"Silver Bells"
Recorded 1966
Writer(s) Ray Evans and Jay Livingston
Performer(s) Kate Smith
Length 2:39
Track No. 12 (soundtrack album)
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Not to be confused with Silver Bell.

Silver Bells is a popular Christmas song composed by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. It was first sung by Bing Crosby and Carol Richards in October 1950. Kate Smith did a cover version in 1966, which is also featured in the 2004 film, The Polar Express and its official soundtrack as the twelfth track.

After Hero Boy, Hero Girl, and Billy leave the turntable through a tunnel, they make it to a village where they hear the song playing. They soon pass by a building where Hero Boy finds an entire room of record players, one of which is playing the song, but begins skipping, like the one that played "Winter Wonderland," and repeatedly goes, "ring-a-ling."


City sidewalks, busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style
In the air there's a feeling of Christmas
Children laughing, people passing
Meeting smile after smile
And on every street corner, you'll hear
Silver bells (silver bells)
Silver bells (silver bells)
It's Christmas time in the city
Ring-a-ling1 (ring-a-ling)
Just hear them ring (hear them ring)
Soon it will be Christmas Day
(City street lights, even stoplights
Blinking bright red and green)
As the shoppers rush home with their treasures
(Hear the snow crunch, see the kids bunch
This is Santa's big scene)
And above all the bustle you'll hear
Silver bells (silver bells)
Silver bells (silver bells)
It's Christmas-time in the city
Silver bells (silver bells)
Silver bells (silver bells)
Soon it will be Christmas Day
1 = This is where the record player playing the song in the film starts skipping.


Original songs: The Polar Express When Christmas Comes to Town Rockin' on Top of the World Believe Hot Chocolate Spirit of the Season It Takes Two
Christmas carols: Santa Claus is Comin' to Town White Christmas Winter Wonderland It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Silver Bells Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) Good King Wenceslas Deck the Halls Frosty the Snowman
Score: Seeing is Believing Suite from the Polar Express Believe/Do You Believe in Ghosts/Approaching Flat Top Tunnel Runaway Train/On the Ice/Ticket Punch/Saved by an Angel? Boarding the Train/The Ride Home Returning the Lost Ticket Meeting Santa Claus
Albums: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Original Motion Picture Score