney sweep

That would be a swizz

 

I’d like to see his reindeer

Are their noses red?

 

I hope that he comes back again

Comes back again next year






WHO’S THAT UP THE CHIMNEY? With actions

Who’s that up the chimney?

Point up in air each time

Who’s that up the chimney?

Who’s that up the chimney?

I hope it’s Santa Claus

Stoke chin as long beard


I hope he’s brought some presents

Mime a small pile of boxes

I hope he’s brought some presents

Mime medium pile of boxes

I hope he’s brought some presents

Mime very high pile of boxes

Cause I’ve been really good

Hold thumbs up in approval


I hope it’s not the chimney sweep x3

Mime brush going up chimney

That would be a swizz

Point thumbs down in disapproval


I’d like to see his reindeer x3

Fingers above forehead, waggling as antlers

Are their noses red?

Fist to nose


We’ve left him a cookie and a glass of milk x3

Mime taking a drink and eating a biscuit

And a carrot for the reindeer

Mime eating carrot


I hope that he comes back again x3

At ‘back again’ point thumb over shoulder

Comes back again next year

Point thumb emphatically over shoulder for each word


Who’s that up the chimney? (Santa) x3

Point up in air, cup hands round mouth and whisper ‘Santa’

I hope it’s Santa Claus (It is!)

Whisper ‘It is’